amariahellcat: (smile dammit)
So, I started school again two weeks ago, and this is basically the journal to explain what I'm dreading, what I like, why I'm dreading things, what's going to suck, and so on and so forth. The reason for the title of the entry is because it is, in a way, the beginning of the end; the beginning of my last year of school, ever, for which I sincerely thank god.  So, I'm going to kinda... section it out, yknow, to make it easier to understand? So here we go:

Tuesdays
Now, Tuesday is my first day of class every week; it has also been deemed 'awesome' day as of the first week of school. Why? For several reasons. Let's go in order; my first class of the day is Studies in Shakespeare with Joel Baetz (2nd year ENG), which I originally thought I would dread. This has turned out to not be the case; first off, Joel is hilarious and seems like an all around cool guy. We spent the whole first class playing a game to introduce ourselves to each other and to him, and second class talking about Midsummer Night's Dream and other related info. The class also has a minimum amount of assignments, all of which should be fairly easy to complete. This class runs from 2-5, though he let us go at 4 both times so far.

My second class on Tuesday is from 6:30-8:20 lecture every two weeks, and then only 6:30-7:50 the other weeks for seminar; this class is Utopia: Future Fiction (3rd year CUST) with Graham Murphy, who I've had every year since I started, literally. My friend Carey actually joked during introductions that me and her have been 'creeping on all Grahams classes since the start' since his class first year was where we met, to which Graham just laughed. Now, I can literally tell you all the assignments in this class: one essay each semester, one seminar presentation that I'm doing with a friend. That's it. There's also two mini-in-class-quizzes, but that's it. Graham is like my savior when it comes to homework loads, I swear.

Wednesdays
Now, first week, I THOUGHT I WAS going to be dreading Wednesdays, but now I can tell it's not going to be as bad as I'd thought.

My first class is Foundations in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (2nd year ENG) with Prof. Drake, and is split into lecture from 11:10-12, and seminar from 2-4, roughly speaking. When I first started, I thought it was going to be horrible; the assignments looked like a pain, there was so much info to take in, I just felt overwhelmed. Now I see that's not going to be the case. We have two smaller essays each semester, and one small assignment each semester, plus exams; that's really not to bad. Plus, prof Drake is actually pretty interesting during seminar, despite the fact that he's very monotone.

My second class is Music and Society (2nd year CUST) with Michael Morse from 6:30-8:30ish, who talks way to frigging fast but is pretty entertaining/interesting. Plus, again, even though there's a number of smaller assignments, they don't seem very hard, so it shouldn't be an issue. The main issue in this class is going to be making sure I'm awake enough to keep up with him, haha.

Thursdays
Now, this class is probably going to be annoying no matter what I do, but I'll get through it. This is my only Peterborough class, ever, and it's also my only other 3rd year course, Theatre in the 20th Century (CUST) with Diana Manole, who is Romanian and has an... interesting accent. Unfortunately, its a credit I need to graduate at the end of the year, so I have to take it. When I took the course, I assumed; oh, we'll be looking at various 20th century play texts and discussing them and writing papers and stuff. Uh, no. I have to act. In a group with people I don't know. Fuck my life.

The two papers we have in this class are going to be annoying as well, as we need secondary research. I hate secondary research; I'm a very English-paper person, I'm good at bullshitting English essays in two hours max and getting pretty good grades. I have an issue doing secondary research, and it always drives me insane. I'll get through this class, I'm sure, but it might kill me by the end.

In General, though the new Oshawa campus is pretty nice, I wish they'd just left us at the Durham/UOIT campus for one more year. Why? There aren't any plugs in the classrooms. At least, none that are readily accessible to students. And when your laptop is an 03 that's battery life is, at max, two hours? You need an outlet. I've been forced to shut down my laptop before it hits hibernate and chicken scratch my notes in a notebook for the end of class, which I have to type out later anyways. It's a paaaaaain, but I'll survive.

Upside, parking is free, I get free use of all Oshawa buses, and I can go swimming at the Civic and Legend centers anytime I want once I get my student pass figured out.

Downside, bus to Peterborough is going to kill me; I'm going to have to go way before class and come home way after class in order to use the GO bus. And why aren't I driving? Well, let's just say that the main campus is FUCKING RETARDED and I NEVER EVER EVER WANT TO DRIVE ON IT AGAIN EVER. Also, my poor little Sunfire doesn't sound normal anymore, and I'm terrified if I strain the engine to much it's going to die on me for good, so I'm not taking it out of Oshawa for a while.

Otherwise, should be able to survive this year, WHILE HOPEFULLY being able to keep up with my writing and other stuff. ANY I LOVE YOU GUYS AND FEEL FREE TO PING ME ON AIM OR MSN IF YOU WANT TO TALK LIKE SRSLY I SUCK AT PAYING ATTENTION TO MESSENGERS I'M SORRY ;____;
amariahellcat: (update)
Hey, guys. I've been meaning to do an update for some time, and now that school is finally over for the year I figured it was a good time to do it (especially since my last update was in Feb). In order to keep myself sane, I'm going to go by month, so here we go:

End of February
During Reading Week, I finally managed to finish Faeriestone! Not just work on it, I finished it! 22 chapters and I don't remember how many words later, the first book of Ama's canon was completed. I also finished the first chapter of the second book, Faerietale, around this same time, worked on my cosplay a bit more. The rest of February was mainly me working on assignments/reading for school as usual.

March
At the beginning of March I went to book my G test (full drivers license) for the end of April, but found out there were no spots then. Instead, I booked it for early morning on March 18th, and worked on my high-way driving for days before hand. Now around then my car had begun leaking coolant, so I was constantly having to fill that up on a two-to-three daily basis. On the 18th, I completed (and passed!) my G test, only to have the car start to leak more the day after. Dad took it to check it out, and at first declared it scrap (again) because it would cost to much to fix it for how old it was. Mom came to the rescue and made him check prices for the parts, and once purchased he began work on the car.

 It was also around this time that I sent out my first query letter to a literacy agent about Faeriestone, and when all my final projects were due. We also began to pack, because guess what? We're moving again! As of the first of June, we'll be in a townhouse that Mom's friend offered to rent her for a really good price that she can afford now that Glenn is living with us. I get the whooooole basement to myself (it has a full bedroom, living area, and full bathroom~!)

April
It was around the second week of April that I got my car back, running as good as it did when I first got it (no noise or anything!!) I have also just finished exams and am now done school for four months till September, which means I'll be working a lot more (hopefully). Anime North is coming up fast, and I turn twenty in about two weeks (omg). This year has been both stressful and joyful, so I guess I'll just have to wait and see how things turn out in the end.

I should actually be on messengers more often now, but I make no promises. I hope things are going well for everyone, and I'm glad to be back, in some respect :)

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