17 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” -Helen Keller
I saw the above quote on Upworthy page where the mom has photographed her daughter dressed up as historical, female characters. Kudos to that mom, and all the other moms(and dads..) out there who really put time and thought into instilling character building in their children.
I thought the above was really encouraging to me because it acknowledges that achieving goals is usually difficult, and that good effort is not lost, even though it sometimes seems like it hasn’t made a difference, if it has ‘failed”.
Success takes planning, vision and clear-cut goals. I really lack all three most of the time, but I am trying to improve. My lovely boyfriend is overseas during the holidays (he just left today), so I am going to plan to get a real kick in the two courses I am doing. Not a kick-start, because I have already done about half, and its not quite a run to the finish-line. I know I can’t get quite that far in the nearly 3 weeks he will be away. I hope to be complete 6 more Chemistry labs, (plus finish the write-up for the one I’m on), Study for the re-take of the Chem midterm, and the Stats midterm, complete and hand in all stats assignments up to the midterm point. I will also plan which courses I will take after these two, and that will give me the boost of encouragement that these really are only short term, I won’t be this miserable forever (I really don’t like feeling like a failure).
So this is the gist of my plan. Tomorrow is my day off; I will get a good chunk done tomorrow. Now, by a good chunk, I mean that I will 1. plan in detail how the next three weeks will go. Realistically 2. finish my chem assignment #2 3. start Lab B1 4. continue Stats assignment
03 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
Well, today after work ( photo at right is my cubicle rosemary Christmas tree), and after eating supper…and watching Homeland… I was studying my Stats book. If I learned anything it was how to calculate the probability of a binomial. I learned that to do so, one must use the ‘nCr’ button. nCr simply means the ‘number of ways r (the outcome) can occur in n amount of trials. Or, in other words, how many paths to the outcome are there, (when thinking of the tree diagram).
So, perhaps I can’t explain it very well, but I know it way better than I did earlier tonight, which, perhaps might count for something!
02 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
“I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptation. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience, etc., don’t get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time…The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give up.”
- C.S. Lewis, Letters, January 20 1942
Well, I don’t have much to say, even though it has been a couple days since I wrote in here…I slept in today, and then did some Stats homework. I did accomplish something, but at the end I was discouraged because it seemed like I had so little to show considering the amount of time. So, I’ve posted the above quote because I often feel like giving up… I’m off to bed, and I’ll pick myself up in the morning!
29 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
Well, last night I had the inspired idea to get up early and get one of my lab experiments done. I had been speaking to my mom the other night, and she suggested that I do the experiments consecutively, if possible. For some reason that really encouraged me. I was feeling down because I its almost December-and I had hoped to be almost done the entire course, and instead I have the entire set of labs to do, plus so much more. I jumped out of bed (after lying in bed for half an hour or more after my alarm went off…) around 7:15 and got to work. It was a simple lab, meant to get me used to measuring using flasks, vials, pipettes and a pan balance. I measured a gram of carbon, a gram of tin, and 5ml of water.
Still took longer than it ‘should’ have, but at least it is progress. I still have some of the write up to do…ick.