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March 20, 2007

Superheros, Physics, and Essays Dont Mix Very Well...

Its time once again to create a new blog, and TRY to catch up to the number of blogs that I should have!

I'm kind of having some trouble with the essay that we are supposed to have written for tomorrow (well, atleast the first draft of it). I decided against the superhero essay that I had described before (arguing that there can be such a thing as superheros) because the one important source that I was able to get was deemed not scholarly. I really don't understand why it wasn't scholarly, because when I glanced through the book it had plenty of physic concepts used and it all made sense. They used such equations that I use in my physics class that I'm going through right now. Also, it is written by a professor who actually works here at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The only thing that made it an unreliable source was that the publishing company was Gotham Books, which apparently isn't a good enough publishing company. I was a bit annoyed by this, I'm not going to lie, because I was really interested in this topic. I knew that I would have trouble finding sources, but I thought I could look up some of my physics books and other texts and would have enough sources that way. I was going to be hard and certainly a stretch, but I was up to it. Unfortunately since I couldn't have that one book approved, which would have been the main source I was going to use, I had to scrap the idea.

Now I've decided on the topic about why there needs to be a push to have more women in the engineering fields. Even though it does deal with my major, and it will be something that I will have to face in the future, I'm just not that interested in it. I'm not having fun writing this and I'm not connecting with it at all. Its just that I don't really find it too much of a problem. I don't really care if there aren't many women in the engineering field. And I was really looking forward to writing my essay on superheros. Oh well... I guess I shouldn't complain too much.

While I was writing that last bit, however, I thought up another idea for my essay so that I could keep the superheros idea. Perhaps I could focus on one superhero in general (like superman), get out some credible physics books from the Walter Library, and do some of my own calculations. I could probably get enough sources without too much trouble. What I would have to do is focus on certain aspects of this super hero's abilities and use one of my sources to argue that a person could actually have these abilities. Its an idea. I don't know. I might just e-mail the teacher after finishing my blog and see what he says about it. I certainly would have credible sources and I would have quite a lot of fun writing it!

However, if I do decide in doing this its going to be hard. How would a person write an essay and incorporate physics equations in it? This is why science and humanities don't really mix I suppose. Probably why I wasn't really good at writing either... hee!

Also, I should update on volunteering! Still don't have a place to go to yet! ACK! I'm going to try to jump on it this week. I hope I'll be able to find something and with enough time to get a lot out of it! Enough to fill in these blogs with stuff I've observed and inavertedly learned. oh geez...

Well, I'm off to write an e-mail! Wish me luck with the idea pitch!

March 6, 2007

My Rant Blog!

For those who don't want to read about another person's problems, stop here!

I usually try not to complain a lot around people because I know that that can get a bit annoying after a while. However, I do believe that it can be good for people to just get some things off their chests once in a while. I personally find that I feel much better after I do that. So, here is my rant blog!

Right now in my life, I'm experiencing so much stress! It feels like I'm carrying a large burden sometimes because of all the stress that I have to handle, and the muscles in my back start to hurt. I sometimes feel like I can even sympathize with Atlas and how he has to carry the world on his shoulders. Now that this stress has finally caught up with me and I feel all I just need to do is to just let it all out in a rant. What more of a perfect place to do that than a blog, right?

First of all, life in college certainly isn't what I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, I love it here, but I thought i would get so much more extra time. Only taking 4 or 5 courses, compared to my 7 or 8 in high school, I thought it was going to be easy! Geez was I wrong. But I'm definitely trying to meet the challenge that college has to offer. I'm actually trying to keep up a perfect attendance and I'm working as hard as I can in my classes. I want to succeed! The problem is that it certainly is taking a toll on me. As I mentioned in previous blogs, I only get about 5 hours of sleep a day, on average. I don't have much time to take care of myself! I fear I'm losing weight (which isn't good in my case), and I have gray hairs! I'm only 19 and I have gray hairs (hopefully its only a genetic thing)!

But what makes is it worse is that I live among people who enjoy to party all the time. They party almost every weekend, and sleep in until the afternoon. The get drunk a lot. Its fairly annoying when you studying in the dorms and you see people totally drunk. And then you wake up early in the morning for your classes while they sleep in until the afternoon. One instance, I remember it was a Tuesday, and I had already gone through 9 of my classes for the week, and my roommate had only went to one of hers. However, I did feel better about myself when I saw her grade point average. But I still hear stories of people miraculously getting As and Bs in their classes with little to no work involved, and here I am working as hard as I can to manage my classes. It just doesn't seem fair sometimes.

Another thing that is a bit of a stressor is that I'm dating a wonderful guy who lives 300 miles away from me. I started dating him nearly a year before I left for college, and we didn't want to break up when it was time for me to go. But of course, we get very limited contact with each other. What we resorted to is talking over the internet, but even that isn't all that great. I miss him a lot. What i wouldn't give to just hug him! I see people here who are dating and are able to see their boyfriends/girlfriends every day if they so wished, and I wish I was able to do the same thing. What I especially hate seeing is when people who are in relationships take it for granted that they are able to see each other everyday. That as well isn't fair, that these two people can see each other more often than my boyfriend and I, and they take it for granted.

But what keeps me on my feet and not having emotional break downs every other day are my friends. They aren't the party type and they care about their studies as much as I do. They understand what I'm going through and I can confide with them, as they can with me. I've got to thank them more.

So that was my rant. I feel better already.

Gotta think of a new organization!

Oh geez, I'm horrible at keeping this web blog up to date. I'm probably so far behind. I'll just have to write more often to catch up I guess.

Well, apparently some people weren't able to get into the volunteering agency of their choice. I'm one of those unfortunate people, but thats quite alright. Although I would've really enjoyed working at the Children's Hospital, I'm willing to go to another place for volunteering hours. No problem whatsoever!

My next choice, I think, would be the Open Arms place. There you make meals for those who have AIDS and HIV, I believe. I need to look more into that for better information about it. But I think I would have a lot of fun with that! I do enjoy to cook, and I have yet to kill someone with my cooking! Perhaps it will also give me more practice for when I'm truly out living on my own cooking for myself (eck!). Also, I do want to help out those who aren't able to cook for themselves. I don't know how much I would be able to interract with the people who would be recieving these meals (because I don't have a car), which is a bit of a downer, but oh well! I'm sure I'd be able to meet many interesting characters who also volunteer there!

The other place that was mentioned was the homeless shelter for men. I don't know if I would want to do that. For one, I'm already limited with sleep with all the hours I put into my studies. On average I get about 5 hours a day, and I need all the sleep I can get! Also, its going to be in a room full of guys. I know we've all been told that nothing bad will happen to us, and I can believe that. Its just that I don't think I would feel comfortable in that environment. I don't know, but I do believe that where ever one decides on volunteering they should feel safe in their environments. I just dont think that organization is for me.

Oh well, I'm sure I'll find something in the next few days! It'll be good!

As for the next paper that is coming up, I have no idea what to do it on. My major is aerospace engineering, and I want to focus on astronomical engineering, but I have no idea what to do with that for this essay. I thought prehaps writing about the controversy dealing with whether or not we put men on the moon. But then again, that sounds like a weak thesis. Then a friend brought up an interesting topic, which deals with superheros, like whether or not it is possible to have superheros. I thought that would be a very fun issue to research, it is quite interesting! However, its not really linked to my major. But I think I could somehow link it to my major by talking about the physics of it all. I don't know. I'm going to talk to the teacher about it later.

Well, that is enough I think for this entry! I'm definitely going to try to post more! Hope it was enjoyed!