Thursday, April 15, 2010

Swept Away

Guess I didn't realize how much time had passed.  I am sorry for neglecting you dear blog, that truly wasn't my intention.  I will try to be more vigilant in the future.

First off, my first term of college ended on an awesome note, 4.0 GPA.  I'm not sure I've ever gotten a 4.0 so proud is a bit of an understatement (especially considering I even aced algebra), I'm head over heels.  It's a great feeling, and it's really given me incentive to try and continue to do well.  (Hopefully I haven't set the bar too high.)

My second term has started off great.  I was able to get into my wait-listed English Composition class (so I can take the class online versus a four hour class every Thursday) and I am thrilled with it.  Online classes are awesome.  For the most part, it allows me to go at my own pace, which especially in a class about writing, is a huge benefit.  Plus, I can be more inhibited with my writing in online setting verses in a classroom.  It's easier for me, I feel like my voice is stronger here.

For my Advanced Web Design course, as part of our final project, we need to create a web site, as if we were actually web designers (not students) and basically it needs to be real (or at least realistic), something that could hypothetically be taken to a company or person in a professional compacity.  After much deliberation, back-and-forth, and nail biting, I finally decided on (for now at least) creating a web site for the little beach town I used to call home in Southern California.

As far as I have been able to determine, they don't have one solely dedicated to themselves (just portions of other sites) and it has plenty of elements and history that I think it deserves one.  Whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen but the effort will be fun and it could end up being a good addition to my design portfolio. 

My Computer Applications course has been both interesting and a breeze.  The entire focus of the class is Microsoft Office (a program I have been familiar with for many years).  The section on Word took me three days to complete (three weeks worth of the course calendar) and I learned a few little things that I didn't already know.  I enjoyed learning more about Excel, I had little experience with it before now and I didn't know all the nifty little things I could do.  The only thing left in the Excel section is the exam, which isn't yet available.  The next section (and last) is about Access, which I know virtually nothing about but accept the challenge.  Best part?  It's not even the end of week 3.

Algebra 2 is going well, I took my first exam yesterday and I'm not feeling too bad about it.  Polynomials.  I can't say that they are fun.  I am glad I have the same teacher again, he's pretty cool.  It's more about understanding it than memorizing it (hence being able to use a cheat sheet during exams) and I think it really makes a difference. 

Hopefully I'll have something to update my web site with soon, I just don't want to clutter it up with a bunch of unnecessary elements to try and conceal the fact that I really just don't have much experience yet.  I'll get there dangit, I will.