“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.” ~Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
I am beginning to wonder whether Holmes really has a point with this statement. I have reached the point in this semester that I dread the most. Each semester around week 10 or 11, I hit a wall. It feels as though my brain has reached its maximum capacity. I have a harder time remaining interested in obtaining new knowledge. I have so many things running through my conscious thought processes that I am unable to adequately concentrate on any one thing for any period of time at all. Read the rest of this entry »
This Tuesday, I was scheduled to give a speech on the Family and Medical Leave Act in front of my Business Law class. Naturally, I spent about three hours the night before writing the outline, putting together notes, and practiced said speech. By the time I got to school the next morning, I felt strong, confident, and fully prepared.
My physical and mental condition was closer to sleepy and vibrating.
As I was waiting in the hallway for my class to start, I overheard the other students talking about the visual aid that they had prepared. Curious, I asked them if visual aid was one of the requirements for the class. Turns out, it was.
I’d completely forgotten about that part.
Thinking quickly, I pulled out my trusty MacBook and opened up iPhoto. Since my speech opened with a story about my Dad’s health complications last summer, I found a picture of him. Borrowing a classmate’s flash drive, I loaded the picture into the projector PC and put it on the screen while I gave my speech.
My final grade? 100%.
I guess procrastination really does pay off.
As most of you know, I just started my second year of community college. This semester, I have elected to cram all of my classes into two five-class days per week. I have five 1¼-hour classes, with fifteen minutes between most of my classes. Fortunately, I get a 45-minute break for lunch. However, I’ve had a bit of a problem knowing what to pack for lunch.
See the picture above? No, that isn’t the analog version of the “Digital Rain” effect from The Matrix. This is a sample of the shorthand I have been developing over the past couple years for taking notes at school. My handwriting is naturally bad, and making it legible takes time that I don’t have when I’m trying to write down something the teacher just said.