Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thursday Thirteen 7/10/08 - 25th Edition

Thirteen Things About My Learnin'
  1. Every report card from kindergarten forward said I was too chatty with my neighbors. The shock!

  2. When I quit killing brain cells instead of going to class, I found out mid-way through high school that I enjoyed learning and that I really could "live up to my potential." Thankfully it wasn't too late.

  3. I took a trigonometry/pre-calculus class in high school and really loved it and even did well, but it was forgotten enough that I struggled with just the algebra on the GRE less than 10 years later.

  4. High school senior year, my best friend and I were annoyed with the study hall that was not kept quiet enough, so we ditched it daily and went to McD's to eat, smoke (back in those days with the flimsy foil ashtrays) and drink coffee while doing said trig/pre-calc homework.

  5. When I got accepted to my dream college, my mom and I danced and cried in the kitchen. One of my favorite memories. I miss her so much, and I still tear up thinking about that day.

  6. I college got a D in a Logic class taught by one of my worst professors. I was *devastated* by that D. I'm logical, but not in an "if A, then B; not A so maybe not B but could be" all written out like a formula kind of way when it gets all complex (and kind of useless).

  7. The other worst professor taught a Weather and Climate Systems class where we had to design a "green" home, including getting photos of land, drawing it out and other details that seemed far beyond the scope of what we were learning. This assignment was the only one I cheated on. I let a carpenter friend design it, and he still got me a C on the assignment.

  8. Not much of a "real" science kind of gal, I loved that History of Biology counted as a science class (and it was a great class).

  9. I also took no math classes in college. Nope. Not one. This explains my use of Maggie Math.

  10. Despite the D in Logic and some other little bumps, I did graduate college with honors, so I thought for sure I knew it all for awhile until I found out I didn't.

  11. A few years after college, I took the GRE while in Japan because I thought I wanted to go to grad school when I returned to the States, so I had to re-learn algebra (see above), and it was odd what I remembered (using FOIL to solve quadratic equations) and what I didn't (most else).

  12. I was accepted to a grad school program in gorgeous Monterey, CA, even after doing the phone interview in Japanese, but I wouldn't have been able to afford to live there, and I was going to pick another major that would have resulted in big loans but small paychecks, so thankfully I did not go there and then and for that.

  13. My degree is in English, Asian Studies and Japanese (minor). Not that you care. Neither have my employers. Smarter for someone who has to work for a living (me) would have been a degree that results in a title of ___________ (doctor, welder, electrician, nurse, teacher, any title. at all.), but it sounded all cool at the time. On the plus side, knowing the capital of Mongolia off the top of my head did help in a game of trivia once, plus I know random bits of Chinese history and can order a beer in Japanese.
Today is smoke-free day 389, and I'm still counting.

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  1. Great TT, thanks for stopping by mine!

  2. #1 lasted all the way through elementary school for me.

    Fun 13!

  3. Looks like you did pretty well!

    #4 I remember those ash trays. Glad to see you did kick the habit.

    #5 A very sweet memory

  4. Wow! Smarty! I love it. And I love the memory of you and your mom. Precious.

    I had the chatty comment on every one of my report cards too. Ah well. It all turned out okay, right?

  5. Loved your list! What was your dream college?

    You sound about like I did through highschool -- ditching to smoke, killing brain cells instead of going to class, etc. Like you, I'm also glad I realized my potential before it was too late!

    I got a D. Once. I fear I will never forget it, it was quite devestating!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Happy T13! Love the list very interesting thing to make a list about. Hope to see you at my 9th edition about Julia Quinn at Talk About My Favorite Authors blog.

  7. Math! Just the thought of it makes me shiver. My son is really good at math so I'm waiting for the day he's old enough to take care of my finances. He's 11 -- how long do you think I'll have to wait?

    I'm running a giveaway. Check it out -- it's a book on surviving your freshman year at college. It dovetails nicely with your post.

  8. My son just scored in the 96th percentile in Math on the SAT's - as a rising Senior. But he wants to major in Asian Studies and study Japanese - his ambition is to be a Japanese translator. I told him, "We have Alta Vista for that." But he wants to do it anyway.

  9. I also love school and learning! And I'm good at math and logic - but those stupid if a then b that you were talking about - those almost made me hate math!

    Happy TT :)

  10. Great list! I was never the chatty one; but I sure was the one "not working to her potential"!

  11. You've accomplished quite a bit and it's very impressive.

    Funny, every single report card even through high school had the comments of how I was always "excessively talking in class." I never shut up!

  12. Great list Maggie. A lot of my report cards described me as a "social butterfly" so I feel for you. My degree is in Psych with a Sociology minor - lots of good that does me and I wish I had a title as well - would have been much smarter of me. Happy TT

  13. I used to skip out on study hall and go to the local McDonald's, too. But I had no homework to do while there.

  14. Great list, my 33rd TT is up at 13 Muslim Greeting Cards - I noted the paucity of Islamic Greeting Cards at my local stationery store and so as a public service to Muslims in America, I offer the following 13 Shariah-Compliant Greeting Cards...

  15. Makes me realize how very little I remember from my education. And right now I'm immersed in preschool curricula and am finding that challenging enough!

  16. I had a hard time with Logic too. I could do calculus, but logic sucked. I had to get a tutor.

  17. Perhaps it would have been smarter to study something that ends with a title, true. But would you change it if you could do it all over again?

  18. Thanks, all!

    Neutron - would I change it if I could do it all over again? Tough question, but since the path I took led me to the incredible experience I had in Japan, I can't say I'd change it, just maybe add another major, one that's more useful. :)

  19. Yes....something tells me that it would have been a better idea for us to have went to college for more practical things. Hindsight 20-20

  20. your first one made me laugh. that got me in a lot of trouble throughout the years -- (one teacher hated me so much for talking and still being able to pull an a in her class that there was that blackmailing incident.. )
    anyway, great tt! you're a smart cookie.

  21. I thought this was a cool TT until I got to the parts about Math, the GRE, and FOIL. Then I wanted to cry. :-)

    I really do like this TT - the school geek that I am enjoys hearing about other people's learning experience!

  22. Number 1, number 1!! Me too.

    It's funny, I was happy that 'Computer Science' counted as my science credit and that 'Accounting 11' counted as my math credit and that was AFTER flunking out of Math 11A (dummy math).

    Yeah, I never realized my full potential till it was too late, but that's okay!

    I might go back one day :)

  23. you are brilliant! I wish I didn't burn out most of my brain cells...or maybe they just weren't there to begin with, which is what I think, remembering back to grade school LMAO!

  24. Oh #5 is precious. That is so wonderful your mom was there and supportive.

    Your experiences overseas must have been amazing. Those things are truly priceless :)

  25. Thanks for stopping by, Maggie! How funny, I actually have been in the capital of Mongolia when I was younger! :)
    I think it's never late to go back to school. Especially, for someone of your smarts and wits. Hopefully, by now you have a much better idea of what life is about, and it doesn't sound to be completely out of the picture...or am I wrong?
    I am so amazed that you're now past one year mark, that you are still fighting like a trooper. Thanks again and again for being my role model in some ways. I really hope to see more anniversaries!


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