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Proclamation of Procrastination

I’m pretty certain that the more ‘on the fly’ my post titles are, the less sense they make. This one though, is speaking to the situation. Currently, I am inhabiting a cubby in the Lucille Library I have grown oh too fond of. I spend hours a day, everyday in here. It makes sense though, since my classes are all central/north campus while my dorm is south campus. That’s one down side to a large campus versus a smaller one: it can easily take twice as long to get from one side to the other side. I can’t complain too much; I love it here and I enjoy spending time in the library. Now if I have ever even looked at a book or not is besides the point. It’s like a café, you decide whether or not to get a coffee, then camp for some hours.

Anyways, so tonight and tomorrow I have exams. Not just any exams, but the exams of the hardest classes I have. I won’t shrug off calculus and CIS as easy, but they don’t give me as much stress as chemistry and CS do. Just to make sure the acronyms make sense: CIS 112 is my english/communications class and CS 115 is my intro to programming class. Before I had my CS class, I’d proudly claim that I knew some coding due to my internship where I coded with R to work on a specific mathematical task that I can’t exactly divulge about. In the class, we use Python. Given it is the most remedial class when it comes to programming, I thought it’d be an easy A. I was quickly proved otherwise.

So now we’re back to the task at hand: I finished my homework and projects for the week in order to leave the remaining time for studying. As a student of engineering, I also quickly learned that “free time” is a myth. Even though I spend hours a day working to keep up and possibly work ahead, I still always feel like I’m not doing enough. So I’m golden when it comes to homework for the week, but I haven’t devoted much to any time for my exams. Terrifying, right? Well, guess I better start on that now before I have to go to class again. Wish me luck!

First Day of Classes at UK!

So it’s been pretty insane; barely spent time in my dorm insane. So writing I think will turn into an every now n then thing. Right now, I’m waiting for CIS 112 (a type of English) to begin in probably a minute. So, I’ll post this to prove I’m not given up this early, but I’ll get back to it after some class of the day.

SOOO just finished that class and got to the library. I will say, if I were for some reason to decide a college solely based on the library, I’d have still gone here (University of Kentucky). But, that English class. It’s more of a communications one, since it’s based around giving speeches and writing essays.

Few fun facts about that class:

1. No more than 30 students, I ball parked in between that and 20 total

2. It’s a M W F class (with no recitation of course) BUT apparently we won’t even meet most Fridays?!?! My professor said something about us having to do 10 hours of volunteering (which for someone who was in and lead a volunteering club in high school for 4 years AND love to volunteer, that’s no a problem to finish) and it’s delegated to be done on Fridays instead of class. I’m not quite sure of the ration of Fridays present and not, but given I only have one other class on Fridays this semester…that’s a pretty attractive fact she mentioned

3. She was so easy going: she went around the room asking our names/what we went by (yeah I decided to go by Cassady and stop being a chicken, but it’s been hard for my ‘friend’ to get used to that, and yes I’ll explain the quotes after awhile).

4. We decided our own technology policy…I piped up that back in high school I prefered it when teachers would let us have our phones n such out, and if we missed anything it was our own fault as long as we didn’t distract others. So, besides during speeches and group work which was also my idea, we can use our ‘cellular devices’

5. We did a silly ice breaker by getting into small groups and figuring out if we were to get front row seats to a concert, which would we choose individually, then as a group, then what song for that band/singer chosen by the group. #collegeicebreakers

All in all, I have a strong feeling that is going to be one of my favorite classes to attend, not for the material but for the class structure and professor. Speaking of professors, besides a thing I’m in called MathExcel which is led by a TA, all of my professors are female. Not sure what the odds of that are, especially since my major is like 95% males. I’m majoring in COE (Computer Engineering) if I never mentioned that. But, I have a speech to write for that class that’s 2-3 minutes long about some easy topic due Friday. But she did preface the class with an email to read this article, that I found somewhat interesting, so in case you were curious, I’ll link it here.

So it’s currently 2:24 PM and so I have to make my way to my next class (MA 193) in like 10 minutes, since it’s in a house outside of campus in a BFE caldesac. It doesn’t start until 3 but yeah..that goodness I don’t have another class flanking the time right before this. I mean, I plan to get a bike but geez I don’t want to ever feel the need I have to be late to a class.Luckily (ish) all of my classes have long grace periods in between, so I always can go to my dorm if I’d like to. But, to shave off some time I think I’ll make it a regular thing to go somewhere else instead of my dorm after WRD.

So this morning I walked from Taylor’s place with him and his friends/roommates to my first class (MA 113). It was nice getting escorts exactly to where I need to go. Then, roughly 2 hours later I had that CIS class, at 3 I have the MA 193 (yes, second math class), then lastly I have a computer science class (CS 115) at 6 to 7:40. That one is twice the length since I only have it twice a week and also since it doesn’t have a recitation. Wednesday’s are actually my craziest of days…yay for being half way done…

But, I have roughly 3 minutes until I leave so that’s all for now!

All right, so I’m back at my dorm and I can’t stop thinking about food! Kind of haven’t eaten today, but found this rad website that says where I can use WildCat Deals (using meal swipes at restaurants like Panda Express, Subway, etcetera). So that really cool website is here.

Well, just had MA 193/MathExcel and holy hell was it far. It’s like, on the opposite end of the campus in a very tiny house. But, wasn’t too bad besides the fact that no one can pronounce the TA’s name that is teaching or understand her.

P.s. So I never updated this, even though it’s a day or two later. So, uh, yeah here!

Return of the Sitch’

You’ll have to excuse how cheesy my naming convention is for posts n such, I usually just type whatever first comes to mind. So yesterday Andrea (aka Fish) and I went to King’s Island for our last Summer adventure. The lines were soo short that I think we rode too many too fast so ended up getting a bit sick and went home early. Still, glad we went and it was fun!

Right now, just adjusting my list for last minute things I need to get before I head off to college and of course listening to some Sifl & Olly, but on Season 2 now. And they recently played a parody of a song that is now stuck in my head..I admit I’m not usually a fan of Bon Jovi, but I looove this song ❤ But uh, going to IKEA HOPEFULLY soon, ciao for now B) I’ll put more goodness into this post later.

BACK B****ES

Just seemed like the most fitting for a title, but I didn’t exactly want to be too profane for the first return post. But, I decided to pick this back up as I make my way to college. So, today is Monday, and I leave for college move-in day this Friday. THIS FRIDAY. Actually just last (last?) weekend (the weekend that didn’t just finish, but one week prior to that) I went to a camp at my college. I’m attending The University of Kentucky, and majoring in Computer Engineering. This camp I had to apply for was UKLA: University of Kentucky Leadership Association is what I think the letters stood for. It taught leadership, team work, and the layout of the campus. It was only open to engineering and computer science major though. I was told between 80 and 120 applications were received, and they accepted 30. So, not too bad of odds! Especially since I was told that it was based on merit, clubs and activities, and how seemingly social the person is. 

INSERT: Would you like to utilize 6 hours and 40 minutes of your life? Well, the best way to do it is to click this fantastic link. #flashbackfriday monday Sifl & Olly mania ❤ #thisisyourlandlord #CRESCENTFRESH

I haven’t looked back to any posts to see the conventions I used to bold n such, so wingin’ it! Oh I do recall though linking a lot of Grooveshark things that I did. So here’s my playlist-in-progress that I’ve been loving on (just click on the word Grooveshark for some fantastic listens).

But, back on track with the college update…so I have roughly 90 to 95% of the stuff I needed to buy to bring with me to my dorm room. I don’t have a microwave or a minifridge since I can’t get a hold of my roommate. A few months ago when I first found out who it would be, I decided to text the number provided to me. It ended up being her mom, though. I didn’t find out much, but I did learn the name she goes by is Cy’mone and her dorm assignment has changed frequently. In the end she said she’d get Cy’mone to text me back. So I give it a few days to a week..no answer. Then I decide to text her since her mom gave me the number. Still, no answer. So after some days I text them both…NOPE. My resolve was to then to text them every week until school starts. I’ve not texted this week though since last week was just question marks to both of them, and I’m not sure what to do next. #collegelyfe

INSERT: So I may have taken a break writing so I could do a bit of CS:GO causal. That’s the game I’ve been going ham on since sometime during senior year, can’t recall when. So if you play, ya know, you could add me on Steam and we could be friends…frag the innocent and knife fight the rich. I so wish you could download demos of casual games…cause seriously, that last game the two rounds where my ping was under 800 it looked like I had walls or something it was fantastic. Anyways, pardon the tangents, I’ll go back to explaining my peril with pre-college life. #csgo #mg2 #smurflyfe

RE-INSERT: Had to just force feed the dog. I know you’d love to hear about that. Poor thing has lung cancer so she’s not been herself since we got back from vacation in July. I wanted to have an ode to Friday here. This is the lovely face that everyone is going to miss.

So the first college predicament was the roommate issue, and the one I didn’t mention but is related, that I got into a dorm that wasn’t even on my choice list since it was the last place I wanted to get into. gg UK. The second, my schedule is completely insane. I have early morning classes and evening classes while I’m still not even in 2 of the 5 classes that I wanted. I’m still wait-listed, which is a collegiate way to say this is what you want but cannot have since you were the last orientation and get no choice in your schedule. So much fun right there. So basically I’ve learned and would like to relay some pro tips for those apply for college…

College Pro Tips:

1. Don’t apply to 15 colleges like I did…you’ll do much better by spending that time writing all of those essays by doing research on which colleges you think you actually may attend. And don’t completely worry about prices of colleges off of the bat.. For example, you’d think it’d be cheaper for me to attend an in-State school versus out-of-State, but UK was cheaper than nearly any school in-State because of scholarships I received. 

2. Make sure to know about the bigger programs you’d like to apply for while applying for the college. I applied to nearly every honors program at every college I applied to (so basically double the essays) and since I did too many, I missed a lot of deadlines. I didn’t think I’d end up going to UK, so I didn’t make it a priority to get those honors essays in, so I was late and didn’t make any of those programs. 

3. Make sure to get a tour of your college (start touring as soon as your school allows). I applied to a lot of out-of-State colleges that I knew I wouldn’t visit unless I had a serious thought about going there. So, I didn’t visit UK until I pretty much decided I was going there. So I missed out on a lot of information, such as there was an honors engineering program that I actually was qualified for with all of the necessary scores and grades, but since I heard about it too late, I couldn’t apply.

4. When you get accepted and are signing up for your orientation, sign up for the earliest orientation. Yes, it does matter. You’ll get last choice in classes the later you wait. Heed my warning..it’ll make a HUGE difference.

So far that’s all I’ve got for pre-college tips that I wish I knew before I started ever applying. I’ll add more tips the more that I learn! I actually have a Pinterest board for college. Some of it is tips for college that I’ve found, and some are room decor ideas. So check it out! #socrecentfresh

I think that’s all of what’s going on in the now…I may write a post about how my Summer went, but you know..my commitment to blogging has been rather wavy. Ciao for now, readers!

The End of Summer

So today is my official last day of summer. Currently it is 5:36 PM, just a few hours left of the day. I’m so nervous for school tomorrow! Part of me feels like I haven’t been in forever, and the other part feels like it was just days again summer began. A lot is going to be different this year with all of the school board crap. Not looking forward to the principals and assistant principals being gone. But I still have a LOT to do until the night ends, so this’ll be a short post. As I mentioned, I will keep up the blog, but this is the end of the summer chapter. I want to thank you all for reading at least even a sentence. It pleased me to see my followers trickle up from zero. I never knew that blogging wouldn’t be horrid. So I think this is a good end of the summer song that ironically just came on:

Song of the Day: Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry

Thanks for reading!

Lunch and Happily After

So today I got to have lunch with my boss, Mandy, and a few of her coworkers that are very into math, as I am. One has a major in mathematics, while the other has a degree in statistics. It was interesting to get to hear new perspectives on things INTERalliance has drilled into my brain. They were also quite personable, so it was fun. One brought her little sun, and he was a riot. He hit the gong with such force, everyone in the restaurant jumped. He also got to play with the large cooking tools that the cooks use to cook, flip, and entertain a crowd with. When I was walking back to my car to go to work, I was offered some tea sample. Never had those handed to me on the street, but man were they tasty. I’ll have to go back when I return to The Greene.

Also, last night my dad finally tried my current favorite game, Garry’s Mod. I’ve been trying to get him to play forever, making deals that I’ll play his new games if he just tries this one. It never worked until I bought it for him along with Terraria, insisting that he really should play. Last night he had a free half an hour to play with me and I insisted it be used for Garry’s Mod, instead of Diablo which is where he spends all of his free time. He got used to everything pretty quick. Good chance even quicker than I did. When I first played two and a half years ago, it was kind of frustrating and took me a few days to enjoy it a lot. He seemed to like it, though. But I did throw him in a Skype call with me and 4 I think of my other friends. So it was definitely overwhelming. I hope he plays again sometime.

Song of the Day: When I’m Alone by Lissie

Playlist of the Day: Turntable: Indie While You Work

Well, it’ll be a smaller post today. I don’t have much to elaborate on. Lots of stuff coming up though, with school beginning soon. Oh, yesterday Sydney did come over to drop off a necklace and show me her car. Though she brought her boyfriend. Even though I met him two years ago, he’s still immensely awkward and not easy to talk to. Then again, I’m not the best at talking to someone that their first language isn’t English. None of the friends Sydney and I share can really easily talk to him. But oh well, as long as he makes her happy.

P.s. I don’t like Windows 8, I’d recommend never even trying it, it will frustrate the bejesus out of most.

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Android vs. Apple

I’m sort of a cell phone fanatic. I’ve always loves researching about them, comparing specs, reading about current, trending, and future phones. I was determined to personally evaluate phones to decide which was best for what sort of person. I’m not sure if it exists, but I’d like to make a “What phone are you?” quiz sometime with the things I’ve learned. I have come to the conclusion that Androids are for those who are more interested in customizing and personalizing their phones in every aspect. Androids are more open for manipulating. Apple, on the other hand, is more about ease. There’s no need to custom every feature down to what font your browser has. (Actually, that may be customizable for Apples, I haven’t had as much time to look at those.) But being that Apple has only one phone (the iPhone, of course), they can focus all their attention to it, instead of keeping up with all sort of phones.

So they both definitely have major advantages, and major disadvantages. This post won’t be about my complete research of the phone systems, since I’ve only had an iPhone for a few days. Yes, the package I oh so awaited was an iPhone I got off of eBay. Since the beginning of my smartphone life, I have been an Android girl. My background for a short while was an Android peeing on an Apple. (I actually still find it pretty funny.) But since my battery started its slow trek to death, I decided that I’d like to try an iPhone as my next phone. Months after purchasing my new Samsung Stratosphere, its quality sank. Before I did the switch,  my phone would turn off for long periods of time regularly, apps would crash more often than not, the speed of my phone could be described as slower than a turtle with it’s legs hog tied, and generally decreasing its usability. Maybe I should have waited for that new battery my dad ordered, or have done a hard reset, but with everything that was wrong with it, I figured it was too far gone to fix everything. My phone had technocancer, and I couldn’t save it. I did some research about its problems, and I found out that charging a phone all night every night can kill the battery. So I guess I kind of set this upon myself. It would die within a very short amount of hours, without even using it. The standby time was atrocious, so one could only imagine its usage time.

My months of browsing for a relatively cheap iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 had finally paid off. I saw one for a fantastic price with its given qualifications: it was unlocked, to be activated with Verizon, brand new besides a minor nick under the home button, white, 32 Gigs, etc. A trend I found, was that phones with its specs would go for $300 minimum, to $400 for the average. I’m really not sure why this one didn’t sky rocket…I read every detail, review of the seller, and any information I could get about it, and it seemed like the most pristinely conditioned iPhone for sale for its price. I followed it for a few days, along with a few more. The other’s prices would reach the numbers I stated, even though they were only 8-16 Gigs. So I set my heart on getting this one phone.

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Funny, I was going to check the time left when I put in my last bids, since my next few sentences were going to be about how lucky I was to win, an an 8 Gig was just sold for $187.18, so my phone was really a great deal.

 I put my bid in was 10:51:38 PDT. Two bids were actually placed after mine. The value they bid was the same as mine, but they each had been placed at 10:51:48 PDT. Yes, I won the phone by 10 milliseconds. I was so immensely lucky, that I probably had squealed a little bit when I noticed that I won. I’m very happy with my purchase, and the seller did a fantastic job at shipping and accurate descriptions.

Today, I was curious what the error message for going to Grooveshark on the web browser was. When I went to the website, there was no error. I even tried to play a song, and it let me! So is Apple no longer blocking the website? Or did someone jailbreak my phone…? Either way, no complaining here. Now I can listen to anything I want!

Song of the DayHi Hey Hello by The Chicharones (This song became popular due to it being a promotional song for the Samsung Galaxy S4)

Playlist of the Day: 1002 Queue (A playlist I made today of SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artists)

One app I love, is Shazam. It can find nearly any song that you play for it. If it has troubles, Soundhound if also a great up for those pesky songs that won’t show up. It’s like Shazam, but you can sing, hum, or whatever is necessary to get the job done, and it’ll find it. If anyone can answer a question I have about Shazam, that’d rock my socks and I’ll love you. Question: Is it possible to directly move Shazam tags from a device such as a phone, to somewhere else such as another phone, or online? I hope so, I have a tooon of tags on my old phone that I wouldn’t mind eventually making into a playlist.

That’s all for today! Tomorrow I’ll get to tell you of my lunch visit with a few of my boss’s coworkers she thinks will have good advise for me as an aspiring math and technology geek. Ciao for now!

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