Yay! I have almost finished (and survived) my first quarter at Western! Yippie! With an unexpected 17 credits, 8 hours of work a week and added extra-curriculars such as Viking Band and Swing Dancing, I have a hard time believing I managed to do it all! It feels great to have it all done (except for a calculus final I have tomorrow…)
Throughout the quarter I’ve had the pleasure of realizing a trait I have that can be difficult for others. For some reason, I have excellent time management skills. So much so that it’s my normal way of life and I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I have been able to see a bit of how other students are handling their first quarter and while some have plenty of time for both school and socializing, others spend late nights or have to miss fun opportunities to get work done they had not yet gotten to. That just doesn’t work for me. I like my sleep and I like to do as many fun activities as possible. By splitting up my work and realizing that I need time to recharge and relax, I was able to make my ‘dead week’ one of my easiest weeks this quarter. I just think that’s wonderful.
Other thoughts on Finals:
I really like the format of my classes’ finals this quarter (and it’s even better because I have all the same professors next quarter! yes!) My physics final was take home; we got to work on it throughout all of dead week and collaborate with other students. While in reality this meant I finished it on Thursday and spent Sunday and Monday going over it with some of my classmates, I really enjoyed the format and the ability to work on it on my own time, without being stressed about getting it all done in a certain amount of time. My Honor’s 103 class only had a paper due – pretty easy. Calculus is a traditional comprehensive final but my professor is a quirky woman who has decided it’s necessary for us to have food and is bringing us some things to munch on before the test.
This week, because of my substantially reduced load due to finals week, I was able to go to the newest movie theather hear in Bellingham on the first day! My mom and I first went to The Lorax – an interesting film obviously based off of something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but with a very apparent theme about pollution and taking care of the environment. Later in the evening my dad joined us for The Hunger Games. I had known the premise of The Hunger Games but hadn’t read the books… I felt the movie was rather stressful, but interesting. It did make me curious about what happens in the other books. The premise of these 24 teens fighting to the death makes me rather uncomfortable and I feel that in the books you get a lot more background of the politics and history throughout the districts, instead of just the bloodshed as is often a focus in films. However! The theaters are pretty exciting. This new establishment alone has twice as many screens as Bellingham has had total. The seats go higher rather than farther back which makes it so it’s hard for the person in front of you to block your view, but also it would really suck if you dropped something… All in all, I’m pretty happy with them, especially that the first three days they are open they are showing a variety of movies for $2 and the proceeds go to local charities. Can’t wait to see The Hobbit on Friday!
And for my last thought; I’d like to share a fantastic musical group that I have discovered and have been immersing myself in the past couple of days. The Piano Guys are a group of five guys that record and produce piano/cello covers of a variety of songs. They are also known for taking their instruments (especially the grand piano..) to interesting places. I will leave you with a seasonal piece… but I encourage you to look at their other videos to watch the joy on the cello player’s face, to see the surprising places they take the instruments, and to hear the fantastic music they create.