Semester Beginnings

If you don’t know, I am a first year Biochemistry major at Georgia Tech. I am also pre-med for now. I am starting my second semester. Yay.

It’s 8 days into the semester. And I’m starting to realize how difficult these four months are actually going to be. The courses I am currently taking this semester are: Quantitative Analysis, Organic Chemistry, Calculus 2, Intro to Biomedicine and Culture, and Intro to Philosophy. The latter two are super easy and interesting and discussion-based. The former three are torturous. Actually, Calc is not that bad. Orgo is also not terrible, but my professor is super boring. Quantitative Analysis is a Chemistry/Biochemistry major course, and apparently is the hardest Chem course we have to take. It is made terribly worse by the fact that my professor has an incredibly thick accent. I am taking 16 credit hours, but the actual class time amounts to a whopping 21 hours. I have a four hour lab from 2-6pm on Fridays, which sucks to no end. I actually have to go to all my classes this semester :(. And the only breaks I have between my classes are 30 min-1 hr lunch breaks. It feels too much like high school I don’t like it.

I’ve been pretty good at maintaining my good study habits. I am still getting my work done by dinner time (holla). I’ve still been watching too much Netflix and reading too many books (though that’s not really possible). I have some exciting events I am volunteering for in the next couple of months. All in all, college is still stressful and overwhelming, but great.

How has your semester been going?

Day and Night Book Tag

I know, I know. It has been an unacceptably long time since I last posted. But I was sick and had my first week of school and stuff. And I’m just going to keep telling myself that that is a valid excuse even though I watched an entire season of a TV show and read three books in that time.

To get myself back into the blogging flow, I am going to do the Day and Night Book Tag! Woohoo! I was tagged by my friend Sydney from Books and Stuff. I tag anyone who wants to do this tag.

And so it begins:

Do you read more in the morning or at night?

Definitely at night. During school breaks I end up reading entire books between the hours of 11pm and 4am. If I haven’t finished a book before I go to bed, I read it while I’m eating my meals (at home). At school, I just read for about an hour or so before bed. I have a greater tendency to get sucked into Netflix and neglect reading when I am at school. Idk why.

Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

I can’t think of a specific one off of the top of my head, but the whole dystopian genre has made me more worried for future generations. Also, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality has taught me to aspire to greater goals.

YA or not?

Heck ya! Though many books of this genre have their faults, almost all of my favorite books are YA fiction. And some of the ones that aren’t started out as YA fiction and became classics. I think people don’t give YA enough credit. Many YA characters deal with intense problems at an incredibly young age and must mature quickly in order to deal with those problems.

Are there characters you honestly believe are real?

Um…no.

Nobody touches my books or I don’t mind loaning books out?

Well, my physical book collection is very tiny, so it’s never usually an issue in the first place. But some of the books I have loaned out have magically disappeared into oblivion. I would be fine with loaning out books to close friends, however.

Do you ever smell your books?

sometimes

Not everyone loves books…is this a positive or a negative?

Major negative. It is one of the most frustrating things to me when people say they “don’t read”. Books are wonderous. Everyone should embrace them.

I keep my books in the best condition…or maybe not?

No. This may be sacrilege to some people, but I am definitely a dog-ear-er. Bookmarks annoy me. I have a couple of books that have water damage from their corners sinking into the bath. There are others with missing book covers. My copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has the entire spine backing ripped off. Some of them have food stains from obsessively reading while eating. I will say that these worn out books are the ones that I have read at least 5 times each, so they were going to get destroyed.

Gosh, I have too many books! True or false?

False. I barely have any books. I really want more books, but I really hate spending money. Idk what to do. I just need to get rich so I can live in a library house.

Have you ever spilled or stained your books with something, and if so how?

Yes. Aforementioned food. Probably some nail polish at some point.

Toned or not toned while reading (do you work out and read at the same time)?

Well, I am kind of in a workout lull, so currently no. But I have read books and magazines while on the elliptical during middle school or something. Most of the workouts I do now are videos anyways, so reading wouldn’t work out (hehe).

What should I post next? Do you prefer my book posts or my productivity posts? Let me know please.

December Goals Evaluation

December has gone. And so have the many stressors that came with it (mostly just finals). This is my December goals evaluation:

1. Reading 10 books-I surpassed this goal. YAY! I read about 17 books. Amazing, I know.

2. Watch classic movies-I did not do this because I was busy reading. I am okay with this. However, I did watch Serenity.

3. PL/RA application-Yes. I finished and submitted my application. And I am very proud of it. I am just waiting on my recommendations. I also really need to practice interviewing because I really suck at interviews.

4. Finish TV shows-Yeah! I finished SherlockFirefly, and Parks and Rec. I also started and finished Selfie, and started BroadchurchDollhouse, and House M.D.

5. Practice coding-Kind of. I used some coding apps to practice, but I didn’t actually code a webpage or anything.

6. Organize-Partially. I organized my Tumblr and updated my Goodreads account. But I didn’t get a chance to further organize my Chrome bookmarks and clean out my email.

7. Build online presence-Meh. I got over 30 followers on this blog! But I did not really do much else. I posted almost every day of winter break, and I have over 100 blog post ideas on Evernote, but I haven’t worked on YouTube or made a LinkedIn.

8. Work out-Complete and utter failure.

9. Productivity experiments-Also, fail. I didn’t do an productivity experiments at all. I guess I read approximately one book a day, but I am not going to count that.

Did you accomplish your December goals?