This semester I took English 102 which was an amazing experience. I wrote a 15-page research paper. My question was, “Can a resident of North Kansas City lessen her ecological impact on the Missouri River over the next six months?” Interestingly, the answer is no but I learned so much along the way. I visited the KC Water treatment plant which was really interesting. I’d like to tour the other utility facilities in KC now (and will). My instructor is now one of my mentors. She is an amazing person who really inspired me.
I bearly passed intermediate algebra with a C so that destroys my 4.0 streak. That’s ok because I know where I went wrong and I’ll try harder in Pre-Calculous. I’ll have to! I’ve found I really enjoy math. It’s so meditative and I love the feeling of working a big puzzle. It’s like learning another language, in fact, I found learning Arabic was easier than learning math at the same pace. I really have to study in my free time this summer to catch up.
Environmental science was awesome. Another of my mentors was the instructor for this class. I’ve had him before in the Foundation of Western Civ and Biology learning community class that I loved so much I am now an SI leader. That means I get eight bucks an hour to sit in on the class again and play learning games for an hour on Friday to help cement what they learned which is so much fun.
I also took an online Library Resource class to help me learn how to better use the library to conduct scholarly research. Between that class and Eng.102, I really am better prepared to conduct organized research projects.
Things are great at home. My son is now 16. I take him with me to school every chance I get so that he may be as familiar with college as possible. He’s sat in with me in classes and participated in events. It was really fun for him to see what a typical day in college is like. I didn’t know what that would look like until last year!
All in all a good semester. With the challenges of the first three semesters, I thought I would take this one easy. (Last semester I did 16 credit hours and held two jobs while undergoing the HepC treatment that made me so tired.) That, looking back, was a big mistake in attitude that cost me my 4.0. I did B or C work the whole time and then woke up at the end and pulled it together. It’s funny, without a crisis to escape into (or out of) I didn’t have the same drive that had propelled me before. I had to motivate myself just for the sake of doing it. I’m glad I did.