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Mercury_Blue
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Icon 9 posted December 18, 2003 05:12      Profile for Mercury_Blue     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Our stupid lives indeed. I got 1:30 hours of sleep last night, and I'm still not done studying for the 3 semester tests I have today (they count as 1/4 of the semester). So, if anybody reads this, wish me luck, please. I'm worried as hell. [Frown]

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Icon 12 posted December 18, 2003 06:46      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Don't worry we've all been through it. Good luck!

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Icon 1 posted December 18, 2003 12:13      Profile for Orpheus     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Good luck! You'll manage well and just think once its over you can sleep in or maybe go out with friends and hit a local happy hour [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted December 27, 2003 07:08      Profile for aberrantgeek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I fear the day when I will actually have to study.

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Icon 1 posted December 27, 2003 11:38      Profile for addiew   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by aberrantgeek:
I fear the day when I will actually have to study.

ditto

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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2003 19:57      Profile for Dr Psyclops         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I don't know why, but I never have had to study. Except Chemistry. I'm a little bit ungood at chemistry. I should have studied Philosophy. Wait! I'm studying Math. Math and Philosophy are inseperable. Yes, excellent.

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studying for finals? psht. i was off seeing 'return of the king,' and it appears i passed.

...i'm a strong advocate of learning it the first time around, it saves the hair loss and heart palpitations of cramming for tests.

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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2003 22:21      Profile for Orpheus     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ahh the good old days... I remember when I didn't have to study for classes... well most of my classes... phys chem and analytical chem and a few other bio classes were a bit tougher. Then came grad school [weep]
Not only do I have to study, I have to teach myself and not from a text book (there is none), from scientific papers, google searches, and whatever text books or copies thereof I can get my hands on. So enjoy it while ya got it and take advantage of being able to work on side projects and such. young whipersnappers!! *crotchety old student*

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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2003 23:20      Profile for addiew   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
dont tell me I have to study in grad school (GASP!) I'm starting in fall [weep] [Eek!]

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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2003 09:05      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Congrats and good luck addiew! Where're you going?

quote:
Originally posted by Orpheus:

Not only do I have to study, I have to teach myself and not from a text book (there is none), from scientific papers, google searches, and whatever text books or copies thereof I can get my hands on. So enjoy it while ya got it and take advantage of being able to work on side projects and such. young whipersnappers!! *crotchety old student*

Dear God! And then they give you a take-home final that's full of data pulled straight hot, stinking, and steaming from the prof's overly caffinated ass and ask you to explain the stuff. To quote one of my classmates "I looked up Cys 181 and it doesn't exist." [cry baby] And let's not go into the book that everyone needed but couldn't find. I got my hands on a copy only because my lab had one, and shared it with a classmate working in the lab next door after she was bitching about how screwed over she was. This is the first time I've ever not looked at my grades online. I don't want to know.

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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2003 13:31      Profile for Orpheus     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
hehe oh yeah and then there's the popular 'lets add in typos and misinformation and see if they catch it' trick. I've had that happen in a couple classes on finals and such, they'll add in either typos or omit data or point you in a direction of a dead end and you've got to figure out what went wrong and what's wrong with the problem only they don't tell you that's the point of the exercise. Its kinda fun if you figure it out but you can run around in circles and bash your head into a wall for about a week before you realize what's wrong.

I'm just curious what tricks they'll throw at us my second semester. [shake head]

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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2003 14:00      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Orpheus:
I'm just curious what tricks they'll throw at us my second semester. [shake head]

I don't want to know.

The vernacular for the class we first years take is "Core". One of our profs next semester supposedly turns Core into Core Dump. I just hope she backs her lectures up with some papers, unlike the last guy, who gave us illegible handwritten lecture notes and expected us to follow along. For two hours.

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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2003 14:47      Profile for Orpheus     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
hehe I've had those! The ones where the variables in the equation change from one line to the next but still mean the same thing. I once had a prof who's x's and n's looked identical so it didn't matter much which he used anyway...

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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2003 23:01      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
X's and n's that look the same? I think some peopel should just be banned from applying a pen to paper altogether.

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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2004 01:36      Profile for addiew   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
you guys are scaring me. grad school isn't suppose to be any harder than undergrad [crazy] [cry baby]

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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2004 10:29      Profile for Orpheus     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
hehe sorry, its more fun though. At least in my case its all stuff I'm interested in, and really once you move into your professional career you'll encounter situations like this (i.e. no text books, no spoon feeding, errors in the literature, etc.) all the time and you need to be prepared to handle them. It is stressful at times but I don't think its anything you won't be able to handle. I'm not sure what sort of studies you're pursuing but one warning for anyone going into a science field that is used to being perfect all the time: expect to fail at things, ideally not entire classes but experiments more often than not don't work the first few times (if at all).

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Icon 1 posted January 03, 2004 09:36      Profile for Mercury_Blue     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I had never studied before this year either, so I didnt think I would need to study this year either. I was wrong. That's why I made a low 80 in U.S. History during the first 6 weeks. Garrr. These days I also need to study for math, just because I'm not very strong in that area, and the new information quickly gets lost in the endless sediment layers that I have in my mind...and then at the end of the semester I have to stir it all up again...blarg.
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