Friday, August 29, 2008
I pay a whole lot of tuition every semester, and then on top of that, I have to spend nearly the equivalent of my tuition in books. Of course, this semester, every single one of my texts is the brand new 2008 edition (one of which is a first edition that has not even been printed yet). So, there's $200.00/book/class. Five classes, and there's another $1000 out of my empty pockets. Here's something that is really starting to bother me. More and more of my professors are moving to use the textbook publisher's websites for creating and submitting our homework assignments. Of course, this costs each student roughly $30 per class per semester. Why do professors think that this is okay to do? I am already paying my professor to teach me and to grade whatever homeworks/papers/exams that he assigns. Why am I now also having to pay an extra $30 to make it so that he just has to select (instead of create) the homework assignments, then have the computer grade them automatically? This seems like an expense that he should be paying out of his own pocket, seeing as it makes his life easier (and lazier) and has no real benefit to me whatsoever? I am really irritated by this, and I think that I'm going to have a talk with the dean of the Business college to discuss this. I still need to talk to him about my non-English speaking Statistics II professor, anyway. I do love being a student, but I am really over it.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Today was my third to last first day of undergrad classes! Okay, so maybe that's not really so exciting, but I can't believe that I only have three semesters left *fingers crossed*. I only had one class this evening, which I think that I'll appreciate throughout the semester. I know about one-third of the people in my class, and they're all pretty cool, so I think that it's going to be fun. Tonight's class was Effective Business Writing, and the professor had us take a 5-page grammar quiz before she let us leave 45 minutes early. The quiz covered punctuation placement, choosing between their/there/they're sort of words, and spelling commonly misspelled words. Why are we taking this in a 300-level management class? It was a bit on the insulting side. But, what can you expect from someone who let us out early because she had an early morning flight to Denver where she is going to be a delegate at the Dem convention?
So, I started what I believe is going to be another amazing book today: The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I think that Mrs. Chopin was a truly amazing storyteller. And of course, it is local color and naturalist literature, so this book is bound to rank high on my list of favorite novels. : )
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Besides free football tickets and $60/semester gym memberships. What more could I really ask for, right? Well, just in time for all of the back-to-school shopping that I'm not doing (I have to buy a bajillion dollars worth of textbooks this semester), I'm finding out about all of these great student discount offers out there. Last night, Jen informed me (apparently for the second time) that J. Crew gives 10% off of your order when you present a valid student ID. Jen, they also give 15% off to teachers with a valid ID, so you need to hook that one up! You can find out more information about J. Crew's discount policies here.
American Apparel recently e-mailed me to let me know that if they could validate my student ID, I would get 15% off any orders that I placed by the beginning of September. I gave them my student information, and they validated it and sent me my discount code in less than 24 hours. Pretty sweet, considering all of the basics that they stock, including a really great cardigan, scarf, and lined tights that I'd like to buy sometime this fall.
I'm going to milk this whole higher education thing for all it's worth. Now, if only Riverside would start giving student discounts on movie tickets...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Tonight, between class and girls' night with Jen, I stopped into the local Reno McCain campaign headquarters to do a little bit of work. We made calls to find out how "soft Republicans" were feeling about the upcoming presidential election. I have to admit that this is one of my favorite things to do on campaigns. I also love walking precincts. I love to talk to people about politics and see what they're thinking--regardless of whether I agree with them. Walking precincts in Monterey during the 2004 elections, I met some really cool people, including one guy who wanted me to have someone deliver a few dozen campaign signs to put up in his yard because his wife was voting for Kerry and told him that he couldn't put any Bush-Cheney signs out in the yard. : )
Tonight, making calls, we had one really great line that I had to share with all of you. The girl across from me called a house, and when she asked for the registered voter, the woman who answered said this: "Joe moved to California, and he's gay now." Another girl made a call to a really sweet old man named Hedwig. As soon as we all heard her ask for him, we started giggling. Of course, Harry Potter jokes followed.
I really love working on campaigns. I hope that when the next presidential election comes around, I'll be able to quit my job and get a job working on a campaign. That is, if anyone I can believe in will run for President...