marguerite_krux: (cuddy-hate myself)
Did Arbitration today. Pretty MEH.

Less pressure than the moot- where we actually go to the frakking COURT ROOM and have to stand and be all awkward and 'don't look at me'. At least we get to sit, which makes reading straight from my notes a lot easier, lol. I totally panicked at the moot when I was standing and trying to read from my notes in the plastic pockets of the folder and going, 'oh, crap, the reflection of the light off the plastic means I CAN'T SEE A SINGLE WORD'. I had to ad-lib, which is never a good thing, til I could unobtrusively pull out the sheets of notes. Ugh.

But lot less fun than mediation, where I spoke a grand total of TWO TIMES and one of those was to introduce myself...and yet got a credit!

This was just plain nerve-wracking and even though I only wrote it up yesterday, I had a good grasp on the law and I knew my facts and everything, but I couldn't LOOK at the arbitrator- a 5th year student who is smart enough to tutor 3rd years, yikes- and I know my voice cracked and wavered a lot and when he asked me a question, I was so lost and floundered around so pitifully that he had to be merciful and TELL ME THE ANSWER. Damn damn damn.

Anyway, the happy news is, he was all 'okay, you guys turned up in a suit, so you all passed' and seriously, that is how much this entire exercise in worthlessness actually means. As long as you dress the part and know who you're 'representing', you pass. All this agony for so little. God save me from public speaking...
marguerite_krux: (Roslin+airlock=doom)
Snakes.

Ugh. UGH. Yuck yuck BLEURGH. *shudders*

I think I've worked it out of my system now. See, today we were studying phobias and systematic desensitization. Yay, whoopee and all. Except our teacher gets the bright idea to put on a video featuring this woman overcoming her phobia of snakes. Focusing on the reptile with great care and attention to detail.

Now, I'm not rabidly phobic over *images* of snakes, which is why I didn't run out SCREAMING AND FLAILING AND FREAKING THE HELL OUT. But it was...oh, god, it was interesting.

Still feeling a little queasy and shivery and just breathing funny.

Gods, you think the guy might ASK if anyone has a problem with SNAKES considering we're studying PHOBIAS AND ALL before showing such footage. Why couldn't he have shown a video about CLOWNS? The girl in my group, who took on the role of patient to my therapist [HA! AHAHA!], is scared to death of clowns.

Sheppard is supposedly scared of clowns. I wonder what it is about clowns? Unless he was yanking that alien Wraith worshiper chick's chain and was having fun at her expense. Hmm.
marguerite_krux: (Default)
1. I'M BACK ON LJ! I had a break from the internet during the holidays- except iOffer, I spent hundreds of bucks there during the holidays...Criminal Minds, Dexter, Bones, Shark etc. etc.
2.. Turning 20 on Wed. *cringes* Ye gods, how OLD I sound. I need to be mature and responsible in two days time! Impossible!

3. The X-files movie out the day AFTER my birthday! I'm making my official b'day celebration July 24th this year. *glees*

4. Forced to purchase the learners handbook to driving. Forced, I say. All I need to do right now is study it- 'I've...looked at it,' I tell my parents. Look I have, but *read*? I'm putting that off as long as possible. It's a slippery slope from passing my learner's test online to actual *flails* DRIVING. Katherine got me to hold the wheel while she was answering the phone the other day? I almost ran the car off the road. Not cool.

5. And the most major issue...good news, bad news, worse news. I passed three units from first semester- failed Biz Org. Yuck. But at least I passed Property which is a pre-req for Land Law this semester, and it would have been messy and ruined my law track if I couldn't move on down the chain of units.

I'm vowing to do better this semester. After a brief flirtation with skipping this morning, I ended up attending Land Law. This is the beginning of a new and better me. :0 My parents are kinda forcing the metamorphosis, though- I'm only allowed FOUR hours of tv a week, and I'm banned from going anywhere and doing anything other than uni from Mon-Thursday. I'm not even allowed to visit my grandmother, who is pretty much the only person I see, practically every day, I'm closer to her than anyone else in my life and I can now only visit her on Fri and the weekend- when my parents can monitor how long I spend there and make up chores to keep me at home. *grumps*

Regret and contrition for screwing up last semester aside, I am kinda impressed that with only a day's study- from 9am til half an hour before the exam commenced at 2pm- I managed to score 64% in Psychology and a 55 in Soc. Seriously, wow. Imagine what I could achieve with a semester full of study? Even *half* a semester's worth of attention?

6. I'm actually excited about a unit this semester- I'm starting PSYCHOPATHOLOGY on Wed! Is that not the most awesome unit imaginable?! :D
marguerite_krux: (roslin-you are frakked)
So, remember that psych essay of mine that I handed in late? And my excuse? And the fangirly conversation that spawned it?

Just to refreshen your minds...

Reflection

The write-up of the interview was not as difficult as I thought, and I’m ashamed I didn’t attend to it sooner. This is the first assignment in my entire life that’s been handed in late, due to both my inattention to small details like the due date, and also my recent addiction to Mary McDonnell. The ‘Dances With Wolves’ and ‘Sneakers’ double-whammy struck me last week. A friend suggested the excuse 'I am dealing with a new and overwhelming addiction to Mary McDonnell which drove all thoughts of study out of my head’ couldn’t hurt. Apparently, ‘New Mary movies is actually a nationally recognized excuse… It applies to all types of missed deadlines.  Tell your teachers.’

Well, I finally screwed up the courage to pick it up. Know what the really sucky thing is? I originally scored a Distinction on it. Like, I tried NOT AT ALL and scored a D. But because it was late...it went down to a P+, which works out to roughly between 56-59%. I didn't need more time on it or anything, I just couldn't be bothered and kept neglecting it. If I'd failed it altogether, that would have been fine, but to know that I did well and my grade only suffered because I couldn't pull it together and be *smart* for a change...that stings.

Anyway, in response to my excuse, the teacher wrote, 'Thank you for your honest reflection...your honesty is appreciated'. Lol. Much good it did me, but that was cool of her not to like, hate me for not taking the essay as seriously as I should. I am screwed though, I need 55% to pass the unit now and I have this ominous feeling in my gut that it ain't gonna happen. For none of my four units. *sighs* Kill me now?
marguerite_krux: (roslin-you are frakked)

So,  the other day, own_the_sky and I had this conversation in sapph’s journal [from which all EVIL seems to originate]

own_the_sky

New Mary movies is actually a nationally recognized excuse for missing class. Tell your teachers.

borg_princess
Hee, I love this. Does it apply to overdue assignments too? XP

I must print that disclaimer and attach to my two day late essay. That's what happens when you leave it til the last minute and then get Dances with Wolves/Sneakers. *headdesk*

own_the_sky

haha. Of course. It applies to all types of missed deadlines.
Aw Sneakers and DWW... a double whammy... no way can you be expected to turn things in on time

 borg_princess

Oh, thank the gods, someone understands me! Not so sure my lecturer would [although...they're human too, you never know who might be a closet Mary fan]

Lol, this might be one of the more novel excuses a student has ever given! 'I am dealing with a new and overwhelming addiction to Mary McDonnell which drove all thoughts of study out of my head.' Heh. I'm doing Psychology, so maybe that would be intriguing enough to distract them...?

own_the_sky

My drawing professor *almost* let me off the hook for a portfolio review i missed because DWW was on TV just because it was an original excuse...

This excuse must work in psychology if it almost works in art.


And you know, we were totally joking around- or at least, *I* was. Then I realized I had to hand in a short reflection on the assignment because they’re big on introspection in this unit, for some reason. *cue suspenseful music* I cannot believe I actually did this, because my lecturer is SO going to think I’m taking the piss out of this assignment, but it was a last minute requirement that I attended to at 1 am and…I ended up handing this in:

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Reflection

The write-up of the interview was not as difficult as I thought, and I’m ashamed I didn’t attend to it sooner. This is the first assignment in my entire life that’s been handed in late, due to both my inattention to small details like the due date, and also my recent addiction to Mary McDonnell. The ‘Dances With Wolves’ and ‘Sneakers’ double-whammy struck me last week. A friend suggested the excuse 'I am dealing with a new and overwhelming addiction to Mary McDonnell which drove all thoughts of study out of my head’ couldn’t hurt. Apparently, ‘New Mary movies is actually a nationally recognized excuse… It applies to all types of missed deadlines.  Tell your teachers.’

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*headdesk* WHAT THE HELL WAS I ON?! OMFG I’M INSANE.

 

marguerite_krux: (Default)
I knew this day was going to be awesome from the moment I fell out of bed early in the morning. Tried desperately to grab the bed knob, but to no avail- I managed to knock over my fan, bang my elbow on the closet, hit my head on my heater and now, in addition to a throbbing headache, my spine isn’t quite sure which way it’s supposed to bend [don’t get me started on my trouble with *sitting*. Ouch.]
 
On a disturbing note, I’m losing time. In Biz Org [Business Organizations], we were discussing the benefits and disadvantages of trusts as a company structure…or something. My eyes were fixed on the projector screen, and the teacher had not yet put up the list of disadvantages. Then I jolted out of this…state…I don’t know, it wasn’t like I opened my eyes, they were already open, but it’s like I…all I know is, one moment, there was nothing under 'disadvantages'. Next moment, there IS a list of items and it’s obvious a bit of time has passed by because she spends like, five minutes on each, so I’m just freaked out. It’s like my brain switched off, without me knowing, and then it switched back on and I registered time had passed but I don’t know what was happening with my body…*shudders* It’s creepy and I don’t like it.
 

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