Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First Day of School

Today was the first day of my semester. I kept thinking today how cliche my day was turning out to be. This morning, I had my first Linear Algebra lecture. It was held in the kind of lecture hall with rotating blackboards, and on a slope so that the students look down on the professor, and it felt very typical of college classes.

There was a great post by David, the author of Co-Create UMBC, all about his first day of college. In all honesty, I don't remember my actual first day of classes here. I remember my Honors orientation, and remembered being at Convocation, but I don't remember the first day of classes. I remember my first day of high school though. I came home from my first day of high school convinced I was going to fail Geometry because I didn't know how to do FOIL. But it turned out to be fine, I had a great math teacher that year and Geometry remains my favorite kind of math to this day.

How was your first day of classes this year (if you're still a student, of any kind)? If you're not a student, what was your first day of school like?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


With the rise of the Olympics, the term "hero" has gotten thrown around a lot. I'm not sure I would call them heroes. So I looked it up on, and here are the definitions.
  1. A person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities.
  2. The chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities.
So I don't know that I would call the Olympians heroes, per say, since I'm not sure athleticism is noble, or courageous. They're also not protagonists of books. Sure, they're dedicated, hardworking, and worthy of a lot of respect, but not heroes.

The other day I told my little brother he was one of my heroes. Because he is. But then I started thinking about my other heroes. How about you - who are your heroes?

Monday, August 6, 2012

House Keeping

While my sisters are away, my mom's been capitalizing on the slightly less populated household to clean. We rearranged a lot of our furniture and sorted through all of the...well, the junk that home school families seem to generate saving up for the home school review board. Total clean out: full recycle can after one night's work and six bags of trash at the curb this morning from the weekend's efforts. Of course, it also revealed some fun treasures, like a photo of my sister at age 8 reading out loud to my other sisters (at ages 6 and 4) from 2001. In addition to all this cleaning, we've been buying a few things to stock my new apartment. Looking forward to setting up my own housekeeping :)
Just keeping you all posted - we should be back to semi-regularly scheduled blogging one school kicks up - just now I am busy ending some things and beginning others.