The Biology Blues

Final grades usually come out a week or two after the semester ends, but sometimes you’re lucky to get your grade earlier…and at other times you’re lucky to not receive your grade earlier. Well, if you ever take a biology course at UIC, you’ll be getting your grades early before they land on your transcript for real–but mine weren’t pleasant. I guess I’m just happy to pass, but our biology professor gave us a Blackboard announcement saying if you didn’t get a good grade in the class, then you have to step it up because this class resembled the MCAT/GRE type of exams (a lot of biology or other science-major students are pre-medicine). I think it’s good because we get exposed to it and all, but man do I have a lot of work ahead of me in terms of preparing for the MCAT! Apparently my class scored the highest out of all the classes previously, which means I was surrounded by a lot of smart people! I consider myself the average type of smart, the smart that can get by for some things but in general depends on a lot of studying. I have a feeling everyone else was the talented-smart…the type who can just get things almost by instinct. I don’t know how they do it! Those kind of people perplex me because I probably have to study five times harder than they do to get the same or a similar grade.

I had organic chemistry Friday and I think it went all right. I haven’t gotten the final exam grade and final grade for that class, but I’m okay not knowing for a bit.

Studying for my organic chemistry exam at my desk in MRH

I have actually not used my desk in my room at MRH since the beginning of the year. The light is really bright and served to be a wonderful place to do homework! I'm going to be doing this more often next semester.

As for my other classes, I know nutrition went well because she uploaded the exam right away and it’s by points so it’s easier to pass in my opinion. I haven’t gotten a grade back yet for my Asian studies paper, nor my short stories in English.

I finished writing my paper at the UIC Library around 1am!

The weekend before finals week I went to the UIC library to write my Asian studies paper. I stayed there until 1am and finished it!

It’s funny. After we had Thanksgiving break, I had no motivation whatsoever to do work. I think that effect of being at home just really relaxed me, and having to go from that back to school was a bummer. My roommate and I stayed up until 5am this one night because we just felt angry all of the sudden, and we are pretty collected people if you ever meet us. I was triggered into a venting state when I went on Facebook and saw something that I really disapproved of. I don’t understand why people have to say things that other people would either say “aww” or barf from reading. I guess there’s only a few eyes that you want to read your status updates, even though everyone can see them! It was just another reason why I do not go on Facebook very often. Does anyone else feel a negative type of nostalgia when they decide to go on that website? I definitely don’t like that I have to figure out how to navigate on Facebook because they always change their layouts. Yeesh.

Some idiot(s) wasted a good bag of potatoes to pull a prank.

If there's something I really don't like about college, it has to be the immaturity of the population here. I'm not talking UIC specifically because I think it happens at any college campus, especially in the dorms. When my roommate and I were having this heart-to-heart talk, we heard some voices near our door...giggling sounds. We didn't think much of it besides they were clearly up to no good, but the next day we opened our door to go outside and a giant stack of potatoes just rolled in our room! We were outraged, especially ever since we realized how many things we were upset about the night before socially. My roommate went crazy and picked up all of the potatoes and kicked them and threw them across the hallway. I don't see how people have fun hurting others, even if 'it's just a joke.' I definitely wasn't laughing.

In addition to that incident, the MRH Resident Director sent an e-mail to everyone about damages. I remember experiencing this when I lived at JST last year and it’s almost always split among everyone who lives on your floor, not the whole building. Well, I live on the third floor and each person has to pay $6.38 for damages. First floor pays nothing, second floor pays $2.73, and fourth floor pays $1.09. I mean, seriously? What if it was someone from first floor who went to the third floor and did that damage? How do they account for this…and is it really my responsibility to go to someone on my floor and tell them not to be stupid? I know some people choose to live on campus for the parties and social events, but I personally just want to live in a nice quiet place where I can study and sleep peacefully! MRH is closer to that type of living environment I’m looking for as opposed to JST, but it could be better.

Well, I guess this is enough ranting. I’m at home right now and it’s been really great so far. I recently watched The Sitter and it was surprisingly really good! I thought it would be bad because I don’t like the other movies the main actor is in (e.g. Super Bad), but everything about it was hilarious and contained some kind of moral-ness to it. I ran into a couple people today from high school and junior high so looks like I’ll be catching up with them this winter break!

I still don’t have any ideas for what to do during my winter break besides getting my allergy shots and doing research, but I guess I’ll wing it. I’m also going to go to the writing center a few times because one of the main journals in the writing center field is looking for submissions from undergraduate students and so the writing center director is asking anyone who is interested to attend a workshop. It should be a lot fun!

Student Center West

This is outside of Student Center West. I'm here a lot because of my two jobs. It snowed, but I guess you can't see here too well. Chicago winter is brewing.

The sky was getting pink at 6am.

I had to get up at 6am to go to west side for research. I didn't get much sleep, but the mornings are very beautiful. The sky actually made UIC's SES building pretty for once.

I promise my next post will be a lot less mundane! Hope everyone had a better week than I did.

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About Milie Fang, Biological Sciences / Pre-medicine

I am a senior and an acclaimed workaholic. While I like to keep busy academically, I really enjoy the simple pleasures of hanging out with friends and family, playing video games, or listening to music. When life seems to go well, allergies and eczema like to butt in and make me miserable. I hope to go into medicine so that I can have a better understanding of skin and the immune system to help myself, and to also help others facing the same problems I have faced since I was three.

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