University


Well, the first week of this semester has been and gone and now it’s down to business. I have to hand in my first assignment tomorrow, change out of a course (soil & land resources) into another (advanced food safety) and try and change out of my current economics tutorial into another one to give me Tuesdays off. Days off might be the norm for Arts students, but for Science students they can be hard to come by.

With my soon to be aquired day off I shall only miss one day of lectures/practicals when I make my trip up to Melbourne at Easter. I still have too book my plane tickets, but I plan to go Tuesday afternoon and come home sometime on Saturday. I booked my ticket to Dylan Moran on the 14th today, and a Melbournian is kindly holding my ticket to Sigur Rós on the 11th. Therefore I’ve got free nights on the 12th and 13th at the moment. Well, I’m planning to see Danny Bhoy on the 12th, just have to book my ticket. And I’ll have to organise some accomodation.

My first scholarship payment came through on Friday. This means not only will I be able to pay for exciting things like tickets and air fares, but much less exciting things like textbooks that I will never use again after this semester. I spent my last two years of my scholarship on two computers but I’ve got nothing as big to buy this year. I’ve decided that I may as well enjoy myself while I’m young and so my CD collection is sure to get a big bigger and I shall be frequenting many more gigs. More so I have to enjoy myself during semester because I’ll be doing work experience for most of the 2006/07 summer holidays. I need to do 15 weeks for my degree and I’m yet to do any. I’ll hopefully get 2 weeks between semesters this year, and the same next year, but that still leaves 11 weeks. Fun fun.

And so I’m back at uni. By the time I was walking back to my car to drive home it felt like I hadn’t just had nearly 4 months off. I only had Economics for Business today, a first year subject. Half of it was spent explaining the unit outline etc. etc. and the other half was spent in a combination of boring me and telling me things that I can’t accept. People might disagree with me, but economics is so unscientific in it’s approach. It might be quite mathematical, but it’s just not real. These things aren’t actually happening, someone just says that they are. I can’t handle that and my brain can’t handle that. I like things based in fact rather than in the abstract. I think my lecturer lost me when she said that “Economists assume that people make rational decisions”. Well they don’t, do they? Sure they might occasionally, but not as a rule.

I can’t belive how organised people were today. I’d hardly figured out my timetable and there were first years in my lecture who had already logged into the uni website and downloaded todays lecture notes. Who does that? I know I didn’t when I was in first year. More importantly (and annoyingly) they’d already signed up to tutorials and taken the two that suited me best. Now I’m stuck with 6 uninterupted hours on Tuesday so I can actually do a tutorial. My choice was either that or exactly the same thing on Wednesday. Fun fun. Now I’ve never done such a large subject before, and getting a tutorial at a specific time in the past meant either writing your name down on a bit of paper outside the lecture theatre or just turning up. I know I’m not going to like this class. Luckily the assignments are only 500 words each and are only worth 10% together. So, however hard they may be they’re at least short and unimportant.

I think I shall go put my absolutely gorgeous Moleskine diary to good use and copy in it some due dates and the like, and then go for a walk. Got to keep up my routine.

Well I had wordpress back at half-ten.org (now dead) and I always liked it, so when I heard that I could get an account here I had to sign up. And because I feel like using all my new catagories I shall write a quick summary of what’s been going on in my life recently.

It’s my birthday very soon (07/03) and I turn 20. I’m not ready to do so at all, because I quite like being 19. I’ll no longer be a teenager and with that surely comes a bit more responsibility. Or at least people expect you to be more responsible. Well, they can expect away but I doubt I’ll deliver.

A week after my birthday I have the pleasure of seeing Jens Lekman in my very own city. Jens is a Swedish singer/songwriter/indie/popster and while I’m not very well aquainted with his music I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see him live. And it was cheap – $10+bf. I bought two tickets and plan to drag someone else along, kicking and screaming if need be.

Soon after that I’ll be heading up to Melbourne to see the ever amazing Sigur Rós perform live for the second time in my short little life. I shall again be meeting up with a few message board folks and having a generally wonderful time. As the Easter holidays start soon afterwards I plan to stay in Melbourne for a couple more days and take in the Melbourne Comedy Festival. I shall (well, hopefully – I’m yet to book tickets) be seeing Danny Bhoy, Dylan Moran and perhaps Ross Noble. Ross will be performing in Hobart about a fortnight later, so I’m yet to decide whether I’ll see him twice or not. He’s a rather random comedian though, and I’ve been told that all his shows are quite different.

I’m also a month into my new fitness regime, of at least 30 minutes rowing or 1 hour of walking every day. I’m planning on going for a walk very soon, and when I have that’ll be 28 days straight. I have to say I’m rather proud of myself, and I feel so much better than I did a month ago. I’m at the point where I actually want to exercise, rather than having to make myself do something.

We’ll see how I keep up with my exercise when I go back to uni tomorrow to start my 3rd year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. I’m planning to work much harder this year than I did the first two years, but unfortunately I’ve got little choice. If I want to do Honours next year then I’ll have to work my arse off and get good marks this year. Luckily I’m looking forward to well… two of my subjects this semester (Intro. to Plant Diseases and Food Microbiology), and one shouldn’t be all that bad even if I’m not a fan of the lecturer (Soil and Land Resources). Economics for Business is the one I’m dreading. I’ve got my first two hour lecture on it tomorrow and I don’t know how I’ll cope. I’ve got a scientific brain and it’s not equipped to cope with all the wank behind something like economics. Unfortunately I had no choice in the matter and I have to do it whether I like it or not. Hopefully with a bit of study I’ll survive. If it more equation based that’d be brilliant, I can do equations.

And so I’m off for a walk. I plan to listen to the New Devendra Banhart album, Cripple Crow as I go.