Feb. 2, 2021

School Update

Journals are usually full of things that happen throughout the writer’s life, right? Well, I haven’t been doing much of that, so let’s throw something like that down. I am currently going for a degree in both Biology and Art. Funnily, or unfortunately enough, in this semester a class in both of these focuses are bogging me down. 3D Design is an awful experience with the project (yeah, I only just finished the first project and already dread the class) taking way too long and I hadn’t known that Chemistry was a math class.

I like science, you know, like Biology (Botany, Mycology, Marine, Geology, Environmental...), but I’m not much of a math person even though I know it is a part of the subject. Yet, here I am learning conversions. I figured that I’d be using some math, but I wasn’t ready to expect doing algebra with scientific notation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not hard. None of my work is hard, yet. I’m not over here wracking my brain trying to remember 6.022 x 10^23 or 1.66 x 10^-27 (not entirely true, I mixed up the exponents before I went to make sure). It is just easy to mess up. Cause, like, which one is the denominator, which one is the numerator? Are all the numbers in the right SI unit? Now I am over here with radiation and wavelength, working with Hz and J, needing to remember the speed of light (2.998 x 10^8 m/s) along with Planck’s 6.626 x 10^-34 J and Rydberg’s 2.178 x 10^-18 J. Plus, there’s the stuff I expected to learn, stuff like orbitals and how that relates to blocks and energy. I’m not one of those on-top-of-their-game kids, so I’m not entirely sure what’s really going on here. All I know is that Exam 1 is Friday and I’m certain that my A is in danger.

Ugh, 3D Design is fine. It just takes too long and I’m more for drawing and painting than one for architecture. I don’t know measurements. What even are numbers? I know dimensions of canvases, that’s it. Stop with the building. That’s not my jurisdiction. Making the file for the laser cutter is so time consuming. Plus, apparently etching does nothing? I could've sworn that it'd burn the shape cause if not than what the hell is the difference between etching and scoring? Whatever, I just peeled off the top layer of the chipboard for what I wanted etched. Now those places are light and furry.

All my other five classes are doing fine. Four of them are basically art history with three of them literally being art history courses. The only thing I’m not a fan of with Drawing II is that I walk 20 minutes to class having to lug around a 24” by 36” pad of newsprint. I’m more used to 18” by 24” for drawing classes, so the size difference is there. For drawing, though, I found a deal for newsprint. Now, a pad of 50 is around 15$ and we use a good chunk of this paper for each session. I went on Blick and was going to buy three more pads for 45$. However, I noticed that 500 sheets of newsprint was 43$. So, what I decided to do was get the 500 sheets and a huge 30ply chipboard that I am going to cut down to size. Using cheap masking tape, each page is going to be taped to the top in a fashion that allows me to flip the pages as I work. That way, I will have my very own homemade drawing pad of newsprint at a fraction of the price (around 9 cents a page). My stuff comes the fifth, so we’ll see.

Written by xandraxian

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