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05 January 2009 @ 10:33 pm
I'll be at DeAnza even longer than I thought.  
First day of the new quarter is down. I'm excited to continue pushing forward academically, even though the bad news from San Jose State is that I can't even apply for transfer because they've closed off all applications for Fall 2009 already. No other CSU has done this, just SJSU. I guess it's just that popular.

I may end up applying to San Francisco State. They haven't closed up like SJSU. But if I go there, I'll have to move. I mean, luckily I can move in with my grandmother so I wouldn't have to pay rent, but I'd have to find a new job and it'd be a hassle, really. So I'll probably opt to stay in San Jose and spend an extra semester in DeAnza. I'm running out of transferable GE and major-related classes to take, tho'.

History of Art II should be interesting. The teacher just returned from sabbatical so she's super-pumped for the quarter. That can only be good news, right?

Phys. Anthropology teacher seems nice. For some reason, I thought I had a woman teaching this class so I was totally confused by the dude behind the lectern. I could barely stay awake as he went over the syllabus, though; I sense trouble brewing for the afternoon time slot.
He did promise us lots of movies, though. That's always good.

I'm not digging my Accounting teacher because she's new. I know that's unfair, but generally the new teachers waste a lot of time learning classroom protocol through trial and error. Every teacher has to do this rite of passage, but it's so awkward to be in that class. For example, she thought it would be too hard to call roll from the front of the classroom, so she went to each student individually and asked what their name was and then checked them off. It took nearly half an hour, especially since late students were filing in nonstop. Roll Call should never take more than ten minutes of class time on the first day! She also gave bad advice re: the textbook. In order to "lighten student weight loads" DeAnza has thoughtfully taken our huge Accounting Principles textbook and divided it into three sections, but it's really a grab for more student money if you ask me. The three sections aren't separately bound books, but loose pages that need to be put into a binder. So the publisher saves a ton of money on binding costs. These loose sections also can't be sold back to the bookstore, and it isn't an acknowledged product on Amazon.com, so the publishers make even more because they aren't undercut by used book sales. Each section of the book costs $60, so if you are only taking Accounting 1A you do save money. But if you plan to complete the Accounting sequence - 1A, 1B and 1C - you end up spending $180. Since most transfer students in business have to complete the sequence, they'll spend that amount. So they aren't saving a dime over the regular hardcover textbook, a fact my teacher refuses to believe.

We also have to buy something called a Wiley Code, which comes with the 1A pages but otherwise costs $71.95. (Lame.) So it almost seemed worthwhile to subscribe to DeAnza's silly flimsy "textbook" to get the Wiley access code. But I found a coupon on-line that gave me 20% off the code's price, and a nearly new copy of the hardcover book for $68.99. So yes, I do initially pay out more for the class - about $125 - but over the next year the other students will have to continue buying $60 textbook-page packs, and I will already have the material. Plus, I can sell my Accounting textbook and make back at LEAST $40.

I win.
And I admit, I feel lame for being so obsessed with proving my teacher wrong. But dude, my way is so much cheaper in the long run.
Paul Linh Nguyenanimekid on January 6th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
Ouch on the SJSU closure...to think I need to aim at transferring there...
I knew they made it tougher based on what I overheard...but ouch =(
Hope you get it worked out for your school plans and whatnot @_@

Ouch on the accounting stuff....I think I need to revisit it..never finished 1C...even though I did 1A and 1B quite a while ago =(
Suzik00kaburra on January 6th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Are you still at DeAnza? I wasn't sure.
Paul Linh Nguyenanimekid on January 6th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yup...finished with my hiatus from De Anza so I'm back here @_@
In fact responding to this comment right now...from outside the campus center XD
jeanniejeannietran on January 6th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the transferring. If you can't find transferable classes to take, why not just take the semester off and work? You'd save money and you can just apply next semester.

Book prices make me cry. I've had used books cost more than $100, and the book stores refuse to take them back and then tell me "oh you can put it in our donation box." F that. I still have a pile of text books I should probably put on Amazon. If you're gonna be a business major, you want me to hang on to my business books?
Suzik00kaburra on January 6th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I might take the semester off, but I'm worried if I take time of I won't go back to school. It just seems like a bad choice I would make. Although it would be nice to have some money so I could take an international trip or two...

If you can get decent money for the business books, go ahead and sell them. If not, yes, I'd like them. But book editions are changed so frequently nowadays that you might as well sell it if you can, because by the time I'm in those classes they might be out of date anyway.
jeanniejeannietran on January 6th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sure your mother will make you go back.

I know one of them's a 2008 edition, how much more revising does it need? Plus, don't you usually use old editions anyway? I don't know what type of business you're majoring in, but since it's my minor I took the basic classes so there's a good chanec you'd have the same classes. Think you need to take Stats? I still have my stats book and that's one that never changes. Sometime this week I'll inventory all my texts to see if anything's useful.
Suzik00kaburra on January 6th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'm actually in Stats right now (the first class meets tonight) what is the book you have? That could be very useful! I do usually use old editions since they're so much cheaper, but I'm probably not going to take those classes for a year or two and in the meantime, don't you have nasty credit card statement to deal with?

Tell ya what, bring all the old books over one of these days and we can figure out what to do with 'em. My schedule totally sucks this quarter, but on Thursdays I'm available until 7:30pm. (My Stats class is really late for some reason. It starts at 8pm and runs til 10. Ugh!)
jeanniejeannietran on January 6th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Not sure, just your basic Stats book... it was for a Stats 95 class which is Elementary Statistics. I have it at home; I'll get it to you. I'm free on Thursdays until the semester starts up again (Jan 26), except this Thursday I'm working. Next week?

I always have nasty credit card bills. I actually just signed up for this thing on www.mint.com to organize my finances and one I saw all my debt listed out I nearly had a heart attack. Maybe I should get married.
Suzik00kaburra on January 7th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Cool, let's hang out next Thursday then!

Tragically, wouldn't marriage mean breaking Resolution #7? Although I suppose you could always skip #7 and solve that problem.

Where are you thinking of going for the international trip?
jeanniejeannietran on January 7th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Marriage would break a lot of things. Mainly: me.

Anywhere. Ever since I studied abroad I've caught the traveling bug and since 2007 I've traveled internationally and don't wanna stop. My roommate wants to go to Japan; I thought that might be cool. Or, a cool national trip like NY would work because I've never been there.
madame sosostrisshantih on January 6th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
For example, she thought it would be too hard to call roll from the front of the classroom, so she went to each student individually and asked what their name was and then checked them off. It took nearly half an hour, especially since late students were filing in nonstop. Roll Call should never take more than ten minutes of class time on the first day!

Whether she intended it or not, there's another good reason for her to have acted as she did on the first day.

By taking roll that personally -- asking each student their name, seeing their face -- she's made a personal connection, however brief. I've had the fortune of only TAing or teaching fairly small classes and discussion sections, and I don't know anyone who doesn't waste a good amount of time on the first day doing some kind of classwide introduction of the students to one another and oneself -- some icebreaker, or asking everyone to simply introduce themselves, something. With large lecture courses that isn't feasible ... I've seen profs armed with university-issued printouts of the students' names and unflattering student ID photos (though I've only seen that at Cornell, I wouldn't be surprised if other schools do it? I personally don't like that :/ ) Your prof isn't going to remember every student's name and face just from that first roll call she did, but it's a start, and a better one than most profs of big lecture classes will get.

I'd say I've wasted easily more than half an hour on such things on the first day of class. And what else is there to do on the first day? Go over the syllabus?
Suzik00kaburra on January 6th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
See, that's the thing...after she did the roll call, we ALSO had to do an icebreaker game, which took another good 45 minutes or so. Then she went over the syllabus, which like you said is pretty normal for the first day. But she had actually planned to dive into the first chapter and begin the lecture that night, but she spent so long on roll call and adding students (most professors wait until the end of the class to do that, but she did it right at the beginning so we just sat around and waited while she added about fifteen kids) that she didn't get to begin her lecture at all. So we're already behind on her schedule. Every brand-new teacher I've had in the past falls behind eventually, because they don't take into account the time for student questions and the like, and I've never had someone catch up once they do. (This is probably a major reason why I dislike getting new teachers.)

But I may just be irritated because the woman expects us to write a song about accounting and perform it for the class. Majorly uncool.
jeanniejeannietran on January 6th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)