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19 December 2009 @ 08:39 am
Analyzing my scholastic achievement this fall.  
I finally got my grades for Fall 09.

History of Modern Art - A-
Statistics - Dropped
Managerial Accounting - C
Design & Color - A
Intro to Archeology l- A

Let's see. Do I have any regrets? Not really. Am I sorry that I dropped Statistics? A little, but I didn't understand anything. The teacher was kind, and he meant well, but it was a dull class and he had trouble answering questions, like he couldn't rephrase the concepts into different words. It was frustrating. Plus, the quizzes/exams were always on Fridays and I'd miss them because I was at work - he would never mention ahead of time that they were coming so I could request the time off. So I don't think I could have made that class work.

Managerial Accounting? Again, I had a lot of trouble with that teacher. (Instructors really make or break the classes at DeAnza.) She was NOT the teacher I wanted to take Accounting 1C from, but a few days before the quarter started all the classes got shuffled around, and my original teacher didn't even teach a section of 1C this quarter. My new teacher was well-rated on Rate My Professor, so I figured it would be OK, but it wasn't. She would insist on us asking questions, and would pause the class for 2-3 minutes of silence until someone popped a question out. She'd go off on tangents left and right. I was late to a class early on in the quarter and I always felt I was getting the stink-eye the rest of the year.
We had that stinkin' Cookie Project, for which we had to bake cookies and present them to the class. It sucked because in my group - all Asians, 4 guys and 2 girls - the boys would not do any of the baking, and I didn't have time with all my work, so it fell on the shoulders of the other girl. We also had a really complicated, expensive recipe so she had to spend HOURS on this project. I couldn't access the class website (all the information about the project was in a Yahoo Group, and the teacher never approved my membership WTF?) so I had to rely on my classmates to tell me what was required. I agreed to do the visual presentation in the form of a cheesy website, which would include all the info given to me by my classmates (recipes, spreadsheets, etc) and a mock order form.
Guy #1 did the job cost sheets, which were fine but even I could tell he'd done them incorrectly. Guy #2 wrote up a paragraph about 'sales forecasting' which was useful but not required for the project, as it turned out. Guy #3 BARELY managed to make a three sentence mission statement after literally taking a week to do it. Guy #4 was supposed to help me with the website, but I heard nothing from him. On the day our cookies were due, we had a craptacular presentation that managed to miss about half the basic requirements of the project. Guy #4 didn't even show up. Oops. Then, when I got home that afternoon, Guy #4 had e-mailed me the suggestion to change the color of the website. I e-mailed him back pointing out that there was little point changing it now, as we'd presented it to the class that morning. He then huffily emailed me back wanting to know why no one called him to let him know the presentation was today.
What am I, your babysitter?
Anyway, that project really soured the class for me, but I had determined waaaaay back that I didn't like the teacher anyway. With so many other interesting classes to study, Accounting really went to the backburner, and a C is the best grade I could have hoped for.
At least I passed!

The art classes are the ones that matter, and I got As in all of those. It does suck a little that I got an A- in Giles' class, but given that I got a C on the term paper (just as I predicted) I'm just glad I kept an A. Granted, I had an A+ on both the midterm and the biography paper we wrote for that class, but I doubt I got an A on the final (I was sick as a dog when I took it) which makes the A- more of a miracle.

Design & Color was definitely the most fun class and I think my only regret there is that it was over! My book turned out OK and I learned a lot, and this class combined withe Design8 in the spring have really rekindled in my interest in creating art as well as studying it. Archaeology was a great class, and I only wish I hadn't missed so many days because the lectures are fascinating. Too bad the only other class that professor teaches is one I've already taken...
Mr Bagginsmrbaggins1 on December 20th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Congrats - Do you need Stats to complete your studies - It's a real shitty subject and I couldn't for the life of me pass it at University way back when and this was one of the reasons why I dropped my Accounting degree in the end (No regrets 30 years later)
Suzik00kaburra on December 20th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Marks
I will need it if I pursue a Business degree, but I think for a business minor I can bypass it. At any rate, my school doesn't seem to have any qualified instructors so I'll wait 'til I get to the four-year university to take it. Next quarter I'm taking Finite Math instead.

But yeah, it's a horrible class. What degree did you end up getting instead?

Edited at 2009-12-20 05:21 pm (UTC)
Mr Bagginsmrbaggins1 on December 20th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Marks
None - I did a diploma in Banking instead - worked for major banks for 18 years, got tired of looking after other peoples money, went into business with my sister doing a gift line caled Cottage Crafts (I did the selling and she did the designing and manufacturing although I helped with the ceramics side as I did some glazing courses and workshops) - left the business due to interference from my brother-in-law (Business is still going strong 15 years later)- Went into retail clothing (Running factory shops for a couple of years) and then ended up running the commercial side of a literacy NGO - project managing, book development (commisioning print runs etc), running a sales team and overseeing distribution and warehousing. Life is what happens to you when you make other plans. There you have it....I actualy wanted to be an architect...
Suzik00kaburra on December 21st, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Marks
I bet you'd be a great architect, too :D But you've had a really interesting career with a lot of variety! It's true, though, that the degree you get rarely seems to coincide with what you end up doing after school.