May. 10th, 2010 02:10 pm
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So I got back from Chicago recently. It was actually quite eye-opening!

First of all, it turns out I have an uncomfortable neurosis about walking around in a big city. No, Mike, just because all the buildings are higher than two stories and go on for more than a couple blocks and the streets are rather crowded does not mean that some hoodlum is going to jump out and stab you in the middle of the day. I'll have to work on that, somehow, along with my neurotic fear of bars.


The important thing I realized is that i finally know what I want to do.* I'm going to go into academia, doing research in astronomy/astrophysics/cosmology. It took me a trip to the Adler Planetarium (especially their semi-public research lab) to remind me how much I love and am fascinated by the cosmos, and finishing my Associate's degree to convince me that yes, I do have the smarts for this. I've had people telling me I'm smart and clever and such for years, but I couldn't believe them, because my migraines have always made me seem slower than the rest of the crowd. (Various teachers misinterpreting headaches for laziness or mental problems or flat-out stupidity certainly didn't help matters.) I'm going to start by taking two courses to complete my MACRAO transfer status** this summer and then going for a Bachelor's degree in Physics or possibly Math w/ Statistics Focus at Eastern Michigan, since I'm still enrolled there (and it's way too late to apply for anywhere else).  Also, Eastern has its own observatory and an Astronomy minor, which isn't a bad start.  (Although ideally, getting a Bachelor's degree from a college that offers an astronomy-related Master's degree would be best.)

I've ranted and complained about conditions at and decisions by my Community College before.  But I really should thank them for giving me real self-confidence for the first time in my goddamn life.

I finally have a solid direction in life, one that excites me and seems attainable.  Honestly?  I'm so happy I could cry.

*I mean, I'm good at CAD, but I don't really enjoy it all that much. And I enjoy all the related design stuff even less.
**MACRAO = "Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers". Basically, I have to take some extra courses past the basic General Education requirements, but then I automatically pass the Gen Ed requirements at any college in Michigan I transfer to, so I can concentrate on the important stuff. And I only need to take two courses this summer to get it.
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So I don't really trust LiveJournal anymore.

Oh, they haven't done anything terrible, but from what bits I've seen the past few years, they're trending in a direction I don't care for. More than anything, it's the lack of communication that gets me. I don't know if it's ignorance or malice, but it just looks unfortunate.

So I decided to go ahead and get a Dreamwidth account. They seem to be in better sorts. I'll still be posting everything here as well as there, though. So this is more of a housekeeping note than anything else. Hell, I've been on this thing since 2004, and that's probably the longest any one site has kept my attention, so I guess a little change is inevitable eventually.

(Is anyone else on there or interested? Or am I just being slightly paranoid about things?)

Maybe more on this later. For now, I should get back to studying for my final final exam on Monday.

Oh, and for the record, I'm also on Twitter and Tumblr.
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Something strange happened today. The Calculus II professor was going over the syllabus, as per normal for the first day of the semester. All of the sudden, a banshee-like scream of "YAAAAAAAAAAAA!" pierced the air for a second before fading into silence. The professor simply shrugged and continued.

Later, in Western Civilizations, the professor said that the room we were in has a tendency to make strange noises. He called it a "College phantom." We then ignored this phantom, who seemed to be spraying phantom water from a phantom garden hose on the (non-phantom) walls, if the phantom noises were any indication.

Truly, portents of at least an interesting semester to come.

. . . Or maybe just Ragnarok.


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