Biography: End of Junior Year

So... today was the last day of classes as a junior in college. And the last day of online classes. I hadn't even remembered until 25 minutes into the Zoom meeting since I had been up for several nights in a row completing other stuff. In a way, I can't wait for the semester to end. But now that the end is near, I have no idea how to distract myself from everything else. I'm likely being a pessimist because my body should have force quit on me quite awhile ago.

And so I must leave these last few famous words.

I can't wait for things to get better.

Famous Last Words: Finally Publishing My First Story

First Story: Feeling Whitney
Can I get a "hell yeah" for finally completing my first story? Everything has been so crazy since the virus outbreak and transitioning to online-only classes that writing became one of the last on my list of priorities, unfortunately. 
I'm a little embarrassed at how long it ended up being, especially since I didn't realize until after I had written it that we were given a 1000 word limit... BUT I'm proud to say I wouldn't want to change a single thing about it. I'm convinced the story's length is necessary to portray the big idea I had for it, hopefully I have enough juice left to pop out another story or two! 
The only thing I'm a little worried about is losing my classmate's interest when they come across the novel-length story and that no one will read it to its entirety. I hope some will, though, as I think they'll come to love it even half as much as I did writing it. I'm feeling confident since my co…

Tech tip: DuckDuckGo

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I downloaded the Tor browser not too long ago, a necessary tool to download a lot of usually expensive textbooks for free! When I saw the description for DuckDuckGo search engine as a tech tip assignment to explore, I recognized it immediately. The Tor browser uses this search engine by default. I think it's quite easy and straightforward to use. It doesn't stem far from the use of Google Chrome or Bing. The one thing I don't like about it too much is that you can't re-search previous searches since it's a private web browser, but if you could then I suppose it would defeat it's purpose. For those of you unfamiliar with DuckDuckGo, it's simply a search engine that allows you go incognito with you internet use. I definitely recommend this search engine for your private browsing needs.

Biography: Picking Up the Pieces Part 2

Picking Up the Pieces: Daniel My heartbeat bludgeoned the silence as I stared at the two words on my phone. "You suck." My best friend, Sloan, was asleep with her head in the toilet in defeat of a successful birthday night. I so badly wanted to ask for her advice, but since everyone in the apartment was comatose, I allowed my emotions to take control and ring his number.

"Who the hell do you think you are sending me something like that?"

"Hannah?? Hold on, don't go anywhere. I have to get out of here."

"What are you talking about?!"

Daniel was in Cabo for spring break and had sent me the text message drunk at a club with his friends. I learned as soon as he broke away from the club and started heading home as he explained with me on the phone. This infuriated me even more. Daniel could hardly utter any words against my fervent wrath. Why now? Why would you say that? Why after all this time? Do you know how you hurt me? Why can't you pre…

Famous Last Words: Feeling Accomplished and Grateful

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I managed to plow through a good portion of this week's worth of assignments and I'm feeling so good about it. It's literally a record for me! It's nice to have a lighter load on my shoulders.

This week has been strange so far, to say the least. I heard some provoking news from a friend I didn't expect, pertaining to someone I used to date. It shook me up more than I thought and I wound up sleeping in super late on Monday. I panicked at first because I had planned to get up early to get ahead on the work ahead for all of my classes and ultimately failed my electromechanical systems quiz. It really bummed me out. But then I got home and told myself "you can't change it now, change what's ahead." As soon as I saw my best friend/roommate and talked to her, ate some food, and started working, I felt okay. I had this awesome moment of appreciation for my best friend and I got inspired. Her 21st birthday is tomorrow and I'm definitely …

Week 8 Progress

Wow! I'm really impressed with the progress I've made in just a week versus how I was doing the whole time prior. At the beginning of Week 7, I was 21 points away from a C... ouch. Since then I've cracked down on finishing most of the regular class assignments plus a bunch of extra credit points... 52 points in total! Now beginning Week 8 I'm sitting 12 points away from a B and I'm determined to surpass that by the end of the week. Therefore, I'll need to accumulate about 30 points to reach that goal. This week is seemingly a bit lighter than it has been so far so this goal sounds reasonable to me! Ultimately my goal is to end the class with an A, so I determined for every class assignment there is, I would also do an extra credit. I've also learned last week that I had a lot of enjoyment out of the bio-writing extra credit assignments, so I'm looking forward to writing more!

Week 8 Comments and Feedback


Like I mentioned in my previous blog post, this style of class is totally new to me. I've taken online classes before, but none of them had any interaction with the rest of the class. It felt really isolated. This online mythology class has a creative way to interact that combines peer-editing and meeting the classmates on a level similar to that of a traditional classroom setting. The comments on my posts so far were encouraging and uplifting, and it's funny how nearly everyone was impressed that I'm from Germany. I think I'm pretty basic, but after reading that I got a little confidence boost. Sometime when I give feedback myself I worry if I'm being too harsh or not. I tend to be too honest sometimes since I think being overly sweet and generic sometimes comes out as ingenuine. I can't wait for people to start commenting on my project story once it's published!