On the upside, after next Tuesday I have 6 weeks off school - Tactical Ninja
May. 28th, 2012
09:30 am - On the upside, after next Tuesday I have 6 weeks off school
Last night I dreamed that I attended a lecture on pasture management at Cambridge University. Being an old university, they had some traditions that must be kept up:
* holding lectures in an old stone churchlike building and requiring students to stand when the lecturer entered, then holding the actual lecture outside because the building was too small.
* having a large bronze statue of an ostrich wheeled onto the platform for the duration of the lecture.
* taking photographs of myself and the lecturer doing ducklips for Facebook.
I found this last bit quite disturbing. I don't have a Facebook, wtf?
It was in that little dairy that's sort of opposite Fidels. Y'know, personally I think sometimes they take that whole Cuba Quarter thing too far. Especially when we only have three Quarters.. *cough* On the back it extolled the benefits of taurine for 'drivers, students and revolutionaries' and said that you could revolutionise your energy levels by drinking it. Since my energy levels don't really need revolutionising, after having a sip (it tasted like all the other energy drinks) I gave it to the YoT and observed closely.
So far he has not taken over any small island nations that I've noticed. He may have got a new hat in Team Fortress - does that count? The verdict: The Revolution will probably not be fuelled by Seize Power Energy Drink.
Meanwhile on Saturday I went to one of those combined tai chi, yoga and pilates classes that they run at the gym. I did it because of my body being all 'grotty'* as OsteoDude put it, and because of finally deciding to do something about my shearing-and-horse-riding-truncated hamstrings not being as stretchy as the rest of me. I found it challenging without being actually painful, but had that usual thing where I have no clue how to do the moves and my attempts to copy the person in front of me were, um.. cartooney at best. However, afterwards I felt quite nice and nobody actually laughed at me. I'll probably try to make a habit of doing one of these classes a week - they come free with my membership so I might as well, eh?
* I think he means that my neck and back muscles feel something like My First Macrame Project.
I continue to be unimpressed with the assessment style of this course I'm doing. We now have a 'take-home test' that was originally supposed to be a 2-hour in-class exam, but because the lecturer is a new expat and not familiar with the holidays, he didn't realise next Monday (test day) is Queen's Birthday and the university would be closed. They've changed it to a take-home test and now all the answers require references. This means the expected standard just went up. There are even word counts attached to each question. We have to write a total of 3000 referenced words on a variety of prescribed topics related to the handling of drugs in contemporary society. In a week. It's worth 50% of the course mark.
This is the hardest lot of assessments I've ever had to do for a 200 level course and seriously? I think they've missed the mark with their expectations. Either that or this course is set at the level the lecturer is used to from England, and the usual NZ assessment level is internationally quite low. I am supposed to get my essay back today so I guess that'll give me some indication of where I stand..
Maybe that's why I dreamed of doing ducklips with Cambridge lecturers. Because it's more fun than dreaming about trying to do well in this course. ;-/