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Graduation is coming up but I don’t think it will hit me until the day of. Or probably not until I actually move out of Davis. Going to pick up my cap and gown yesterday made it a little more real.
II came almost 30 minutes before doors would open and to my surprise there was already a line.
Thankfully, I was able to wait in line and catch up with my friend Athena. We both met at Diablo Valley College and look at us now!
They had music playing and the line was divided as if we were about to ride an attraction at Disneyland.
Bumped into my TCS 191 buddy Jessy
I bought the Grad Pack which, in addition to the cap and gown, came with a blue stole with the a gold UCD seal, a blue and gold souvenire tassel, a fancy UCD keychain, a padded diploma cover and one year Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) membership.
You can still pick up your cap and gown:
Today, Thursday, June 2nd 9AM -4PM
Friday, June 3rd 9AM to 3PM
and during normal open hours at the bookstore
Late Rental/Pickup will begin on Saturday, June 4th at the bookstore, during normal open hours.
I have a bunch of little Toy Story alien figurines that I may glue onto my hat. How will you be decorating your cap? Please share any photos of crazy awesome graduation caps from the past
Melanie and I met up to play badminton at the ARC. I don’t think I’ve played since high school – so fun! It was a pretty good work out when we were running from sides of the court. It was also relaxing when we got into the swing of rallying back and forth.
We’re planning on meeting up twice a week to get our work out on. What’s your favorite thing to do at the ARC? Reminder: I’m scouting new bloggers! Apply here: http://bit.ly/ucdblog
Yesterday marked the first day of finals and of course my hardest one was scheduled bright and early for 8AM. Thanks to Campus Unions and Campus Recreation I was able to celebrate right after with some delicious free pancakes. I thought about going at 7AM but I’m the type who likes to study up until the last second.
The lovely servers.
Hit the spot. The school has been taking good care of us this week. Campus Unions in partnership with the Student Academic Success Center, Health Education and Promotion, Student Recruitment and Retention Center, ASUCD Coffee House, University Dining Services and the UC Davis University Library are providing 24 Hour study space and support programs through Friday in the MU. My friends appreciated the free coffee they were giving Monday night. Well, I best be off to study for one last final. Best wishes to you all and have a fun and relaxing spring break!
For the past couple of weeks, my Developmental Psychobiology class visited the Hog Barn for lab. It was nice getting out of the computer lab and travel to the outskirts of campus.
We covered our shoes to protect the pigs from our germs.
Professor Schank explained how to identify each individual pig.
Their ears have a combination of notches that sum up to a unique number. Their left ear represents which litter they belong to and their right ear represents which individual pig they are.
It was not the most pleasant smell but the piglets’ cuteness made up for it.
Each of us picked a piglet or sow to observe their activity levels. After all our data is complied, we will analyze the information to create a poster presentation in our lab groups – science fair style.
My piglet who I named “Spots” is in the back right.
Looking up bus times on NextBus for real-time tracking. Love their text update feature too. Just have to send “nbus unitrans <insert bus stop #>” to 41411.
Like a pack of sardines. The heater in the bus was on blast which made wearing both my sweater and coat a bit unbearable. Still thankful to not have to bike.
Discussing Tacita’s position paper on “My Life as a Book” by Anne Waldman during Writing Across Media.
Developmental Psychobiology Lab. Super crowded. I’m still on wait-list. Probably not going to get it
Mouse breeding simulation. (Quarter too short to actually breed mice).
Tumblr demo for Dr. Andy, Briony & Brittany to consider for their various projects. Invited to speak on a future panel for faculty! Too much fun & forgot to take a photo.
Chilling in the AggieTV studio before my next class.
Reviewing my planner & eating quiche @ the CoHo.
Genes and Genes Expression lecture mostly on probability theory. Gotta love those Punnett Squares.
FOUND OUT I GOT IN MY BACK UP PSYCH CLASS (via email)! It fulfills the same requirement as the other class I was originally enrolled in. So yay! I’m graduating as planned! My professor worked really hard with the department to request more computers in our lab so more people could add.
AggieTV Exec Board meeting. Video scavenger hunt discussed for bonding time! I love scavenger hunts Raffled who will cover Snoop Dogg coming in a month. Thank you Random.org and a found penny.
Caught up with my friend Andrew who was in town. It was both our first time at Thai Canteen. Will do a proper restaurant review after more visits.
Now off to do homework due for discussion tomorrow!
Hi all – hope you all had a wonderful, fun and relaxing winter break. I know this week has been a whirlwind for us all. It’s rough transitioning from vacation back to school again. A few of my friends did study abroad last quarter and they all are in a bit of a culture shock. I thought with this being my last quarter here everything would be smooth sailing. I signed up for all the classes that I wanted with an early past time and set up an automatic payment for my last tuition and thought I was good to go. I guess being caught up with all the holidays I did not make sure that my online payment went through. I was pretty much anti computer (surprise!) over break. That mistake caused all my classes being dropped and having to re-enroll to the bottom of the wait-lists. It totally sucks. There’s nothing that the registrar can do and professors can’t make any promises on giving me a PTA number regardless of my situation. Fortunately I now have 2 out of 3 of the classes I was originally enrolled in. (Well 2 out of 4 – I am willing to sacrifice my tai chi class.) Now I’m just waiting out to see which Psychology class I can enroll in. The problem is they both have labs. All of the students are able to fit in the lecture part of the course but in lab it gets a bit crowded and usually one section is more popular than the other. In hindsight I wonder why I did not receive an email on the last day to pay for tuition. One final reminder. I received a few reminder emails since around Thanksgiving – why is there no email sent on the deadline day? I do take full responsibility for not double checking. I definitely regret not just paying it right there and then well in advance of the deadline.
Anyways, enough with the negative and on to the positive. I am for sure getting into TCS 191 Writing Across Media with Dr. Andy Jones. It’s a class I’ve been looking forward to taking ever since last year when a couple AggieTV friends told me about it. Here is the course description:
TCS 191 introduces students to experimental approaches to writing for different media and artistic practices, including photography, art installations, radio, film and film criticism, and live staged and multimedia performances. Participants in the class will explore how written texts relate to the images, sounds, and performances in digital and media production. Participants will complete a significant number of in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, both individually and as parts of groups. Our common themes, creativity and discovery, will inform all your reading and writing assignments, and prepare you to engage, challenge and impress readers, viewers, and listeners.
It’s going to be a fun and challenging class. I’m already brainstorming what I could do for our class projects. I’m looking forward to the radio script assignment because I have not played around with just audio in a while. I hope to find someone in class to collaborate on story boarding a favorite movie scene. Of course, Pixar comes to mind but I feel I want to steer away from movies that I have access to original story boards. One of the bonus assignments I signed up for is to create an Image Collection to have a visual companion for class. Dr. Andy suggested using Tumblr to host photos and so I went ahead and included quotes, links and videos in addition to photos. Check it out at http://tcs191.tumblr.com/. You can also read more about our class at http://www.andysclasses.com/tcs-191/. I believe someone is going to make a blog of class notes so when I find that out I can post it too.
Another positive for this quarter is that I learned I have friends in each of my classes! I know it’s great to make new friends but it’s awesome to have people you already know in class since everyone is so busy all the time and it makes it harder to find time to hang out. So that is comforting.
The last thing I’m psyched about is being on the Lip Dub committee for AggieTV. If you haven’t heard, see our Facebook event! We’ll be filming a promo on Sunday which will be fun. We’ll soon begin club and organization outreach to get everyone on campus involved. The song choice that naturally won the vote is Queen – Bicycle.
And for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about – here’s an example of a lip dub:
Hope you’re transitioning back to school as smoothly as possible! Sound off in the comments if you’re having wait list issues too.
In true Aggie style I was able to create my own lunch yesterday at the Salad Bowl Garden right on campus – for free!
Last spring I heard about their harvest celebration before they were to start planting for summer. I wanted everyone to know about it and contacted Margaret Lloyd who founded the garden to see if she would do me the honor of being my first interview for AggieTV.
More from my interview with Margaret:
Check it out – it’s right across Freeborn near the MU bus station. There’s still a bunch of basil, sage, tomatoes to be picked before they clear it out for fall planting! To stay updated for when they have plantings and salad bowl lunches contact firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my favorite spots to study, weather permitting, is the arboretum. It’s so nice to spread out on the grass, watch the ducks waddle and runners go by. The library is very close by so if you need to check out books you can easily walk over and read at the arboretum instead and return them through the outdoor slots. Of course I don’t just go here to study, it’s a great place to grab a blanket and eat alone or with friends and connect with nature.
Today as my friend Priya & I were walking to the MU Bus station we saw a girl a block ahead of us with a bunch of balloons – Up style! Thankfully I do my best to always have my camera on me. We sped up to her and I asked her what the occasion was – a luncheon at Freeborn titled “Soaring for New Heights.” She had just cleaned up and was walking to class hoping to give them out to classmates. I can never resist a whimsical photo op & asked her if I could take some with the balloons:
Afterwards, I picked an orange balloon!
It was fun walking around the rest of the day with a balloon Later in the day I was biking and saw a girl coming in the other direction with a pink balloon; we both went woohooo! Thank you balloon for keeping me company in the library for 8 hours
So I have been working pretty hard lately for a special Picnic Day project. After work I had an hour to relax before my grammar discussion so I decided to wander around campus and enjoy the warm weather. Lo and behold Band-uh was practicing for the big day.
Normally at this time the street is empty so it was a real delight. Lots of people stopping and sitting just to watch.
My saxy friend Frances!
As I moseyed on over to class, I was hoping to find a water fountain. Then suddenly I spot two guys with two giant coolers holding juice bottles looking lost. Are they…YES THEY ARE! FREE JUICE! They look like they were about to go somewhere and I was able to catch up to them right before they moved away. Turns out another student was going to show them where the MU Bus stop was to get more traffic since it was almost six and campus was relatively empty. They were promoters for Ocean Spray and when I asked if I could take a photo with them because of my blog, they gave me all four flavors It was yummm and hit the spot! I love juice and Ocean Spray fondly reminds me of when I would go visit my grandparents.
After discussion, I found this little fellow on one of the columns of Olson.