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Jun. 19th, 2009

Harlequin, Columbine, Commedia Dell'Arte, Pierrot

Last day of high school/my birthday :)

French exams went pretty well. I turned 18 during my French Interview (it was from 10:20-10:40, and I was born at 10:30), but I didn't realize that until tonight when my Mom and I were talking about when I was born :) I fumbled a little bit during the interview, in this part where we were given a picture and we had to make up a 3 minute story about i, and I was like "...ahhh!". Over all I think it went pretty well, and the Grammar/Reading exam was fairly easy, so I'm happy!

And then my awesome friends hung out with me and we went to Jo's and we went to Greenbank Restaurant and it was fun! :) And now I'm really tired (and sunburned) but that's okay 'cuz I had fun :)

Jun. 18th, 2009

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One more day of high school!

Just my French interview and Grammar/Reading exam to go! It's so crazy, I've never really wished for high school to end, just taking things day by day, but now it's finally (almost) over. I'll miss the people, but not the academics...I've done the whole 'traditional' school thing, mostly to the best of my ability :P...and now I just want my exams to be over and summer to start. Not to get ahead of myself, as I still have studying to do tonight!

As for today's exam...well, my studying for it consisted of 3 or 4 hours last night and about the same amount of time this morning. I really should have paid more attention, and done all my homework when it was assigned, and gone to extra help...but I just didn't have the motivation this semester to do well. Calculus doesn't interest me in the slightest, I guess I really am an artsy fuck :P I always thought I was pretty well-rounded, equally interested in both the arts and sciences, doing well in all courses. I still think Biology is interesting, because I like learning about Life, and the natural world in general.

In Grade 12 I kind of decided what I was 'good' at, mainly this semester. Last semester I thought for sure I'd be doing an Arts and Science degree, and as it was a 'strongly recommended' pre-req for McMaster's Artsci program, I forced myself to stay in Calculus. It was definately a learning curve, and it caused way more meltdowns than World History would have if I'd stayed in it in the beginning. I added up the marks that I deserved on the exam today, and I believe I'll get around a 45% on it. I recognized all the questions, it wouldn't have been hard if I'd actually stayed on top of things.

As much as I complain about it, I'm really quite apathetic about my mark in Calculus. It will end up being a 63% (if I in fact got a 45% on the exam), and it really doesn't matter, because my acceptance to the NBS wasn't completely based on my marks. And will one 'bad' mark screw everything up for me? I think not. I'm so excited for never having to take math again, and take interesting courses!

Anyways, I'm excited for tomorrow. School will be over on my birthday! And then some cool kids are going out to dinner will me! Yay!

Jun. 16th, 2009

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In serious need of concentration

K, so Calculus...I need 35% on the exam to get a 60%. Yeah, I know I'm 'reaching for the stars', but Calculus and Vectors just cannot hold my attention. The wording in the textbook is convoluted and I just could never concentrate on Mr. Baxter's voice, or his barely legible overheads. It also didn't help that Stu sat beside me and never paid attention either. Excuses, excuses...poor poooooor me I know. Shoulda taken World History instead of guilting myself into taking a 'harder' course. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Blahhhh.

In other news, three exams until high school is all said and done. Fuckin' riiiight on, let's rock this 2 month long party also known as SUMMER! Starting with birthday dinner, then Chuckie's birthday party (maybay, still dunno if I can make it/will have a bathing suit :S), and then PROMMMM! And then making moneys at Obey and the dance academy, chillin' wit' my peeps, doing a sewing project!, updating this mo'fo' more?, getting shiiiitfaced...basically enjoying my last summer before the post-secondary educational experience and student debt and adult responsibility. Oh yeah, and working out so I don't injure myself when I start my program, and so I do well on my Intermediate ballet exam this July.

Buuuut, not to get ahead of myself :P I still have to study for my exams, which I guess I will do now.

Toodles!

Jun. 10th, 2009

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School, life, SUMMER

I decided I needed a bit of a break from studying calculus when I thought I read in my textbook: What are the possible ways two planes can intersect? They can be parallel and distinct, hence not interesting (it really said intersecting)... Anyways, summer needs to come soon. Like, I mean the summery weather, but skipping ahead a week and having exams magically disappear would be nice too. I'm not worried about French at all, I just have to study a little. English I'll have to think about and probably do some re-reading. Oh, and that silly Gatsby essay needs to be edited. On the topic of essays, ISU one was an epic fail. Equal in content to my presentation, but poorly worded...no sequence or direction...but I've probably already told you all that in real life.

What days do people have formal exams? Other than English on Wednesday, my schedule is:

Thursday: Calculus 12-2:30
Friday: French Interview 10:20-10:45
French Grammar and Reading 1:00-3:00

Also, Friday is my birthday! Do you guys want to do anything? Maybe we could hang out and go to Jo's, for open mic?

On a different note, I got an email full of contract stuff from the National Ballet School today. My only issue is they haven't given me a student ID number as of yet, so I can't apply for OSAP. Another fun fact is the NBS doesn't seem to be registered on the OSAP website, but they gave us OSAP handouts at the May assessment. Weird.

Sooooo, here's an example schedule of what my course load will be next year This is the First Year schedule from 2006Collapse )

Feb. 7th, 2009

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Ahh the weekend...

Because this post turned out to be lengthy...Collapse )

Feb. 6th, 2009

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Pheew

I just submitted my supplementary application for McMaster!

Jan. 30th, 2009

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New Semester/Things That Are Bothersome

I meant to post yesterday, but I just got too busy! Everything is getting so hectic; aside from having four classes instead of three this semester, I'm taking ballet classes three nights a week and we have three morning and one afterschool improv practices per week starting on Monday. (EDIT// I also work one or two days a week). It's not a matter of me feeling stressed out over having all of this to do, I like being busy, but it's just the matter of organizing rides to all of my afterschool/morning commitments. My mom told me today that she is not interested in doing any morning driving, although my dad will probably be willing to when he isn't working. My mom was like "maybe you'll just have to choose between improv and ballet?"... a statement that I thought was pretty ridiculous, because she knows that I've commited myself to my team, and I need to take these classes so I can get into my teacher training program. I see how my mom doesn't want to be a taxi driver for my siblings and I. It would be so much easier if I had my G2. That is any other issue that is bothering me: I think, with a little bit more practice with parking, I could be quite successful in my driving test. My dad seems to think it's going to be this really difficult test, and tells me that I need a lot more practice. He says maybe I should go for my G2 this summer, which really defeats the purpose of me getting my G2 so I can drive myself around while I'm still living at home.

Anyways, as for my new classes I have:

12U Calculus and Vectors with Mr. Baxter
12U Physics with Mr. Klatt
12G English with Mr. Black
12U French with Mr. Ruth

Calculus has been okay so far. We're doing a review of a concept we covered in Advanced Functions and adding onto it. Some people are complaining that Mr. Baxter is too wordy in the notes he writes (because we only got through half of his lesson on the first days, and had to do one and a half lessons today), but I appreciate how he writes everything down: I grasp concepts and details better when I see them written down and I have to copy them.

Physics is tolerable, although I'm not very good with graphs and I zoned out for a couple of minutes during the lesson today and got completely lost. Haha, I'm blaming my lack of focus on the fact that my nose was running like a faucet today and it's all I could think about. The ISU for this course sounds fun enough, although I can see it being frustrating. We have to build a Rube Goldberg machine! It has to be able to complete a task like salting a meal or picking up a spill with a towel. The blueprint is due in a month :S

English sounds like it's going to be fun. A bunch of the friendzies are in this class, and I've enjoyed the little assignments that we've done so far. I'm not a writer by any means, but I'm looking forward to this course. I just have absolutely no idea what to write my essay on. Like, no idea whatsoever.

French is weird. There are only 12 of us: Jen, Andrew, Isaac, Alana, Emma Skinner, Lane Gibson, Emily Bray, Alyssa Pastic, Rebecca Simpson, Rachel Twiss and Kelly. Right now we're focussing on speaking and listening, through conversations and this little art project about our lives. It's kind of silly, but it will be fun enough. We got to look at our Grade 11 exams, and I was really pleased with my mark.

This weekend I need to:
1) Finish my goshdarn supplementary application for Mcmaster Arts and Science (which interestingly enough, Andrew is also applying to)
2) Do my calculus homework
3) Arrange rides for improv rehearsals with Carrie
4) Research Rube Goldberg machines
5) Clean my room and do my laundry

Jan. 28th, 2009

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End-of-Semester Drama Bash!

'Twas fun guys! I wish Drama class didn't have to end and that we had it all year-round. Also, I do not hold liquor well and my stomach is starting to hurt...haha.

Jan. 27th, 2009

Harlequin, Columbine, Commedia Dell'Arte, Pierrot

Les paroles

Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot
Prete-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot.

Ma chandelle est morte
Je n'ai plus de feu
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l'amour de Dieu.

Au clair de la lune
Pierrot repondit
Je n'ai pas de plume
Je suis dans mon lit.

Va chez la voisine
Je crois qu'elle y est
Car dans sa cuisine
On bat le briquet.

Au clair de la lune
L'aimable Harlequin
Frappe chez la brune
Elle repond soudain.

Qui frappe de la sorte?
Il dit a son tour
Ouvrez votre porte
Pour le Dieu d'Amour.

Au clair de la lune
On n'y voit qu'un peu
On chercha la plume
On chercha du feu

En cherchant d'la sorte
Je ne sais ce qu'on trouva
Mais je sais que la porte
Sur eux se ferma.

En anglais...Collapse )