Saturday, May 1, 2010

End of The Semester

It's quickly approaching the end of the semester as student scramble to prepare for finals. Personally, I've got a lot of work today in the next week or so (not even sure when school is actually up!). I do know, however, how close I'm cutting it, especially since I'm hoping to get into the Honor's College next semester. That means that not only do I need to pass all my classes, but I need to do fairly well.

Call me an overachiever, but I graduated from Phoenix College with Honor's distinction, and it was definitely something I could feel proud of. I'm not one of those stuck-up kids who thinks they're so much smarter than everyone else, and believe it or not, I'm actually kind of a slacker some times. I don't really work any harder on school than many others do. I guess you could just say I'm good at being a slacker. It's a skill, really, being able to get things done at the last minute with decent quality.

I guess you could say that I'm pretty laid back about most things. For one thing, I stopped caring about my job and in turn stopped caring about money. So now I just kind of go with the flow and hope I have enough wads of washingtons in my pocket to pay my bills. And even though school is my passion, I don' worry much about that either. I'm not too stressed about my family, my friends, or even relationships; nor am I too horribly concerned about my physical appearance anymore (although I do make an effort to look nice!).

I just don't understand why people stress about things so much... people should just try and enjoy life.

--Koi

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Drink, Drank, Drunk!

Quite Possibly The Best
Drinking Game Ever!

What makes "Drink, Drank, Drunk!" such an awesome drinking game is that it can be applied to just about ANY other drinking game you're playing without being too disruptive. And, at the same time, it gets you a lot more drunk. Furthermore, I don't think it's nearly as widely played as it ought to be.

So how do you play?

The rules are simple. If you say the words "drink," "drank" or "drunk" you have to take a drink.... I mean, you have to partake of your beverage. Also, variations of these words count, too, like drinking, drunken, et cetera.

Additional rules can be applied to make it more tough:
  • Common phrases
  • Swear words
  • Names
  • Et cetera

Other drinking games like this

The only other drinking game I know of that is this universally applicable to any other drinking game is Bull-Moose!

Bull-Moose is a similar game in the respect that when you do something you're not suppose to, you get "penalized" by having to take a drink.... ugh... hold on... *gulp*

The whole catch of the game is that anyone caught drinking with their dominant hand has to chug the rest of whatever they're drinking when someone calls "bull-moose!" on them. This can be quite devastating if a person has a large drink and is fully committed to playing the game.

If you want, it might be helpful to figure out a way to designate everyone's dominant hand with a ribbon, a stamp, or some other indicator because unless you know everyone there, you might not ever know who uses what hand as their dominant.

That's it for now. (Man, if I was actually playing Drink, Drank, Drunk! I would be so hammered by now!)

--Koi

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lot 59

Favorite Places On Campus
Part 1


There are many awesome places on campus. However, one of my favorite places has got to be Lot 59. One of the biggest reasons I love Lot 59 is because I can park there. I know, that sounds like a retarded reason, but in my case, it's a very good one!

You see, this semester, I decided to go to Tempe and West to figure out which had more to offer. I went through about half the semester without a parking decal for West because it was $200. (later when I bought it, it was about half that) Parking at Tempe is even more outrageous, but little did I know that with a parking decal for West, I could park at Lot 59 at Tempe. (see asu news) I only discovered this one day when my friend Fox had started parking there.

Beautiful Pond Area

Sure the parking lot is hella far from any of my classes and is a pretty sizable walk (even though just about anywhere on campus is), but that totally beats parking a 45-min train ride away.

So I discovered something else about this lot. It is the home of one of the most awesome places on campus. It's this nifty little pond area with a water fall in the back. And walking by this place (especially late in the evening or at night), I think to myself, man, next time I hook up with a girl, this is gonna be one of the places I bring her. And right next to that bond area, there is a bigger area with a couple more bonds, lots of shade, and beautiful landscaping. These areas are completely secluded from any heavy traffic and are a great place to just sit and relax for a little while.And it's located right next to a rather awesome mountain that would be perfect to go hiking on.

--Koi

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just Finished My Essay

And I didn't know anything about my topic. Well, the topics were left pretty open, actually. We could write about just about anything so long as it related to the course. The main restriction that we had was that we had to use at least 3 sources from the course. So, in essence, it can get pretty restrictive. First, you gotta figure out what topics you discussed, and then you gotta figure out which of those topics has enough materials, and if you get that far, you've gotta figure out which one of the remaining categories you know enough about!

Well, none! I went through most of the semester without the books I needed, and even after I got the books, I didn't read any of them. I was too busy keeping caught up. So here I am, and I've gotta write a 5 page paper on something.

No clue what I'm writing about!

So I remembered we spent a lot of time on a book called "Bowling Alone," which constantly makes me think of Bowling For Soup, btw... seriously, that doesn't help, especially when you consider that I was at school early today, drove home, stuck around my house for a bit (procrastinating), went back to school, and then went to the gym for an hour. By this point, I was launching 2 Stacker 2s down my throat like candy.... Come to think of it, if I had 2 Stacker 2s, does that mean I had a Stacker 4? =D

You can't imagine how much that took out of me. For starters, my school is really far away: see this post. For another thing, I have had so much on my hands already. But it is due... well, today now, and I couldn't risk messing this up!

Here's how I did it:

Writing An Essay On A Topic I Don't Understand


The concept was simple enough: social capital. It's basically the idea that community strength and social networking have value to an individual. It's not really all too quantitative, which made it a lot easier, but I assumed a lot of things that made it more difficult, like that writing about the internet and social capital would be easy. Well, it's not! You'd think it would be with facebook and myspace and all that, but the material on it was talking about all kinds of crazy things.

So after struggling with an actual topic for a while, I finally came to a realization! That realization is that I should look in the book. Yea, I know, right? That's like the most obvious place to look. But I'm so hella tired right now that my mind only works backwards.

I searched through the index for a bit and accidentally noticed that there was quite a few listings for Alexis de Tocqueville, which is some French dude who wrote books about American society back in the early 1800s. I recognized him right away because he comes up in a lot of my classes. Score! Something to work from.

It turns out that almost the entire book revolves around this guy, and it approaches social capital from various angles using Tocqueville's writing as a reference.

So Now I've Got A Topic!


I went through every page it listed for Tocqueville and read a few paragraphs in, marking important parts for quotations. Then I systematically wrote on a piece of paper what each section talked about (the broad idea). When I was done, I picked apart the basic framework of his argument, made his points into categories and BOOM! I was off like a girl's dress at prom night!
off like a prom dress
Take off that prom dress!

I wrote my arguments along side his, adding various other arguments I could think of and mixing up the order a bit (according to what was logical). I set in a few quotes from other sources, and just like that, I had a paper.

What did I learn from all this?
-Index: look for topics with lots of references
-Outline the authors main argument for above-said references
-Use authors argument as a diving board and jump right in!

Damn I'm good!


--Koi

Monday, April 26, 2010

Catching Up

When this semester began, I was way behind! I signed up on the Friday of the first week (thereby missing almost all of my classes for the first week!), and to top it off, I was relying on loan money to pay for school and my books. The whole process of enrolling was very thrown together for me. It wasn't well planned out, and initially (since my parents weren't paying for it anymore), I wasn't even sure I was going to be going to school this semester. However, some great determination in me really set me to it, and I jumped through all their hoops (like the vaccination requirement) to get in. I took whatever classes they would offer me and took as much loans out as I could get.

Catching up was very difficult. Most of my classes expected a lot out of me.


The classes that were easier became harder later on because I ignored them in lieu of my harder classes. Then, when it was time to get into doing work for the easier classes, so much work built up that I struggled to keep up there, too.

Within the first few weeks, I studied constantly, and I eventually got caught up. However, worn out and tired, I slowly began to fall behind here and there. Now it's the final run! I've got a few weeks to pull it all together, but it's not like it's the first time. I know I can get it all done. I'm just wondering if I can keep my sanity!

--Koi

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Starting Your Own Club

Model United Nations Club at Arizona State University


If I underestimated anything about college life, it has definitely got to be how difficult it is to start a club. Back in middle school, starting a club was as easy as telling a teacher, "hey, I think it would be neat to have a club about..." At high school, we were all too cool for that. (HA!) And at a Community College, I really didn't care. I was having too much time partying.

But now I'm at a university, and I got hooked on Model United Nations (MUN) during my last semester at Phoenix College. I never knew such a thing existed, and if I did, I would have never known how fun it was. However, there hasn't been a MUN club at ASU for years! (despite the fact that there is a billion and a half other clubs)

Model United NationsWell, so I started making the club. They had a million different things you needed, and I had very little time to get it all done. For one, you had to have 3 members ready to go! (It's hard to get members to a club that doesn't exist yet!) Also, you had to have an academic advisor lined up, someone to guide you through the club process and do a little bit of moderating while having very little power. You even had to sit through a seminar about having a club!

Once we finally got the ball rolling, we ended up finding out that randomly, there was a group of guys who had the same idea! After several years of not having a MUN club, two different groups of people had started making one at the same time. So we joined forces, and now it's going better than ever. In fact, I have a meeting in like 2 1/2 hours at the local library.

The other thing is that ASU is SUPER restrictive on certain aspects of what clubs can and cannot do. For instance, we cannot sale, or give away, ANY food what-so-ever that was not made by one of the contracted catering companies affiliated with ASU. We can't even order food from a trust-worthy restaurant unless they have an ASU contract. We aren't even allowed to make peanut butter sandwiches for everyone, or anyone! Sheesh!

Well, I'm looking forward to next semester when we're an "official" club. It's gonna be so much fun, especially when we go out of state to big national conventions.


--Koi