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#26 2014-04-17 18:09:23

bandit
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Re: The Schoolhouse RIP Mrs Crabapple

xavie wrote:

*waves hi to bandit*

I'm following Spanish classes and really like it, except for those moments when I have to pack my bag and actually leave the house to attend classes. I hate leaving the house.

I'm also studying to become a web developer and follow JavaScript classes. I'm not particularly excited about the course, but it seems useful.

Spanish is such a cool language to learn, it feels so logical. I wish I had made more of an effort when I lived in California and had access to native speakers all around me.

Web developer eh? At least you've got an expert around to help you with that lulz.

Kimsa wrote:

I believe I would be taken on as a medical officer (which is commissioned officer?). Yes, they pay for all or part of med school, and the years I study there would count towards my years of service. I'm looking forward to the traveling and new experiences - I also hate desk jobs. But three days of work a week does sound nice...

And it's great that you enjoy your coworkers! I used to volunteer in a nursing unit at my local hospital, and those nurses hated each other. (Well, they were friendly face-to-face, but would talk about each other behind backs.) I switched departments to endoscopy, and found the nurses there to be like a family. It's much more enjoyable, and I've stayed with them. Makes all the difference.

For your essay, wouldn't a controversial topic like healthcare be easier to write 3000 words on? At least you won't run out of things to say. (:

That is a good deal if they pay for your education and you get travel and work experience. I can see why you'd want to do that, it sounds fun!

Nurses vary from unit to unit depending on a lot of stuff obviously. They can either be amazing friendly people to work with or totally burnt-out crabby bastards, depending.

I'm never worried about running out of things to say, I'm worried about saying too much! My lecturer specifically forbid us from going over the word limit and wants it closer to 2000 words if we can do that, so I'm trying to go with something I'm not going to blabber on about (blabbering on about things being one of my talents).

Maladroit wrote:

1) Minecraft is to homework what bleach is to germs. I'm just saying. Not that I have any direct experience with working on a project (at work) 15 minutes before it's due because I played Minecraft all afternoon the day before. Nuh-uh.

2) Three weeks from today I will be a bona fide graduate with a bachelor's degree in Rural Studies - Writing & Communication. And I did it before I turned 50, ya'll!!!

3) Bandita - how about socio-economic status? Or is that one facet of access to health care?  For my senior project I'm taking the health care journey my family is going through from a non-metro (almost but not quite rural - accessing care 3 hours away because *specialists* and also *clinical trials*), and am under the impression that urban vs rural (rural focus because the program is titled Rural Studies, you know) is not as big a factor in who recieves care or when or why, as socio-economic status is. I think that's called a thread derail, actually.

Hey ya'll ! Studying sucks!

1. minecraft is the new free cell in terms of studying to wasting time ratio. But whatevs, me and Damon built a cathedral so I'm calling it a win.

2. CONGRATS that is friggin awesome! How will you celebrate?

3. I can't pick socioeconomic status unfortunately, because our group project is going to be on that so we have been forbidden. I'm thinking I will go with housing. I don't know if you guys know, but in New Zealand houses aren't actually required to have insulation or ventilation or heating in a lot of cases, and so there's huge incidence of things like childhood respiratory diseases and mould in houses and other things.


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#27 2014-04-26 20:21:42

Auros
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Re: The Schoolhouse RIP Mrs Crabapple

Kimsa wrote:

For Spanish especially, take advantage of the classes in-person! It's a great language, but man do they speak fast sometimes. Get that listening/speaking practice in while you can.

¡Español, que maravilloso!

I took six years of Spanish in middle and high school, and used it as my go-to non-English language when I was studying syntax in college, so I kept it reasonably fresh then, but I got really stale after that. Refreshed using Rosetta Stone for about 3-4 months when we were getting ready to go to Spain for our honeymoon. Then let it slide again for a while, and then recently I've been using DuoLingo for (runs to check) 83 days.  It nags you daily, and you have to do at least one short lesson daily to maintain your "streak".  Thus far, I haven't broken my streak since I started. :-)


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#28 2014-04-26 22:33:43

Kimsa
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Registered: 2007-02-18
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Re: The Schoolhouse RIP Mrs Crabapple

Maladroit wrote:

2) Three weeks from today I will be a bona fide graduate with a bachelor's degree in Rural Studies - Writing & Communication. And I did it before I turned 50, ya'll!!!

Congrats Maladroit! (:

Auros wrote:

¡Español, que maravilloso!

I took six years of Spanish in middle and high school, and used it as my go-to non-English language when I was studying syntax in college, so I kept it reasonably fresh then, but I got really stale after that. Refreshed using Rosetta Stone for about 3-4 months when we were getting ready to go to Spain for our honeymoon. Then let it slide again for a while, and then recently I've been using DuoLingo for (runs to check) 83 days.  It nags you daily, and you have to do at least one short lesson daily to maintain your "streak".  Thus far, I haven't broken my streak since I started. :-)

That's an impressive streak! Someone mentioned DuoLingo to me once, and for some reason I didn't look it up. But I just did, and it seems really fun and addicting. (And I love that it's free.) If only they had Japanese too... Oh well, I can practice my Spanish, and maybe learn some German. Thanks for bringing it to my attention again!

 

#29 2014-06-10 21:01:05

bandit
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Re: The Schoolhouse RIP Mrs Crabapple

Almost the end of the semester for me, just exams. I keep yelling "GOOD LUCK AND MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!" at myself in the mirror as preparation.


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#30 2014-06-10 23:16:17

Kimsa
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Registered: 2007-02-18
Posts: 66

Re: The Schoolhouse RIP Mrs Crabapple

Of course, that's why I didn't do well on my exam! I forgot to do my mirror preparation. *giggles*

Good luck on your exams bandit! (And everyone else who has finals right now!)

 

#31 2014-06-11 02:57:57

Sahi
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Re: The Schoolhouse RIP Mrs Crabapple

Good luck on the exams!


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