Confession: I wish I didn’t have to take lab sciences. I have to take a lab sequence, meaning I have to take two semesters of lab science and they have to be part of sequence. So I can’t take Weather and Climate, which I am taking now, and then take Biology in the Fall. I think Geology is the other part of this sequence I am taking, so that is what I will be taking in the future.
I don’t love science. I get some aspects of it and am clueless about others. I haven’t taken any type of Earth Science class since my freshman year of high school–in 1990. Yeah, it’s been a while. I think I took some type of non-lab science during the first go-around of college, but I don’t remember what it was and it didn’t transfer, so I clearly didn’t do well.
I was in my lab this morning. Lab meets one day a week for almost three hours. The lab professor goes over what students are expected to do, explains a few concepts once, and is available to answer questions while we work on the exercises.
He’s going to hate me by the end of the semester.
I ask questions–a lot of them. It doesn’t register with me during the first explanation. I can’t help it. It’s just not my thing.
I was ready to cry during one exercise of my lab this morning because I just didn’t get it. I felt stupid, especially when others were leaving rather quickly because they were done. I asked for clarification and I was eventually OK. All I could think was, “I so would have withdrawn from this 15 years ago!” Then I realized it’s three more months. It’s not the end of the world. He’ll answer questions, so I should be OK. My lecture professor is good about answering questions. I’m keeping up with assignments and am not afraid to ask for help.
If I can get through some of the crap I’ve been through, I’ll get through this. If I break things down into smaller pieces, it will all get done. That’s the way I’ve handled life this week and will continue to do so. Everything is on a to-do list–well, Google Tasks really.
Oh yes, and at the end of the class, when I turned in today’s lab assignment, I got back last week’s. I got a 95!!
I likely won’t love it, but I might squeak by with a decent grade and will live to tell about it. And maybe I’ll eventually recall more about cloud classifications.