Rainy Days and Mondays - The Carpenters. Mm this song. The Carpenters are a pretty old group, and I only found them because my dad bought their album and I started using his iPod once he upgraded to some other device and saw that album. Our iTunes are linked now so I have the album too and rarely listen but still, good song. I still remember being at a Marriott Springhill Suites some time ago in Las Vegas for Winter break and I would play this album from the iPod dock for my parents while I played Maplestory farming at Kerning City Square lol. Anyway, kind of rained yesterday, it’s a Monday today (was going to post this last Monday but forgot -_-). Didn’t exactly “get me down” though. Had its goods and bads.
Finally figured out fractional distillation last night at 1:00 AM!
Stats - no tests back after a week of break. AP review for this class actually sounds kind of fun hehe. Also we changed seats but once again I’m with 2 people I don’t know -_- I think there’s around 25 people in the class, so the probability that I don’t sit with Amy/Sarah for the entire year would be (22/24*21/23)^4 = 0.4907, since Mr. Zawislak randomly generates seating charts. New assistments too! :)
Band - LOL Mr. Nutting heard me playing like 3 octaves up oops
Physics - EM review, finished 2 assistments
Econ - chem
English - OK I thought the essay would be today, but instead the presentation that we missed on Thursday for the baseball game was rescheduled today so Akshay and I were kind of unprepared for that presentation lol. Got a 50/50 on the last one, hopefully will do well on this one too >.< peer-graded essay got 5/7/7/8/8 not bad
GBBE - chem
The flutes were still not together with the drums so they switched with the saxophones and Jon, Ken, and I got to move to the front of the clarinet section! And then Mr. Nutting changed it back.. and then at the end of rehearsal the entire parade block was reversed so we were at the front?? idk lol. also watching Inchan march with a crutch was.. interesting
Got home, finished last assistment loll
Ugh so in the morning when I was around Brewer trying to find Stephen to borrow his chem books, I ran into Adi instead and walked around the school with him for a bit and he revealed to me that Karen got into HSHSP (High School Honors Science Program). I considered applying to this actually, but ended up choosing not to since it required essays about books and a list of books you read for pleasure. Karen does that? Probably not but it’s an essay so you can just bs your way through it which is the more likely case. Now this is slightly worrying since two years ago I remember HSHSP participants had a 100% acceptance rate to Stanford (everyone who applied got in). Kudos to Karen for not going around bragging about it though I guess. Instead, Adi told me (of course). That and I heard David complaining about it to Clay in English. “She has no research experience” etc. So things get a bit harder~
Piano. What the heck?? It’s not every day I hear people talking about my piano. Well, ok it’s secondhand hearing. Adi told me that David thinks Karen’s better than me at piano mmk David hates me, has/had a crush on Karen, isn’t musically inclined. K. Frank asked Yuanzhe how Mao knows him and Yuanzhe said that it’s because he always beats me at competitions.. uh let’s see after MTNA we were tied. I got honorable mention at Schoolcraft, and Mao said she didn’t know who got first so you’re at best tied with me. K.
Read through the NHS officer responses to Mr. Marley’s questions.. lol some of them.. Honestly they just kind of hurt to read. Missing capitalization, wrong tenses, etc. Others were just kind of.. bad? One question was “How will you enhance this NHS position to make it more effective?” and most of the responses were just a paraphrased version of, “I’ll fix what people are telling me is bad.” Couldn’t be any more vague. And then other responses were just off-topic and unclear. The question was “Why would you like this position and what responsibilities do you believe this office entails?” and half of Jason’s response was irrelevant: “The position of vice-president is frequently undermined in the political system. It is a position that is mocked for its lack of true importance and responsibility. As vice-president, I would disprove this conception and strive to demonstrate that the vice-president does have true and substantial responsibility.” Also, not to bash on Jason even more, but one question asked for prior leadership roles and of course his example was being drum major. Excerpt from his response: “As drum major, I am responsible for leading 180 marching band members, which has trained me in skills of taking initiative and improving amiability with students.” Uhh you specifically said to me you “lost friends for being a d—- as drum major.” Wha? Soooo much bs/fluff in these it’s almost sad. Ironic how I just presented a Bedford piece on doublespeak today haha
Looks like I’m finally getting back to where I was around a year ago.. motivated, hardworking, driven. Today I managed to finish the ChemWOOT USNCO practice in GBBE, did around 30 orgo problems from Stephen’s book, finished another 2 USNCO free response sets, did around 100 stats problems, had marching rehearsal, and still fit in an hour of piano. Speaking of piano, lesson tomorrow 9:30-11:00, lesson Friday all day until like 2:00 then going to go record. After my mom argued with me on Friday, I deleted a lot of apps from my phone that would be wasting my time, e.g., reddit. Err actually that’s the only app I used never mind. Anyway, definitely feels good to get back on track.. hopefully it pays off :)