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The Zen of Geek

December 12, 2004

Well, it appears as though I have made it through my first semester at Seton Hill! There were moments, I'll be honest, where I had my doubts - certain that I would "pull an Isabella" and head for the hills! I didn't freak out or anything! Sweet!

Usually, I start having panic attacks about halfway through the semester. I decide, for the millionth time, that I hate college, that I'm wasting my time, and that I should just give up and go live in sin with a Mexican hula dancer. And, so for many semesters of my college career, halfway through is when I stop going to class and start making excuses to my teachers.

I did, I admit, develop a minor case of poor attendance for a few weeks that could have really brought me down but somehow I blundered through it. Although I still have a lit paper to turn in (one that I finally FINALLY after a full Saturday of working on the damn thing finished!) and a final tomorrow morning for Writing for the Internet, I think it's safe to say, with some confidence, that I have passed all of my classes. That's cool.

I mean, I wasn't worried about *passing* - the goal was all A's but as the coolest teacher in the world Dr. James Finn from Westmoreland County Community College (a man who is, simply, too damn intelligent for us regular human beings to fully comprehend) is fond of saying: never internalize your grades.

A grade is just a letter on a piece of paper. A grade does not reflect who I am or what I've gained from a class. I've taken PLENTY of classes where I earned an A but years later I couldn't tell you one thing I actually learned from the class.

Ever since taking Dr. Finn's cultural anthropology class in spring 2003, I've gained a new perspective on school. What I get out of a class is directly proportionate to what I put into it. So if I have a class I know I can pass with little to no effort on my part, unless I really bust my ass to do the best that I can, I'm really just wasting my time (and money).

I swear though, I'm not a total geek! (well... maybe I am!)

I just really value "knowledge" as the most precious commodity in my life. Money, you can take it or leave it, but "knowing" really provides you with power. (I sound like an infomercial... sorry about that!)

In fact, I'm going to stop my tirade at this point because I just realized something: right now, now that I have finished my killer paper of the term and have the rest of the afternoon free, I can READ!!!

I can read absolutely anything I want, not because I -have- to read it, but because I want to for sheer enjoyment thereof. This is rad! I am going to curl up on my cute pink couch and fill my head with whatever I choose to fill it with!

And, oh my goddess I can't control my excitement, after Monday morning, I have a WHOLE MONTH to do that! Sweet! Okay.. I'm off to revel in my geekiness now. *dances a geeky jig*

(oh, and if you are counting [Evan] this is blog #88. kickass!)

Moira at 02:57 PM :: Comments (2) :: ::
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I would post "letter from an obsessed fan" on your live journal, but would probably get arrested because people might take it waaaaay to seriously. I may show it to you someday.

Don't be ashamed of being a geek. Geeks ROCK! See you next semester! Or even tomorrow online, whichever comes first. ('8

Posted by: Evan at December 13, 2004 01:49 PM

ALL HAIL THE POWER OF THE GEEK! Rowr!

um.

what I meant to say was: yeah. geeks rule.

Posted by: moira at December 13, 2004 09:16 PM
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