Cal Fall 2009 schedule

Fall 2009 - 19 units


9-10 Harmony 1 (Jen Wang and David Pererra) 3 units
^Doing well

10-11 Musicianship 1 (Michael Orland) 3 units
^Need to study more, not looking good but I'll come back

12-1 Astronomy Discussion (James McBride) n/a - Friday only
^Class conflicts with Noon rallies so I've been late a few times

2-3 Voice Class (Mark Sumner) 0 units - Monday only
^Unofficial class, additional course to Men's Chorale

3-4 Astronomy C10 (Alex Fillippenko) 4 units
^ Still considering switching to Pass/No Pass, since my graduation requirements will not be affected by whether i pass or not. I will wait to see my Midterm grade. The grading is curved and I wouldn't want an A or A- not boost my GPA because I didn't trust myself.

4-6 Men's Chorale (William Ganz) 0 units
^ Student group


10-11 Thinking About Music (Mary Ann Smart) 2 units
^Doing well but I haven't started my 3 page assignment on A House of Bali yet

12:30-2 Music of the Middle East (Tim Abdellah Fuzon)
^I'm doing okay I guess, don't have any reason to be concerned yet

2-3 Piano 405 (Jacqueline Chew) 1 unit (Pass/no Pass) Thursday only
^I could be better, but I'm fine, has no effect on my GPA or graduation status

3:30-4:30 Middle East Lab (Elias) Thursday only
^Doing fine

6-9 Gospel Choir (Mark Wilson) 2 units
^Made one of one performances, cost me homecoming dance, should be fine


Rally Committee - Meets Wednesday 7-8, does events almost every Friday, Saturday
^ <3

Cal Animage Alpha - Meets Monday 7-10
^ I have no friends there, but the shows are entertaining, going to volunteer for Anime Destiny next week

Other regulars

Wednesday 12-1 Hertz Hall Concerts

Previous events

September 4th - Pajamarama Rally
September 5th - Cal Football vs. Maryland
September 11th - Cal Volleyball vs. Eastern Washington
September 12th - Cal FB vs. Eastern Washington
September 19th - UCRC Scavenger Hunt, Cal VB vs. UC San Francisco
September 25th-26th - UC Chorale Ensembles Retreat
September 29th - UCRC Fashion Show
September 30th - UCRC Colloquim
October 1st - Gospel Choir performance at San Francisco church
October 2nd - Homecoming Rally

Upcoming events

October 3 - Cal FB vs. USC
October 9th - UC Men and Women's Chorale doing Country Western show
October 10th - Anime Destiny, Cal VB vs. Washington State
October 16th - Driving to LA
October 17th - Cal FB @ UCLA
October 18th - Gospel Chorus concert (assuming I'm not still in LA)
October 21st - Gospel Choir concert @ Hertz Hall
October 23rd - Cal VB vs. Arizona
October 24th - Cal FB vs. Washington State
October 30th - UC Choral Ensembles Halloween Show
October 31st - Cal VB vs. USC, Halloween Party
November 3rd - Cal Women's Basketball vs. Vanguard (exhibition)
November 5th - Cal Men's Basketball vs. Chico State (exhibition, may not attend)
November 7th - Cal FB vs. Oregon State
November 9th - Cal MBB vs. Murry State (Opener)
November 11th - Cal MBB vs. Detroit
November 13th - Cal VB vs. Oregon State
November 14th - Cal FB vs. Arizona
November 17th - Cal Women's Basketball vs. St. Marys (First one that I'll be able to attend, but not the opener)
November 20th - Bonfire Rally
November 21st - Driving to Palo Alto, Cal FB @ Stanford
November 22nd - Gospel Choir performance at Berkeley church
November 24th - Cal MBB vs. Jacksonville
November 27th - Driving to Palo Alto again! Cal VB @ Stanford
November 29th - Cal MBB vs. Princeton
December 5th - Cal WBB vs. Colorado State, Cal FB @ Washington Viewing Party, Cal MBB vs. Iowa State
December 6th - Cal WBB vs. Southern Illinois or Texas A&M
December 9th - Cal WBB vs. San Jose State, Last Day of Classes
December 17th - Last day of school

Hopefuly I will attend at least one Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Field Hockey and Water Polo game, but it is unlikely (Hockey games are on Sundays - Raider days, Soccer is on Fridays when I have Men's Chorale, there aren't a lot of Water Polo games)


September 29th - Musicianship midterm

October 9th - Astronomy midterm
October 15th - Middle East Music midterm
October 28th - Musicianship midterm
October 29th - Piano midterm


Yeah, 19 units is a lot. But I haven't had a huge homework load, and midterms are sparse. I think I'm doing fine but my study habits have been lacking so far. I'm altering my schedule to fix the problem. My last class on Tuesday ends at 2, that leaves a lot of time to do homework, study and practice piano and musicianship. There's also the gaping 4 hour break from 11-3 on Monday and Wednesday, although an hour of those times is filled with either Voice class or a Hertz Hall concert.

It's never too late to prepare for next semester

Spring 2010 - No more than 17 units (Looking for 15)



10-11 50 Musicianship 2 (?) 3 units
11-12 51 Harmony 2 (?) 3 units
4-6 Men's Chorale (William Ganz) 0 units

12:30-2 134 Music of Japan (?) 4

Possible (requires audition)
144 University Chorus 5-6:30 (M. Kuzma) 2 units
150B Voice lessons (?) 1 unit

And a non-music Upper Division DeCal class to be determined in January

Cal Fall 2009 semester preview

Well, actually, the semester started last week with classes starting yesterday. However, since things are still getting cleared up. I will still write a "preview" of sorts of the Fall 2009 semester. It won't be very long, so no cut.



General Astronomy C170 4 Units
Thinking About Music 49A 3 Units
Musicianship 49B 3 Units (Wait Listed, but I'm on the roster)
Harmony 49C 3 Units
Selected Music From the Middle East (Music 74) 3 Units


Vocal Performance 410 1 Unit
Piano Performance 405 1 Unit
Choir 2 Units

Need to place into a Choir, I've been rejected from the University Chorus and it's not likely I'll make the Gospel Choir. My last bet is the UC Men's Chorale, my audition is next week. Need to audition for Voice and Piano.

That's right, in my first semester at a university I could wind up with 20 units. I'm okay with that, I think I can do it. It has been overwhelming at first but I think I can succeed since I have lots of time for studying and research.


9-10 Harmony
10-11 Musicianship
12-1 Hertz Hall Concert (Wednesday)
12-1 Astronomy Discussion (Friday)
3-4 Astronomy
5-6 Vocal Performance (Wednesday)

10-11 Listening to Music
11-12 Piano (likely)
12:30-2 Middle East Music
3:30-4:30 or 4:30-5:30 Middle East Music Discussion (Thursday)

During this welcome week I've attended several events including a reception at the Chancellor's House on Monday and New Student Welcome Night on Wednesday, hosted by some of the Christian Asian groups at the school. Some of the people in the group befriended me and I'm considering joining Koinonia although I'm not religious and don't intend to be. So it's a tough decision.

I also hope to be in the UC Rally Committee and I'll try to join next Wednesday.

Not everything has gone right. For almost a month I had a block on my account due to not submitting my IGETC records (I was oblivious to this requirement) and it took forever to get this block cleared. During that time I could not receive financial aid, meaning I was unregistered almost 10 days past the deadline. However, everything's cleared up now and my entire registration fee should be paid by the end of the week.

After graduating from Laney with honors in Music, I struggled in the placement exams and placed in the lowest level for Musicianship and Harmony, mostly due to struggles in sight singing. However I have decided not to panic or feel sorry for myself and work to pass 49B and 49C and get into the Music Major.

I also began the semester with a cold, and I still have it, making the choir and sight singing auditions difficult. (I did not pass any of them.) I've also had issues talking to people because I didn't want to make them sick. HOWEVER, things have still gone well socially. I've reunited with 3 people from Laney in the Music department, and have run into an old crush from a year ago ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. We are not taking a class together, but the odds just won at around 1PM Wednesday and I saw her near the entrance gate. Everywhere I go, especially when the Christian groups are concerned, people talk to me and try to get me into social groups. This even happened at the Cal Lair Pub, but that wasn't that great.

I've joined the Cal Rec Club, meaning (once I feel better) I will use their amazing facilities to get back in shape. I've made it a goal to get to 150 pounds (I'm around 165) by the end of my time at Cal, which could be in 2 or 3 years. I also intend on joining a recreational sports team, likely dodgeball or flag football.

I'm also going to attend every Football and Men's Basketball game, several women's basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball games in addition to being a Raiders season ticket holder and Oakland Raiders Booster Club member. So this will be a very special fall for lots of reasons.

I'll write more shortly.

Jr. College Retrospective: Part 2 - The Top 5 Best Moments

Sorry for the delay, #4 was hard to write, and I got lazy/busy. I hope to resume Part 3 and 4 sooner than later.

Enough with the negativity! I want to cheer myself up, so I'm going to look at the best things that have happened at Peralta - Laney College and Berkeley City College in the last eight semesters, but I've only come up with things that happened in the Final 4. I came up with 13+ moments and picked the 5 that mean the most to me.

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So I'm going to see Depeche Mode on August 12. It will be bittersweet as I will be sitting on the lawn, far away from the band. I did go to see Coldplay at the same venue last Monday at the lawn, and it was terrific, so hopefully it won't be so bad with DM, who I've historically sat in the lower levels.

July 2nd was Cal's student orientation and it was a blast! I met new people (whether I actually see them at Cal is another story) and learned a lot of new things about life at Cal. I am really looking forward to the first day of school - August 21. And I look forward to getting Football season tickets next Tuesday.

The A's still suck. Oh well. The sad thing is, I have no other alternatives to watch. When the Raiders suck, I have Cal Football and the Sharks. When the Warriors suck, I have Cal Basketball and the Sharks. Who do I have when the A's suck? The Giants? I don't like them. The Earthquakes? They also suck. I guess I could... get a life!

Speaking of which, I returned to Laney to use their fitness center for the Summer. I've ran into a few classmates and it's made me feel less bored this Summer. The highlight was yesterday, when I saw my teacher do a lecture at the Berkeley Public Library and several of my friends (Marc, Shanti, Annie) and others. It was really nice to see them again, even if I may not see them after that.

Really really happy I finally finished this retrospective. This was what, 6 weeks late? Really sorry, and I know none of you are actually going to read this lol.

Spring 2009 Academic Wrapup

Because I'm having trouble rounding up my top 5 best moments (I have 18 moments to choose from), the delay continues. I expect it to be done on Sunday.

For now, all my grades are in.

At Berkeley City College

Intro to Biology - A (Stunner, I didn't think I did well on the final at all, but I must have done better than I thought. I may also be one of the better students, in the case the teacher went by a curve, similar to my upset A in Geography last semester)

Jazz/Blues History - A (Got an A on all my tests, didn't do much of my homework but I did do the final concert review)

At Laney

Music History - A (Got an A on all my tests, good attendance, good relationship with the teacher)

Choir - A (good attendance, went to all the performances)

Voice - A (good attendance)

Piano - A (performed finals)

Basketball - A (good attendance)

General Exercise - A (blew away required hours, 36 i believe when i needed 30)

Communication - A (got an A on all my speeches)

Critical Thinking - B (the one Blemish, none of my essays were A quality)

GPA: 3.845 which brings my cummulative GPA to 3.444 through 8+ semesters.

I'll do an acamedic wrapup following my 3-4 social writeups.


Other stuff

After returning Sonic Unleashed (X360 version) I got Yoshi's Island DS and Mario Kart Wii on Gamefly. Mario Kart Wii isn't that great, but I'll try and play more of it before I return it. I've beaten Yoshi's Island DS but I want to 100% it. However it's very difficult (the last world especially), so I don't know if I'll be able to do so.

The main game I'm playing is Banjo Tooie on XBLA. I did not get to play the game on the N64 so this was the first time to me and I'm loving it. I've nearly beaten the game and 100%ed it, though admittingly I will say that 10-12 of the 90 jiggies were assisted by FAQs. I always beat myself up after looking around an area for hours and cannot find the solution to a particular puzzle and then I look it up and the answer was obvious (I overlooked a cracked wall, I missed an area after exploring for hours, I did not take advantage of a particular special move that I had) and I felt horrible. Nearly all the Honey combs, Cheatos, and Jinjos were found without a FAQ, but about 5-6 combined were. I can be proud of that at least. I'm holding off the final boss (which I've unlocked) until I get all the honeycombs and cheatos (3 combined)

E3 is back! I actually enjoyed watching all the press conferences and I really wish I could have been there. I don't think I'll ever go to another one, I don't have any affliation with a gaming website and I don't intend to, but who knows... I don't really talk to any of my Nintendo buddies anymore, but it'd be cool for a reunion. Speaking of which, several of those people are here on LJ but I don't know if they read my entries or update theirs. Either way, Hi.

Jr. College Retrospective: Part 1 - The Top 5 Worst Moments at School

With the end of the semester concluding on Wednesday, I thought it was time to take a look back at all eight full-time semesters I took at Berkeley City and Laney College. Who were my best friends? Who were the "one semester wonders"? The people I wish I had gotten to know at all? Today I'll start out with a look at the Top 5 worst moments... although because I didn't keep track of Fall 05, Spring 06, Fall 06 and Spring 07, most of the moments are restricted to the Final 4 semesters. Next time (maybe even later today) I will do my Top 5 BEST moments.

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FINAL Social Update: Week 19

Not a whole lot of results this week. As to be expected, since I was going to take tests and then leave when I'm done, I didn't say goodbye to all but two of my friends. Let's look at the whole writeup.

Week 19: May 26-27

I got to English at around 9:15. One of the guys (forget his name) was just leaving and I waved at him (he's mute) and sat at the bench for a while. Charmika came out and told me gleefully that she passed the class. I told her that I wasn't surprised (or something along that line) and she said "I know you passed the class, you're a genius." I thought about it for a second, since I don't think I really acted very smart. I was mostly quiet, and I never got much good grades in the class. I am an honor student though, so I responded a little egotistically: "How do you know that?" laughing. Cool moment. That was all the talking (with classmates) for the class.

The actual meeting with my teacher was also good. I gave her a paper projecting a B grade for the class based on my grades (B average on essays, all my homework, okay attendance) and she agreed. I got an 87/100 overall. I did make a case for an A, which consisted of applications of what I learned from the class. She didn't seem to buy it, but she told me I should be happy with a B considering how hard this class was. She seemed to know a lot about me from my journals, giving me advice on how to complete assignments and get friends at Cal. ("Seek help" instead of trying to do everything alone, and we also contrasted socializing at community colleges and universities) It was a good conversation and a nice way to end the class.

Afterwords I didn't see anybody, though two of the guys in the class were seen later and I waved at them.

I went to library and studied music history, but I decided it was nice out so I studied outside in the courtyard instead. I was not able to meet Jay Lehmann the music chair as I wanted to. I decided to head over to the PC lab to finish up my Jazz History and Music History assignments, but I wound up doing work on my Cal schedule. It looks like I'll get to take Astronomy and Political Science, which makes me happy. It's not final of course.

I went to BCC to study Biology and I hoped to run into Bio classmates, but it was a long shot and sure enough, I couldn't find anybody.

Wednesday was the big day. Two finals, two girls I wanted to make amends with, other girls and guys I wanted to say one final goodbye to. Although I've decided to possibly remain at Laney for Piano, Guitar, and even Voice. So in the end I didn't think it was necessary to act like I was never seeing anybody again unless they were leaving. (As far as I know, only one person is not coming back, and we are Facebook friends now)

I got to Music History a little bit after 8am. Leslie was there, and I thought about sitting next to her, but since it was a final and I didn't want to be close to other people, I sat behind her. I could have talked to her but I decided in the end, it wasn't worth it to make a scene in the classroom.

We both finished our test around the same time. I walked out and got water, saw my Speech teacher who wished me luck in the future and even wanted me to stay around and tutor. Leslie stayed inside and read a book. I decided to stay in the room and wait for the listening test while playing Yoshi's Island on my DS.

Both tests went over surprisingly well. I got every single song on the listening test right away without any confusion. (I would wind up 100 for 100 all-time in Music History listening tests)

Although it was obvious she finished it too, she was not getting up. I decided to wait until she finished so I could leave with her. She never got up. Even as time was approaching her 10am final she was not getting up. It was about 9:45 and I thought about waiting the final 15 minutes but I started getting doubts. It would be pretty obvious that I would be following her and it would be way too much of a scene outside class if people were seeing us. I also wanted to show some resolve. If she didn't want to talk to me, why should I talk to her? I don't like that our four-semester long friendship ended this way. I may see her again in the fall, but I cannot imagine anything going smooth with us anymore. I didn't say goodbye to anyone else either, including Sophia who walked by me as I was walking around campus but ignored me, though that was more because she's more reserved than I am.

So I stayed around the Music department to talk to the teacher. I saw Krystel, who I took a class with last semester but only bumped into her this semester. The conversation we had was our first ever though. It was a nice one as she talked about the classes she was taking and her plans for next semester. Marc came in and we talked for a bit. I also talked to some of the sight singing students like Shanti and Kate, but I only really talked to Marc, Kim, and the teacher for about an hour or two. I talked about what I'll be doing at Cal, my intentions to visit the Laney department and then Marc and I talked for a bit about girls... and guys. He's actually bisexual, and has a thing for me. I'm rather indifferent to his interest in me, but there's absolutely no way I would do anything with a guy. I ran over to the BART station quickly, waved goodbye to Kate who was sitting nearby on the grass. Later that night, she added me as a friend on Facebook. She found me on JQ's facebook presumably, though I'm not sure of any reasoning other than that. (Whether she sought me out, or whether I was brought up in a talk with JQ, etc.) I do appreciate it though.

So that was it for the Laney chapter of my life, besides cameo appearanes at World Music series in the fall.

Time to close the BCC chapter. I got to BCC around 12:50, ate my lunch on the second floor and after I was done, I went to library and saw Janneth. We studied Biology next to each other (but not necessarily together) for the next hour and a half, and eventually Mary Carmen came in too. Afterwards I went to the basement where the Bio final was taking place. I saw a bunch of people for the last time, but opted not to talk to them. My sister's best friend Jannelle, who's in the class, saw me and had a short talk with me, congratulating me for getting accepted to Cal (tried to make sure I was aware she got it from Michelle and she wasn't stalking me, as if I wasn't aware of their friendship! lol)

For the record, I never saw Analisa yesterday, so the awkward events of last Monday winds up being or last day together. Wonderful. Better than my last day with Leslie I guess.

The Bio final was a disaster. I was stuck on most of the multiple choice questions, and I wouldn't be shocked if I got half of them (there were 50) wrong. The 3 written questions were tough and were worth the final 50 points but they could make or break my final and whether I get an A, B or C in the class.

After the final I made the unusual decision to remain at class to see Janneth and Mary one more time. Mary eventually came out and I talked to her a bit about the test. I was very distraught about what happened. She was similarly concerned that she didn't do well on the test. I kind of felt better than other people seemed to have the same problems. If the teacher Pieter grades on a curve I might be in good shape.

Even though I was out after class way too long, I waited a bit longer for Janneth, knowing that it may be too obvious why I was still around. I sat somewhere and played my DS for a while, and eventually she came out but I couldn't talk to her. Worse yet, she saw from friends at a nearby table and she sat with them for nearly an hour. Mary was waiting for her too (but they're good friends) but eventually she got up and left. I told her to wait for a second, and I told her how great it was to be friends with her this semester (I called it "forgettable" with the thoughts of Leslie, Analisa, Sophia, Amanthis, and all the other girls who I failed to say goodbye to, and the fact that I only got 1 hug this semester from a girl and that was on the first day of school. For comparisons sake, the last 3 semesters I had at least 4) I told her I wasn't going to be around this semester but I'd be nearby at Cal. I thought about hugging her but we didn't. A while later I also talked to often-lab partner Peter, told him it was nice to know him.

I called Dad and he said he could pick me up at 5. So I waited around with my DS in hand. Janneth and her friends started to walk out, and just as I was thinking she was going to pass me by without saying anything, she does look at me and wishes me a goodbye. I told her it was nice to meet her and she agreed, and said "Maybe I'll see you next semester" which I sarcastically replied "Sure, why not." Sounded like a jerk, but I didn't have the heart to say I wasn't going to be around. One of my favorite classmates this semester, and probably the prettiest, I didn't hug her either.

Ten minutes later I went to the PC lab to check Myspace and Facebook one last time, then got picked up by Dad, saying so long to BCC.

Thus ending the Spring 2009 semester.

I'll writeup a detailed review of the semester, and all my 8 full-time semesters at Laney/BCC, with some Top 10 lists, greatest moments, worst moments, and later on, I'll have my grades for this semester and do a writeup of my past 8 semesters academically.

What a semester, although if I look at stats like hugs, goodbyes, cliques I was able to participate in, missed oppurtunities, the fact that I scared off at least 3 girls, this semester didn't work out as well as the last 2 or 3. Looking at the big picture, I made a good amount of friends compared to previous semesters, was doing just as well academically, was a lot more outgoing, asked out one girl (though she started to avoid me after that), and wound with two people (maybe more upcoming) on my Facebook, lots of drama/suspense, and lots of good and bad memories, this was a great semester.

School Week 18 Academic and Social Updates and a long look at Week 19

Well Graduation was Thursday, I'll have some pictures up soon. For now, it's time to look at the classes that ended and those that are continuing for one more day. I'll mix in some social updates. A full wrapup will be posted in LJ cut for length.

Finished classes

Passed make-up final on Wednesday. My last attended class was May 7 because of the Honor Banquet and the Graduation on the 14th and 21st respectively. I never talked to anyone during the class besides the teachers.

PROJECTED GRADE: A (100% certain)

Attended both required performances. One of my favorite classes, as usual, though like every other class, no goodbyes were given.

PROJECTED GRADE: A (100% certain)

Attended every class, performed extra credit final. It was the only class where everybody was aware I wasn't coming back, as I announced it on the last day, and I got some nice goodbyes from some people.

PROJECTED GRADE: A (100% certain)

I got an A on all four tests. I did not complete most of my homework but I have one concert review to finish (due Wednesday, it's almost done). A lot of the people in the class were awesome, but because of the unexpected last day on Monday, I didn't get a chance to talk to some people I wanted to, and overall I didn't say goodbye to anybody as I finished the final in about 2 minutes.

Test 1: 19/20
Test 2: 18/20
Test 3: 19/19
Test 4: 10/10 (assumed)

PROJECTED GRADE: A (90% certain)

I attended all but one class, although I did leave early 80% of the time, so I don't know how that will play out. I never made friends and I was awful at basketball so I skipped most of the scrimmages.

PROJECTED GRADE: A (90% certain)

I attended every class and I got mostly A's. During the last class, I made the tough decision to leave once I got my grade (I was the first one to get it) and couldn't say goodbye to anybody, though I wasn't close friends with anybody. I did get an ovation, twice, for the fact that I was graduating later that day.

Why am I taking this class? Check
Who Am I? A (content), A (speaking)
Antwone Fisher and Me: A (content), A (speaking)
Group Speech - Group: B (content), B- (speaking) Individual: A (content), A- (speaking)

PROJECTED GRADE: A (100% certain)

Completed the required 30 hours for an A, even excluding 2-6 bonus hours for the times the computer we checked in on was broken, and it was broken a lot.

Not a lot of talking during this class, there were a few good moments though, but none in particular in the final days.

PROJECTED GRADE: A (100% certain)

While all my finished classes are sure A's... the three this week are up in the air. Music History will likely be an A, but the final will be very difficult and could drop me to a B. Biology and English will likely be a B with slim chances of a miracle.

I have attended every class, but I have been late at least half of the time. This has serious penalties. I do not see how I will get an A in the class. The class is essentially over but I will meet with the teacher on Tuesday to determine my grade. On that day I will present a paper with my estimation for my final grade, and also make a case for an A. (Involving learning and application) I do not see it happening. Since it will be a personal meeting and then I leave, it is unlikely I'll get to say goodbye to anybody, but similar to Speech class, I wasn't really friends with anybody.

30% of grade
Essay 1 (Observation of a Fruit): 80/100
Essay 2 (Language and You): 84/100
Essay 3 (Fact-Finding): 75/100

20% of grade
Essay 4 (Fallacy Finding): 88/100

30% of grade
Essay 5 (Group Debate): ?

20% of grade
Checks are one point, Check+ is two points, Check- is .5 points

Chapter 3 Quiz: Check minus

Journal Definition 1: Check
Journal Definition 2: Check+
Journal Definition 3: Check+
Journal Definition 4: Check
Journal Definition 5: Check+

Journal Nonviolent Communication Ch1: Check
Journal NVC Ch2: Check
Journal NVC Ch5: Check
Journal NVC Ch7: Check
Journal NVC Ch8: Check
Journal NVC Ch11: Check minus
Journal NVC Ch12: 0 (didn't turn in)
Journal NVC Ch13: ? (turned in)

Debate Meeting: Check
Debate Evaulation (other team): ? (turned in)

Checks (projected): 18, 17 needed for an A

PROJECTED GRADE: B (80% certain)

The final has 55 questions and all the questions are given in a study guide, though not with the answers. Also there's a listening test with 25 questions. I have not studied but I have some time. The real problem is that I'll have to write a short essay on one of three topics and I don't know where to start on any of them...

Socially there's been a huge problem these last fews weeks as I've gotten, to put it nicely, the "silent treatment" from Leslie. Why? I dunno. It makes me very sad. We've known eachother for four semesters now (even saw her in the Nutcracker last Christmas), we've always been more than okay with each other, and I was hoping these last few weeks would be special. Instead, she's completely brushed me off. The one time she answered a question of mine she answered very condescendingly. When we pass by each other outside of class she looks away and ignores my waves, and always looks around concerned to make sure I'm not around. More on that below.

This is a huge problem and I don't know if it'll be resolved Wednesday, where I'm pretty sure after that I'll never see her again. I want to know why, whether it's her or me. It'd be nice to talk to Sophia as well. However, because of the fact that I will probably finish the final before or after them, I may not talk to them. It's not like I haven't failed in saying goodbye to everyone else. (aside from those who are, and will be on my Facebook/Myspace)

Beethoven Test : 4/10
Midterm (Written): 46/50 A
Midterm (Listening) 25/25 A
Final (Written): ?
Final (Listening) ?

PROJECTED GRADE: A (75% certain)

The final looks very difficult. I may not get an A on this one, and that may seal my fate as a B student. However, if I pull off the A, I will get an A in the class.

I don't know if I'll get to do a study guide with anybody as I was late to Bio class (missed the Lecture completely and was late for the Lab final) and finished the lab test early enough that I couldn't talk to Janneth or Mary Carmen about meeting up to study. So I may just go to BCC on Tuesday and see if they're around. I want to have a chance to say goodbye to them. Other than my Choir friends, they are easily my favorite classmates this semester.

Midterm 1: 69/75 A
Midterm 2 66/75 A
Lab Exam 1: 44/50 A
Midterm 3: 61.5/75 B or C
Lab Exam 2: ? (Projected 38/50)
Final: ?

Homework 1: 19/20
Homework 2: 19/20
Homework 3: 20/20

Labs: All 26 turned in. 2.5/2.5 on all but two (2.0/2.5)

PROJECTED GRADE: B (75% certain)



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Other stuff

The Decemberists concert on May 20th was amazing! I wrote about it during the school updates but I'll repeat it again.

"I left and headed to Oakland where I was going to watch The Decemberists with internet buddy Sammy. It wound up being a fantastic show, making up for a lackluster day with many disappointments. One interesting moment happened halfway during a show when some girl (I remember her name, not saying it) talked to Sammy for a while. He brought me into the conversation and she seemed quite into the show, she and I tried to guess which songs would be performed in the second set. After the show, she left without saying anything. Sammy wanted me to ask her out, heh. Saved me the trouble of not doing it"

Sonic music is awesome, I've updated my ID3 tags for my MP3 player, crediting the composers instead of just saying "SEGA" as artist. I've been meaning to do that for like a year now.

On Saturday I went to the A's Diamondbacks game and checked up on my Raider family. We had a great time, but after the A's had a 5-1 lead, all on 4 home runs (Jack Cust, Jason Giambi's 400th career HR, Adam Kennedy and Nomar Garciaparra). The bullpen blew it and Arizona tied it at 5 in the 8th inning and went on to win 8-7 in extras. The fireworks show at the end was great. Only problem (besides that the A's lost)? It was way too cold. It's late May, it should not be 55 degrees with wind chill of maybe 20!

School Academic and Week 17 Social Updates

No LJ cut. No set to private. I want this out there, not hiding...

With two weeks to go, it's time to check out the situation with all 10 classes, three of which are over already. I'll do it in order of which classes end earliest.

Although there was class on the 14th and there will be one on the 21st, I can't attend either because of Honor awards and Graduation ceremonies respectively. I will do a makeup final sometime in the next few weeks and will get an A if I do.

Already ended on the 12th. Clinched an A by performing at both concerts.

Clinched an A by attendaning every class. I sang Handel's "Lascia ch'io Pianga" as an extra credit on the last day (May 14).

Have already clinched an A based on attendance, although I should check with the teacher on that. I have two more classes on May 18 and 20, but will probably get an A even if I skip them, which I'm considering! I really don't like the class.

I pretty much have an A on this one as I've aced all my assignments. I only need to attend Thursday's class (which doesn't have a speech or test) to pad my chances.

Why am I taking this class? Check
Who Am I? A (content), A (speaking)
Antwone Fisher and Me: A (content), A (speaking)
Group Speech - Group: B (content), B- (speaking) Individual: A (content), A- (speaking)

I already have the 30 hours necessary for an A. May 22 or 23 is the last day to exercise.

The only class where I am unlikely going to get an A. I'm averaging a B right now and my debate paper is due May 21 which will determine my fate. Tuesday May 26 will merely be a meeting with the teacher where I will discover my final grade. Although I've been late way too often, the fact that I haven't missed a single class (likely the only person in the class who can say that) will boost my grade.

Essay 1 (Observation of a Fruit): 80/100
Essay 2 (Language and You): 84/100
Essay 3 (Fact-Finding): 75/100
Essay 4 (Fallacy Finding): ? (turned in)
Essay 5 (Group Debate): ?

Chapter 3 Quiz: Check minus

Journal Definition 1: Check
Journal Definition 2: Check+
Journal Definition 3: Check+
Journal Definition 4: Check
Journal Definition 5: ? (turned in)

Journal Nonviolent Communication Ch1: Check
Journal NVC Ch2: Check
Journal NVC Ch5: Check
Journal NVC Ch7: Check
Journal NVC Ch8: Check
Journal NVC Ch11: Check minus
Journal NVC Ch12: 0 (didn't turn in)
Journal NVC Ch13: ?

I will clinch an A by getting at least a B on the final (I will probably get an A) on the 27th.

Beethoven Test : 4/10
Midterm (Written): 46/50 A
Midterm (Listening) 25/25 A
Final (Written): ?
Final (Listening) ?

I will clinch an A by getting an A on the Lab Test (May 20th) and the Final (May 27th). I will get a B if I fail to get an A on the final. I have attended all but one class and have turned in all my assignments.

Midterm 1: 69/75 A
Midterm 2 66/75 A
Lab Exam 1: 44/50 A
Midterm 3: 61.5/75 B or C
Lab Exam 2: ?
Final: ?

Homework 1: 19/20
Homework 2: 19/20
Homework 3: 20/20

Labs: All turned in. 2.5/2.5 on all but two (2.0/2.5)

I do not know whether the final will be on the 26th, 27th, 28th or 29th. Regardless I already have an A on 3 of the tests. There are 4 tests and the worst grade is dropped so it doesn't matter what I do but I want to finish strong. I do however have homework due on the last day of class (and the second to last, for that matter) so it's imperative that I get that done or I may not get an A!

Test 1: 19/20 A
Test 2: 18/20 A
Test 3: 20/20 A

Week 17: May 11-14

I came into this week with high expectations and that usually leads to disappointment. So it won't surprise anybody that in fact, Week 17 was a huge disappointment. I however cannot ignore the great things that have happened this week. The honor awards dinner was amazing. Voice class on Thursday was amazing and saw my Spring 2008 hug drought end at exactly 4 months, however I thought I had good shot at getting a hug on all four days of the week. Wednesday night was great, and it was great seeing Sammy again Tuesday night.

This is the final four day week of the semester. Weeks 15 and 16 were complete weeks (All four days of the week with no holidays, all classes went forward as scheduled and I attended them all), although English 5 only lasted about 15 minutes on each. This week qualifies as a complete week even though I didn't attend Piano class and there was no Choir on Wednesday because Tuesday was the final. I had a priority on Piano class with a dinner so that is a legit replacement (as opposed to me just skipping the class, being sick, or the class being cancelled)

Monday's Music History class, besides the music, wasn't very good. I didn't talk to Leslie and things were still looking bleak with our friendship. I didn't even try to talk to her.

Basketball continued to be a chore, I think I left 20 minutes in in the 45 minute class.

Before the final Choir rehearsal I went to the student center for a bit and saw JQ with some people I didn't know. I talked to them for a while (they liked my Bleach shirt) and then I went to class and Marc was there and we talked for a minute before Sophia came in. I didn't say much to her but I said hi to her nonetheless. I had told Marc on Thursday that I had a little crush on Sophia but I didn't do much with her in that situation. It didn't hit me until later that I won't get another chance like that. She also takes Music History but I don't get a chance to talk to her then. The class went as normal. Afterwards I hung out for a few minutes with Kate, Gaby and JQ but it wasn't as long as normal. I left to Berkeley afterwards.

After Bio lecture I went to work on my debate for a while in the PC lab and Analisa was behind me on the PC doing something on Powerpoint. This wasn't the first time, but unlike the other time she actually did wave at me when I got up and left. (Kind of hard to miss me, I was right in front of her, but she managed to the first time likely on purpose)

During the Bio lab we inspected plants and wrote about them. As usual I sat with Janneth, Mary and Nicole and also worked with Peter and his friend. Also as usual we got out much later than everyone else but I didn't mind. It was fun.

Jazz and Blues History was pretty good as I messed around during the break with some leftover balloons from Cinco De Mayo in the Altrium. Also, people gave out free snacks and I got some, woohoo. An embarrassing moment came when I returned from the restroom and when I got to my row I had entered the wrong one. What I mean is, you could only get in the desk from the right side and I was on the left side. So I had to walk over the desk, which I would do successfully 99% of the time but this time I tripped and knocked the desk over. I put my hand on my backpack to prevent the desk from completely falling over and making lots of noise but everyone saw me. At least I got some attention out of it!

Tuesday morning was the big day. I had a Debate, Group Speech and Choir performance all on the same day. The debate went over decently as I had to debate the merits of legalizing prostitution. Although my points were solid I relied too much on notes and my rebuttal to the pro side's argument of trafficking was awful as I channeled my inner Sarah Palin. (I honestly thought of the VP debate while I was making no sense and getting nervous)

On to Voice class. I watched some ladies sing for the final and they did a good job. Didn't talk to anybody. I tried to talk to Amanthis but she kind of ignored me as I asked her (rhetorically, the class was over) if she was going to sing something. She smiled and didn't nod or answer, and I just replied "I'm sure it would have been good" I've decided that there was a good chance I mumbled the question, and definietely mumbled the response. After class we both went to the Student Center (not together, just coincidence) and I saw her with a guy, and probably found out why she didn't respond to me. Another girl with a boyfriend avoiding me completely. Sucks. Though he could have been her brother or something, I didn't see them kissing or anything.

The group speech was flubbed too. Although one of my groupmates who spent a while in the hospital came back, we had to prepare our slides at the last minute and it didn't turn out very well and our group got a low grade. An awkward but good moment came when she handed us all our individual grades IN FRONT OF EACHOTHER and I was the only one who got an A (everyone else got B's).

So after exercising and being in the PC lab for a few hours watching Olbermann and Maddow while working on my debate paper, I went to the auditorium to perform with the Choir for the sixth and final time. This was going to be real emotional for me, but the problem was, nobody knew it was my last performance except a few people. So I didn't get any special goodbyes or any special applauses or anything. I was also mad that my dad, because he couldn't find parking, was late and missed nearly the entire performance, including all the good songs. (He just saw the final two numbers, both spirituals) The lone highlight was that Sammy came over and watched me. We talked about stuff for a bit, as it was the first time we've seen each other since January 13. We are going to see each other again on Wednesday for the Decemberists concert.

I got into a fight with dad afterwards about something silly and the night ended quite miserably. I was also bitter about the lack of attention I got after class, but realistically what should I have expected? Nobody knew it was my last time and really, why should they care? A few people who have been around as long as me should have, but everyone else not so much.

Wednesday was the usual, Music History check, not talking to Leslie, check. Also, when she came to class, she was blushing and giggling about something. This hinted to me why she might be avoiding me now, and it's the same reason as Analisa, Amanthis and everyone else. But there's a twist. A few bad coincidences and suddenly I appeared a stalker. I decided not to go to the fitness center because I didn't have time and I went to the student center instead where I saw her sitting talking to one of our classmates. She saw me hanging around and went off into hiding though she didn't leave. I went out and sat at the benches in the courtyard to think about things and she came out. I'm not sure if she saw me but it didn't matter.

After leaving basketball again 20 minutes in, I went outside the Music department and talked with Marc about girls for a while. He is more than double my age but he told me a lot of interesting information. He also told me that he was a bisexual and actually thought I was attractive. I showed no negative emotions, I was actually complimented but I cannot seriously consider being bisexual at this moment. We talked to Sophia who walked by and found out some things about her, that she wants to be an actress among other things. Marc did almost all of the talking, I merely told her as she left that I was happy that she joined the Choir. I don't know if she's taken, but I assume she's reserved because she's into her studies. That's what Marc suggested.

This is where the fun began. Leslie walked by but she was on the phone. (Probably with her mom, to notify her she's taking BART) I decided to go to BART with her. I had planned this all semester but unfortunately now we're not talking to each other. I thought maybe I could find out what's up but as I considered the prospect of having to conversate with her for 20+ minutes I choked and decided not to talk to her.

So I sat near her, and she eventually noticed me. When I looked away when I saw a former classmate from last semester (Racquel, Geography 1A) I noticed her walking away quickly to the other side of the BART station. When the BART train came I also walked to the front car and sat on the opposite side of the car, hidden away. However, when people exited, I saw her look around for me and she spotted me. I acted naturally, reading my notebook. I wanted to send a message that she can't avoid me like that, but I already lost interest in talking to her.

I departed at the Berkeley BART, had lunch and went over to BCC. I ran into a few classmates, Lauren from Jazz History, Jose from the Spring 08 semester, and saw Analisa eating lunch at the Chinese restaurant with her boyfriend(?). This was the first time I was at BCC at 1PM since January 28, so I decided to check out the 1:00 Biology Lab instead of my usual late slot. I didn't care much for the people there. Although both Bio labs are 100% people younger than 30 (i'm guessing), I thought the people there, mostly people just fresh out of Berkeley High, were a little too preppy for me, as opposed to the more laid back 4:15 lab people. Also, my sister's friend Janelle appears to have dropped, so I didn't get to chat with her. We watched a movie and wrote a report on it. I only went to the first half of Bio Lec, talked to Janneth a little bit and left for Laney.

At Laney I participated in the final Music Workshop session where students gather around and show eachother musical works. I sang a capella "Lascia ch'io Pianga" by Handel, which I was going to sing for Voice class the next day and everyone liked it. Afterwards I got to talk to Marc again, along with Shanti, Christina and a few others for possibly the last time. It was fun.

I stayed for Reager's Wednesday night Voice class to get a chance to perform for the people there one last time. I sang "Danny Boy" which we also did for the Choir. I went home after that without saying goodbye to anybody. This includes Nicole, a cutie from Choir, and some tomboy who is very reserved. Kind of cute, I was sad I didn't really get to meet her.

Thursday started with another debate. This time I watched other classmates argue about Sex Education and whether it should be taught to kids.

But the big moment was Voice class as I was going to sing my song for the class as well as announce that I will leave for UC Berkeley the next semester and this was likely going to be it for all the friendships I accumulated during my two years taking Lucy Kinchen's class.

Everyone showed up, including the two pretty girls, and my old friends. I got my picture taken in the grass (may never get to see it) and sang beautifully. I got lots of congratulations and I lost track of the hugs I got. None of them were from people my age, but I think I got around 6, including the teacher. One of the interesting ones was from the lady I mentioned in week 13 who chided me for talking to myself. We didn't bring it up and I was very nice to her. I have class you know. A few notable people I did NOT say goodbye to, both of the two pretty girls (though I was sitting next to Amanthis, she kind of mouthed "bye" without saying it and I waved back but I didn't think much of it) and Mikhail and Eve (older classmates), from Choir so I was saving my goodbyes for Voice instead. I did talk to Eve on Tuesday but I reserved final goodbyes for Voice. It was disappointing not to talk to them. I may see Eve on Thursday, but I'm pretty sure I will not see Mikhail anymore.

Speech class had one more group speech to watch and they were pretty good. Some people found out I was graduating and wished me congratulations.

Afterwards I watched the Jazz Combos perform, talked for a minute with the Music chariman Jay Lehmann, who I took classes with for four straight semesters but not anymore because I've finished taking all of his, pretty much. Didn't talk to anyone else really.

Another big moment was attending the Honor and Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Oakland Airport. Several people I knew were there and saw me on stage with other Honor Graduates and it was awesome. The food was great, and the speeches award winners got were very inspiring (I actually was thinking "What am I doing here?" since I didn't have the same commitment the award winners got) and it was memorable seeing friends of mine, who weren't aware I was an honor student, congratulate me.

Afterwards, I left and dad and I talked about girls for a while. End of the week.

Week 18: May 18, 20-22

- I plan on calling out Leslie on our situation on Monday. Will I get the chance and what will happen?
- Will I get a chance to ask out anybody in Jazz History? I'm thinking about it.
- It's the last day of Speech and most Music classes. So will I get to say goodbye to those people?
- How will I handle Biology's final days, can I join a study group?
- Will I talk to Analisa? Sophia? Kate? Gaby?
- Will I actually enjoy my final days of Basketball class?
- Most importantly, how will Graduation (Thursday) go?

Man, a few years ago there were absolutely no social drama going on. It was just boring. As sad as all the drama is, I'm happy at least things are interesting. I want a happy ending, though.


In other news, I finished Sonic Unleashed. I returned it to Gamefly and I will be receiving Mario Kart Wii and Yoshi's Island DS next week (I just changed my subscription to 2 games at once). Pretty fun game, especially the daytime levels. In the two months I had it, I beat the game, completed every level (including bonus acts, but not DLC) and have earned at least a C on every mission including bosses. I've also beaten all the daytime levels without dying (Eggmanland notwithstanding) and have beaten three of the 11 nightime acts without dying. I have collected all but about 4-6 souveniers and at least half of the art books and records. I have 154 Sun and Moon medals. I have only done about 3 of the hot dog missions. I will try and do more when I buy the game later this year.

Also, I got Banjo Tooie, which I've never played before until last week. It's... interesting... hopefully I can beat it but it's kind of tough.

I'm also listening to the Sonic Unleashed sountrack right now.

Decemberists concert next week, I'm so excited! It will be my first rock concert of 2009. I went to 5 last year. (Including the Decemberists and a Colin Meloy solo show, alongside The Pillows, The Cure and Radiohead)

Depeche Mode's lead singer Dave Gahan is ill and DM has cancelled a few of their concerts. I'm quite worried.

I avoided a scare last Mother's Day when I locked one of the cats in the kitchen because she was disrupting my sleep and she escaped through broken glass in one of the windows and went missing. We found her a few houses away, it could have been disaster. We've lost a lot of pets but never one directly because of one of my actions.

I watched Death Note 3 Change the World a few weeks ago and despite a slow start I enjoyed it. I still have not seen a 2009 movie in a theater (or anywhere) this year.

I paid my $100 Intent to Register yesterday, securing my spot as a Cal student in the Fall 2009. I'm thinking about getting season tickets for Cal Football. I'm really excited about their season as it looks very promising. Plus the A's are horrible right now so I'm more impatient for their season to start.

Have a nice day, sorry for the length of this post.
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