Category Archives: Academia

A Test From Hell

I took the AP English Language and Composition exam today, and it was a nightmare. There are two sections, a multiple choice section, and then a section where you have 120 minutes to write three essays. I already knew that the multiple choice would be difficult, and it was, but I didn’t expect the essay questions to be so obnoxious. Ugh.

I’ve been stressing over this dumb exam for ever and now I feel like I totally bombed it. So much for college credit and for wasting $87. At least all my friends felt the same. No one felt like they did a really good job. We also had to write the essays in pen, which kind of threw me off, because I then couldn’t go back and erase things and fix them; once they were down on the paper, they were stuck there.

But, there’s nothing I can do about it now, except to wait for my scores to come in the middle of July. So far away! :(

To celebrate our immense failure, we all decided to go out to IHOP, which was delicious and satisfying as always. After that I came home. And I slept. And I slept some more. I was so exhausted and I felt like my mind was just fried. If you asked me what the sum of 2 + 2 was, I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell you. :P

I just got back from playing tennis with a bunch of friends. It was really fun, but I really have to practice a lot more in order to be ready to play singles in the fall season. But I’m not too worried. I’ve got a whole summer ahead of me. :)

Anyone else take an AP exam? If so, how was it?

I Suck at Coming Up With Titles

I was organizing some of my files on my computer earlier and found some old essays that I wrote my freshman and sophomore year, so a year to two years ago. I opened one of them and almost started laughing. They were so horrible! I guess you don’t realize how far you’ve come or how much you’ve grown until you stop and look back. I can honestly say that I’ve grown a lot as a writer, just this year, through AP English. I don’t think I realized what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the class.

We do so much writing in there, it’s pretty ridiculous. We had to write to timed essays in both classes last week, then revise them over the weekend and turn them back in to be graded. Then in class today we had another timed essay, in which we have to revise. x_x It’s a lot of work, but because of it, I’ve become so much better. My essays no longer sound choppy or simple, but they flow and are a bit more complex. I’m more proud of my writing and more comfortable with it than I was last year, that’s for sure. Yay for not sounding like I’m a five year old writing a paper! :D

I was pretty proud of myself today. I have been procrastinating my homework so much lately that I’ve just not really been doing it. But after dinner I sat my butt down on my bed and finished my physics review (I have a test tomorrow. :( Hope I don’t fail…) and then did some minor revisions to my essay. Then I realized I left the rest of my homework at school. :/ Poop.

I’ve been so unorganized lately, and I think my problem is that I just needed to sit down and get my priorities straight. Sitting in front of my computer for more than three hours after I get home isn’t really beneficial. So, I’ve been trying to get more active and in shape. This week I’ve gone on a walk everyday with either Becky or Andrew, and me and Becky are trying to go running in the morning. We did it last Friday, but it’s hard to get up at 6:00 in the morning, especially if you aren’t a morning person. :P

Hopefully I can shed a couple pounds before my France trip; we’re going to be doing a ton of walking, plus, I just want to feel better about myself. Losing a little weight wouldn’t hurt. ^^