Feeling Damn Good Right Now!

I’m feeling damn good right now, and “no” I am not on some drug induced high or root beer sugar rush, I am going over all the term papers, assays and projects from the just ended semester, and the marks are great. Some of the scores are very good and all the comments from the profs are positive. The pile of papers is huge, I would say about 600 to 700 pages including lecture notes, assignments and handouts, showing just how much work went into the term. My marks are looking great; however, I will not see any final grades posted until Thursday, so I am on pins and needles right now.

The best part of the last term has got to be the research project from my stats class in which I received a whopping 90.7 percent! I’m still in shock from that score. That makes this the highest scoring paper I have ever done in this degree program. Actually, I ran all the assignment marks through my calculator and laughing found out that I would pass the course with a good enough mark even if I had never written the final, and I would still receive a grade of B if I just got 50 percent on it. The final in this class was worth 20 percent of the overall grade.

But it is all over now. I can rest and relax. I have about three weeks until the whole process starts over again. Looking forward to that. No, really, I am….

Next semester, the summer term, I will embark upon the highest level of classes in the BA program that there is, the 4900 level class. Yup, if I am up to the challenge of mastering or doing a thesis, this is the class, the last fork in the road. This term, the class will be focusing on the worst of the worst of offences in our society, besides murder, which is sexual offenders. Tomorrow I am grabbing the textbook so I can get a head start on some reading. I know, I am sounding like a keener, but I like doing what I am doing.

So I am feeling good right now. All that work paid off. I have my languages and three-quarters of my stats and research classes completed, so that makes the last leg of my journey a little bit nicer–except for the French classes. So three weeks! What to do….

It was Just a Mistake….

I have been riding a roller-coaster of emotions for the last 48 hours all due to one mark that I had received through the College’s on-line web site listing that grade as a fail from a mid-term written last week. It was like getting the wind knocked out of my sails when I read the final total, a mark putting me below a passing grade at the academic level. I carried on through the day with my head hung low–in personal defeat–in a state of disbelief. For a class that I figured I was doing expectationally well in, seeing this mark was a shock, especially after logging in many hours of study time and seven weeks of lectures up until that point, I knew something was not quite right?

When I went into class, we had to go through one hour of lecture, some class presentations and then a break before we got to reviewing the exam it self. We got the exam handed back, and then the prof started the review by going over the questions, giving us the chance to review, making sure that we at least understand the questions that we had difficulties with. There, on the face of the booklet was my mark, a mark of a C. It stuck out like a strobe light, flashing–fail, fail, fail…. When we got towards the last section of the questions, I noticed something odd, there was no “red ink” on the remaining pages. I was not sure why? Perhaps these answers were all incorrect and the prof never bothered to circle the problematic areas that I incorrectly scribed?

As the prof went through the pages that were unmarked, the answers that I spewed out were almost verbatim as to what was being read out in the class. It hit me with a huge sigh of relief–these pages were overlooked–unmarked–there is hope–I’m not a complete idiot!

Almost a third of the marks on the exam were left out because of the error. The readjustment puts me back into the game. I left the class happy, but tormented because of the error. The prof said that this is the reason for having the in class review, to catch errors and argue for readjustments on marks. I said that I was not upset about it, just concerned that I had fallen so far when throughout the course I was riding an A average. My final mark puts me back into the A average–I’m now happy once again–just lost a pound due to sweating with the stress of it all.

Now, I do believe that I have a paper to work on that is due next week…. This is one long tunnel!

Hey, Paper is Made of Carbon?

The mid-terms are over, thus marking the mid-point of the semester for me, and the next six to nine weeks marks the home stretch–although it is not over as far as the pursuit of completing my degree goes? Last night I wrote the stats exam. This one was weighted as only 15 percent of the over course total mark, but nonetheless, it took almost two hours to write. All the questions were in essay format, meaning that my poor writing hand is in a lot of pain from holding the pen for so long. This pain is also known as writer’s cramp, or examinees’ torture. Now, what is left in the term are the projects, papers and finals. With three course this term, this means at least nine more events before mid April to look forward too. People wonder why professionals charge so much money for their services….

A Greener British Columbia? In a few hours the BC Provincial government will be issuing its annual budget to the people, and included within that budget will be the much publicized and controversial Carbon Tax. With only a preconception of what this will mean for the tax payers and its impact on the people, I am eagerly awaiting to see how our government is going to apply this tax? For me, the success of this tax will hinge on how it is applied. I personally don’t agree with the Carbon Tax scheme, as I see more effective ways of dealing with managing our environment, but this seems to be the way the BC Liberals want to proceed with the environmental issues? My concerns rests in how this tax will be applied?

I like to use the loaf of bread metaphor as a means of critiquing what impact and benefit this will have on everyone within the province. In all likelihood, the rule of economics dictates that if something is inflated or deflated at one end of the economic spectrum, the effect will be felt across the spectrum over to the other end of it. The question I ask is, who will bear the brunt of the tax? Obviously the economy as a whole will be impacted because no matter who receives the tax, the spending and inflation rates will change it. The next question is, who will be affected the most by this? The media says that gas will be greatly affect by this tax, so the overall cost of the loaf of bread will increase substantially as we have seen with just the increases in the cost of oil over the last two years. The final question is, will the environment be better off with this tax, in other words, will people just accept the increase in costs, or will they scale down their use of oil in reciprocation of the tax?

The final question to my query is, who gets the money in the end? Is our government responsible enough to implement this into providing greener solutions, or will they leaving it up the businesses and corporations to apply it on a voluntary bases? My fear with the Carbon Tax and Carbon Credits scheme is that each region will be treated differently adding undue stress some while others benefit without as much cost. Can the government fairly apply the rules and enforce it without loop-holes and escape-clauses built into the law so that large corporations can easily slip through? For example: If I have a business that is able to export my labour to a country that is free to use carbon, should I be penalization when sending my goods back into BC’s economy–we see this with the PST on gasoline?

But I am only speculating here because I have no idea what the government is going to do. I guess we will all find out in a couple of hours? Will I be happy about it, or just take it on the nose until the next election?