At the Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

So, reporting live from my seat in the theater. With all the studying and stuff it’s nice to head to the world of make believe for just a little bit. Mental break!

We’ll see how it goes!

Study Break: A little closer to the finish line

What a semester! 

These past eight weeks had my mind wrapped up in linguistics. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I registered for this class. All I knew was that I always wanted to learn a second language, I am a history major, and it would be to see what “a study of language” meant. 

I’m not entirely sure how being a history major mattered in my decision to take Intro to Linguistics, but I remember thinking how language is an essential part of culture and it may correlate with history on some level. Oh, and I was thinking “if I learn how to speak another language, I’ll be able to access the knowledge written in that language.” 

I could read manuscripts or even newspapers. It may not be as prestigious as old manuscripts, but understanding Tolstoy in its native language opens up a new perspective. And that appeals to me. As a history major, acquiring a couple more languages could knock down barriers in research. And that appeals to me. Knowing how language is used, structured, and how it changes over time, how it adapts, is an added resource to have when I’m looking for clues to help along a research project. And that appeals to me.

And I’ve wrapped up my final paper which was to describe the semantics and/or morphology of a language not native to me and since I’m learning Russian, O decided to go with that. 

And it was exhausting! Challenging, exhausting, but fun. 

So, I am going to enjoy this short reprieve in academic learning for the rest of my break. Recharging my batteries with books, TV, and movies before diving in Philospophy come Monday. 

До скорого … Пока!

Study Break! – Memorial Day Weekend 2015

So, I’ve spent the last two and half hours studying and making sure I have all the pieces in place before constructing my homework. I have a 250 word essay answer to my question of tensions between the American Colonies and their homeland of England, followed by a 250 word follow-up to Hobbes’ Social Contract theory and a 900-100 word essay on history and why we study it.

I’m partially done with the history essay. I’ve got my question ready and have a general outline. I also have a general outline to my follow-up. After two and half hours of reading, research, and pondering I’m ready to write and submit.

The thing is I’m dead on my feet and will be traveling tomorrow. It’s a busy weekend, this Memorial Day Weekend, and don’t know if I can squeeze in the time to do my homework in between traveling and a wedding to attend and a video shoot.

But such is the life of someone who is working on their degree, holding a full-time job, and then keeping up with life in general. And as tired as I am, typing this post through half closed eyes, rocking out to my Study Hall playlist (consisting of Lindsey Sterling, William Joseph, Jim Bickman, and more on shuffle), I’m loving it.

The challenge is motivating enough.

You’re crazy!

Thank you, I know.

And it’s because of this minor chaos, I have yet to catch up on TV.

So … until my mind is a little more peaceful …

до свидания!

Da svidanya!

Study Break: The convenience of eTexbooks

I am entering my third year of school, halfway through my sophomore year, attending an entirely online university (American Public University if any of you were wondering). And while I have many things to say about the convenience of attending a university such as this, I’m not going to because I want to talk textbooks.

All the classes I’ve taken have incorporated eTextbooks except for one class. And you want to know something? It’s a beautiful thing! I can use my Kindle for reading assignments be cause most of the textbooks are compatible and one class I had to rent the textbook but it was conveniently offered through Amazon. And one textbook was only $6 on Amazon so I just bought it outright.

If you told me ten years ago that I would be able to carry around my textbooks on an electronic device, I would probably be amazed with the idea, but skeptical of it because it would be hard to wrap my head around the idea that we would one day have iPads or Kindles (and I was huge supporter of the Kobo app when it first came out and look where that got me?). If you told me the same thing five years ago I would totally believe you only I would prefer to purchase the hard copies just so I could highlight and use my post-its to make notes. It’s just easier since five years ago highlighting and note taking capabilities either weren’t supported yet or weren’t as reliable as they are today.

And here we are, living in the now, with highlighting, note taking, and bookmarking capabilities. Awesome! And so darned convenient for studying now. I can make notes and just by tapping on a couple of things, I can take a quick glance of all my notes. Add an app like Evernote into the mix and studying has never been so easy.

Amazing. Simply amazing.

And as I study for my finals this week, reflecting upon the technological advancements that making studying easier, I just had to take a break and write about. And whether or not I’ve dated myself with this post, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m still a geek and an information junkie at heart, because seriously, who thinks about the importance of highlighting and note taking capabilities, let alone write about them 🙋.

Study Break: International Relations = Political Historians/Philosophers

Who knew?

Who knew that below the surface of the political you have such deeply rooted philosophical ideals and, again, a strong emphasis on history?

I can see politics evolving from philosophical ideas and I can see how history may play a role in the development of politics, but I never considered how deeply engrained they would be. This week’s lesson lecture opened with this quote, “The study of international relations involves being ‘political historians’ and ‘political philosophers’ (Smith 2006).” I mean, wow.

As curious as I was about the world (you get that living on an island in the middle of vast ocean), but I never considered looking at the world from an international perspective. I never considered where Hawaii might fit on a global scale. Maybe I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Maybe I just didn’t think it was so important. But I never gave it a second thought until I study Viking History. It’s amazing just how much an impact paradigm shifts can have on you.

And this is only week one of international relations. It has only just begun. It’s such a new world to me that I’m struggling a bit to understand some concepts, but at the same time, I’m excited and anxious to learn more. I’m finally getting the chance to understand how the world operates, in terms of politics anyway.

My, my. It’s going to be an interesting semester.

What are your thoughts on international relations? Do you care for it at all?

Feel free to leave your comments below.

International Relations

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