UCLA falls.

Lot 7

Right now in front of Lot 7/ Pauley Pavillion. Lot 7 is under water.

Right now in front of Lot 7/ Pauley Pavillion. Lot 7 is under water.

Very, very close to being done with summer quarter. Last lecture was today. Final on Thurs. Like I’d said before, I should have skipped taking classes this summer. I need a break to do “nothing” (AKA, allow interesting things to happen) and to work on this book I’m writing.

Got a new SPW: 39-year old Megan Stemm-Wade just earned her undergrad and masters degrees, with honors, from DePaul University. 
(BTW, she’s on Tumblr)
Way to go Megan!
I started college right after I graduated high school in 1992, but inmy first semester there, I was assaulted. I flunked out that semesterand it took me years not only to face what had happened, but tounderstand and work through the difficult associations I had withcollege and that experience.I went back to school after sitting out a semester, but I never wentback full time and instead got a began working and took classes offand on. Somewhere along the line I decided I just wasn’t collegematerial and gave up the idea of finishing my degree.Fast forward about ten years. I moved to Chicago and married a lovelyman who always encouraged me to test my limits and see for myself howmuch I could achieve in life. I had managed to work my way throughentry level jobs in public service into non-profit fundraising, but Icould see that without a college degree, I would not move muchfurther. After some years of counseling, I finally faced my demons anddecided to finish my undergraduate degree. In 2005, I enrolled inDePaul University’s School for New Learning, a degree completionprogram for adult students. Three years later, I graduated with a 3.9GPA and honors with my BA in Communication and Culture. Along the way,I found a long-ignored passion for writing and media studies and Iloved every minute of getting my degree.With the encouragement of my husband and my wonderful facultyadvisors, Kate Johnson and Renee Gilbert-Levin, I applied for graduateschool and was accepted into DePaul’s Media and Cinema Studies programin the College of Communications in 2010. Graduate school was a hugechallenge, one of the hardest I’ve faced, but I dug in my heels and amhappy to say that I graduated this June with a 3.8 GPA. While in theprogram, I’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal, givenpresentations at academic conferences, and most important, found myvoice and an inner strength and confidence that I thought I’d lostforever in 1992. I’m 39, and I feel like my life is just beginning.I’m so proud.

Got a new SPW: 39-year old Megan Stemm-Wade just earned her undergrad and masters degrees, with honors, from DePaul University. 

(BTW, she’s on Tumblr)

Way to go Megan!

I started college right after I graduated high school in 1992, but in
my first semester there, I was assaulted. I flunked out that semester
and it took me years not only to face what had happened, but to
understand and work through the difficult associations I had with
college and that experience.

I went back to school after sitting out a semester, but I never went
back full time and instead got a began working and took classes off
and on. Somewhere along the line I decided I just wasn’t college
material and gave up the idea of finishing my degree.

Fast forward about ten years. I moved to Chicago and married a lovely
man who always encouraged me to test my limits and see for myself how
much I could achieve in life. I had managed to work my way through
entry level jobs in public service into non-profit fundraising, but I
could see that without a college degree, I would not move much
further. After some years of counseling, I finally faced my demons and
decided to finish my undergraduate degree. In 2005, I enrolled in
DePaul University’s School for New Learning, a degree completion
program for adult students. Three years later, I graduated with a 3.9
GPA and honors with my BA in Communication and Culture. Along the way,
I found a long-ignored passion for writing and media studies and I
loved every minute of getting my degree.

With the encouragement of my husband and my wonderful faculty
advisors, Kate Johnson and Renee Gilbert-Levin, I applied for graduate
school and was accepted into DePaul’s Media and Cinema Studies program
in the College of Communications in 2010. Graduate school was a huge
challenge, one of the hardest I’ve faced, but I dug in my heels and am
happy to say that I graduated this June with a 3.8 GPA. While in the
program, I’ve been published in a peer-reviewed journal, given
presentations at academic conferences, and most important, found my
voice and an inner strength and confidence that I thought I’d lost
forever in 1992. I’m 39, and I feel like my life is just beginning.
I’m so proud.

the problems of e-reading, revisited

My hunch, for what it’s worth, is that it is indeed “the physicality of the printed page” that makes a significant difference — in a couple of specific senses.

First of all, the stability of the text on a printed page allows us (as most readers know) to have visual memories of where passages are located: we see the page quadratically, as it were, divided into upper left, lower left, upper right, and lower right. This has mnemonic value.

Second, the three-dimensionality of a book allows us to connect certain passages with places in the book: when we’re near the beginning of a book, we’re getting haptic confirmation of that through the thinness on one side and thickness on the other, and as we progress in our reading the object in our hands is continually providing us with information that supplements what’s happening on the page.

A codex is then an informationally richer environment than an e-reader.

This is is exactly why I use physical textbooks vs pdf versions. With a physical book, I can remember where in the text particular principles were introduced. If I could just get a search function to work on a physical book….

(Source: azspot)

WTF? I thought I bombed this Econ midterm. I was just praying the score wasn’t below a 70.
BIZZARRE.

WTF? I thought I bombed this Econ midterm. I was just praying the score wasn’t below a 70.
BIZZARRE.

Mr. Banana, just chillin’ outside Royce Hall.

Mr. Banana, just chillin’ outside Royce Hall.

Hey everyone, meet Selina Portera. A new fellow Bruin!

I’m a 35 year-old transfer student starting at the end of this month. UCLA became my dream school as a child, and for much of my 20’s I had given up on my dream. I had a turbulent adolescence and in order to financially support myself and my young child (without any help), I opted to work a series of comfortably paying dead-end jobs. 
In my late twenties I was married with a second child on the way. When my second child was born I was laid off from my job which was one of the best things that could have happened. This gave me back my time which I took advantage of and I went back to school. 
My community college gave me the opportunity to accomplish goals I had set for myself when I was younger. 
Years later I’m finally in a place I had only dreamed of. I’m starting the Transfer Summer Program in about two weeks and I am so excited and scared at the same time. I feel like I will stick out like a sore thumb because of my age, but it is the same way I felt when I started at my community college. 
I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for me!
Hey everyone, meet Selina Portera. A new fellow Bruin!
I’m a 35 year-old transfer student starting at the end of this month. UCLA became my dream school as a child, and for much of my 20’s I had given up on my dream. I had a turbulent adolescence and in order to financially support myself and my young child (without any help), I opted to work a series of comfortably paying dead-end jobs. 

In my late twenties I was married with a second child on the way. When my second child was born I was laid off from my job which was one of the best things that could have happened. This gave me back my time which I took advantage of and I went back to school. 

My community college gave me the opportunity to accomplish goals I had set for myself when I was younger. 

Years later I’m finally in a place I had only dreamed of. I’m starting the Transfer Summer Program in about two weeks and I am so excited and scared at the same time. I feel like I will stick out like a sore thumb because of my age, but it is the same way I felt when I started at my community college. 

I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for me!
Cheatsheet, MATH61, classmate.
(This classmate got 100% on the midterm I failed. She’s awesome, no?)

Cheatsheet, MATH61, classmate.

(This classmate got 100% on the midterm I failed. She’s awesome, no?)

Cheatsheet, MATH61, classmate