Wednesday, April 20, 2011

End of Spring

It is approaching the end of the Spring Semester and I have realized that this time next year I will be graduating with my degree in Political Science. This means that it is also time for me to begin to prep for the Masters Program that I plan to start in fall of 2012. This means that I'll be taking the GRE on July 14th and hope to do well especially since I'll be taking the Kaplan prep course. Also I need to pick out a piece of my best writing along with 3 letters of recomendations from my professors to go along with the application. Well it looks like the net year is going to be a big whirlwind but next summer will be nice as atleast that one I'll have off before I start the masters program.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Almost Done

Well it is now my second spring break at the U of U and I'll only be having one more as a undergrad. I have checked out the requierments for graduation and will be able to meet those by spring of 2012 and so I'll graduate then and then hopefully be able to start up Graduate school fall of 2012. As far as this semester goes I almost got a perfect on my midterm for my political science statistics class (anyone with problems with stats should take this as there is not math). Not sure yet how I did on the midterm for my Economics of International Relations class but hopefully I will after spring break. I'll be doing 2 classes again this summer and that is really what is going to be helping me. Along with that I'll be taking the Kaplan GRE prep course and will try and take the GRE in August. I need to do well on the GRE to be able to get into the Master's program and really do hope that I am able to. Not much else is going on other then the fact that I'm almost not a Army Grunt anymore as I will be done with my 8 year commitment on June 12th.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Start of Winter

I have started the dread Statistics course and do not have much fear of it. For me it mostly mkaes sense and I belive that it will be rather easy for me and right now I hope that I'm right. I'm also in my second class on International Relations and this is the second class that I'm taking from Professor Judkins. I really like his lecturing style and amd looking forward to what I'll learn in this class. At the same time I know that there is going to be a lot of reading to do for both of these classes and the hardest thing is going to be those days where I work both before and after class. Ah well atleast I knew what I was getting in for and my loving wife is doing what she can to help me out.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fall Semester

Since I had last blogged I have taken a total of 6 classes 2 over spring, 2 over summer and 2 over the fall and will be taking two more spring 2011. I have taken the basic math class that I needed and that was an easy A for me and the last of the classes that I had to take for my generals. I have also taken Introduction to Political Theory with the grade still to be posted but I expect a B+ or A- and Introduction to International Relations with a B+ and with these two classes down I only have to take upper level classes between now and when I graduate. The other three classes were Political Parties which was an easy A for me even though I grew to hate the class and did not really care for my teacher. The two classes I took over the summer were State and Local government which was an online class and I got a B+ and the other class was International Relations in the Middle East which I also got a B+ in. These classes and working full-time have kept me fairly busy. I also got off to a slow start this last semester because I missed the first two weeks of class because of the annual training with the Army Reserves. So all told this had been a very challenging year and I will be trying to do better on this blog over the course of the next year.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Test of Fall

Well right now I'm doing well in the classes and things seem to be coming to me. There is a lot of reading that I have to do and this is what is taking the most of my time. The best part is that I do not the subjects that I'm reading about even though I do not always agree with the points that are being made. That is the most wonderful thing about it that there are some many different ways to view politics and no one can really prove any one wrong.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Semester

Well it has been a while and no I haven't forgotten about this. I have been busy with taking care of things for the house along with getting 2 B+'s in both of my Summer classes. It is the Fall Semester right now and I'm taking two more classes. After this semester is over I will only have 25 more credits to get my BS degree. I know that some people will think that I already have a degree in BS and to them I now blow a raspberry. I missed the first two weeks of class because I'm still a part time army grunt and had to go to Fort Irwin California for two weeks. I was able to come back home early but I still had work to do in the army and so was not able to start going back to classes after Labor day. I had been in contact with my instructors and think that I will be able to do very well in both classes. I'm really looking forward to my Thinking Politically class because of the amount of interaction that there is. I do still need to go over my work schedule and when the tests are and make sure that I'm off the night before any tests which means I'll have to use some vacation but after taking a math test when I was tired from being up for 12 hours I'm not going to make that mistake again. I've also been very busy trying to help my wiffy out with Emily and all of the demands that she places on us. I feel that I haven't been able to do enough and am torn with all of the different responsibilities that I have. Hopefully I'll be able to strike a balance but the one I feel worse about is that I have been neglecting my duties with my church calling. At least I see where I need to improve now I just need to work on it and hope that I can do better.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Well the first semester is over and the results are in I have a A in my Math class and a B+ in the POLS class. This is about what I expected an you may be wondering why I don't have a major with more math and that is because the more complicated math confuses the heck out of me and I don't like it. Even though the POLS class was harder I really liked what I learned and how it made me think. There is a lot that I know now that I wouldn't have otherwise like the fact that Free Trade is a good thing and it has been known to be a good thing since the 1700's. This is because the winners win more then the losers lose. The problem is that you don't get to pick who the winners and the losers are and this can change the balance of power.