Good, Bad and Ugly

Friday, 9 September 2011
Let's start with Good, shall we? I absolutely ROCKED most of my second statistics assignment and I'm feeling like a genius (that will last until next class when we talk about regression). I worked so hard studying eight chapters of basic statistics and the work is paying off. I met with a tutor today for an hour and he explained why we have to find the critical region for a standard distribution and how to compute the standard error of the mean by using the unbiased stimate of variance. I later plugged my data into the formulas and the answers started making sense. Hooray! There is a glimmer of a glow of a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Another Good aspect of week: I was elected by my peers as the PhD representative for the Communication and Information Science Graduate Committee. I'll tell you more about it as soon as I find out...

Now for the Bad: I wrecked my Jeep Grand Cherokee this week. I haven't been in an accident in 11 years and haven't recieved a traffic ticket since 2005. My lucky streak broke. Sad thing is - I'm a very slow, careful driver. Unfortunately over the last three weeks, my anxiety level over trying to make it as a PhD candidate has jumped and I always feel like I'm running behind. Gradually I sped up (literally) and paid the price. My ride somehow ran into the back of another car on Kingston Pike at an intersection where the other driver stopped suddenly (it had been raining as well). The police officer was kind enough to give me a ticket for following too close. The car will likely be totaled and I just don't have the time or patience to search for another one. I am fine, by the way. Just a bit stiff in the neck and back.

And the Ugly? I am a horrible cat mommy. My cats are home all day and part of the night alone. I seem to spend every waking second on campus or near campus. Poor little babies. They love going outside, though, and I let them out when I get a chance. Today, Lily ran after a squirrel and I swear the little thing could move! The other Ugly: I haven't been to piano lessons since early August. I feel like I don't have the time or the money to continue on with my dream. However, a friend was encouraging (sarcasm alert) and said it's just fine for me to be a failure at somethings... Just the motivation I need to get back on the ivories.

Have a great weekend and I might as well say it since I'm now a student... Go Vols!

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