The Space Pants Turbulation

I did it. I am officially a UCLA Extension student. I am taking a class on methodology for teaching single subjects. It starts in a few weeks. I am so excited. I have a new notebook and new gel pens.

But passing that class is only one of the steps I need to do. The other is passing tests that will demonstrate my knowledge of general science, biology, and chemistry. I decided to take the biology one first in the fall then the chemistry test a couple of months later.

Believe it or not, I had it in my mind that I was premed when I started as a freshman at the University of San Francisco. My cousin, who graduated from USF, was going to begin at UCSF’s dentistry school at the same time. I loved biology and chemistry in high school.

But proficiency and even high achievement in high school sadly does not translate the same to a college setting.

There were a bazillion reasons why I couldn’t cut it. I was no longer under the watchful eye of strict Filipino parents. I was discovering the night life of the city (over and over again). Studying for exams in college was just so different and if I could go back and change anything, I would actually meet with my professors every other week and make copies of their past exams. Maybe I would have had a fighting chance.

Then again I wouldn’t be where I am now. I quite like it mostly.

I will be putting aside NaNoWriMo for a bit. I will continue to work on what I have regularly but that will be put on hold for this study guide for part one of the two part general science test.

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Here are my notes for the first section: ASTRONOMY. On a side note, whenever I teach, I reference how my mind works (need different colors, definitely need pictures) and show kids different ways of learning. Also, I like to tell kids that I was really lazy in that I’d find patterns and solve problems that way. They really like hearing that coming from a teacher.

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“Excuse me. Are you wearing space pants because your butt is out of this world!”

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