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reflections in the rain about a dream
I met a very helpful second or third-year grad student¹ that really helped me out with finding interesting research assistant positions. There are two for which I will be applying for. One will be for next semester, and the other one will be for next year, running for a whole year from July 2010 to July 2011². There was no way that I would have been able to apply for these this year. Still, it’s going to be interesting. That only leaves me to check out all of the profs with grants at my university to see if they need a RA for this semester. I think that it will most likely in PDEs since NTNU received some major funding on two large PDE projects.
One of my colleagues is an SAT tutor to some senior high school kids. This is paid quite well, something around 3 times what a usual foreign ESL teacher makes in Taiwan³. I’m going to see if I can teach something similar. It would be different from teaching English. The good thing is that I have taught math before, as well as science. What’s really interesting is that I wouldn’t have to work that many hours. I doubt that many hours are available anyway. Two hours would be the same as 6 hours of ESL teaching.
The rain has finally abated. I love the rain in Canada, but I hate it here. Why? You just get wet all the time. You get wet when you get on the scooter, when you drive around, and when you get off. Rain gear does wonders, but it’s annoying to have to carry it around and wait for it to dry. Also, driving in the rain is a lot more dangerous. I tend to be really careful.
Temperatures have cooled down significantly. It’s no longer 30C, but only 24C³. It’s getting a bit chilly when riding on the scooter. I’ll need to take a scarf.
I don’t know how I got through the day. The pressure is on for the end of semester and I was pretty stressed over the last few days. I didn’t get any sleep yesterday and planned on cutting my afternoon classes, after having taught 4 hours. It didn’t pan out. I felt guilty and went to class and stayed for the full 4 hours. Towards the end, I was getting drowsy.
I’m dead tired. I’m going to bed soon. I’ve got another long day. Thankfully, I have had some class cancellations tomorrow, so it will be a bit more relaxed. It will leave me to do some HW.
Dr. José Urquiza is my numerical analysis teacher. I really love him. He’s such a contrast to Dr. André Fortin. He’s André’s polar opposite. Fortin was always rushing through class, rushing to give us all ofthe matter he could. José takes his time and is relaxed. He explains clearly and well.
Today, he took about 25 minutes to explain what we did wrong in a lab we completed last week. André had never done this. I really appreciated that.
We always have a break at 20 minutes past the hour. Ten minutes later, we start up again.
Oh, I’ve gone over a bit. Do you mind if we continue? No one has any appointments, I’ll finish class early today, he said with a smile.
For some reason, everyone in class was tired. It was Friday. There were 5 people missing out of a total of 17 students in the class. So José just continued. We all thougt that he would finish at noon or 12:10, instead of 12:20. Boy were we surprised.
Well, I’ll stop here for this week.
I was shocked. I didn’t know what to do. It was 11:30, we had finished a full 50 minutes before the end of the class. I started putting my pencils away. Geneviève had been rumaging through my pencil case and it was a mess. Thankfully, I got some grapes in exchange. No one really said a word. Everyone was quietly happy and we left.
Every morning, I have to write at least one article for Unplggd before I leave for school or work. There is just no way that I’m home in time to write one for the 5:30PM deadline. This has a tendency of making me late. At least I’m professional. I’m only late for my morning classes (the ones that I attend at school, not the ones that I teach!), and not by much. Between 3-5 minutes. It’s really annoying, but I’ve yet to find a system that won’t make me late. I’ve tried waking up earlier but it’s to no avail.
I could always write before I go to bed, but that rarely works. I’m just too tired.
It’s 4:30PM and I’m feeling the week in my body. I just finished my last article of the week and I’m probably going to log off my computer and watch something. Even though I just drank some strong milky tea, I’m tired.
I’m listening to Foo Fighters – Everlong [The Colour and the Shape]. It’s such a good song. I had forgotten about it. Since I’ve been listening to Nirvana lately, I remembered it. School was fine today. There is a lot coming up next week. An Analysis III exam. I still have to complete a few exercises and master some concepts. I have another HW due the week after. After that, it’s time for some more exams. Mid-semester is creeping up on me pretty quickly. I need to start working out again as well. Tomorrow I’ll go for a run. 5-7 KM, depending on how I feel running in the cold. I haven’t run for 3 months. I feel bad. But my body needed a break. Actually, it didn’t need that much of a break, but I need to get back it. I’ve put no a few pounds thanks to the holidays.
I’ve already bought my wife’s Valentine Day gift, so I’ll send that off tomorrow. I was tired most of this week since I went to bed too late. I should really go to bed a lot earlier. I also haven’t bought the Fallout 3 extension on purpose because I have to study this weekend, not play games.