12/7/17: Daily P:ost

Yesterday, I spent the morning and afternoon tutoring at Magdalena.  It was a relatively easy day of tutoring, as things are sandwiched between Thanksgiving break and final exams, so things are winding down a little bit.

In the late afternoon, we had our final Boys and Girls Ranches tutoring session of the semester.  They threw us a thank you party, and that was a lot of fun.  We will start it again next semester.

In the evening, I tutored one session for Varsity Tutors and then commuted home for the night.  It was neat being home on a Thursday night for a change.

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12/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was split between Magdalena and NMT.

I started out the day tutoring in Magdalena.  I double-checked to make sure things were in place for me to tutor next semester, and then started working on next semester’s schedule.  I then tutored a section of AVID, then Math Analysis.  Before lunch, I attended an information session about an exchange program with a high school in Chile.

In the afternoon, I attended a department meeting and then the Unit Operations presentations.  The presentations went well, and I was pleased with the discussion between the students during the questions section.

In the evening, I commuted home and saw my family for the first time in several days.  The bus driver from Belen to Socorro is from Magdalena, so we chatted about the town along the entire drive.

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12/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day working on the chemical engineering car competition.  The morning was spent working with teams and getting last minute testing finished.  Then, I rounded up all of the equipment (safety equipment, glassware, tables, etc.) and hauled it over to the Student Activity Center (SAC) for the competition.

We started the competition about 20 minutes early to try to beat the cold rain that was forecasted to occur in the afternoon.  We beat the rain!

The competition went well.  All teams had a car that moved.  The two best were a fuel cell and a battery car (which has never happened before).  Both of them ran out of room on the track, so we had someone pick up the cars and send them back.

After the contest, everyone helped clean up both the test site and the labs.  I was done with all chem car stuff by 5 pm, unbelievably.

In the evening, I hung out with my brother and his family.

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12/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working at Magdalena, tutoring AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  A few of the advanced students have finished their college classes that they are taking online.  I am proud of those folks!

In the afternoon, I watched the Unit Operations presentations.  All of the professors were there to ask questions, so the students got plenty of feedback.  Overall, they did well.

I had one Varsity Tutors session in the afternoon.

I spent the entire evening working with the chemical engineering freshmen on their chem-e cars.  I worked with them for a good six hours or so before calling it quits after midnight.

It was a busy day.

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12/3/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a relatively routine day.  I did some grocery shopping and cooking, then cleaned the kitchen when I was finished.

I did go for a brief run, only making it one mile before it became dark.  I don’t like to run in the dark, but I don’t mind walking in the dark.  I walked back to a park near my house and did three chin ups before walking home.  I’ve never done three, but yesterday I was able to do two in a row, then rest for a second before doing the third.  I was pleased with that!

I did one 15 minute varsity tutoring session to help a student with their fractional exponents problems.  It took me a minute to work through them, but once I figured out the trick, it was no big deal.

Other than that, it was an uneventful day.

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12/2/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a strange day.  I spent most of it depressed about my tutoring session on Friday.  Looking at what my ACT scores would be, I would be ineligible for many colleges, including at least one where I have a degree.

Anyway, I laid in bed until after 3 pm, skipping Sabbath School, Church, and the Skywarn Recognition Day.  My blog posts were dismal, as well.

I woke up in the afternoon and went to music at the Solid Grounds Coffee House and I felt a little less depressed.

I don’t know what my deal was (or is), but I am still fighting it.

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12/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by breaking into Jones Hall and using their shower. Then, I took the bus to Albuquerque and tutoring at Albuquerque High.

I got really depressed during tutoring, and I still haven’t really recovered from it.  I was helping some students with studying for the ACT, and I ended up getting every single writing question wrong.  I wish I could say it was sloppiness, but it was my own incompetence.  Anyway, I started looking into the ACT, and based on my SAT scores, I wouldn’t have done very well at all.  Who am I to be tutoring, teaching, or even writing in this blog?

I did force myself to go over to the National Weather Service and help them run Skywarn Recognition Day.  We only made a few contacts.  I met some new people and said, “hi” to a few that I knew while I was there.

Then, I came home, went to bed, and have slept for the past…16 hours.

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