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What I Learned my First Semester of College

I’m basically a real adult now that I’ve finished my first semester of college (haha, that’s a lie. I mean, I DID finish my first semester of college, but I don’t know about the ‘real adult’ part. 😉
What I learned my first semester in college:
When I first started college I was really nervous and not really looking forward to it at all. I was homeschooled my whole life and I wasn’t sure exactly how different it would be being in a classroom with several different students, and having a teacher that’s not my mom (and I therefore don’t want to talk to… especially because of said other students) and it didn’t help that literally like every college student that has ever breathed complains about school. (Thanks, guys, it’s really encouraging…)
So like a nerdy homeschooler, I sat down in my math class the first day of school. I opened my empty notebook and gotten my freshly sharpened pencil ready, and…
The teacher basically read us the syllabus. She went over each page and explained it clearly. She seemed nice. Her smile made me think of Anna Kendrick. My first day of notes looked something like:
1. No phones in class
2. Raise your hand before asking questions
3. And so on…
Did I really need to take notes? No. I already established I was nervous, though, and I figured I had nothing else to do, haha.
That math class was the only class I had in person, but during my first semester I also had two English classes, and one College Success Skills class all online. I could go into detail and complain about how my College Success Skills class and one of my English classes was really dumb. (In one of my English classes we learned about marijuana for two weeks? I am still trying to figure out what that has to do with English!)
While I don’t want to say I didn’t learn things in my one other English class, my favorite class was math class. (which is weird if you know me because up until like a week ago I was adamant that I’m not a math person.) I really enjoyed that class though, and my teacher, and then I started my summer semester—a math class as well and so far I’m doing really well in it—so I guess I sort of am a math person? Who knew! (Besides my mom who is a genius and told me all along I did fine, if not well, with math in high school.)
Anyways, one day I got up in the morning, it was a school day. I didn’t feel well though and I really didn’t want to go to school. I was determined to go to school, though. So I went.
And I got my mind blown.
The teacher started talking about Fibonacci, and while I can’t explain it well enough, I’ll try.
Fibonacci is where you start off with 0,1 and you add the 0 and the 1 and you get 1(so it would then look like: 0,1,1) and then you add the 1 and the 1 and get: 0,1,1,2. Then you add the 1 and the 2 and get 3 and it would look like: 0,1,1,2,3.
You keep taking the last two numbers and adding them to get the next number.
Eventually it would look like: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… and so on.
At first I was less than impressed because, can’t you start with anything and add anything to it? You can start with a 2 and add a 5 and get 7, and then add 5 and 7 together and so on. (2,5,7,12) but then she explained it even more.
Fibonacci is a sequence of numbers, but it’s a sequence of numbers that show up all around us. It shows up in nature all the time! The Fibonacci sequence is related to spirals and you know how leaves can grow in spirals on plants? Plant leaves grow in spirals so that each leaf can soak up as much sun as possible without blocking any beneath it! And in seed storage plants use Fibonacci to store as many seeds as possible in a small space!
Now, I realize I’m not explaining it well at all. So you should look it up yourself. I recommend YouTube videos (because I’m a visual learner—another thing I learned in college!).
But the reason I was so blown away and amazed by what little I understood about Fibonacci is because for the first time in my life (not an exaggeration at all) I viewed math as a science not as… torture?
It made me realize, God made math. It wasn’t just a bunch of evil bored people who were like “Lets make innocent children cry” but more like, “Our God is so big let’s try to unravel a piece of this world He created.”
And you know what else is cool?
We have algebra, and calculus, and Fibonacci. We have too many different types of math to count! But all of that added together and we don’t begin to uncover a piece of what our God has made.
And you know what the best part is?
The same God who made math, who made Fibonacci, who thought up having plant leaves grown in a spiral so they would each get as much sun as possible… He didn’t stop there. He decided the world needed each one of us as well.
And that’s what I really remember learning from my first semester in college.

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War For The Waking World~ Book Review

Book Description

Would you be willing to fight for your dreams?

Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

In this fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy, the dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two. People in the real world suddenly find their waking lives resemble their wildest dreams. Now it’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?

 

This is a third book in a trilogy, but it sounded do interesting (and since I have the opportunity to get it for free) I got it. Some of it, just bits a pieces really, I didn’t understand because I didn’t have the first two books for it to build on, but I still thought it was fun!

Archer Keaton has to save the world– and only has about three other people he trusts that can help him. 🙂

It was a good good for younger readers (or… older readers, I guess, since i liked it. 🙂 But I think it is actually geared to younger readers, like early teens.)

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

 

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Five Fictional Things~ Dec. 4, 2015

I know at the beginning I said this is for movies OR books, but mostly I’ve only ever talked about books… so today I am going to compromise– I’m going to talk about books turned into movies. 🙂

Now, as an avid bookworm, I think 99% of all books turned into movie, the books are better…. but surprisingly not ever single one of them.

  1. The Giver

The Giver was a quick read, and while it was okay, I didn’t really care for the book. The movie, on the other hand, I thought was fun. Honestly, I am sure I would be more likely to rewatch the movie then reread the book. (and the little baby was just so, so cute. I don’t care how good your imagination is, actually seeing the baby in the movie was adorable….)

2. The Maze Runner

I’m not sure if I should count this one because…. I actually never finished the book. I know, I know, you all are gasping and concentrating on breathing or maybe even want to murder me because how dare I call myself a bookworm when I watched a movie before finishing the book but here me out.

I didn’t like the book. Okay, that’s all.

Haha, just kidding.

But really, in the book I got tired of it. I think I got almost halfway through and I still didn’t have a good idea of what in the world (whatever world it was in) was going on! The way I explain my reaction to people was, “I had more questions then answers, and any time I got an answer– it just led to even more questions!”

(Now, I didn’t want to/plan to write a review, so I’ll try to contain myself…)

The movie on the other hand had to move along fast because… it was a movie. They had a limited amount of time to fit the entire story in. The movie was really, really suspenseful (probably the most intense movie I ever saw).

(A small note though, since I didn’t finish the book I don’t know how close/how far off the movie was from the book, but I do know I enjoyed the movie… and not so much the book. I do own the book, so maybe one day I’ll manage to finish it… and who knows! Maybe I will actually really enjoy it…)

3. Anne Of Green Gables

Okay, for this one too I watched the movie before I read the book. (but I did read the ENTIRE book, so…) Honestly, I don’t remember the book much. I know I liked it, and as far as I can remember it was close to the movie…

One of my goals is to someday own the Anne Of Green Gables series, so then I’ll get to read them all and compare them to the movies.

But just going off of the movies, they are really sweet. I don’t want to say they are a love story because usually when people here that they think of a girl and a guy and a wedding and happily ever after.

And while I certainly want that for those characters, it isn’t exactly what I mean.

It has love like parents to a child love, and friendship love, and (eventually after crying because Anne rejected him the first time *coughs*) then it has the in love type of love. But they are sweet because they show caring on so many different levels. 🙂

4. The Love Comes Softly movies.

Just nope.

Not even close.

Not even remotely.

Did the maker even read the books?

I hope the author threw her books at him when he was done ruining the movies.

(The books were really sweet, but the movies– in case you didn’t pick up on that– were way off.)

Like I said.

Just nope.

5. The Fault in Our Stars

ONCE AGAIN I FAIL AT BEING A BOOKWORM, OKAY? I HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE BUT I HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK, OKAY?

I have good excuses– I mean, reasons– though.

I usually tend to shy away from secular contemporary books. From my experience, contemporary usually has a surplus of… things I tend to avoid. Like swearing, for example. (I feel, even though I still don’t like it, it is easier to ignore it in movies, but harder in books.)

Though for some reason (that I appreciate) it seems to be less popular in secular fantasy/sci-fi and such… I don’t know why, but like i said, I appreciate it!

Now, I kind of , sort of, want to read the book, because I think in general I will like the story… but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

So there you have 5 books turned movies! Have you read the book? Seen the movies? (DONE BOTH UNLIKE SOMEONE? (ME)?)

Have a happy weekend!

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Being a Reader And A Writer

I love to read. But I also love to write. And the more I learn how to write, the more I (hopefully) improve at writing, but the more I find bigger mistakes in other people’s stories I find.

Now, I’m not saying I’m perfect– nope, nope, nope. But I think it is easier for readers to notice mistakes in books (in some ways) then writers.

Readers are not emotionally invested in the book.

Okay, reader DO get emotionally attached and invested in characters, but if you haven’t created the character, pulled them into the page and written them into the story– as much as you love those characters, you won’t know them like the author. As a reader, you get a different perspective then the writer– which is good and bad. 🙂

Whenever I get ready to write a not five or four start book review, I feel guilty. I usually try to convince myself it was better then three or two or one star reviews.

As a reader who writes, I don’t want to crush the author’s hopes and dreams of having a book that everyone will love. Usually, whatever I want to say about the book, I try to say nicely. 🙂

I’ve heard of writers who don’t read… and I don’t understand them. That’s like drinking but not eating. Both are good and enjoyable. I love to write but I love to read too. 🙂

Are you a writer or a reader?

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