Oh no, karma…I made fun of my roomies’ allergies, and now perhaps I may have some – uncontrollable urge to sneeze, watery eyes. No sore throat. Slight headache – but that might be due to my poli sci test.
One thing I really like about college – nicknames for classes are cute! (Hey, tis the lil things in life) ie:
political science= poli sci (pronounced “poly sci,” with a long “i”)
organic chemistry = ochem, orgo
microbiology = mibo
freshman/general chemistry = gen chem, weed-out, terror on a stick
While I was taking my poli sci midterm, I was thinking about how I struggle with communication. I’m not even sure if it’s communication, exactly.
I rarely ask questions in a class full of people, because I take too long to try to formulate a question. I try to word it concisely, because otherwise, I’d open my mouth and start rambling, trying to explain my question, its context, and my trains-of-thought when trying to answer it. By the time I get something semi-concise in my head, I start to worry about whether other people will think I’m dumb, and if I am dumb, then if I’m wasting their class time. If I get through all of these hurdles, then the professor has most likely moved on.
Asking questions during class is obviously not ideal for me. I need time to go home and think it over, and then come back and ask questions. But it still feels like I’m asking someone out – my heart beats really quickly, and I get nervous, and my voice shakes.
So with my poli sci test essay, I was trying my best to incorporate all of the information I wanted to while not being too verbose. I like to explain everything little feeling and detail. And I like to word my phrases just so. Maybe this is not a bad thing in and of itself, but I do want to learn how to be concise when it’s needed.
Maybe I need to practice summarizing articles or books. Succinct, but conveying my entire message.
I don’t know – does anyone else have this problem? What did you do to overcome your meandering ways?