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April 19th, 2011 (10:11 pm)
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current location: the Medici
current mood: busy
current song: Shostakovich - Jazz Suite No.2 - VI. Waltz 2

I'm putting my current location as "the Medici," but I think maybe I should call it the Homework Cave, because that's pretty much all I do here. Not that I expected anything else, mind you. They told me straight up that I wouldn't have a life, so there it is.

Busy as I am, school is good so far. I like my classes and my instructors, although a couple of them are freaking me out for different reasons.

Business of Fashion - cool class, but also the one giving me the most homework. It's kind of like having a midterm project every week, to be honest. But I'm actually interested in what we're learning, so it's keeping me chugging along. We each have to pick a design brand and stick with it for the whole quarter, writing up various reports on target demographics, product reviews, etc. I chose Vivienne Westwood, and I'm not even gonna front: I picked her so I would have an excuse to go to her new store on Melrose Ave. (which I'm doing Friday, whee!) My only real problem with this class is the instructor...she's a great lecturer, but the lady does not have her shit together. She never gives us the appropriate handouts when we actually need them, and some of them have some important "you need to know this for your homework" stuff on them. If she keeps it up I might have to go to Student Resources about it. :/

Effective Speaking - surprisingly stressful, which I didn't expect. I like our instructor, but she likes to make us give impromptu speeches. I'm a great public speaker when I have time to prepare an outline and such, but walking up to the front of the class and picking a topic out of the "box of destiny" and having to come up with a speech about it on the spot? Blegh. The only thing keeping me from hating the class is knowing that everyone else is in the same boat, and she gives really easy grades. Just gonna have to suffer through it!

Fashion Sketching II - I passed out of the first level by taking a course at Cañada, but I feel a little uneasy about it. The instructor is really friendly and a fantastic artist, and she's great at teaching, but she's a harsh grader. She told us up front on the first day, "I'm pretty sure I flunk more students than any other teacher on campus." I'm a decent illustrator, but since I didn't take my first class at FIDM, I'm worried that she's going to nitpick my artwork because I didn't learn it "her way." :/ I guess we'll see when I get my first assignment back...

English Composition - At first I was pretty *grumblegrumble* about having to take English, because I had a couple of shitty experiences when I tried to take college English classes in the past (mind-numbing explanations of grammar that I learned in the 6th grade? OH HELL NO), but our instructor actually expects us to write well. I'm pretty relieved, actually. If I had to choose between a class that's too easy for me and a class that challenges me, I'd definitely prefer the latter. The main project is a big research paper about a political/sociological topic - I picked "MDMA should be legalized." Should be interesting.

Color & Design Theory - My messiest homework, and pretty time consuming...we work with gouache paints, and I'll be damned, getting that fucking magenta paint to look opaque and non-streaky is hard. (Uuuuggghh, I am NOT a wet media person.) So far we're just working on color wheel stuff, but I know I'll eventually pick a piece of art in a local museum and write up a report about the usage of color, so yay museum trip! :D

That's all for now. Gotta get back to homework.


Posted by: Elle n’a vécu que pour les autres (collectingbees)
Posted at: April 20th, 2011 06:48 am (UTC)

Speak of Medici, I am reading this book I was going to mail to you, but decided that it was boring. I thought it would be a topic both you and I would be interested in, but I cannot, for the life of me. stay interested in it! :/

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
wayne's world ~ not mental

Okay, now I really want to know what it was about! o_o

Posted by: Elle n’a vécu que pour les autres (collectingbees)
Posted at: April 20th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
it's so beautiful here..

Also, I failed colour theory like 3 times. I am sure you, however, will rock that class.

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
clue ~ already dead

I can see how it could be easy to get marked down in that class...everything about the homework is so anal retentive! :/ "No streaky paint! Perfect squares! Erase all signs of rubber cement!" Gaaaaaahhhh

Posted by: i think i'm paranoid (fragile_faith)
Posted at: April 20th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)

This comment is a thinly-veiled excuse to say I love Hipster Ariel.
Sounds like overall things are going well for you though! Keep chuggin!

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
robin hood ~ maid marian :3

I've totally been humming Dory's "Just Keep Swimming" song to myself. No lie. :)

Posted by: Jay (jaydarkson)
Posted at: April 20th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)

I will sit through your English class if you want, that Psychology and History were the only classes I enjoyed going to in college.

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
harry potter ~ snape's sundae of dispair

It was such a disappointment, too, because English class was the only class (other than choir) that I loved in high school. So yeah. I'm glad this one is up to par!

Posted by: ocean_flames (ocean_flames)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)

I heart your icon.

Also, glad to hear classes are going well for you! Is it hard having 5 classes? The AAU only requires 3 as a full load and sometimes I think that's too much and wonder how I made it through high school with 5-7 classes a *day*.

I am somewhat jealous in that you get to be painting - I'm in art school for film and all I really want to do is paint and play with colors. I'm weird. Probably would not be so appealing if I was required to do it, though.

Posted by: The Raddy (the_raddy)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
gundam wing ~ duo smile

It's hard to say...it's been a loooong time since I've had this much homework, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's "hard." But then again, it's only week 3. By finals week I might be ready to commit seppuku.

I wish I were doing the "fun" kind of painting...color & design theory basically requires you to make your own paint chips, so you're just working with squares & rectangles of solid colors and spending forever mixing said colors to that they look "right." I'm having a lot more fun working with the Prismacolor markers & pencils in Fashion Sketching. :)

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