First MidTerm of Grad School

Yesterday, I took my first midterm of my Grad School career. This is probably the only class where I will have a standardized test where there is multiple choice and an essay. The other classes, we will be responsible for writing papers, and graded on our analysis. The test that I took last night was open book, open notes, open homework, etc. We were not allowed to have any devices out that could connect to WiFi, etc. I went out at lunch to pick up a little pocket calculator. I felt good all day and was optimistic about this all day.
When I walked into the classroom, I got my notes out, and put my phone away. I took out two mechanical pencils, thinking it might be scan-tron, and blue book. I was ready, or so I thought.
When the TA arrived, she passed out the exam. She said, good luck to everyone, as she passed out the exam. I smiled and wrote my name at the top of the exam. I flipped open the first page, and there it was the first question. Which of these answers is a limitation of the Scientific Method? I reviewed the answers, but I thought wait a min. I know the limits, and none of these look like the correct answer. I referred to my notes. The limits that I have didn’t match up with any of the answer choices. Okay, so maybe this question isn’t ideal, just make a guess and move on. Well as I am sifting through the questions, they are all worded as so it is almost difficult to answer them, regarding our notes, power points, and even the book. I was over it. I tried my best.
When I got to the math section, I calculated the Z score, like I practiced on my homework, etc. I answered what I thought was correct. The last part of the test, was the essay questions.  I made sure I was thorough in explaining the pros and cons of Probability Sampling vs. Non Probability sampling. I made sure I over wrote things. I even had to squeeze to get room at the bottom. I figured more than enough is better, than not enough. I turned in the exam, and hoped for the best. The final is online, and not timed, so hopefully that will be better. I do well on the homework and moving forward there are still opportunities left to redeem myself, if I didn’t do well on the test. I am hoping for B or better in this class.
When I walked out of the class room, I saw Eric my friend from the second class. I sat next to him and another class mate in the hallway. He said, how was that class? I said, we just took a midterm. I feel like the questions were impossible to answer, even with our notes. When another girl approached us from my 1st class, who also took the midterm. She and I discussed the questions. I wasn’t the only one feeling this way. She said, now we have to get through this first paper for this class, which is our second class. I agreed with her. This paper was going to be a beast. I need a B in this class. It would be nice to get an A, but probably not going to happen. A B would be amazing!
When it was time for class to start, we took our seats and I always sit in the back left corner, I am in the same room for the first class and I just sit in the same seat, well every class this one guy, Tim sits next to me every week.  Tim, Eric, and myself were in a group for our presentations on an accreditation. Ever since that week, Eric and I have become friends, but Tim hangs around and sits next to me all the time. It is creeping me out a bit, so Eric told me to sit next to him this class. I put my stuff in the seat next to him and got ready for class to start. Tim looked around and saw me next to Eric. He looked semi offended. I know it’s petty.
Throughout class, Eric and I sitting next to each other was a huge mistake. We are like the mean girls of class. We cut up throughout the class. I think Max could tell we were chatting here and there. I am semi disappointed in myself, like this is grad school I should know better. I may not sit next to him next time. I paid attention in class for the most part. He went over the readings for the week, and asked us some probing questions to get us thinking more critically about the readings, and I participated when necessary so I was trying to show that I was on point. My brain was so over it from the midterm prior.
After the discussion, we had to partner up and work on a group discussion about a case study and talk about which of these models does this study closely identify with, who has the most power? and how change is enacted. Eric and I worked with Rachel another girl who was sitting close by us. We discussed a plan and the different models. I took notes, then we discussed it in class.
After the case study, we had three 10-min presentations to get through then it was Spring break. I was ready. However, I will be working on paper every chance I get. I am nervous about it, but it’s time to just get it done and see what happens. I give my oral presentation on April 23 and we have another paper due that same day, plus participation. I should make it out alive, we’ll see.

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