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Paper writing time again is my happy thought

Writing a paper comparing this girl:

to this girl:

is my happy thought (specifically Eclipse to the original Hans Christian Andersen fable, not the Disney movie).


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Hope is my happy thought

Watch it and be sad. But be happy because more and more people are realizing that this is all true and more and more people are trying to do something about it. And it will change and school will be useful again.

(If you have time, please watch the whole thing.)

I get funny looks when I tell people that I pay (err, parentals pay) an astronomical amount every year for an Individualized Study program. But why? Why do people seem to think my schooling is so…so, I don’t know exactly what they think, actually, but most people seem to think I’m not getting my money’s worth. I assure you, I am. I spend hours every semester planning out the next one. Each of my classes is carefully chosen to expand my knowledge in useful and interesting ways. I don’t get to simply run my finger down a list and check off requirements without having to really really think through why this class, exactly. Why not some other class?

Why isn’t it those folks that pay astronomical amounts to take a cookie cutter education that are given the funny looks? Because from where I’m sitting, they the ones not getting their money’s worth. They are the ones that blindly hand over checks for classes they didn’t investigate, haven’t thought through, aren’t positive of why this class is so important. They are the ones that have let others take their education out of their hands. I have mine, I own it, and it’s freaking awesome.

So take your funny looks elsewhere, people, and please realize that when I say I’m an Individualized Study student, if you knew what I do every day, the work I put into my education, you would realize that I’m really getting the education we all want for our kids, but I’m getting it right now.

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Gallatin in my happy thought

Since starting the happy thought project a few weeks (two weeks?) ago, I’ve noticed Gallatin is my happy thought a lot. It disguises itself with posts about Alice and Peter and Thursdays and stuff, but really, none of those happy thoughts would be possible without my awesome school! And my school is very awesome. Today I met with my advisor (I have a new really awesome advisor who actually cares about my concentration, which is also a happy thought) and we started talking about my plan for my last year and half of school and my plans for next semester (next semester is going to be AWESOME). They’re super top secret right now so that I don’t jinx it, but let’s just say now that I’ve finished all my fake Gallatin requirements, I can do whatever I want! So I am! Woot!

Picture explanation: A picture of my Plan of Study for next semester (which is what Gallatin students have to fill out every semester and then get signed by everyone in Gallatin to make sure we actually are going to be attending class sometimes instead of just hosting finger painting parties in the student lounge) is not only TOP SECRET but also super boring to look at (but not boring to plan!). So I picked a picture of a baller cowboy looking out into the sunset because that’s how I felt today talking with my advisor about the rest of my academic career.

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Unasked for paper extentions are my happy thought

So you know the feeling when you have a 10 page paper due in a subject you really suck at and the professor is the Dean of your very small school so you want to make a good impression because she grades the papers herself (unlike most other Deans) and you’re freaking out because you really can’t focus on Plato when you have so much else going on in your life (like discovering YouTubers like these guys) and other stuff too that makes it hard to focus or write concise sentences and then you go to class and she tells you that she has decided to extend the paper deadline from Thursday to Monday for no reason at all?

Yeah. That feels pretty good.

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Thursdays are my happy thought


Only in my Child Lit class is a 45 minute discussion on the American Girl Company and their dolls legitimate.

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Second stars are my happy thought

“Feeling that Peter was on his way back, the Neverland had again woke into life. We ought to use the pluperfect and say wakened, but woke is better and was always used by Peter.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.”

Writing a comparative essay for my concentration on Alice, Peter, Wonderland, and Neverland is why I love not having a major.

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