When I wait to go to my nutrition class, I tend to do what most people do: pull out the phone, pull out the mp3, and pretend to look busy. I think it’s weird that we have grown to almost do that instinctively. Most of us students, I suppose, just want to be left alone and want to get through the day. There seems to be no incentive to make friends in classes because “I’ll only see them this semester and probably never again.” I think the other reason is that most students at UIC are commuters, which is really sad because I think living on-campus has such valuable resources and convenience. Even though UIC has a lot of commuter resources, I wonder if people actually use them. Well, anyway, the point of this is that technology has, in my opinion, made us all much more isolated with ourselves and those who we choose to be familiar with.
I mean, imagine if we didn’t have cell phones or mp3 players; we’d actually want to talk to the people in our class and make friends, or at least have a good chat with someone who clearly has the same interests as us. I guess it was actually nice that we weren’t allowed to use our phones and mp3 players in high school because it forced us to pay attention more in class and interact with students beside us. I remember when I was a mentee in AAMP (Asian American Mentor Program), the other fellow mentees were all commuters and we’d share our experiences of UIC and how it felt so hard to fit in or make friends due to the circumstances of college life. We were all generally conservative people so it was nice to be with people who were pretty similar, especially culturally.
I wonder how many people get involved in clubs on campus. I mean, it’s good for applying for professional or graduate school in the future if people are interested in pursuing a higher degree, but what about those who just want to stop at a Bachelor’s? My dad always says that people have such hard times finding jobs beyond college because no one is hiring. If anything, companies need to cut costs by laying off people. My brother is going to graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by the end of the academic year with a CPA so hopefully that will help him get a good career.
So, curious question: what’s the point of having a tablet?
In my organic chemistry lecture (by the way, we had our second exam and I did a ton better from the first exam! I am going to study a lot more to do even better on the third exam), I always see this one guy in the front using his iPad. I don’t know what you could possibly use that for because you can’t exactly take your notes on Microsoft Word with that, and even if there is some type of word processor, most of the time we’re drawing organic chemistry structures! Our organic chemistry professor uses his iPad in class too to draw out the structures, but it’s not too efficient because he can’t have an infinite canvas. If I had a tablet, I don’t know what I would do with it besides play games honestly–same with a smartphone. I don’t have one, and even though I’d like to get one, I know for a fact I’ll be so in love with my phone that I’ll completely zone out in my own world and shoot zombies with it or something.
I’m also not too fond of typing on a touchscreen. I love drawing so I think that would be a good tool to have; however, I’d have to angle my hand to float above the tablet because I can’t exactly lay the side of my hand like I usually do when I write something down on a piece of paper. Tablets aren’t exactly portable either. You would think they are, but they really just can’t be stuffed in your backpack like a paper notebook. You have to buy a fancy cover and nicely place it in whatever you carry it with normally, but don’t people already do that with their laptops? I think having a keyboard is more efficient, and yeah you could get one of those bluetooth keyboards but you don’t want to carry around two separates parts with you everywhere…that’s a bit of a hassle.
I digress. My brother is officially 22 today! I guess there’s nothing exciting about it, and there’s nothing exciting about turning 19. I finished watching the trilogy over again of the Lord of the Rings. I think I’ve seen them all at least seven times. It just proves that a good movie does not need to have nudity or stupid sexual scenes or promiscuous people.
I have a nutrition exam Wednesday, and then a biology exam after that. It seriously feels like I just took those exams a few days ago. There’s only a few weeks left (about a month) and then the fall semester will be over! Unbelievable. My time ticket to sign up for spring semester classes is November 4th. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll take and how many credit hours, but for sure less than 18!
So I need to include my recent doctor(s) visits…I went to the UIC allergist, dermatologist, and the family medicine offices all in one day on the twenty-fifth of October. It was a crazy medical day for me! I got a food allergy test on my back (it hurt quite a bit because the nurse had to stab me nine times with ten pricks per stab…so technically that was like 90 sharp pokes to my back) and it turns out I’m allergic to shrimp and oyster. How depressing.
I went to the dermatologist right after and I wasn’t too fond of the resident and medical student who came to me. Are doctors supposed to shake your hand? I know at the writing center we don’t shake people’s hands because the majority of the world actually doesn’t greet by shaking hands, and some people can be very offended if you do shake their hand. For doctors, I think it’s the same…but also with the whole germ thing. Oh man, the medical student was just standing there in the room staring at me! He didn’t even introduce himself and just stood quietly and awkwardly. I usually don’t mind the medical student who is doing his or her rotation with the resident dermatologist, but this was just weird. When the actual dermatologist came she was sweet as she always is, but the other two were just kind of still and didn’t do anything to make the patient (me) comfortable. Anyway, I had to get a referral for the next time I go in and so I went to family medicine to make an appointment with my family doctor on campus. The secretary immediately shut me down: “Oh her? She doesn’t work here anymore.”
My doctor isn’t employed anymore? How was I supposed to know that unless someone tells me? Yeesh. I made an appointment with the person who will now be my family doctor. I was kind of sad because the one I had before was so nice. She would actually call me out of the blue to ask how I was doing with my skin and to say that the referrals to the dermatologist and allergist were going through as soon as possible. I hope my new doctor will be nice too.