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"Pablo, I'm sorry Paolo. Great job on your test, and I won't forget it."

That's what Paul Paskoff, my HIST2055 professor, said upon handing me my exam. I scored an A, and whether or not Paul Paskoff remembers it or not, I will, because that grade kind of confirmed my place at LSU.

I'm doing really well in class. The As have been rolling since I got here. Two of them came after I filled out 50 questions on Scantron sheets. Scantron sheets are like Delaney cards and lunch money in that I haven't seen them since the 8th grade. The 8th grade, I think, is also the last time I felt confident in myself as a writer, thinker, or student.

There's something to say for sure when I can transfer to less prestigious LSU and:
1. Get better grades
2. Feel smarter and more confident
3. Take classes I want to take
4. Generally, have a much better education
5. Pay less $$

Maybe what I'm getting at is that my education has, in a lot of ways, regressed- the classes are easier, my mind thinks less, the concepts have become less conceptual and more simple and practical. But in spite of that, I'm kind of experiencing an academic renaissance...?

For a few years, I thought that I could roll with the geniuses and overachievers at school, but I couldn't. I think in some ways, I am a genius and I am an overachiever (mostly concerning things like puzzles, analyzing sports, Scrabble, spelling, crossword puzzles, interpersonal relationships, self-reference, party-planning, and generally having a good eye for fashion). But if my education doesn't involve one of those 9 things, I don't do very well...
It is what it is. I don't really know how to interpret stuff like this yet.

I also:
6. Am with my girlfriend
7. As a student, receive ridiculously cheap tickets every home game for the best team in college football (Only $94 for 7 home games. Some tickets to this Saturday's LSU-Florida game are worth up to $2,000.)
8. Don't have many friends here

Number 8 sticks out. It is the only thing I really sacrificed by transferring from New College FL. Whatever. It's been good to learn to live without an excess of social support. My individuality has probably been constrained the past few years as friendships bubbled around me. I'm looking forward to seeing what alone time and anonymity is like.

Anyway, looks like I made a good choice. I visited New College of Florida this weekend, but in my rush to spend quality time with everyone, I couldn't really give anyone a good update on how I was doing. I hope this was a good one. I'm just coming down from my high on getting my 4th A in a row, so unfortunately, this note kind of looks like garbage to me now.

9: My school has a live bengal tiger on campus as its mascot.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
i found you on the indiefucks friends page, i go to lsu as well. mind if i add you?
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
yeah for sure
what year are you in?
as you might have figured out, i just transferred to lsu and have had trouble meeting new people, so livejournal is a start.
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
i'm in my second year, freshman/sophomore
Oct. 7th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
do they take care of that tiger? like... good care?

do they take good care of you??
Oct. 8th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
That's f'ing awesome! :)
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