So

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 11:34 am on January 26, 2014

My life is pretty much school at this point, much like last year. The only difference is instead of constantly thinking about co-op jobs I’m wondering about full-time employment. I’ve been doing lots of networking all year to make the process easier. I’m not sure if it’s helping but even if it’s not at the moment, the insurance industry in Canada is small so it is a good idea to be friendly with as many people as you can.

I’m finding the classes this semester to be challenging. Not because they are difficult; they are very dry and boring. Bodily Injury is the most interesting since it’s anatomy and treatment of injuries for claims handling. But each chapter bombards you with pages and pages of definitions and a couple paragraphs on potential common injuries and their treatment (always drugs first!). So it’s very heavy on the “X is a …”, “Y is a …” for at least an hour each time we talk about it. Snoozefest, no matter how interesting I find it. My ADD can’t handle that very well.

To mix things up I’ve been tutoring the first-year students since September. Mostly they want advice for the program and how to study for the CIP exams. Especially this semester now that they’ve had their first CIP and have a better idea of what they are in for. Property insurance is understandably freaking them out.

Happiness

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 12:28 pm on October 30, 2013

Is listening to In the Lap of the Gods while looking at the escarpment and beautiful trees in all their fall splendour from the comfort of the GO bus.

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It helps that the sky is doing interesting things too. Who doesn’t like watching what the happy little clouds are getting up to?

Happy Easter!

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 10:42 am on March 31, 2013

An FYI to the knitter types: Romi is doing an Easter Egg hunt and will be giving away prizes! See her blog post here for the details.

Think Benny Hill music

Filed under: Life and Times — Tags: , , , — by heavenlyevil @ 7:53 pm on March 2, 2013

That’s what I feel is the background music for my level of anxiety at this point in the semester. Every time, when I get to the last three weeks, I feel like it’s a crazy rushing hither and thither trying to finish all the group assignments and major projects while doing all the normal stuff. Add to that the special hell that are CIP exams right at the end and it’s a struggle to hold it all together and find time for everything without panicking.

At the same time, while I may feel like I’m freaking out and about to lose my mind, I’ve actually got my shit together and am doing fine. Subjectively I thought I’ve been doing poorly this term compared to last, but so far I’m getting 93 and 94 on things most of the time instead of 96 or 97. So it is overall lower but not by so much that a normal person would even notice a difference or care.

I am also in the midst of applying and interviewing for co-op jobs for the summer, some of which will be starting the second week of April after the CIP exams are finished.

So far I interviewed for one job I didn’t get, but was runner-up and the boss said apply next April and he’ll likely hire me on permanently. I had a phone interview for another job but was told they were waiting to hear back from their former co-op student and if she agreed to come on board full time they wouldn’t need me. The next morning it turned out she accepted (or he, I don’t know but prefer female pronouns) and so no job there either. Then yesterday I get a call from the place I really really want to work and I made it past the phone screen so I’m interviewing on Tuesday.

I kicked ass on the Fraud midterm (97% – highest mark in the class) and am still reeling from that since I had no idea I’d done that well. Even better it’s a second-year course and I am keeping up or doing better than the students who should be more experienced at this than I am. That is nice and makes me feel competent at this insurance stuff.

Scary Thursday

Filed under: Life and Times — Tags: , , — by heavenlyevil @ 9:57 pm on February 24, 2013

In general I had a pretty good day. Thursday is Auto Insurance followed by Property Insurance, and I know I’m in the right program when that amounts to an exciting day. I got my mark back for my Auto midterm (93%, yay!) and property class was fun because we started talking about commercial policies and how they differ from the basic fire policy.

I was in a pretty good mood when it was time to go home, until I realized I couldn’t find my bus pass. It’s a little difficult to get home without that, especially since I’m in the habit of leaving my wallet at home and so had no change to get home.

I retraced my steps, checked the classroom, checked my locker, asked my classmates on Facebook if anyone had seen it. The prof saw me checking the classroom and offered to walk with me to security, and when they didn’t have it offered to drive me to the bus terminal on her way home in case someone turned it in there. Plus that way I could find out what it would take to replace it.

The news wasn’t good. I’d have to buy a new student card from the school and buy a new bus pass entirely, though if I called a specific staff member I could get it pro-rated for the remainder of the semester. Even when I said I’d kept my receipt and could prove I had already purchased the pass, I was told the same thing. So I’d be looking at paying $125 for the card and the sticker. Ouch.

Then when I got home I had to cancel my credit card (and Dean’s) because I’d left it in the holder with my bus pass. I made sure no one else had used it and they canceled it on the spot.

Friday morning I showed up at school a half hour early so I could go over everywhere I’d been again and everything I’d done to try and track the card down.

Again I retraced my steps and checked the classroom and my locker and by then I was pretty desperate. I started wondering if my card had fallen out of my locker and into the one below, and looking for crevices that it could have fallen into. This turned out to be the winning idea because I found my lost bus pass!

It turns it in the front left-hand corner if those lockers there is a gap that isn’t visible when the door is open and the card got wedged in there somehow. I’m sure if there was anyone watching I looked like such a weirdo, feeling around in my empty locker with my eyes closed for cracks.

But I found my bus pass so it was worth it!

Now I need to come up with a better way of keeping track of that thing because it’s too costly to chance it getting lost. I think I’m going to do what I did at Laurier and put it on a lanyard. If it’s attached to me it can’t get lost.

I learned something this week

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 5:56 pm on February 20, 2013

The reason I have to spend so much time studying instead of sleeping is I actually do all the readings for the non-insurance classes. It turns out no one else does those.

For the last week I tried an experiment and stopped reading all that stuff. I just read for the three insurance courses. It’s a lot more manageable that way and I have more time to devote to learning the insurance material.

The funny thing is I don’t feel behind at all from not doing those readings. They seem to have little bearing on those classes. I’ll have tests I’ll need to read the text for, but I’d read it again when studying for tests if I had read it before anyway.

Basically, it seems I’m going to get a lot more sleep and have a much better handle on this semester from here on out.

I am falling apart

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 9:39 am on February 16, 2013

I found a huge bruise on my right calf a few days ago with no idea of how I got it. My right knee hurts and has a bruise on the kneecap. Last night my back started hurting on my lower-right side and this morning it hurt do much more that it woke me up.

Whatever I’m doing, it’s obvious that my right side is not happy right now. My knee and my back and having synchronized waves of pain and it sucks. I need to find my microwaveable bean bag thing and hope that helps.

So

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 11:10 pm on February 14, 2013

Today I had a very important insurance midterm and so I’ve had even more trouble than normal sleeping and keeping to any sort of normal patterns. I was stressing so much that I’d go to bed at 12:30am or 1am and wake up around 5am unable to sleep any more so I’d just study. I studied from 7:30am to 1pm today before the test, then after it was over we had a lesson until 3:30pm.

I got home around 5pm and was very burned out so I’ve done shit all since then. I had some ice cream and watched Gilmore Girls, had red curry chicken, watched some TV with Dean and got some knitting done on something that want the sock that lives in my backpack. Oh, and I packed a lunch today which was awesome since I hate giving the Tims at school my money.

Sleep time now because I’m exhausted and going to crash any second.

Unprepared

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 8:22 am on January 31, 2013

This semester is a very different animal from the last one. Since term started I’ve felt like all I do is rush to catch up. It’s been impossible to get ahead at all. There are reasons for that. One is that this semester has been shortened by a month compared to the rest of the school, because the national insurance exams are at the beginning of April and not the end of the month. The other is because I went from taking one insurance course to talking three at the same time.

The way the insurance classes work, you read a chapter and then learn about it in class. But in that same class you have an assignment and a difficult multiple-choice quiz due on the chapter covered in the previous class. I have insurance class 4 times a week which means 4 tests every week, minimum. I have three other classes still and they have stuff due as well.

I’m really feeling the burn this week since all three of my other classes have assignments due and two of those have tests as well. Brain overload. I feel like no matter how much studying or homework I do I am inadequately prepared for all of it. I don’t have time to devote the same level of detail as I normally would to all this stuff.

Gweeker does not want

Filed under: Life and Times — by heavenlyevil @ 9:34 pm on January 29, 2013

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She wants to sit next to me while I do homework but she doesn’t want me touching her or paying attention to her at all. Putting a camera in her face was worthy of glares.

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