estudyante redux

back to school in 3….2….1….

School Happened 2 3 January 2010

Filed under: class — Sara @ 21:21

…And, apparently, vacation happened as well. Anyway, back to what I was supposed to do…

My other two majors aren’t so generous on the plates, but still there’s a lot of activity. ID 14 is History class, and in my case it’s more like a review of what I learned in architecture. We have readings, reports and quizzes, and the occasional plate. So far we’ve reached up to the ancient Greek period. Here’s the plates so far:

Ancient Egypt



Windang Week 14 November 2009

Filed under: class — Sara @ 21:46

The first week of classes have passed, and all I can say is: WTH

First of all, a few of my classes are postponed until next week, and because of that I got them all mixed up. I thought my WF class was on TTh and vice versa. I also did a lot of errands which I really should’ve done during sembreak but I was too excited to begin bumming again that I didn’t think of them. So there. I did a lot of run-arounds with offices, banks and other stuff, all the while being inefficient and indecisive. I did a lot of bad decisions (knowingly or otherwise) which cost me a few attendances missed.

Let’s just say I would like to forget this past week. This isn’t a good start. I hope the next ones would be better.



It never fails 10 November 2009

Filed under: class,first day — Sara @ 13:48

A glitch in the matrix, perhaps? No, actually it’s more like a long-running tradition. On the first few days of classes, there really isn’t much to do other than wait in vain for professors. Through personal experience and by experience of others, I can attest to this. Well, except for a few abberations like a certain non-lazy LA prof a friend has told me about. All you can do is hope for at least one of the following things:

(1) somebody announces early on that the prof isn’t coming (and says when the actual first class will be)

(2) you have classmates you know and/or can chat with to pass the time

(3) you have some sort of entertainment with you (book, music player, portable gaming console, a singer & dancer…)


Also, if you have another class after this first one, then you might as well plan in advance where to spend the rest of the hours outside the classroom (especially if hope#1 occurred). A mall, an internet shop or a nearby cafe/restaurant should be good options.

Thankfully for me, I ran into some 2nd year friends (on their way to Trinoma, probably because they had the same fate as I) who told me that some my afternoon class and the one tomorrow morning are postponed until next week. Amazing! Time to go home, then.

Expect many more first day posts to be like this. :p


Ended without much of a bang 16 October 2009

Filed under: class,groupwork — Sara @ 16:30

After the week-long break from school due to freaky weather, classes in UP resumed but it didn’t exactly pick up where it left off. Profs spent entire periods with discussions about the preceding week, student experiences, and sharing. In ID114 we even discussed the issues that have been brought to attention because of recent activities from environmental to political to solutions designers may do to avoid such things happening again.

Some exams were waived, final requirements lessened. So for the final week I had a, ID10 group paper, an ID114 18th-19th century furniture long test and an ID24 scaled interior model and presentation.

ID10 was easy enough, since all I had to do was delegate parts of the paper to my groupmates, edit, compile and send it to another groupmate for printing.

The ID114 exam had 2 centuries worth of coverage, and these periods were particularly confusing for me. Most of Western furniture in the 18th and 19th centuries were “copies of” or “inspired by” past motifs or designs, and they’re pretty difficult to differentiate. We had readings, sure, about an inch thick wad of photocopies which I read only the night before. Crammer resurrection, anyone? The exam wheezed by, and I was able to properly answer most of the items, although I couldn’t say I nailed it. I think I was the one who got nailed. haha

The last requirement to go was ID24 where we had to present an interior model of a room in the Asian house assigned to us. My group had a Chinese courtyard house. We basically made a model of the photos of the house we got. Our group was scheduled to be the first presenters, and up to the last minute  we were superglue-ing the final details. Thank God we finished right on time! Because of our last minute construction, our presentation was weak, but to tell the truth we were the more fortunate ones. Also, the final product made us so proud 😀

So that was the final week of my first semester redux. How will my next semesters fare? Will I revert to crammer extraordinaire? Or will I be a grown-up professional? Maybe both? We’ll just have to find out. But for now, I take my leave! See you next sem!


C: Unravel The Mystery 23 September 2009

Filed under: class,miniature,plate — Sara @ 22:34

Exhibit launch day! Do a time-space warp through the history of Western Furniture!

More photos


The product of a headache nursed by expensive coffee 22 September 2009

Filed under: class,plate,random — Sara @ 20:28

Image007In-class plate with a partner. Text and drawings were provided by prof.


Another unsatisfactory report has come and gone 15 September 2009

Filed under: class,groupwork,interview,report — Sara @ 23:42

ID10 report day: Everything seems to be falling out of place, yet in place at the same time. I wasn’t so panicky so I suppose that helped a lot. We did have video, but our audio couldn’t be understood and our video editor wasn’t able to include subtitles so we were forced to do an on-the-spot oral report. Thankfully Alaina brought a copy of the interview transcript I made before so we divided the questions amongst ourselves and talked our heads off while the video kept running in the background.

Our report was well-received and there wasn’t much criticism. Alma Conception even praised our presentation, even though I wasn’t satisfied at all. That’s my high expectations and perfectionism for ya. But I guess the simple fact that we’re finished with this requirement makes me feel good enough to let it slide. 🙂