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Month: November 2016

Month in Review: November


Wow I can’t believe that November is already over. It went by really fast for me. Maybe it’s because of all the crazy things that happened? I feel like my junior year of college has been going by really fast. It’s crazy to think that I’ll be graduating in a year and a half. It’s kind of scary to think about graduating and finding a real job.


Anyway, I had some lows for the month but it went really well overall. Though I’m not looking forward to finals the week after next. ?


My Highlights from the month were:

  1. Thanksgiving break!
  2. Seeing my family
  3. Getting offered a tutoring job for next semester


Some Lows from the month were:

  1. Getting sick
  2. Having to stay up until 3:30 am to finish a project
  3. Worst week: Nov 6 – 13


That’s Ok because I accomplished:

  1. Building a fully functional game with java
  2. Building a live data application with java
  3. Starting at 5 am, driving 4 hours straight without caffeine
  4. Getting my work despite being sick


I also:

  1. Started watching the anime Spice and Wolf
  2. Started watching the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion
  3. Started on the Gilmore Girls revival


This month I’m looking forward to:

  1. Starting Winter Break!
  2. Christmas and the other Holidays
  3. Seeing my family in less than 3 weeks


This month I hope to accomplish:

  1. Getting passing grades on all my finals
  2. Finding a job to work over winter break
  3. Finishing off the semester successfully


And Finally, a photo from the month:

The sun shining through a tree at my university
The sun shining through a tree at my university

I took the photo using my iPhone 6s and I am amazed at the quality. Anyway, I hope everyone’s November was good!

Cassidy Currently: 5th edition


Hello! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated so I’m going to go ahead and brief you on some of the things that have been going on in my crazy life.


I got sick…AGAIN


Yes unfortunately I was struck with some kind of weird bacterial infection. I’m better now but it was still terrible to have something slow me down again. ?


It started off with me getting aches and chills and fatigue. And later on a fever and a relentless cough. There was even some vomiting. I finally caved and had my roommate drive me to student health where they tested me for the flu (it came back negative) and prescribed me some antibiotics and heavy duty cough medicine.


Unfortunately, I had deal with the side affects from the medicine which involved me feeling dizzy and fatigued.


Thankfully, it didn’t take long after that to get over it.


I picked my classes for the Spring Semester…


With my fall semester coming to a close in about 3 weeks, it was time for me to plan for next semester. And I’m really excited about my classes. I’ll be taking three IT classes, including Intro to Security, Database 1, and Software Testing. I’m also taking Intro to Statistics and Principles of Marketing. I got all the good teachers for those classes so I’m hoping for a successful Spring Semester.


I’ve been hard at work on my school projects


If you recall from previous blog posts, I mentioned that I have a game to work on before the end of the semester. Well as of today, I’ve got my main character to jump and move around so I’m really happy about that. I plan to make as much progress as possible, especially since its due in a week. ?


I’ve also been working on my live data project. My professor allowed us to choose whichever type of data we wanted and after some deliberation, I decided to go ahead and due Washington DC metro train arrival predictions. I’m almost done with it, with just a bit of tweeking needed.


I drove home and started Thanksgiving Break


With Thanksgiving being in a few days, it was natural for schools to let off on Friday so that students could go home and be with their families. So I left Radford (which is in southern Virginia) to go to my home in Northern Virginia.


Unfortunately, since it was a major travel day, I ran into a lot of traffic on the way home. It was so bad that I probably uttered the phrase “I hate people” more than 20 times. ? It ended up taking me an hour and a half longer than normal to get home. Luckily it wasn’t just me in my car. I had a friend that was meeting his family in my hometown and needed a ride. And I enjoyed the conversations that we had. It made the traffic less aggravating.


And annoying as it was, I was thankful that I was not in one of the vehicles that had been in an accident that caused the traffic.


I took a walk in the woods


The day after I arrived home, my family and I decided to go hiking with our Golden Retriever, since it was unseasonably warm.


My dog Deedee and I


It was really nice to just get out of the house and so some exploring.


Crossing a creek
Crossing a creek




We eventually arrived at a waterfall that was really pretty.




It started to cloud up as we headed back to the cars and it got really windy. It was really cool the way the wind blew the leaves around.




It started to rain soon after but luckily, we were already headed home.


In other news…


I’m still watching Vampire Knight and I’m almost done with it. I also started watching Neon Genesis Evangelion, after a friend of mine cosplayed one of the characters. I’m only 6 episodes in but I really like it so far and I can see that it’s going to be one of my favorites.


The U.S. Election…

Before I go, I wanted to talk briefly about the U.S. election and my stance on it. If you’re wondering, I didn’t vote for Trump. My state also didn’t put their electoral college votes toward Trump. And yet he still won and now hate crimes involving racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and misogyny are all on the rise as a result. I did everything in my power to stop such a thing from happening but unfortunately, it was not enough. But I will not change my beliefs based on those of my future President and Vice-President. I will not stoop so low to hate on those who did nothing to deserve it.


The results of the election do not change my beliefs as person or the things that I value.


If you’re outside the U.S., please don’t let the results of the election change your view on us, because I promise that not all of us see things the way that Trump does.


Anyway, that’s all for now. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and to those who don’t, have a great week! ?

Month in Review: October

So I’ve decided to start doing posts that sum up my month. I’ve seen other bloggers do it and I think it’s a good idea for me to be able think back and count my blessings as well as set goals for the month ahead.


Before I get to that though, I think I’ll talk about my day so far.


It was business as usual. My first class (an IT class) involved reviewing for an upcoming exam on Thursday (which I’m really nervous for ). My second class (Microeconomics), however, involved starting new material. Only the classroom computer was acting up and my professor was in need of assistance. With me being an IT  major, I decided to help (but only after she offered extra credit). It took me a bit but I was finally able to get her laptop to connect to the projectors and she was ultimately able to proceed with the lecture. As I finished, I heard one of classmates boo me and someone else asked how much extra credit I was getting. I ignored them both. I assume that the dude that booed was disappointed because he was hoping for an extremely short class on account of technical difficulties.


That whole thing was minor but it did cause me to think of a defense. And here it is: we’re students, we’re there to learn and make the most out of our money (or our parents, etc) so that we can get the information we need in order to be successful in our chosen fields of study. If the class were to have ended early because of technical difficulties, that would have been hundreds of dollars wasted. So I stand by what I did because I made the most out my education. Anyone who thought differently was either lazy or ignorant. Enough said.


But October was pretty crazy. There were a lot of ups and downs but I’m still persevering. I can’t believe how fast it went by though.


My Highlights for the Month were:

  1. Getting to visit my grandmother the weekend before last
  2. Meeting some of the new pledges in my fraternity
  3. RWBY volume 4 premier


Some Lows from the Month were:

  1. A part in my car had to be replaced
  2. I failed a test
  3. Worst week: Oct 9 – 15


It’s all good because I accomplished:




  1. Making a live data program with JSON and Java (pictured above)
  2. Making a palindrome checker with Java
  3. Getting As on both my Business Calculus classes
  4. Receiving passing grades for exams in my other classes


I also:

  1. Finished the anime Rurouni Kenshin (Loved it!)
  2. Started the fourth arc of Sailor Moon
  3. Started watching the anime Vampire Knight
  4. Bought some markers to use in my adult coloring book


This month, I’m looking forward to:

  1. Going home for Thanksgiving break in two weeks
  2. Seeing my family
  3. Getting my harder assignments done
  4. Learning more skills


This month, I hope to accomplish:

  1. Get my modge podge game done for class
  2. Get my final project (also a game) done for class
  3. Get my live data project done for class
  4. Get passing grades on future exams


And finally a song that I fell in love with last month was:



I hope everyone’s October was good!