Blog Archives

In the Writing Lab……

So I started going back to school. It’s been interesting. One of the most interesting parts of it is the Reading/Writing Lab. This lab is mandatory, since attendance counts for 10% of your grade. You have to sign up for a certain one hour time slot a week. While you are in there, there is tables to write at, computers to use, and tutors to look over your papers or help you with stuff. Apparently, some teachers assign work that must be done while you are there. My teacher doesn’t. I wrote in one of my Journal prompts about how the lab was my only quiet time to get work done, so I am hoping that pity is taken on me (us) and he doesn’t assign any work to be done there.

The first time I went I just sat and did some pre-writing for some of my homework, and read the articles I needed for an assignment.

The second time I went, I decided I would type my English essay, so I sat at a computer. I’m pretty tech savvy. I pushed the on button. Nothing happened. I held the on button. Nothing happened. I pushed it a few times, put my hand on top to see if I felt it working. Nothing. So I switched computers and went down the same list. I looked around and saw other people working. I then pushed the button to the monitor. WHAT DO YOU KNOW? It was starting up. So now I know I must turn on the computer AND the monitor. I guess I am spoiled at home when all that starts up automatically.

So I look for Word so I can start typing my essay. There’s no word processing program on this computer, unless I want to use notepad. I can, however, use Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. I though about messing with that (I type around 70 WPM), but then looked through my other options. There were a few reading programs and Internet Explorer. Thankfully they had firefox, so I logged into my English class and got an assignment done there. Problem is, you get exactly an hour, and then they kick everyone out for the next group. I still had 15 min left. Not enough to do anything, but enough time to get really, really bored.

So, I thought about bacon. Then I thought about the school’s cafeteria. They offer pancakes with two eggs and two meats. I wondered if the meat was bacon. I wondered if it was a random meat. I wondered if their was a certain day that it was a certain meat, and that I should plan for the days they have bacon. Then I admired their area for skateboard parking. I should skateboard there just so I can leave it under the skateboard parking sign. Next came some pondering about what I needed to buy at Costco. I wished I could buy some bacon at Costco, but that wasn’t really something I needed to be buying. I debated trying to find the Math lab after the English one, but I was hungry and wanted to go to Costco. I then mentally yelled at myself for not being mature enough to eat breakfast before going to school. I never really ate before high school, why is it suddenly an issue that I ate before college?

I also noticed none of the clocks on the wall in the lab work. The clock in the dance studio doesn’t work either. I should start wearing a watch to school. I can’t check my phone and dance. I can check my phone in the lab, or look at the clock on the computer. The ancient computer. How can a computer not have word?

Until next week…..