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Microscopes let you see tiny ants!!!

So I haven't told ya'll about my first day of school. It was awesome.

I had a major freak out on Monday night and didn't sleep at all, pretty much. My hypochondria kicked in and my leg was in incredible phantom pain. It hurt so much, but I knew it was just my brain trying to sabotage my life again. So I said "Screw you, brain. I'll change the scenery."

And THAT is why I slept on the couch.

All: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I left for school in plenty of time because I had to go across town, South to North. In Canberra, we are REALLY wussy about travelling across town. In Sydney, people wouldn't think much of driving half an hour to visit a friend in another part of the city. In LA, an hour would seem reasonable. It Canberra, anyone who lives more than a fifteen minute drive away should damn well move closer. We'll drive twenty minutes to the city, if need be. But a forty-five minute peak hour drive into school? That's freakin' crazy, bitches!

All the same, I ventured into the wild untamed North and didn't get lost. DESPITE the abomination that is Glenloch and the GDE. You Canberran motorists will no what I'm talking about. Driving North up the Parkway, there is NO SIGN directing you to the hospital. There are two turn-offs to Belconnen. How would anyone know which to take? Or even that there are two? VERY dangerous, in my opinion.

Anyway, I arrived in good time and explored the campus a little. Then I went to the room on my class list and waited. People arrived in little droplets. After a while, people stopped coming and there was no sign of a teacher. No one had spoken except to meekly inquire if they had the right place. So, I was sitting there thinking "I should say something. Break the ice." But just as I was working up the guts, the teacher came and we all filed in without looking at one another.

The subject, as I've said before, was microscopy. Basically, how to use different sorts of microscopes and when to use them. The teacher was very annoying. She pretty much read us the written material and made me want to strangle her. I can read, damn it. Apparently, the class is usually two hours a week for nine weeks. Seriously? Maybe if she didn't treat everyone like they're five, we'd move faster.

We started out mostly with theory, but I got to get out my microscope and look at some cardiac muscle. I mastered getting the best picture easily. And I'm sure everyone else did too. Cos it was all written clearly down in the book.

Anyway, then she sent us for a break. We were all walking in a stretched out sort of line, headed down to the canteen. A couple of people were there in pairs each other, so they had their quiet chatting. Then someone finally spoke. To me! A girl introduced herself to me and that gave the rest of us courage to talk. So there's a group of about eight of us now. We formed our own little clique! Not very exclusive though, as we kept inviting everyone in. And everyone felt the same as I did about the teacher. That was a relief.

We played with the microscope, had lunch, did some theory, had a break and then went outside into the garden to look for bugs, plant matter and other cool things. We looked at them through our stereo microscopes (that means 3D picture, basically). I caught my very own ant and put a drop of what I like to call "slow-down sludge" on him. It kept him bogged down so he couldn't walk fast, but it didn't hurt him. It was so cool looking at him. Ants look all black, but this one had tiny little red fangs. I also had a leaf, a feather, bark and fungus. But the ant was most interesting.

Everyone was having a fantastic time looking at their bugs and it had us all talking and laughing, even those who hadn't been in our little clique at break times. My declaration that my ant (who kept escaping his goo and having to be put back) was a little trooper who deserved to be set free led to the pronouncement "Wow! You're so funny!" though I was deadly serious. We were all exchanging petrie dishes and running around to each others microscopes for a look. There was a strange elephant-like bug with a trunk and a girl caught a tiny little garden spider, but you could see every individual hair on its teeny legs.

And you know what, my ant escaped. Of course, I may have left the lid off the petrie dish and removed him from the goo and then, you know, watched him run away. But he totally escaped. :P

Then, she plugged in the video microscope and we all had a look at some cool single cell organisms floating about in pond water.

But I'm OLD! SO OLD! There's a much older lady in the group and then I'd guess, looking around that I'm next oldest, or a close second. Most of them are recently out of school. They teased me! :P

What I like best so far about this course is that we are all a single group. Those people I had microscopy class with will be in ALL my classes. The program for Animal Technology is very rigid, so we'll all be together in every class. I think that's better than being in a bunch of classes with different people, like at uni. You get to know everyone and I'm sure it'll make finding a study buddy a piece of cake!

That's the story anyway. It was awesome! I have a morning class on Monday, an all day microscopy class Tuesday and, God Help Me, a one hour maths class on Wednesday. Then, the following Monday, school starts for real. Thirty hours a week, plus eighty hours of work experience this semester.

I'll let you know how it goes.


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Feb. 6th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
In spite of the lousy teacher (!!!), school sounds amazing! I think you'll end up loving it (or maybe you already do!).

Age is so relative. In a couple of weeks it won't matter a damn.

We'll drive twenty minutes to the city, if need be. But a forty-five minute peak hour drive into school? That's freakin' crazy, bitches!

You couldn't survive living here. We can drive for hours and hours and still be inside the state of Oregon! We do so much driving we don't think anything of it. And traffic? Let me tell you about traffic. It's damn heavy here...

Now you need to sneak a camera to school so you can share photos!

I'm sure your ant is on to bigger and better things, by the way.

Feb. 6th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Your microscopy class is more awesome than mine was at TAFE!! mind you thats cos i was doing Path... but still... :)

You sound like you are having an awesome time Kayt :) Hehe of COURSE your ant escaped... slippery little sucker :P

Acutally, your Animal Tech course sounds better than the one they have in Sydney that i started ages ago and never finished..... it was like Cert II in Animal Studies.... we didnt get micrscopes!!

luv Gem
Feb. 7th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Glad it went well sweetie. :)
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Huzzah for school! I recently discovered that science is not completely incomprehensible to me, and this sounds like a very good way to spend a couple of hours. Except for the teacher, but meh.

Good lord, 30 hours of classes a week? My inner lazy bastard is shuddering.
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad it all went so well! I totally agree with you about having all your classes with the same group of people - that was one thing I really loved about my library diploma. You get to know people so much better and you have a real support group of people who know exactly what you're experiencing.
Feb. 7th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds wonderful Kayt. I had to giggle at your descriptions of the awkwardness at the beginning of the day because I've been in that situations several times now. It's always weird.
The class sounded like fun (apart from the teacher. I hate teachers like that. As you said, I can read)
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