Buying a New Laptop

I decided toward the second semester of my sophomore year in college that I want to integrate my school work with my computer. It started with writing notes in a OneNotebook rather than my composition book for Biology. I liked being able to copy-paste pictures, links, and files into the notebook. Additionally, I type much faster than I write, and I don’t finish class or study sessions with cramped hands. I was also impressed with my friends’ Surface Pros and Surface Books, which had touchscreens that worked with digitizer pens.

After a few months of contemplating and weighing pros and cons, I decided to go with the HP Spectre 13in over popular candidates, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Microsoft Surface Book, and the HP Spectre x360 15in. My priorities, in order from most to least importance, were pen compatibility, RAM, weight, and processor.  Continue reading


Raspberry Pi + Other Updates

Remember when I said I plan on being an engineer? (The word “chemical” may have preceded it, but nonetheless, I AM going to be some sort of engineer.) My dad, an electronic engineer, bought my brother and I each our own Raspberry Pi Bs. I’m using this last week of summer to learn as much as I can, and perhaps complete one or two projects.

Along with that, I have finished my Economics class, but I doubt I got anything higher than a C. (And after checking my unofficial transcript promptly after writing that, I continue my anxiety because my teacher has not published my grade.) I did, however, manage to earn a B (81%) on my third test. That was a great achievement considering my previous in-class test grades were 59% and 69%. What can I say? I work hard for my bad test grades. I even studied harder for the 59% than the 69%. (Sense the sarcasm?) Worst comes the worst, I will omit Econ for my high school transcript and take regular Econ.

I registered for my last year of high school. I successfully obtained an 8 o’clock start time, though it results in getting out of school at 2. Nonetheless, I will not be stressing out from lack of sleep… too much. My current, 1st semester schedule contains Intro Computer Science, AP Calc AB (yes, I did the downgrade), AP Chem, Health, and Mythology. I completed my AP Chem Quest assignments, but I have yet to complete Erbie Terbium (dimensional analysis worksheet) and find out if there was an assignment for AP Calc AB.

Last but not least, I have contributed a wonderful (though incomplete) piece of literature to feminism.

College & University

As a high school junior, the topic of higher education is ubiquitous. When I was 10, I believed that I wanted to be either a journalist or an electronics engineer, much like my dad. My original plans were to go to COC for 2 years then study at CSUN for the rest and get a Bachelor’s in whatever my dad got and eventually take over his business. It was not until last year that I realized I may not want to do that. During my sophomore year of high school, I took regular chemistry and earned an A in both semesters (which is no easy feat at my school). I gained a wonderful rapport with both of the chemistry teachers (and now, my physics teacher as well). This sparked my interest in chemistry.

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