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#060: Of course registrations and cookie-baking

July 6th, 2009 by Mary Leong

Currently listening to: “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal OBCR

COURSE REGISTRATIONS for upcoming second-years start in a week (July 13) and already, a plethora of courses are either full or teetering at that point, with three seats left, give or take. I was looking forward to taking PHIL 385: Existentialism, before it filled up. I watched it diminish from 90 seats to 40 to 3 and then to nothingness. And don’t even get me started on BIOL 121, which sits there mocking me! Mocking, I say! with its completely overbooked classes and unopened waitlists except for that 8 a.m. class, which has a grand total of 15 seats left (and counting). This is especially frustrating as I struggle to get into the second-year prerequisites for both a French and a Psychology major. Seven days to go; we shall see how it all pans out. These hawk eyes are watching those French classes; nobody is taking Voltaire away from me! Meanwhile, we draw our thoughts away from those confounded course registrations to those of…

COOKIE-BAKING. I’ve been feeling rather domestic lately. This is unusual. For those who are unfamiliar with my cooking habits; well, let’s say most of my friends would rather have me play with pointy objects than cook them a meal. I have ruined microwave popcorn and would rather not tell that story here. But over the past few weeks, I’ve baked jimjams twice, once with sugar-cookie bases and the other time with peanut butter cookie bases, and Nutella swirl cookies…and a cake for la fĂȘte de la St.-Jean Baptiste, if we’re just getting into baking in general. Surprisingly, they have emerged rather successfully from the oven…to grabby hands (teenage brother in a growth spurt will demolish any freshly baked goods).

Jimjams with sugar cookie base:

Nutella Swirl Cookies:
Nutella Swirl Cookies

I will post the recipes if anyone is interested!

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  • 1 Eastwood Jul 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Mary, How very domestic, indeed! :lol:

    I’ve been completely swept off my feet by Psychology, by the way (finished 101 in the summer and loved it; in the process of completing 102) — I’m really interested in the biological aspects (brain, neurons, sleep, health…etc.). Which areas of psyc are you interested in?

    I, too, need to squeeze into Biol 121. No worries — there will probably be some openings in the beginning of September. I’m considering Michael Hawkes’ in T2. I might have to rely on this and endless browser-refreshing to get into courses like first-year Chem.

    Hmm… apart from that, I’m transfering into Arts to pursue interdisciplinary studies in Psyc, Bio, and all the stuff that I’m actually interested in — following my heart for once.

  • 2 Mary Leong Jul 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    @Eastwood: Great to hear from you! I’m glad to hear that you’re choosing to pursue courses you’re actually interested in. Your blog entries on sleep and personal wellness always leaned towards that direction of interest so I’m not too surprised! Are you going to be taking Psyc 217 and 218 as well, then?

    On my part, I am mostly interested in social psychology (humans and their interaction with community and culture, almost bordering on sociology) and adolescent psychology. In the future, I’d love to work in particular with youth suffering from eating disorders, or with the homeless afflicted with mental disorders.

    This probably heralds lots of combined review sessions for Psych in upcoming terms… :D

  • 3 Sonja Jul 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I’m taking Bio 121 as a freshman. (I’m an intl student from the US, and I got a 4 on the AP Bio test.) Am I in way over my head?

  • 4 Eastwood Jul 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Hmm… I don’t know if I’m committed enough to do the Psyc major. I might consider the IDST BA program.

    Yup, we’ll definitely study together in the fall.

  • 5 Lizzy Jul 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I took Biol 121 this past year with Dr. Wayne Goodey and found parts of it really interesting. His marking scheme is a bit different than the other sections, with a 15% midterm, 15% group presentation, and 70% final. His teaching style isn’t the best-suited for everybody but if you have specific biology-related interests as it seems you both do, the research/presentation project is great because the topics to pick from are extremely varied and you can focus even further on the aspects of a particular topic that you are most intrigued by. Also, he holds review sessions outside of class the week before exams, which can be really helpful.

    If by chance no spots open up before the term starts, try just showing up on the first day of class and talking to the prof to see if they’ll let you stay. I did that once last term and luckily, it worked!

    Oh, and I totally want to know the nutella swirl cookie recipe, they look amazing!

  • 6 Eastwood Jul 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Lizzy, I’ve heard some “horror stories” about Wayne Goodey and have actually sat in two of his introductory lectures back in Jan. 09 — yes, his lectures can be interesting in a sense, but I’m wondering: is it relatively easy to get good grades in his classes (in proportion to your work effort)?

    Thoughts on Celeste Leander or any of the other Biol 112 instructors?

    (Mary, looks like your post is turning into a handy discussion board :’P)

  • 7 Mary Leong Jul 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    @Sonja: I’m not really sure – as far as I know, having a 4 on the AP Biology course means you can skip certain first year bio classes, but…anyone with more helpful information? I’m sorry to be of little help here :S

    @Lizzy: Thanks for the advice regarding showing up to classes! I’d heard that from several people but nobody who’d actually done that themselves.

    @Eastwood: Hahaha, handy discussion board indeed! I too would like to hear any thoughts on any of the other Bio profs and their teaching styles. Might be helpful…

  • 8 Mimi Jul 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I guess I’ll be the one to ask for recipes then :3

    Those jimjams look so good!!! Are these recipes passed down, from a book or online?

  • 9 Mary Leong Jul 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    @Mimi: The recipes were found online and then modified slightly – I’m not a big fan of salt at all, so I baked with unsalted butter but that’s really up to you!

    You can find the jimjams recipe here.