I am back,
I wasn't active for quite some time. I wasn't doing so well this quarter as far as assignments went, I found no purpose in most of them, and thus, my grades dropped a little bit (obviously). Particularly Japanese class. I don't know if I mentioned before, but I was really getting annoyed at the grammar assignments as they made no sense. I like how Tobira is structured, but if you buy it, I do not recommend the grammar book that goes with it. I find myself looking at the answers because I have no idea what kind of story I need to make up in order to complete each problem. I say problem because it is an almost mathematical approach, but you need more creativity to come up with the answers than anything else. My only surprise is that homework wasn't worth much of the overall grade, but it was worth just enough to make it so I didn't get a desirable grade, on top of the other things that I did "okay" on.
Anyway, to eradicate the homework issue, I'm going to try and do the work in advance. This time I am serious. It is pointless work, but there is too much at stake now, since I have to get a minimum of 2.5 in this particular class to pass to 4th year Japanese, I am going to be putting most of my energy into the it. I never thought I would have academic struggles, but this university is no joke, like I've said before. One slip up and you'll lose a letter grade!!
I'm re-thinking a lot about my life, and I think that's probably why I'm not doing so well. I honestly don't know where I am going with languages; there is SO MUCH DISCOURAGEMENT coming from everyone. My family, my friends, my teachers, my fellow students... So I guess I need to just carry on, or think about other options. I really wanted to be a translator. But... The stakes suddenly look so high. Can I do it? I am watching my brain think about other opportunities for my future, none of which are any more valuable than being a translator, so I wonder if this is an issue of happiness? Is it an issue of humility? Do I need to see a therapist? Do I even have time?
Well. At any rate, I'm taking the last quarter of 3rd year Japanese, and the last quarter of 1st year Swedish, along with a Japanese film class (finally, something not so challenging). One year and three months left at this university. Can I do it? I am going to try so hard it could kill me.
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