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Totally screwed for my final exam on Thursday. I just finished all my final papers a few days ago and have been trying to memorize ~200 definitions plus a plethora of other info. Sigh. What a colossal waste of time.

This is a decent EGC. The dry leaf smells like creamy vanilla and bergamot, so we’re off to a good start, but the taste is a little lacking. Hot, it’s a little creamy, not too astringent. Definitely like it more hot than cold.

Cold steeped was a real let down. The base comes out more, but it has this dry, straw-like flavour to it. The creaminess is lost and the bergamot is there but not as strong as I had expected.

Have definitely had better EGC blends but have also had much worse too.

yyz

Oh joy.. memories! Good luck!

Fjellrev

Thanks, I need it! haha

Tamm

Oh finals week…it’s the worst. What class is it for?

Fjellrev

Sociolinguistics. It’s the only undergrad course I’m taking, so while it’s nice to only have to write one, I never had time to internalize all of this beforehand because of my endless grad paper train throughout the semester.

Blah blah blah, all students have it hard. :)

Lynne-tea

Awww I know the feeling! You can do it! Believe in your glorious brain and its memorization capabilities :)

MissLena

Good luck! I feel your pain with finals, but they will pass soon, just have to persevere!

Tamm

The class (in theory) sounds fun! I’m an anthropology major, but almost did linguistics. Other than finals being a pain, have you liked school a lot?

OMGsrsly

I’ll chime in and say that I keep coming back to school. I’ve had 3-4 breaks where I’ve left and worked full-time, but I’ve always gone back. If you love learning and research, and can deal with academics, it’s awesome.

Incendiare, you can kick this final’s butt. :) I think everyone doing finals right now is cheering each other on!

Fjellrev

Aww, thanks everyone. Best of luck to everyone else on their finals! We’re almost almost done.

Tamm, it is totally fun! Anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics are similar so I can see why you were tempted. But yeah, I love school a lot, which is why I’m doing my MA now. How about you, are you enjoying anthropology?

Haha you just can’t keep away, OMGsrsly. It’s done that to me too. I’m on my third university now haha. Did you just complete a degree or are you currently working on something?

OMGsrsly

I’m almost done WOOO!!! Final on Friday, then a (seriously overdue) take home final and 25 page paper over the summer. Biology and Archaeology. Two full degrees, because a double major program doesn’t exist. You can tell someone likes school when they pull stunts like that. :) I’m considering grad school, but need funding..

Tamm

That’s awesome Omgsrsly! I wanted to just do Archaeology as my undergrad, but our school doesn’t offer it.
Incendiare, I love anthropology, but I’ve fallen on hard times right now b/c my archaeology mentor is leaving the school and now I have to find a new field school…I really want to go to grad school, but I have no idea where to go.

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – maybe you’ll be able to get a scholarship and paid work as a TA? Some school will pay you $4000 a semester to be a TA, and that would cover the tuition at least. Housing.. well.. idk there.

Archeology sounds so interesting, and I would love to study more linguisitcs. Sometimes I miss being a student, but then I read everyone’s posts around finals and sorta remember that it wasn’t all great times. I wish I were more of an autodidact though. I keep meaning to teach myself all these great things and then fall through. My latest “fad” is trying to learn Spanish on duolingo.com.

OMGsrsly

Tamm, I haven’t done a field school because they are so incredibly expensive. It means I don’t get a CRM certificate with my degree which limits my work in the field. :/ I know that in most places arch is a subcategory of anth, but not here. The arch department here has never been with soc/anth, and they have actually joined the sciences. I think they’re transitioning to offer a BSc in arch for the lab/DNA geeks. :)

Cavo, I’ve had 3 offers in the sciences, and one of them comes with a pay cheque. My grades aren’t high enough for arch grants, but I might get a science grant… I’m just not sure what I want to do, and also I need a break!

Cavocorax

That makes sense! A break isn’t a terrible thing, or you might suffer academic fatigue. :)

Tamm

Omgsrsly, the field schools can be crazy expensive! I just found out today that there is still a slim chance I’ll be able to go to mine. It would really change a lot for me.
I think it’d make a lot of sense for soc/anth to be with the sciences. Especially what I study because it’s bioarchaeology/paleopathology. What kinds of things do you like to study in archaeology?
Cavocorax, I was looking at being a TA at a grad school near here and it was $5000/semester pay, plus they’d waive tuition! :O There are some major benefits at some schools. By the way, do you like that site? I’m trying to learn Spanish.

Cavocorax

$5k a semester and no tuition is pretty decent! That would probably cover rent!

And from I’ve seen of duolingo, I really like it. I can’t wait until they get their android app out because I could see this being something I do on my phone while I’m waiting on the bus, etc.

Lynne-tea

UofA pays $16K for 2 semesters, and $8K for the summer lab work as a TA in the biological sciences. So happy to be a Masters student :)

OMGsrsly

I’m into evolution and ancient DNA, as well as learning about and preserving the heritage of BC First Nations. :) I’ve heard good things about Calgary for ancient DNA, but I don’t know if I want to move there. Fingers crossed you get your field school. From what I’ve heard, the experience is amazing! I’ve done some surveying and I love it, but sadly no digging.

Lynne, that’s Alberta? Here in BC they don’t pay nearly that much. Wow. I think they get just under $5k, but also have to pay tuition. Of course, some labs pay their grad students, but the wage varies. I think the highest in the university is $24k.

Fjellrev

Whoa, need to catch up here. OMG, srsly, that’s great that you can get two degrees out of it though! I did an honours double major and U of A only gave me one degree. Eh, but I guess it doesn’t matter haha. Wow, archeology and biology, two awesome fields! That must be very fascinating.

Tamm, I’m really sorry to hear that, but I hope you can figure things out. That is such bad timing. Have you ever considered transferring to another school? I’m sure it could be done.

Cavocorax, I haven’t tried duolingo before, but that’s great that it’s free at least. The annoying thing about learning a foreign language is it’s practically impossible to gain fluency unless you’re around other people who speak it. It’s hard enough to reach that level when you learn it in a classroom, but Spanish is an easier language for native English speakers to learn, so I’m sure that site will give you a great foundation. I just bought a Finnish textbook the other day to accompany my Finnish dictionary, but geez, don’t know how I will honestly learn it unless I join a program or something. But don’t give up! Learning another language keeps those gears-a-turning in your head. :)

That’s why I’m soooo glad you got into U of A, Lynne-tea. They’re mighty generous towards the sciences students! And that’s great you were able to get on with a summer lab because you’ll get a head start.

And I love genetics! Almost went into that instead of foreign languages/theoretical linguistics. So ancient DNA sounds amazing. I had no idea U of C offered such a thing.

Tamm

I had to read some DNA and stable isotope stuff this week and it blows my mind; especially aDNA stuff.
Yes, I’m still crossing my fingers! The project itself that I am trying to get into is working with the Lambayeque valley complex; so lots of really interesting stuff. I’m going to be talking to my professor on Wednesday. Hopefully we can get some stuff worked out! Watch as he tells me that I should go to the school he’s switching to! facepalm it’s literally the other side of the US.
Incendiare, I’ve thought about switching, but at this point it’d be a little silly. Even with my minor I’m probably graduating in ~3 semesters. The only other reputable college around here has really rigorous stuff for transfer students. It’s kind of annoying actually.

OMGsrsly

aDNA is so awesome. Difficult, tricksy, expensive, awesome.

Incendiare, I see what you did there… :D It’s a BSc in Biology and Archaeology, but because it’s not a double major program I had to take more courses. I’m going to see about graduating with the BSc then applying for a second graduation with the BA. Heh.

Tamm, that sounds so cool! There’s aDNA at my school, but I’m not 100% sure. I’ve heard some :/ things. At least here it would be focusing on BC First Nations instead of Albertan. BC is totally #1 for me. :)

Fjellrev

Tamm, that totally makes sense. That would be a lot of work to transfer at this point. That’s so frustrating!

ZOMGsrsly (ha!), they should definitely honour you two degrees. At least let’s hope. I had to take more courses for each major than you would in a typical double major program too yet I wasn’t honoured that. Funny how different universities treat same/similar situations differently. I mean, I guess the title/number of degrees ultimately doesn’t matter, but in a way, it does when you’re applying to grad school and stuff. Kind of wish universities had universal rules for granting degrees. And it’s great how alive the BC First Nations research is over here. It’s very nice to see!

TheTeaFairy

Good luck to all of you Steepsterites studying for finals! Knowledge is power :-)

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yyz

Oh joy.. memories! Good luck!

Fjellrev

Thanks, I need it! haha

Tamm

Oh finals week…it’s the worst. What class is it for?

Fjellrev

Sociolinguistics. It’s the only undergrad course I’m taking, so while it’s nice to only have to write one, I never had time to internalize all of this beforehand because of my endless grad paper train throughout the semester.

Blah blah blah, all students have it hard. :)

Lynne-tea

Awww I know the feeling! You can do it! Believe in your glorious brain and its memorization capabilities :)

MissLena

Good luck! I feel your pain with finals, but they will pass soon, just have to persevere!

Tamm

The class (in theory) sounds fun! I’m an anthropology major, but almost did linguistics. Other than finals being a pain, have you liked school a lot?

OMGsrsly

I’ll chime in and say that I keep coming back to school. I’ve had 3-4 breaks where I’ve left and worked full-time, but I’ve always gone back. If you love learning and research, and can deal with academics, it’s awesome.

Incendiare, you can kick this final’s butt. :) I think everyone doing finals right now is cheering each other on!

Fjellrev

Aww, thanks everyone. Best of luck to everyone else on their finals! We’re almost almost done.

Tamm, it is totally fun! Anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics are similar so I can see why you were tempted. But yeah, I love school a lot, which is why I’m doing my MA now. How about you, are you enjoying anthropology?

Haha you just can’t keep away, OMGsrsly. It’s done that to me too. I’m on my third university now haha. Did you just complete a degree or are you currently working on something?

OMGsrsly

I’m almost done WOOO!!! Final on Friday, then a (seriously overdue) take home final and 25 page paper over the summer. Biology and Archaeology. Two full degrees, because a double major program doesn’t exist. You can tell someone likes school when they pull stunts like that. :) I’m considering grad school, but need funding..

Tamm

That’s awesome Omgsrsly! I wanted to just do Archaeology as my undergrad, but our school doesn’t offer it.
Incendiare, I love anthropology, but I’ve fallen on hard times right now b/c my archaeology mentor is leaving the school and now I have to find a new field school…I really want to go to grad school, but I have no idea where to go.

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – maybe you’ll be able to get a scholarship and paid work as a TA? Some school will pay you $4000 a semester to be a TA, and that would cover the tuition at least. Housing.. well.. idk there.

Archeology sounds so interesting, and I would love to study more linguisitcs. Sometimes I miss being a student, but then I read everyone’s posts around finals and sorta remember that it wasn’t all great times. I wish I were more of an autodidact though. I keep meaning to teach myself all these great things and then fall through. My latest “fad” is trying to learn Spanish on duolingo.com.

OMGsrsly

Tamm, I haven’t done a field school because they are so incredibly expensive. It means I don’t get a CRM certificate with my degree which limits my work in the field. :/ I know that in most places arch is a subcategory of anth, but not here. The arch department here has never been with soc/anth, and they have actually joined the sciences. I think they’re transitioning to offer a BSc in arch for the lab/DNA geeks. :)

Cavo, I’ve had 3 offers in the sciences, and one of them comes with a pay cheque. My grades aren’t high enough for arch grants, but I might get a science grant… I’m just not sure what I want to do, and also I need a break!

Cavocorax

That makes sense! A break isn’t a terrible thing, or you might suffer academic fatigue. :)

Tamm

Omgsrsly, the field schools can be crazy expensive! I just found out today that there is still a slim chance I’ll be able to go to mine. It would really change a lot for me.
I think it’d make a lot of sense for soc/anth to be with the sciences. Especially what I study because it’s bioarchaeology/paleopathology. What kinds of things do you like to study in archaeology?
Cavocorax, I was looking at being a TA at a grad school near here and it was $5000/semester pay, plus they’d waive tuition! :O There are some major benefits at some schools. By the way, do you like that site? I’m trying to learn Spanish.

Cavocorax

$5k a semester and no tuition is pretty decent! That would probably cover rent!

And from I’ve seen of duolingo, I really like it. I can’t wait until they get their android app out because I could see this being something I do on my phone while I’m waiting on the bus, etc.

Lynne-tea

UofA pays $16K for 2 semesters, and $8K for the summer lab work as a TA in the biological sciences. So happy to be a Masters student :)

OMGsrsly

I’m into evolution and ancient DNA, as well as learning about and preserving the heritage of BC First Nations. :) I’ve heard good things about Calgary for ancient DNA, but I don’t know if I want to move there. Fingers crossed you get your field school. From what I’ve heard, the experience is amazing! I’ve done some surveying and I love it, but sadly no digging.

Lynne, that’s Alberta? Here in BC they don’t pay nearly that much. Wow. I think they get just under $5k, but also have to pay tuition. Of course, some labs pay their grad students, but the wage varies. I think the highest in the university is $24k.

Fjellrev

Whoa, need to catch up here. OMG, srsly, that’s great that you can get two degrees out of it though! I did an honours double major and U of A only gave me one degree. Eh, but I guess it doesn’t matter haha. Wow, archeology and biology, two awesome fields! That must be very fascinating.

Tamm, I’m really sorry to hear that, but I hope you can figure things out. That is such bad timing. Have you ever considered transferring to another school? I’m sure it could be done.

Cavocorax, I haven’t tried duolingo before, but that’s great that it’s free at least. The annoying thing about learning a foreign language is it’s practically impossible to gain fluency unless you’re around other people who speak it. It’s hard enough to reach that level when you learn it in a classroom, but Spanish is an easier language for native English speakers to learn, so I’m sure that site will give you a great foundation. I just bought a Finnish textbook the other day to accompany my Finnish dictionary, but geez, don’t know how I will honestly learn it unless I join a program or something. But don’t give up! Learning another language keeps those gears-a-turning in your head. :)

That’s why I’m soooo glad you got into U of A, Lynne-tea. They’re mighty generous towards the sciences students! And that’s great you were able to get on with a summer lab because you’ll get a head start.

And I love genetics! Almost went into that instead of foreign languages/theoretical linguistics. So ancient DNA sounds amazing. I had no idea U of C offered such a thing.

Tamm

I had to read some DNA and stable isotope stuff this week and it blows my mind; especially aDNA stuff.
Yes, I’m still crossing my fingers! The project itself that I am trying to get into is working with the Lambayeque valley complex; so lots of really interesting stuff. I’m going to be talking to my professor on Wednesday. Hopefully we can get some stuff worked out! Watch as he tells me that I should go to the school he’s switching to! facepalm it’s literally the other side of the US.
Incendiare, I’ve thought about switching, but at this point it’d be a little silly. Even with my minor I’m probably graduating in ~3 semesters. The only other reputable college around here has really rigorous stuff for transfer students. It’s kind of annoying actually.

OMGsrsly

aDNA is so awesome. Difficult, tricksy, expensive, awesome.

Incendiare, I see what you did there… :D It’s a BSc in Biology and Archaeology, but because it’s not a double major program I had to take more courses. I’m going to see about graduating with the BSc then applying for a second graduation with the BA. Heh.

Tamm, that sounds so cool! There’s aDNA at my school, but I’m not 100% sure. I’ve heard some :/ things. At least here it would be focusing on BC First Nations instead of Albertan. BC is totally #1 for me. :)

Fjellrev

Tamm, that totally makes sense. That would be a lot of work to transfer at this point. That’s so frustrating!

ZOMGsrsly (ha!), they should definitely honour you two degrees. At least let’s hope. I had to take more courses for each major than you would in a typical double major program too yet I wasn’t honoured that. Funny how different universities treat same/similar situations differently. I mean, I guess the title/number of degrees ultimately doesn’t matter, but in a way, it does when you’re applying to grad school and stuff. Kind of wish universities had universal rules for granting degrees. And it’s great how alive the BC First Nations research is over here. It’s very nice to see!

TheTeaFairy

Good luck to all of you Steepsterites studying for finals! Knowledge is power :-)

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