Midterms and the Like
As midterm week draws nearer and the dread begins to fill my being for this hellish week to come, I try to remind myself regularly that this could be worse. It could be finals week. Spring break could be later in March. I could be doing organic chemistry. That kind of thing. This week, the week before finals, and finals week tend to be the only truly difficult weeks for me at Oxy, if only because for a couple classes, the work concentrates into those weeks - you know the drill, final papers and the like. Fortunately, karate testing doesn't happen until the end of April. I really need the next two months to work on my kata, especially since I was in China last semester. We've got a tournament coming up, but I don't think I'm going to participate; I did once as a white belt, and since I've had the combination of being absent last semester and a couple of annoying injuries that come and go when they feel like it, it's probably best for me to avoid that kind of perfectionism prepping for a tournament brings out in me. On a rather random note: One of the things I would like to be working on instead of immediately due schoolwork is this semester project for my DWA (Diplomacy and World Affairs) seminar class. I'm on a team working to create reports about China, on everything from what the economy and government to military power, and so far it's quite interesting. My section is the military, and I might decide to do my comps (thesis) on that topic, though I really don't know what aspect yet. One thing China scholars like to say about the Chinese military is how far it is behind the United States; the general estimate ranges around 20 years behind. But the more I look at China, the more I realize that China actually has a fair amount of military power, and while the air force and navy might be pretty far behind, the infantry and land troops are not. If China successfully develops a strong amphibious warfare sector in the next twenty years or so, they'll definitely be an force to be reckoned with. Though if you want to know a lot more about military and security concerns internationally, you should find my friend Adam Elkus, a recent Oxy grad who specialized in international security and is bloody brilliant. Anyway, I should go prepare for that week! I hope your weeks are all less crazy than mine, lol. Before I sign out, some really random news from Hong Kong: Marriage in McDonalds.