just when I thought my life was rough…

My mind is not used to having exams.  Two in one day about tuckered me out, not to mention my right arm is about to fall off.  I feel tired, in a good way now that they are over.  I paid attention and participated in class, read the material, reviewed material, did at least okay (I think) on the exams.

When I’m tired like this I want attention.  I want sympathy.  I start to feel a little bad about my situation when the cosmic alarm clock rings while walking to my office this afternoon.

One of my neighbors wanted to talk.  Two days ago, his 5mo old son died-apparantly of some sort of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (although he is suspicious of some sort of neglect) and last night his nephew got shot in the face and stomach by Kensington High School.  He had his spleen removed and for the foreseeable future will pee and poop into a bag that he will wear by his hip.

My friend and I got to pray.  He is having his daughter 302 him tonight so he can get the help he needs.

In a moment that I feel such a need for sympathy, there is an opportunity to give some.  God works in these moments.  Sometimes I just walk by this neighbor, sometimes we talk.  Today I was going to walk by but at the last second turned around to shoot the breeze about the Phils.  Thanks, God, for a wake up call.

college becomes less fun…

1.  when it’s exam time.

2.  when I have 2 exams in the same day, like tomorrow, for instance.

3.  when I don’t have as much time to study as I would like.

Last time around I did a lot of crammage.  That seemed like a good idea.  Nowadays I like to do all the reading when it’s assigned and take a lot of notes.

I still haven’t quite made up my mind for which essay to write for my History class.  Here’ my choices.
1.    History of African societies of Southern Africa
a.    Identify the three major groups of people in Southern Africa (San, Khoi Khoi, Bantu)
b.    Write an overview of their history from the beginning until the 20th Century.  Or after you describe them you can focus on one or all three.

2.    History of Europeans in Southern Africa
a.    Which groups came and why, how, and who did they become?  Dutch/Afrikaner
b.    Focus on one of them or each one in detail.

3.    History of interaction between Africans and Europeans in Southern Africa.
a.    mid 17th century to the present
b.    peaceful, amicable relations between the two based on trade, treaties, alliances.  It could be particular to Zulu/English relations.  Gaika taking the English to fight against Makanna, for example.
c.    1838 Afrikaner-Zulu conflict
d.    1879 British-Zulu conflict.

They are all nice and open-ended.  However, I don’t know if I can remember all these names and dates, and I have 50min in which to write it so I really have to focus.  I’m leaning to the first one because I’m most interested.  The second one I think is the easiest, though, and the third has too many possibilities and I’m afraid I’ll not give enough detail.