Online Journal (Entry #011)

So right now, I’m waiting in-between two of my classes. I had Statistics at 1:40 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and I have Accounting 101 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

I think what makes this time so precious, is not only is it time for me to do homework and study, but it’s also time for me to be able to do whatever I want to do in terms of writing posts, listening to music on YouTube: (Click here, this is what I’m listening to as I write this post!).

If you didn’t click it, what I’m listening to is this: 宇多田ヒカル – 二時間だけのバカンス featuring 椎名林檎. It’s my favorite Japanese solo recording artist, Utada Hikaru, featuring another gem from Japan, Shiina Ringo. The song has a really beautiful meaning behind it, and I find it very relaxing to listen to whenever I feel calm (which is rare since life is always on the move!).

At any rate, this morning in the lab portion of Statistics, my professor discussed Napoleon’s March (1812-1813). She even showed us this cool multi-layered graph to give us a “visual” of what it was like for Napoleon and his men:

Napoleon's March.png

This is the exact piece of paper we looked at in class (she passed it out as a handout, so we were able to read it more carefully). In essence, what this graph shows, is one of Napoleon’s few major mistakes during his “career” as a conqueror and tactician. The story this statistical graph tells is one of sorrow and death. He led the majority of his men to their deaths in the cold snow of Russia just to arrive to Moscow with none of their enemies there waiting. Thus, on their way back, they lost many men (the black line is the line which represents how many men were left coming back; and the big beige line represents how many men they originally started with going to Moscow).

I could probably go on a little more about it, but I won’t since I’m not entirely sure that would be exciting for some of you guys haha!

So the actual lecture side of Statistics was also fun. We all worked together as a group and tried to configure a histogram based on our ages. It looked like something similar to what you see below (without ages 40 and over).

histogram example.jpg

I also got to meet 2 people and got their information contact down, since that’s what we had to do. We also had to ask each other what our favorite color was, what year of college we were in, and also what our major was. There were only 3 Business Majors and 2 Accounting Majors in total. There were about 15 Psychology Majors, and there were also 6 English Majors. Interestingly enough, there was 1 Dance Major, she was definitely happy to announce her field of study too. I admire people who are fearless like that. Anyways, there was also 12 Communication Majors, and lastly, there were 5 Undecided. For the sake of grouping similar Majors together, my professor grouped Business and Accounting together, and she also grouped Communication and English together.

Anyways, it was a really fun exercise, and we really got a chance to relieve any tension there was for Statistics. I’m not that worried though, since we already started today with a fairly easy example that I was very familiar with from my last mathematics class in Spring Semester 2017.

With that said, I believe I’ll be ending this post for the day. It’s currently 3:40 p.m. before I post this update. I’ll let you know how my first time in Accounting 101 goes in tomorrow’s Online Journal (Entry #012); till then ~

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

 

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