Monthly Archives: September 2014

The “Thank you” with your name

I regularly go to YouTube to watch random videos for fun. And just now, I stumbled upon this advertisement on an anime PV that I was checking out. The first few seconds caught my attention. This has got to be one of the few advertisements on YouTube that I didn’t skip. This might be scripted/manipulated and not entirely documentary, but the message of the video is clear and the heart for making it is there.

We may have other people give us nicknames. Some of them may sound cute or respectful, while others plainly sound rude. There are loved ones who affectionately call us with our endearing bynames, but there may be people who call us names.

But.

Our real names are really special. It doesn’t just identify us and distinguish us from one another, but it is also a testimony of who we are and what we have been living for. It has a special value and meaning to it, especially when other people, such as the ones we have helped, thank us with our names. We just need to hear them from people who appreciate what we do for them to make our days even brighter!

Have you thanked your buddy today? Make sure to know and call him by his name.


 Disclaimer: I do not intend to advertise Coca-Cola nor its products.

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I’m having a hard time enjoying Math

Do you still remember how hopeful my last post was? I do. I painfully do.

The instructor is nice, and I honestly appreciate how she chooses to give us an extra assignment of filling in some of the missing steps in the solution of every problem. But that technique creates a problem in the class full of non-math oriented students. The teacher writes the solutions in shortcuts. We, the students,  see them all as a mess, if not just a puzzle.

To be honest, I couldn’t keep up with the lessons, so I just wrote the solutions down on my notebook, looking at them blankly, like a programmed move. There are way too much identities to cram into my tiny head, way too much rules and theorems, and way too much methods to get to an answer.

I decided to learn the lessons again at my own pace when I get home. There are no distractions and I can hear only my thoughts. Math may not love me back, but I love it even though I find Math hard to understand.

Calculus isn’t easy. I’m beginning to see how I really am not suited for Mathematics. It seems like all I could do was college algebra and basic trigonometry. But I always appreciate it when some of my friends approach me and I could help them solve the problems, such as those provided in the problem set. Even though I find Calculus difficult, I sometimes manage to clear my thoughts when I needed silence and concentration. I also appreciate the efforts of my classmates in correcting me and in searching for the right solutions with me. It’s a solid proof that we are not blindly relying on each other, and that we are trying our best in learning how to deal with the problems.

Somehow I still have turned this post into something hopeful. 🙂