Modesty

In proper Japanese etiquette, modesty is key. In fact, it's one of the most important aspects.
The proper response to "You are a very great musician", for example, is "Oh no... Not at all!". Any other response is a one-way ticket to social exile. I'm serious. It's necessary to give compliments, but you must take them and keep them private. No one likes a big ego.
This sort of thing is very present in the grammatical structure of formal Japanese linguistics. Often, verbs you use to denote your actions are in the "humble form", whereas when you denote the action of a superior or someone you just met, you use the "Respectable form". You lower yourself and put the other person above you.

After living in Japan for a year, it's something I've grown very accustomed to. So much, that whenever I hear someone brag (not share, but brag) about an accomplishment or make the slightest hint of "I'm better than you are", I feel this overwhelming sense of disgust. In some ways it helps me to keep in line with myself. I tend to keep my accomplishments (and failures, too) pretty well hidden, except for close friends and family. Whenever someone compliments me, I usually respond with "nah not really".
However, in some ways it can be a bad thing. As much as I wish I were back in Japan, I should accept the fact that there are significant differences in what is acceptable here and not. It's still not nice to brag to other people, but it's not a reason to completely dislike a person, either.

It's amazing how a single year changed my perspective this much (and not just on this issue, but many).

4 months down, 4 more to go...

*sigh* I yearn for the days where I only had to do 4 months of school before going off to co-op.

Unfortunately, next term will be just as bleak (if not more so). I'm taking 3 CS courses (two 400 level, one 300 level) and two CO courses, both 300 level. Even though I only was taking 4 courses this past term, I've had more work and I've had to work harder than I ever have before. I wonder what 5 will be like.

Hopefully the 400 level CS courses won't be as killer as people say they are.

Post-Algorithms

Wow. Algorithms went incredible. And I mean incredible.

I managed to answer all the questions with time left, and I felt like I did really well overall. There were a few questions I was a bit iffy on, but for the most part I think I did really well... We'll see how it actually turned out in a week once marks start coming onto quest ;)

Oh well. For now I have to study for CO 355 which might end up being really bad... But the studying is going well, and the last section of the course I know mostly all the definitions so it shouldn't be too killer!

One down...

Three to go.

So far so good. We'll see how I feel after algorithms on friday ;)

First final tomorrow!

Finally, 1 week and two days after the last day of class, I finally have my first final exam.
Having this much time, I found it incredibly hard to find any motivation to study... But luckily I have a pretty solid understanding for this course.
Stat 231... You're going down.

My next exam is Algorithms on friday... That one will most definitely take me down ;)

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