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Hi everyone! This message is for Unicorns of the Vale members over here on DA who might not have cruised by the vale website recently!

I'm just posting a friendly update and invitation to the going ons over at the vale.

Brought back by popular demand is the Secret Santa fic and art exchange! Signups end December 12 which is coming up quick! The even will run for a month, and your gifts will be posted in January! If you are interested, please cruise on by and sign up, or simply check out the rules to see if it's something you might want to take part in this year! www.unicornsofthevale.com/foru…

There is also the Winter Festival. Lend your skill in drabbles, or comment on those who have written some! What did you like about it? Were you confused? Did it remind you of that one time with Aunt Tiffy and her fifteen black cats and the holiday ham? Share and care! Color a plushie: pans, dayans, gryphons, and unicorns alike! How wacky can you make em?

Hope to see you over at the vale making the holidays as warm as bright as ever with us.

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  • Reading: The Psychology of Death and Dying, Life and Living
  • Eating: glitter
  • Drinking: my IDGAF juice
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ciors123 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Aren't you all glad I thought we should do the SS this year!? :D
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed!
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sandeyes13 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
GAHAHAHA THERES MORE THAN THE SECRET SANTA? I DID NOT KNOW THIS! *logs in*
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG YOUR AVATAR IS SO ADORABLE! <333

I am anxious to see if more is added later over at le vale winter event!
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sandeyes13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Aww, thanks XD

I hope so-- it'd be cool if there was another winter party like last year or more activities-- now that I'm done classes for the session, I have so much more time for that stuff XD
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear ya! I just took my hardest final this evening and tomorrow is my last day. Having all of this free time is like finding sunshine when you expect to find rain.

<3 Did classes go ok?
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sandeyes13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Ugh, I finished my hardest final on Monday-- it was Applied Statistics, and I completely blanked out during the non-lab part, it was like I'd never taken the class, everything I'd learned was just *poof* gone.

Overall classes have gone great-- English was pretty good, Intro to Psychology was as awesome as I thought it would be, though the quizzes were always much harder than they seemed (I blame it on mind tricks XD) the overall Applied Stats course was good, I understood everything in class, and before the final went in with one of the highest math course marks I've ever had; Beginners French has been okay, I don't actually like french, but need another language, so I just took it to get those credits out of the way-- so far the class has been pleasingly happy and much less difficult then I remember jr. High french having been. Intro to Sociology was iffy-- I found the class interesting, all the material interesting, and all, but the prof. kinda made it less enjoyable.

Overall, considering that I'm doing all my classes via videoconferencing, my first semester has been great! : ) How about you?
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh Video conferencing! That sounds both difficult and interesting! Nothing beats an in-class regular ol' Psychology class, but the convenience of a video conference lecture sounds really appealing to me. Wish I had the option here to give it a try on at least one class!

Psychology is always such a fun class! I really enjoyed my Psych 101 (beginners Psych), in fact, I liked it so much that I have taken 3 other psych classes (Social Psych, Adolescent Psych, and Psych of Death) and I have enjoyed every single one. I know had I taken the other three IN CLASS I would probably be aiming for a psych major right now instead of a teaching degree. (Maybe I'll end up teaching Psych some day).

Good job on your Stats class! Math classes are always tough for me too, and I'm totally excited to hear that you did good (although the final exam blanking bit can be a total mood-kill for the entire course). You just have to remember that as long as you had a decent grade going in, the final can't possibly tear the grade down THAT BAD. Especially in a math class (you have all that 'padding' from other tests, quizzes, and assignments). I hope you ended up with a grade you're comfortable with in it!

Lol, French. I actually liked taking French in school (nevermind the fact I had a massive crush on this boy in French class named Alex and learned, actually, very little). But I have heard that it's a mixed bag in college- sometimes harder than high school, other times totally easy. I'm glad it was the latter for you. And I totally know all about grad reqs and degrees demanding things like Foreign Language. The year after I started college the state dropped the Foreign Language req for a teaching degree (otherwise I would have taken American Sign Language- which I still want to take).

My semester was pretty good too; I passed Ceramics with flying colors (ah art classes, how easy they are for me). Math I did a great job in (which is strange because I absolutely HATE math and generally SUCK EGGS when it comes to math classes). Psychology of Death ended up going pretty well. I got a 70% on the final (which is so embarrassing because I ENJOYED the class. Tests are just a nuisance to me.) And the last class was Creative Writing 3. Which I should have gotten an A in but got a C in because the whole class is based on "peer critique"- and that's dumb having to rely on other classmates to comment on your work. We had a 150 page requirement to fill and I prefer to write fewer longer stories than many short stories/poems. And that, apparently, scares college people.

BUT, bottom line was that I passed everything and still qualify for financial aide (YAYS!)

*High Fives for being cool college kids with good/decent grades this semester!*
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sandeyes13 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student General Artist
*high fives* YUSH!

The videoconferencing I take is actually not too different from in class-- 2 of my 5 classes were actually videoconferences with grande prairie college students, with the other 3 being designed specifically for us distance kids. I still have to go to the provincial buiding to take the courses, but the teachers are very, very good at accepting that we are distance kids for a reason, and won't always be able to make it in to town, so we can always contact them for extra help if we didn't make it in. Most of our quizzes and tests are online, which is very convenient, and most of our lecture notes are actually provided to us online as well by our teachers--- and overall, it is soooooo much cheaper than going to the city to take the course.

I'm going in for my Bachelor of Arts, with my major in Psych (I want to continue on and get my masters so I can practice psychology too), so thankfully I need lots of psych classes XD. My intro to psych was awesome, the teacher is really animated and good at relating points to stories that we can remember. I'm signed up for Social and individual behavior for my next psych course come January, which I'm really psyched for (lolpun).

As for stats-- I've never done very good in anything to do with math (my average going into the final was 81) so I'm hoping, that, despite the final weighing 52% of my final grade, even if I bomb it it doesn't destroy my average to the point that I can't pass-- I don't think I could stand taking a math course again. As far as I know I only need one, so hopefully once this is done and over with, I never need to do math again.

Haha french in jr. high was a wash for me too-- there were 5 kids in the class, and we never learned anything, we just spent our time looking up obscenities in the french/english dictionary. I wouldn't have minded waiting till I transferred to the University of Alberta to take my language credits, just so I could have had other options other than French (I reeeaaallly wanted to learn German) but everyone kept reminding me that knowing German as my second language in Canada would be next to useless, considering that we're bilingual in French.

I finalized my winter schedule, I'm looking forward to my Intro to Anthropology course, as well as the Psych class, I have another round of English literature and Culture (part 2 lol) as well as my last 3 credits in French, and a Canadian History of 1847 (or something in the 1800s, I dunno) course, which, I'm afraid will prolly be very, very dry, considering that Canada's history is really quite dull.

Its cool that you've got art courses-- I'm going to wait till I get to the University of Alberta till I work on my Fine Arts credits, cause via distance I can only take art history, but the U of A has a great art program, so hopefully I'll be able to do some straight art courses. Although I'm not so hot as far as pottery goes, Ceramics in high school was always cool-- I hope to be able to eventually take a Series Summer Arts program with Red Deer College to try their bronze courses-- they just built a foundary, which is being touted as one of the best in the province, with students having access at all hours. The course would let me do a sculpture up to 2 ft, so I'm gonna try for it this summer XD.

Congratulations on passing everything though! I'm still lost as far as my scholarship status goes-- my high school screwed me out of my Rutherford this year, so I had to reapply. Boy was I pissed (and still am!) as I'd applied before the deadline, along with 2 of my friends. We all handed in our papers at the same time, and the counselor lost them, never sent them in, and never bothered telling us. I showed up at the awards night ceremonies expecting to get my award for that (I ended up with the faculty award, which was not what I'd expected to catch) only to be the only grad in the room not to get called up for my rutherford. The principal went on to congratulate the grads, telling them that their the best of the best and and and -- by then I was having a mini panic attack, because I knew I'd more than qualified for the full amount, had done the forms right, and should have been up there. So yeah, all in all, I had to reapply, and won't get my money till next year, which is horrid, because the 2800 was what I was planning on paying my first semesters tuition with. (Another perk of my videoconferencing, is that tuition is insanely cheaper than normal-- if I'd have gone to university right off, I'd be paying upwards of 20,000 a year, but with my courses in YREC, I'm paying less than 6000, including books, tuition and everything else. And I get to live at home XD)
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SunsetRevelation Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
8D WOOOOOOT
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yays!
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decors Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Done and done...well almost...I wish for a psd of the plushies...please Santa Blue :)
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Kina is in charge of that one! And I see that she's taken care of it already!
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