I got my cheque in the mail on Friday for a scholarship I won after graduating grade 12: the Provincial Exam Scholarship Award. When I went back to visit St. Pat’s a few months ago for my brother’s poetry slam, I saw that I was only one of three people to qualify for the award. A lot of people tried for it and, I thought, quite a few of them qualified. (The requirements were four As on provincial exams; it’s since changed.) It was a bit of an affirmation that, even at when I didn’t try in school, I was still smart enough. That gives me hope that I can get back to being at a level where I am comfortably informed and intelligent for the sake of my own growth. I didn’t think to redeem it until this year for to help with my university needs (having a return to school as one of my goals).
I decided to deposit that cheque today in order to get my laptop for school. (I’m hoping the rest of my student loan will come on Monday so I can pay off the remainder of my tuition.) It’s an Asus Zenbook Prime UX32A. It was either going to be that or the the UX31A but I thought that higher storage space (at the expense of the processing speed) of the UX32A was better for me. I’ve used it for about an hour now and I think that it’s a good laptop to use. It’s very light and the form factor is very pleasing which is mostly due to its goal as a competitor to the Macbook Air. I’ve always been pro-Windows so choosing something with Windows 7 was a no-brainer. It’s going to get some getting used to but, once I get back into the swing of things, I expect to be writing a lot more again.
(September 16 for August 14, 2012)