I SO do not have time to blog right now.
Posted by Susie on November 5, 2007
BUT, its Veganmofo, and I have no choice but to study for the calculus test later and blog now.
It has been a very very homework-y week. I just took my online chemistry test (and messed up a few more questions than I would have liked), I have a calculus test tomorrow I need to make a note-sheet for (AND learn a bunch of math for..) , and this last week I had a bunch of random stuff due. Much more than normal.
So for today’s vegan mofo entry, I am going to tell you a couple of anecdotes about me, schoolwork, and vegan food. They will be short, because I really should get on this calculus.
When I was in baking school, I was obsessed with getting 100’s on all of my baking theory tests. There really isn’t normally any reason that someone would really benefit from getting a 100/100 instead of a 92/100. I went for the 100s though because it was a fun game. Baking theory class itself was hugely interesting to me, because it was kind of my introduction to food science, and I was fascinated. Both teachers I had while I was in baking school that taught baking theory were knowledgeable, and I found the contents of their lectures really cool, and because of this, paid attention to what they said. The things that were on their tests, however, were not on the things they talked about in class that were so fascinating. The test questions were mostly multiple choice, and were taken right out of sentences in the textbook- factoids like “if you are freezing dough, add exactly this percent yeast to the dough” (in reality, although it is important to know that some increase of yeast will probably be necessary for a successful frozen dough, I doubt that there is any truth to a rule governing the exact percent increase required, because freezing conditions just vary…) So it was silly stuff, mostly numbers, that was key to doing well on those tests. By the second quarter of baking school, I had established a strategy: pay attention to the real knowledge during the class lecture, then, the night before the test, read the whole section in the text that the test was to be on, and pay attention to all the numbers in order to recognize the answers to the ridiculous questions the next day. So I got 100s on those tests AND I never missed out on the authentic information that my teachers had, because I never distracted myself taking notes, unless I felt like I really wanted to remember some random fact. It really pissed off my classmates, who complained that I never took notes, and yet got scores of 100. When they gave me a hard time and said that there was no way I should have been able to do that, I just smiled and said, matter-of-factly, “Oh. Yeah. Thats because I’m vegan.”
It was the ONLY time I think I EVER implied during ALL of baking school that veganism was better than non-veganism. (Like I said before, I don’t like an arguing aproach to veganism promotion, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.)
Now. If only Calculus tests could be as easy as bakery theory tests.