School…

September 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm (Fall 2009, Issues, Life, School) (, , , )

This semester I transferred from a 2 year community college to a 4 year college so I could finish my BA.

My dad is a professor there, he is also a PhD student there. My mom got her Masters there. I’ve essentially grown up on campus. However, my advisor is super new and knows none of this. But because of this I have a full tuition waiver, which is a pretty big deal.

Well, since starting, I’ve done nothing but fight with my advisor over everything. First it was taking an intro to college class (I am a senior with a 4.0 gpa… I think I know how to be a successful student)… Then she said that even though I have all the necessary English credits I have to take an English placement test. Same with math. And while neither of those tests are a big deal, it’s an afternoon that could be better spent on something more meaningful.

Now its my senior internship. I know its supposed to be done in my last semester (i.e. next semester). Well my internship took 2 years to process the necessary clearances, schedules, and other stuff like that. And I was cleared specifically for the fall/winter. So it’s not like I can just say “oh hey I want to do an internship in 4 months.” On top of that I am having major knee surgery 2 or 3 days after this internship ends. I won’t be able to work in the field again before I am supposed graduate. I even went so far as to take this to the Exceptions Committee they said that it is an academic issue and so would be up to my advisor who hates me and so said no thereby making it nearly impossible to graduate this year. They will still give me the credit for my current internship but it won’t meet the requirement to graduate.

I guess on Monday I will request a new advisor, because I can’t keep fighting like this. I usually like school, but she has made me dread going to school; I can’t even open my email without worrying that she will have sent some new way to make my life hard. I know I should be grateful that I am getting a free education, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it. I never really wanted to go to this school, I hate telling people where I go to school because I’m not particularly proud of going there. But with the tuition waiver and the fact that its the only program I know of where I can customize my degree to what I want, it really is the only option.

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School

September 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm (Fall 2009, Life, School) (, )

Less than a month ago, I transferred to a different school to finish my degree.  Good, right???

Wrong.

I’ve had to fight the school over every little thing.  None of the policies make any sense.  Deadlines come and go because my advisor can be bothered to do her job (example there is a form due tomorrow that lets me take a course, I turned it in a week ago, she was supposed to sign it and give it to my course instructor to sign… she still hasn’t signed it)..  Apparently an upper-level math course isn’t good enough to meet their basic math requirement (they want me to retake a math class I took in 6th grade).  Even though I am transferring in all my English credits, I still have to take an English placement test.  Even though I’ve been taking classes on line for years, I still have to take a class on how to take an online class.  I transferred to this school to finish my degree, not to waste my time sitting through the most basic classes again.

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Travel

April 22, 2009 at 3:38 am (Issues, Life, Travel) (, , )

Somehow, I always forget how much I don’t like to travel. I have a hard time trying to fit into someone else’s routein. There’s no good, or at least typical, food available. The bed isn’t like home. It always just ends up being more stressful than I anticipate.
I know tomorrow will be fun, but right now I’m hungry and just want to be home.

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Domestic Violence Class

February 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm (Issues, School, Spring 2009) (, , )

I think I might drop my Domestic Violence class.

One of the assignments is a weekly journal entry about our reactions to the course material.  Ok, well I can do that.  But then today she goes and writes:

After reading all of the assignments that have been submitted many of you find the information on domestic violence interesting, eye opening and sometimes insightful to the world you have experienced.  BUT, I want to know where is your ANGER AND OUTRAGE  on what you have read.  This class is not about just using your brain you have to bring your heart into it!  It is through your heart that you can really begin to understand domestic violence and what victims experience.  So, in your next  journal summary write from your HEART.

I mean, come on.  What if I don’t feel anger and outrage at a particular chapter?  This teacher is all touchy-feely and thinks law enforcement is useless in DV situations.  Not really the perspective I tend to see eye-to-eye with.  Sure, law enforcement can only do something if the crime is actually reported, but thats on the victims – they need to report when they are a victim of violence.  I know there is the whole thing about victims growing up in this situation and not knowing that its not normal.  But still….

So anyway, for the first week, I got 3 out of 5 on my journal.  My teacher wrote:

The information on domestic violence and gender differences can be interesting. Did you have any thoughts, feelings or reactions to all of the material you read in chapter 1, the discussion board responses or the review questions?

Umm… no.  If I had thoughts, feelings, or reactions worth writing about, I would have written about it.  Its so stupid.  To get through this class with an A, I think I’d have to go through and make up some touchy-feely journal entry every week…

Gahh… stupid class.

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Too Easy

November 5, 2008 at 8:08 pm (Issues, School, Spring 2009) (, , , , )

 

I should have known it was too easy.

Apparently Fire Intro and Fire Investigations are co-reqs.  But… Fire Investigations is only offered once every two years, and it happens to be this spring.  On top of that, my advisor won’t tell me if either of the other classes I need will be offered in the Fall (I was thinking I could swap out Fire Investigations for one of those classes I was planning on taking this spring).  Plus, I really don’t want to have to leave explorers for 4 months (besides, I learn more there then I ever have in college…), and its more likely for meetings to be on Tuesdays (Fire Investigations) than Fridays (my remaining free night).

This is so stupid!!!!!!!!  I am so close to being done.  My degree requires 5 of these “related requirements” but they only offer 8 options. 

  • Internship – (Summer 09… hopefully….)
  • Principles of Supervision (Spring 09)
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication (please no)
  • Introduction to Computer Information Systems (even worse)
  • Fire Investigation (I wanted to take this… but so much for that idea)
  • American National Government (blahhh)
  • Substance Abuse (in progress)
  • Domestic Violence (Spring 09)

I mean seriously.  Why doesn’t forensic anthropology count as a related subject??? It seems fairly related to me…

I even checked with the other 2 year colleges around the state.  I can’t figure out how to get it to work.

I’ve always thought that the guy in charge of this program didn’t like me; this is just another thing to add to my list of reasons why…

I wonder if I could do two internships………… hmmmmmmmmmmmm…………… that could be somethign to consider…

Oh also… why the  doesn’t my school know their schedule more than two months before the semester starts???!!!!!??????!!!!!!!! It makes it so hard to try to plan for graduation.  I am literally stuck hoping that in my last semester the school will offer the last few classes I need to graduate.

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Resentment

August 24, 2008 at 5:56 am (Life, School) (, , , )

(cross posted from my other blog cause its school related)

I think I mentioned before that all through high school I was trying to set up my own exchange.  Well, today seeing all the other students (at orientation) I was thinking about this again.  I hated high school, and I always wished that I could have been at a higher quality, private school (the uniforms weren’t too bad either).

The plan was for me to do a school exchange (at a residential school rather than a host family) on the South Island of New Zealand.  The two schools I was looking at were Nelson College for Girls andMarlborough Girls’ College.

Both schools are set up for International students to attend, and (I think) would have been a wonderful experience.  If there is anything I could change about my life it would be spending my junior year at one of these schools.

Preparatory School Students at Nelson College for Girls.

I guess that is one experience I can never have.  Though it still is very much in my plans to spend some time in New Zealand.

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Why you don’t transfer credits

August 13, 2008 at 11:58 pm (Fall 2008, School) (, , , , , )

If you couldn’t guess, trying to transfer credits is a nightmare.

Over the summer I took a class at a different school so I could fulfill a graduation requirement.  No big deal, its in the same state and accredited by the same agency, so thats not the issue.  

So I’ve been emailing my counselor for about two weeks now to get these credits transfered.  Last I heard from her (this morning) she had the copy and would get it approved by the end of the week (yay!).  But then, this other guy (who runs my degree program) at the school (who I don’t think likes me very much – I dropped one of his classes last year cause it was so boring) called me today and said that I couldn’t take two of my fall classes (even though I have written permission from the instructors!!!) because I don’t have this one pre-rec done (even though it is… I got an A… and it will be transferred by the end of the week).  Arrrgh… I hate it when people aren’t helpful and I hate it when people are wrong – it just annoys me.

Yipee for personal drama.  In other news I decided to take another class in the fall.  Someone I know was taking 18 credits and I was feeling inferior with my 14 credits, so I decided to add another degree requirement, Society and Technology.

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