Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I found out yesterday that I was accepted into the 4 year university to which I applied. Thank goodness my $50 fee didn't go to waste then.

But yay for that. I'm glad. I'm on this road that I've picked out for myself in 2006 and it's nice that things are moving along.

My husband has epilepsy and after being fired from many jobs, we finally had to apply for disability for him. We moved in with my parents while we waited for the social security system to approve him after being denied at first. The wait was 2.5 years. During which time I was a school bus driver. When summer break came about in 2006, we faced a decision. We were considering, now that he has disability, our options for moving out.

However, I got a wild hair up my butt and for some odd reason decided to continue torturing myself with college education.

After high school, I was so fed up with school and people I didn't want to even think about college. Plus I didn't know what I wanted to study. So I went to beauty school, where I also learned that I hate the people interaction that comes with it, and I especially hated coming home with peoples hair all over me.

So I went to the community college. Again, I had no idea what I was doing, I just randomly picked some classes. Then I decided to get into TV and Film Production. Which would only be an applied Associate's degree. Well, that was going pretty good... until my advisor messed me up big time. I sat down with him just before the fall semester and told him "I want to graduate next spring." This was in theory very do-able. After all, what is an Associate's degree... 2 years. By the time I wanted to graduate I would have been in college for 2 years.

He screwed me over, big time. He didn't put me in an editing class that is only offered in the fall, and I found this out in the spring. How stupid is that? So I was going to have to go to college for another year (Editing I - Fall. Editing II - Spring) which pissed me off to no end. I quit.

Life happened in between there... and in 2006 I decided to give it another try. It's a personal thing now, I really want a college degree. But also, since I have to make the money in this marriage right now, I need a good job as well. (yeah yeah, enter many varying opinions about just how necessary or unnecessary a college degree is anymore.)

I went back again not knowing what I wanted to do. I started off in psychology just because I had no idea of anything else. I switched to mathematics, but then when talking to my astronomy professor, I think he got me pointed in a nice direction. He told me about geography and how it's a vast science field with many options to get into.

There we go. That's what I'm doing. I think, if nothing else, that geography will be a degree I can at least tolerate studying.
I am back in the community college simply because the tuition is cheaper. But now I'm going to graduate (finally) with an Associate's Degree this May. And then I have to move on to a 4 year university as a junior.

Sidenote: It is ridiculous how hard it is to actually get out of college in 2 or 4 years. It always seems to take at least one extra year. I know part of that is because of some terrible advisors who have their heads up their butts. *eyeroll*


Scott said...


very interesting. I totally understand your college woes. If Mommy and Daddy hadn't paid my way through college, I probably would have just enlisted in the Army. There are a lot of fun little games colleges play with you to keep you there and pumping thousands of dollars into them. My Bachelor's is in Journalism, and I never had any intent to write. I wouldn't have minded a white collar job, but I ended up blue collarin' it up as a locksmith. Go figure. I hope you actually find something useful to do with Geography! Oh, and the government's programs to help people who really are disabled are a joke. They take so long for approval that your whole life savings are gone BEFORE you start getting the tiny checks. Sometimes people even DIE before they get accepted for disability money! I'm sorry you had to go through that--but at least you have it now!

Shannon River said...

I was majoring in math, which I really liked, but it didn't really make me feel... like I had any kind of future. As strange as that may sound. I just wasn't seeing anything I'd really like to go after, but math will come in handy even in geography.

With geography I want to get into doing GIS and stuff like that, I don't want to teach. I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing yet in geography, but we'll see when I switch to my 4 year university.

Yeah, the gov. programs are a major joke. What if Ryan didn't have me? Just how the heck is he supposed to "live on his own" on the tiny, tiny amount of money he gets? And they find all kinds of loopholes to avoid helping him out any further.

College woes. *sigh* Totally. This stuff can be so super frustrating. The money, the admin., the classes, all the BS that can come with the "fun" college experience.