Wish I Had Known!

Onwards and upwards to a Bachelor’s degree is next for me.  At least that’s the plan. I’ve decided to continue on with my education.  I’m hoping to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Web Development online from a private college in Ohio. I was 98% registered and put it on hold so I could finish up my Associate’s degree.

Well, it turns out that I didn’t need to take that Math placement test before I could register for ANY courses at the new school.  I just need to have it out of the way before I take any further MATH classes.  Ugh!  I wish I’d known that.  If I’d known, I’d likely be starting classes again on Monday.  So I’ll now have a month (6 weeks) off.

I will likely start on February 17th if all goes well with Financial Aid (fingers crossed), and hopefully I’ll have that Math exam out of the way by then.  I’ve been taking practice Math tests, and while I don’t arrive at the answer in the same manner that they show in the examples, I do arrive at the correct answer. I took my first practice test this morning, and I got an 87%.  I had two answers wrong.  Not bad.

sydney1The weather is horrible here.  It’s snowing (we’re expecting maybe a foot of snow) and bitterly cold (15 degrees, feels like -6 degrees).  I’m glad I have today and tomorrow off, and I’m going nowhere.  It’s so cold here that my friend, Sydney, the mourning dove was waiting for me on the railing this morning.  I’m not sure where Sera has been – probably curled up in a ball in her den, sleeping and staying warm until the snow stops.

Stay warm, everyone!

Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits

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Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING.

At my age, I should definitely be “out” of school, and I should be glad that those days are over and well-behind me.  As luck would have it, though, that’s not the case for me.  

CreativeSuiteI am getting ready to begin my last semester of my Associate’s degree.  I went back to school three years ago this September to finally get my college degree after taking a 33 year break from school.  When I graduated from High School at age 18, I was extremely shy and my parents were not well off.  I knew it would have been a stretch for them financially and it would have been a stretch for me personally so I went to work instead as a clerk-typist. If I had known then what I know now, I might have gone to school sooner.  It turns out that I am a great student.  Who knew?

When I went back to school in 2010, it was because the company I was working for was having financial problems and I knew I would soon be out of a job.  Facing starting over, I wondered if I’d be further ahead with a degree.  There were many times over the years when I wasn’t considered for jobs because of my lack of a degree.  I often wondered if I could have been something other than a secretary, too. I came to regret not going to college when I was young.

booksI have had a great experience with my school and with the degree program I chose.  Online learning rocks!  It has not been easy working full-time and learning a new skill at the same time.  I have wanted to pull my hair out at times.  Wrapping your mind around web design and coding web pages is not easy. There are platforms (or Content Management Systems) like WordPress that make setting up web pages a breeze for beginners.  In my college classes, we got down to the nuts and bolts and focused on hand-coding which is a different thing entirely.  You don’t have the structure or the shell that WordPress gives you.  You create all that from scratch yourself. It’s hard!

English2I am looking forward to starting classes, but I also feel a little sad, knowing that this will be it with Bryant & Stratton.  My first class for the fall semester will be English 250 or Technical Communication. When English ends, I will have my Capstone experience (this is what passes for my internship).  I believe I will be “selling” what’s in my Portfolio as I learn how to present myself and my skills to possible future employers. I’ve learned a lot from Bryant & Stratton.  It is a great school.  I’ve had some very good teachers.  

I’ve enjoyed the whole learning process so much that I’m not done with it.  I am in the process of enrolling with another online educator – this time to get my Bachelor’s degree in Web Development.  Those classes will (hopefully) begin in January after the Associate’s degree ends.  I am excited about the opportunity to go on farther with my educational quest.

I learned today that for the new school, I need to take a Math placement test (yay!).  The good thing about the Placement test is there is no “pass” or “fail”.  The test is just to determine where I am skill-wise.  I also need to speak to Financial Aid to make certain I am all set there. If all goes well, I will register for classes in October and start (again) in January.

Yes, learning is very important to me.  It took me 33 years to figure that out.  Now that I’ve gotten a taste of it, I don’t want to stop.