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Feb. 1st, 2006

Every time that I've attempted to speak to an advisor at school, they have either already gone home for the day (at 10 am, mind you), or were currently in a meeting. I was beginning to wonder if there were any advisors for the Health department type thingie at all, or if they were just yankin' my chain.

After talking to one today, I'm relieved to now have a game plan regarding my college career. I am, however, a tad bit overwhelmed with everything that I need to accomplish. Four years? At the pace I'm going and with what I need to take, I'm looking at SIX or so. I am also sad to discover that they do NOT have a course for American Sign Language, although I could solemnly swear that I had seen it in the course book awhile ago. Maybe I'll learn Russian instead. Sure, Spanish may be a bit more useful depending upon where I'm living, but Russian will come in VERY very handy here in the Pacific Northwest.


Two English courses. Two math courses, a pre-chemistry and then chemistry. Three biology courses. Two psychology courses. One six-week training that will cost me $650 (not including class accessories, of course) that is NOT covered by financial aid, as it is not a credit course. And those are just the mandatory prereqs that I have to pass with flying colors before I can even think to APPLY to the Nursing program. Faaaaantastic.

Had a moment of funtasm as I was sitting in a discussion group in English 101. The teacher randomly grouped us in groups of four to discuss an essay that had been written in 1996 about safe sex and how the media try to ingrain it in us that if we have sex without a condom, we will instantly shrivel up and die from AIDS. I stated that now it's somewhat of the same, but because of better medications that prolong the life of the person with HIV and AIDS, we're pretty much desensitised to all of the hype now. The others instantly began to argue with me, saying that it's everywhere, you can DIIIIE, etc. I then chuckled as I looked around at the three others I had been grouped with. I then stated that the reason my opinion is so different from theirs is because IIIII, unlike them, was actually 21 when the essay had been written, whereas they were 8 - 11 years old and thusly had no first-hand experience with sex during 1996. After they picked their jaws up off of the desk (OHMYGAWYOUDON'LOOKTHATOLDOHMYGAW!!!), they instantly shut up and listened to every single word I had to say on the subject, as I had lived through all of it first-hand.


paper has been written. mp3 player has been redone (FINALLY). taxes have been filled out (though i need one of the nifty new 2 cent stamps to send it) to the degree of a nice 671 buckaroos coming back to me.


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Feb. 2nd, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
I keep wanting to go into "advisor mode" for your school entries and ask you a ton of questions. I used to advise pre-nursing students for the HEP because the nursing dept. was so passive about helping pre-major students.

(Bottom line - if you have any advising questions that I could try to give you perspective on, just let me know. Every program is different, but this doesn't change the fact that students have questions and changing perspectives about their academics.)

Nov. 7th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
honey, feel free to go advisor mode on me at any time. especially now that i switched my major and just get general shrugs whenever i ask questions, i'm totally open.
Nov. 7th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Right on!
Feb. 2nd, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
First off, regarding your "funtasm". You rock. Seriously. Those kids in your class probably wonder how you walk around with those giant brass balls knocking around in your pants.


As an aside, Russian is a lovely language, and if you learn it you'll be able to read some of the most lovely poetry ever (Pushkin) in its native tongue
Nov. 7th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
i still really want to learn russian, too, though i've discovered that they don't offer it in college. sigh. and sign language. if i had my way, i would become fluent in spanish, russian, and asl.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
*supportive huggles*
I know it seems tough and over whelming, but just take it one semester at a time, and I bet it'll just fly by.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
(OHMYGAWYOUDON'LOOKTHATOLDOHMYGAW!!!), they instantly shut up and listened to every single word I had to say on the subject, as I had lived through all of it first-hand.

Wow! Just like Elrond in LotR:FotR movie discussing Sauron loosing the ring..

"I was there.."

Feb. 2nd, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Ahh yes, the hunt for the elusive advisor, a myth on campus with fuzzy pictures and the assurance of others that yes, they have really seen one.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Hee hee :D I understand it and the thing is that its a demographic thing based on age. If you are a person that looks at most of the (ridiculous) shows on MTV and now VH1 then you'd probably see tons of adversta now and then about wrapping it up. However I'd still say its not as much as a blitz as it use to be and that yeah there is a great decline on the message. One of the biggest ponits for me is that Q101 Got rid of Loveline syndication when it changed over to its new "whatever we want" format... jerks! It has since then been picked up on another station but its not the, time is all weird and conflicts with my TV recording so I miss it >.<

Anyway, way to go :D

Have fun, Kick butt, and take no names because it will just fill up the traper keeper.

Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
We have a whole ASL club and class at my school. I'm at a community college in Plano, Texas. I know you're probably a ways away, but its here if you need it.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Wow, lots to do, but YAY that things are straightened out!
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