The Idiot’s Guide To Everyday Life

Testing, testing 1-2-3
24.Sep.07, 13:04 pm
Filed under: School

12 years ago I was in no way prepared for college and wanted to enroll but not attend class. Therefore, I have a GPA of .676 on my transcript currently.

Now that I’m 30-years-old and have no degree, am now a single mother and in dire need of a career, I’m having to repent my past academic transgressions to the gods of grade forgiveness and have my USAO transcripts “renewed”.

What is this, you ask? After completing 12 credit hours at RSC, the Dean of Admissions will scrub all of my grades older than 5 years, so pretty much everything from USAO will be out of my GPA. It will remain on my transcript, but not be counted towards my GPA. This is a GOOD thing, as right now I’d be making a 4.0.

The only downside to this, I don’t get to keep the classes I actually passed. The only class I really would like to keep is English Comp I. I am good at Comp. I made a B in the class, and that’s after missing almost a month due to a car accident. So, tomorrow, I have a date with the RSC testing center to officially CLEP Comp. Luckily, this test covers I and II, so I will get 6 credit hours knocked out fo $80, in a single afternoon. I don’t get GPA credit for it, but I get the hours.

So my English Comp CLEP test tomorrow, a test in Intro to Law on Thursday, and a test in American Federal Government next Tuesday, followed by a take-home test due on Oct 17th from Educational Planning. My brain feels like jello just thinking about all of these coming up.

And what am I doing to prepare for these tests? Not looking at my books, that’s for sure. If I do, I will panic, and probably fail. The Law test is going to be definition only, and I am allowed to bring a half-sheet of paper with anything I want on it. I am printing my key terms and definitions in 4pt font and covering the entire half sheet. I know the definitions, that’s not a problem, I just need it for backup. As far as the Gov’t test – it’s open book. I have taken meticulous notes, and recorded the lectures, so I feel very confident on everything except which Constitutional section or amendment I will need to find what in.

Hopefully my brain will not turn to mush too quickly. I can get through this. Breathe in, breathe out. The kettle is boiling and my tea is calling. Another day to go.


Another week finished
7.Sep.07, 11:20 am
Filed under: School

I have officially finished my homework for this week, and am almost finished copying my notes from my notebook onto the computer.

The only class that is frustrating me right now is Government. It’s not that I’m not understanding the material, it’s that there is so MUCH of the material and my professor talks WAY too damn fast!

He came in yesterday and said he’d been approached in the hallway by a student who wanted to know how he could drop the class because he was just not picking up what the professor was putting down. He asked if any of us were having the same problem. I sit right in front of him most of the time so I can hear, and I said, “Honestly, I do sometimes. You go so quickly that by the time I’m halfway finished writing one point you’ve already made another and I forget what I’m supposed to be writing because I’m trying to remember the next point!” He told me he’d try to slow down and to let him know when I was having trouble keeping up, but the problem is, if I stop him, I’ll lose my train of thought and have to start up again, plus I’m so busy writing I can’t stop and raise my hand, and I don’t want to frustrate the rest of the class if they’re keeping up (which I doubt at this point).

I take an average of 5-6 pages of notes everyday in that class. Professor Stewart writes his talking points down on legal sheets and simply sits down in front of the class and reads them off, stopping occasionally to ask a question for class participation. I would rather participate than use that brief lull to catch up on writing because I understand a concept better when I participate. I’m not always right, but I always try.

I guess I’m just going to have to invest in a mini-recorder and tape his lectures. Most of my professors won’t allow those, but I believe he will. If I had a laptop this wouldn’t be an issue, because I can type way faster than I write. Except today, apparently, when typos are running rampant and the backspace is my friend.

Will you do my homework?
28.Aug.07, 13:23 pm
Filed under: My Munchkins, School

Jaden came in from school today with homework. He walked up to me with his science book and the list of vocab words and said, “Will you do this for me? I don’t know how to look these up.” (Straight-faced too. He had to do the same thing last year.)

I said, “Will you write my 200-word paper on Pluralism?”

“What’s Pluralism?”

“You’ll have your vocab definitions done before you figure it out. Nevermind.”

“Thanks, Mom.”

Higher Learning
14.Aug.07, 10:51 am
Filed under: Goals, My Munchkins, Plans, School

Today started the school year for Moore Public Schools. Jaden is now in the third grade. Josie doesn’t start Pre-K for another week at La Petite. Jaden has been saying for the past 2 weeks that he hoped he got Mrs. Crosby as his teacher, because she was “the nicest teacher he knows”. Last night I got a call from Mrs. Crosby, and sure enough, he’s in her class. He was bouncing and grinning from ear to ear!

After I dropped him off at school this morning, I faxed USAO a transcript request and went over to MWC with Wendy. After 12 years, I’m going back to college. Rose State College offers a degree in Paralegal Studies. It’s the only accredited college in OKC that offers it, and I enrolled for my first semester today. I’ll be considered on Academic Probation, because of my lovely history at USAO.

I was totally unprepared for college after MP, and royally messed up my GPA. I wanted to enroll, but I never wanted to go to class. I was enjoying life for the first time. I was on my own and freedom was too sweet. And after the “education” I received at MP, I couldn’t sit through a class with an actual teacher without falling asleep. PACEs are not a substitute for an actual teacher, I don’t give a damn what they say.

As luck would have it, with my mother as a professor at Rose, I get my tuition waived. My 12 credit hours will cost me all of $166 in fees, and then books. I was able to look up my books in the online bookstore and then go to a different site and buy them for $43, so they’ll be here before I start classes next week. That’s an entire semester for $200!! This is a real blessing, because with defaulted student loans I was afraid I was going to have to go completely out of pocket and only take 4 to 6 hrs at a time. I can go full time now and still not have to pay too much.

After this semester, I’ll be eligible for “academic renewal”. Basically, I go in and meet with the Dean, and they will scrub my GPA from USAO off my record. The classes will still show up on my transcript, but they won’t apply towards my GPA. The only bad thing about that is that I passed Comp I already, so I’ll have to clep that in order to finish the rest of my classes. Oh well, the clep for Freshman Comp covers both I & II, so I won’t have to worry about taking the second one as well.

Jaden is home from school and happy about his day, but bummed because he has math homework on the first day of school. Oh well, it’s just addition and subtraction. He’ll have that finished in no time. I’m so proud of my boy. He’s so smart, he’ll do great things this year, I know it.