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23 January 2012 @ 03:10 pm
News From My House  
After I quit my job in October, I decided to go back to school. Having worked in the same field for 25 years, I thought making a change could be fun and an interesting challenge. (Yes I am old enough to have worked in the same field for 25 years, although not in the same place the entire time.)

I had considered getting an associate's degree several years ago but the program I wanted to study was a full-time program. Some of the degrees can be earned going part time and/or at night. I wanted to study Simulation and Game Design which only has a day-time option. Which meant that I could not study SGD while working full time. BINGO - I quit my job. I could enroll in school.

The thing of it is, though, the college where I enrolled is the college where I worked for almost 11 years. Because of the job I had, my name (if not my face) was recognized by most people who work there. This isn't because I was so important - I just had a very visible job. I'm not sure enrolling in the school where I worked was a really good idea or a really bad one. I think it's a mix of both.

Simulation and Game Design degree requires Algebra & Trigonometry, which I am taking this semester. In the three weeks since classes have started, we have been reviewing Algebra - the Algebra that you learn in high school. I was in high school a really long time ago, a really really long time ago. We were "reviewing" exponents and polynomials and other essentials for the understanding of Algebra. 

To my dismay, last Wednesday, we had a quiz on Exponents. I thought I was going to die!! I walked out of the class after I finally finished convinced I had just embarrassed myself to such an extent that I was going to have to quit school and never show my face on campus again. I decided I would make an appointment with my instructor, plead for help, and get a tutor. Because otherwise I was going to die of shame.

Fast forward to this morning when we got our quizzes back. When she said she was returning them to us, and she was disappointed in the grades, I thought "Oh God. At least I'm not the only one who screwed it up." I went up and got my quiz when she called my name and reluctantly looked at the score. I made a 92!!!! OMG!!!! The guy who sits next to me, who graduated from high school 10 years ago, got a 72! Not that I'm happy that he did badly. But he never seems lost. He understands exactly what she's saying during class. But I scored 20 points higher than he did!

Maybe I'll survive Algebra & Trigonometry after all.

I am also taking Creative Writing. Which is kind of ironic. But it's a requirement and I don't mind taking it. There are 12 people in the class and I'm the only female. Almost all the guys are SGD majors and at first were resistant to the idea of taking Creative Writing. I think they are coming around now.

At least I can be pretty sure I'll get an A in Creative Writing! 

Our instructor told us the first day of class that writing was important and we needed to practice doing it - a lot. And it needed to be original. "Writing fanfiction is not real writing," she said. I did not bother to disagree with her. It's not like I advertise the fact that I write fanfiction. My real world and my fanfiction world rarely ever coincide. Despite what she said, writing fanfiction is excellent practice for writing original fiction! It's not the same but writing is writing. Doing it is what is important. Not the medium you choose to do it in.

I was worried that I would destroy the curve in Creative Writing because I 'get it' better than most of the guys in the class. Apparently I destroyed the curve in A&T for the first quiz. We have another A&T quiz on Wednesday because everyone did so badly on the first one. I am going to study study study to make sure I remain at the top of the heap instead of the bottom where I expected to be.

You just never know, do you?

"T": Happy Dancefritz42 on January 23rd, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Being in the "older than average" group myself, I have to say that I've had nightmares about being stuck back in a math class in college or high school - and I was good in math way back in my school days. But, it has been a long time, and my brain cells don't always remember.

The fact that you scored a 92 is fantastic, and I did a little happy dance for you! Congratulations and good luck in the upcoming quiz!

Are 6 dogs too many?: purple avatortkeylasunset on January 23rd, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the kind words! My brain fully functions for language. But math - it terrifies me. I have had lots of nightmares about math recently. I have to remind myself that just because I did well on that first quiz doesn't mean I don't have to be diligent in studying. One of the advantages of being an adult student - I really do know my strengths and weaknesses.

Thank you again!! Love the happy dance you did and the one in your icon!
Ellen: Bones Oh Snapsail_aweigh on January 24th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
You can do it! I got my bachelor's degree at 43 and I'm really glad I waited. I think one of the things we have going for us is the fact we have a much better work ethic when it comes to studying and we're not afraid to ask for help. Go you!
mazaher on January 24th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree less about "fanfiction not being real writing".
I have a growing list of classical masterpieces of all times which are nothing else than the purest fanfiction, from Vergil's Aeneid to Dante's mention of Ulysses in the Inferno to Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and on to the present day and to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
*You* should probably teach that class.
Hooray for your A&T-- you'll do fine in your course. My own older students are often the best: experience of life and of actual work helps a lot with arranging newly acquired knowledge in the most useful way for excellent results.
siluria: SN_Evil geniussiluria on January 24th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the maths :) I'm sure you'll do just fine, sometimes those kind of classes just click one day, but clearly you're doing well!
antesqueluzantesqueluz on January 25th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Yay! Congrats on the math! It always feels good to do better than you expected to. And I hope you do alot of fanfiction writing to keep in shape for your writing class. ;-)