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College the 2nd Time 'Round

Posted Jan 25 2009 5:50pm
I'd forgotten the demands of college schedules, the constant barrage of work to be done, and the stress it causes. However, even though some days I find myself saying "I can't do this", I KNOW I can, and I will succeed. The "I can'ts" are coming from MS fatigue and depression, but if I keep pushing I'll be fine.

I changed my curriculum from medical office tech to Criminal Justice and Corrections Administration. Along with those courses, I'm taking a medical terminology course. I would like to get a job at a hospital that is about 3 minutes from my house, but in the application process they ask about medical terminology courses. I have applied, but no calls yet. I figure it can't hurt any to take the course.

Luckily, all of my courses are online, so I can do my studies at my most convenient times ie when kids are in school and when I'm not falling over from exhaustion. I was awarded full financial aid grants for my schooling, including all of my books and supplies. Yay! If I didn't get that, I wouldn't be in school!

When I went to college the first time, obviously I was younger. I was 26 when I graduated, but by far from being the oldest or even close to the oldest in that particular program. Now, I'm 37, and one of the oldest in my classes. Most of the students are recent high school grads with their full lives ahead of them. My point? Yeah, I actually have one, I just take a while to get there. :) Anyway, we have to interact with each other online, just as you would in a traditional classroom. We have discussions, and pretty much have to debate one another on various topics.

Don't worry, I'm getting to my point.

There is a HUGE difference between my first time around in college and this time. Maybe it's just me, but these "kids" (showing my age now) are unreal to me! The discussions have to be in proper grammar, spelling correct, etc. We are in college right? The professors are following the discussions and part of our grades are based on our participation in these discussions, the content of our responses and SPELLING AND GRAMMAR!! Many of these "kids" are using text messaging short cuts like UR instead of you are, LOL, that type of thing. Then one of the students actually sent a question to one of the professors, in an open forum, asking why grammar and spelling have to be correct?! She doesn't think it's fair and grading should be based on the content not proper English. I don't get it!!

I'm definitely showing my age, or maybe it's just this younger generation has no respect. Or they just don't care, I don't know.

One thing's for sure, all the writing and typing I'm doing for the classes is really messing with my already partially numb hands. By the end of the day my hands feel all rubbery and useless.

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