There's no gentle way to put this so I'm just going to come right out and say it - I HATE SCHOOL! I love teaching it, but I hate being the student. I liked it when I first started 7 years ago, but after someone has been in school as long as I have, they should be making thousands performing open-heart surgeries. I clearly am not. I have nothing to show for it so far. Here's why...
I began my career of college at the tender, naive age of 18. I was at Utah State University. I was young, ambitious, excited, on my own . . . and I had no idea what I wanted to do. My choice of majors has flopped around from natural resources, piano, photography, psychology, human development, and finally elementary education. I have a VAST array of classes under my belt. I didn't pick El Ed until my final semester at USU. To make matters worse, I encountered a troubled personal life that forced me into depression and I got sick. I didn't give a hoot about school when just getting out of bed every day was a near impossible challenge. So, my grades suffered. I took a year off and stayed in Logan to recover. But that didn't work. My luck got worse and so did I. So, I moved home, met Cory, became happy again, yadda, yadda, yadda, basically got my life in order. School was a priority and I KNEW (and still know) that I want to be a teacher. Cory was getting his welding degree as a full time student at the time. So I decided to work and do classes part time to start up again after 2 years off. That was 2 years ago. I'm very close to finally having an associates in pre-teacher education at SLCC. So, what's my next step?
I am a die hard Ute fan. I bleed red through and true. I've always wanted to be a student there, plus it's close to our home. As I mentioned a while ago, I met with an adviser there and was told after 5 years of school, I still had another 2.5 years of FULL TIME enrollment to graduate. I cried. I was not a happy camper. To maker matters worse, Cory can't get insurance at Kennecott for another year so I have to keep working full time so we can be insured until then. That's another year tacked on to the never ending time spent in school. So, I will be 30 by the time I graduate. I was very close to giving up. Until today. I was emailing an adviser at SLCC to make sure there wasn't anything I was missing and glanced over the required classes one more time. It lists the required classes for all major Utah universities that are needed to transfer there. To my amazement, the "U" requires about 10+ more classes than anywhere else. Weber requires 6, 4 of which I've already taken. Ah!!! So, I'm thinking Weber may be the best option. I don't want to go there. But their program is ranked nationally, it's a lot cheaper, and if it's faster, sign me up! My next plan of action is to meet with someone at Weber and find out all I can. I REALLY hope it's good news. Maybe I can graduate by 29 instead :).
My school career has been so fun, I think I'll consider going for my masters!