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Title: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 20, 2017, 09:00:41 AM
In a little under 2 weeks I'm officially going back to the university where I graduated from in May of 2008. This was my plan after I quit my horrible job last month. It is my intention to get certified to teach elementary education. This isn't all about money, although that is a part of it. This is about the persuit of happiness. I'm excited and can't help but feel a little old while doing this.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Rev. Powell on January 20, 2017, 09:14:57 AM
Good luck, I hope this makes you happy!  :thumbup: :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: El Misfit on January 20, 2017, 05:46:32 PM
I'm back at school, mainly because I'm continuing my edumakation while seeing if I can get a job with CAD.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Allhallowsday on January 20, 2017, 09:01:24 PM
Best of luck, BOB!  It's funny how education is more interesting when you're just a bit older...   :thumbup: :smile:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Zapranoth on January 21, 2017, 12:45:32 AM
If it makes you happy..... it can't be that bad!

if it makes you happy... then why the hell are you sooooooooooo sad?     :twirl:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 25, 2017, 11:06:04 PM
Tution skyrocketed since I was there last.  :bluesad:

I'm gonna see if I can get some grants since I know I'm far from the traditional student. My GPA from my younger days rules out any chance of a scholarship.

The university requires a minor to go along with the elementary education major for some reason, thus I'm taking Shakespeare Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8-9:30.

After that I'll complete the English minor since one of my majors from back then was a different English degree.

I'm taking an entry level teacher education course that meets once a week 3:30-4:30  on Thursday afternoons. That will require 20 off campus hours to complete.



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: sprite75 on January 26, 2017, 09:44:03 PM
Congrats!

I'm back in school now myself, I'm in my second semester of law school.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 28, 2017, 12:11:43 PM
I finally met with the only advisor for the teacher education department yesterday after we didn't connect because she needed hand surgery and I never got an email she sent setting up a  meeting weeks ago for some reason.

I learned that I can't get any scholarships or grants because I graduated already. There are no more spots open in the teacher education class I was looking at. After I explained to her that I'm not taking out any loans she strongly encouraged me to enroll in a community college to get an associates degree in instructional assistant.

For now I'm planning on still taking Shakespeare, assuming I can register for it (she didn't lift my flag for that yet) and got the massive book for the class, it couldn't because hurt my chances of finding a job with that on my resume and I'm not sure what to do now. It's too late to enroll in the community college.

I'm not sure what my plan is now. I know I need to find a job.   :bluesad:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 03, 2017, 01:51:56 PM
A lot has gone on with this in the few days the site has been down. Even if I wanted to take Shakespeare I can't because the adviser I met with never lifted my flag.  :question:  I'm in the process of officially being accepted into the community college. Even though the end game of getting the associates degree and the career paths it will open up for me isn't exactly what I want I feel it's my only choice because I'd end up being super deep in debt again and have to take out student loans again able forced to take horrible jobs to pay it back. It's ludicrous that I would have to get super into to debt to do ideally what I want to make a better life for myself.

I'm planning on taking two classes in the summer but I'm going to have to wait and see if what my advisor thinks and hope he/she isn't a giant douche like my old one.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: dean on February 04, 2017, 12:03:10 AM
In a little under 2 weeks I'm officially going back to the university where I graduated from in May of 2008. This was my plan after I quit my horrible job last month. It is my intention to get certified to teach elementary education. This isn't all about money, although that is a part of it. This is about the persuit of happiness. I'm excited and can't help but feel a little old while doing this.

I switched over to become a high school teacher, just recently graduated. Currently looking for work but the term has only just started here so will relief teach in the meantime. Not sure what age ranges elementary school is (not American) but its a crazy profession from my experience so far (which I enjoy). Good luck!


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on March 01, 2017, 08:53:12 PM
So I'm in!


Transfer credits wiped out a lot of what I would've had to take.

I'm starting with 2 classes in the summer with two classes that should be easy as I ease back into school.

In the fall I'm planning on taking four classes, one of which is evil -- I'm looking at you College Math. The other three shouldn't be too difficult.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Trevor on March 02, 2017, 01:49:44 AM
but its a crazy profession from my experience so far (which I enjoy). Good luck!

That sounds like what my teachers had to say about [trying] to teach me.  :wink:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on March 06, 2017, 09:42:24 PM
I just noticed that the college I'm going to start in the summer finally got the last of the transfer credits in and I'm pretty sure the 2 classes I'm taking in the summer I don't need, had to print things off to double check.

It woul'dve been nice if they got that s**t done before I had a meeting with an advisor last month.

I need to head tot he college for other things ...gonna see if I can a quick appt, I gotta get this s**t done...and if there's nothing available in the summer I need -- she's gonna need to guide me through how to drop them and get out of paying for em.

And now I'm all p**sed off.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on April 13, 2017, 02:18:33 PM
so I'm not taking any summer classes --- turns out my transfer credits eliminated the need to take the two I was looking at

I'm not sure how or why but some of what I took years ago erased the two psychology classes I had to take

I also don't need to take any electives -- so basically I just need to take what's in the program, which is nice

I'm a little unsure about having to take online classes, but most of what I'm eyeing for September is only offered that way

the kicker is addition being online, literally all of them have TBD as when they will be taking place during the week which is a little strange

I have an advising appointment next week to register for the fall and hope she has information about the times for the classes


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Josso on April 13, 2017, 05:16:38 PM
Good luck mate I've been thinking about going back to school myself


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: AoTFan on April 14, 2017, 12:30:12 PM
In a little under 2 weeks I'm officially going back to the university where I graduated from in May of 2008. This was my plan after I quit my horrible job last month. It is my intention to get certified to teach elementary education. This isn't all about money, although that is a part of it. This is about the pursuit of happiness. I'm excited and can't help but feel a little old while doing this.

Well, as someone who also went back to school after a long absence, I want to wish you the best! 


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: sprite75 on April 14, 2017, 01:09:32 PM
I'm just a few weeks away from being done with year one of law school.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on April 20, 2017, 01:17:05 PM
Well, I'm all registered up for the fall.

4 classes. Gonna kick ass and chew bubble gum and I'm all outta bubble gum.  :teddyr:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 05, 2017, 08:31:52 AM
I bought books for 3 of my 4 classes, so this is becoming a little more real to me. I'm a little concerned that the book for the other class isn't available for purchase yet considering it starts at the beginning of next month.

I'm also a little skeptical of the online classes but I guess I'll see how it goes. There's no real good place where I live to have my laptop with a reliable internet connection, a notebook (will I never need one  :question: ) and a school text book near by.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 06, 2017, 10:41:39 AM
I checked my school email for the first time in a week or 2. My tuition went up just a little because "state mandated fee charges" even though my payment plan was set in stone months ago. This is bulls**t.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: El Misfit on August 06, 2017, 11:39:52 AM
I checked my school email for the first time in a week or 2. My tuition went up just a little because "state mandated fee charges" even though my payment plan was set in stone months ago. This is bulls**t.
Why do I get the feeling that there would be a fee for having a fee?


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 07, 2017, 06:43:29 PM
I checked my school email for the first time in a week or 2. My tuition went up just a little because "state mandated fee charges" even though my payment plan was set in stone months ago. This is bulls**t.
Why do I get the feeling that there would be a fee for having a fee?
Quote

My gut feeling that this is an effect of a state budget not being set in stone on time. It's still being debated now, was due to be in place a while ago.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 17, 2017, 10:31:17 PM
I picked up my math book earlier, just leaves one book left to pick up --- might help if the teacher picked the text for the class so I could buy it  :question: :question:

I literally need the book in 3 weeks and if it's back ordered I might not get it in time


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 23, 2017, 05:00:21 PM
I'm growing increasingly concerned that the teacher STILL hasn't picked the required text for the class. I literally need this book in 2 weeks.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 26, 2017, 09:09:35 AM
and here's a picture of The Rock in my math book

(http://i.imgur.com/BH66vCC.jpg)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 29, 2017, 03:29:43 PM
I learned yesterday that I won't be able to get any sort of assistance from anyone on how to navigate the online site, which I have never used before, from any college staff which in my book is kind of bulls**t.

I start next week and I'm kind of sort of lost on the stupid website.

Still no update on the book I need either, which I was told might be somewhere on the online only classes website which I have yet to see anything for any of my classes for, save the math class.

I'm kind of thinking I might have made big mistake.



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 05, 2017, 08:37:47 AM
First day  :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Pacman000 on September 05, 2017, 11:34:05 AM
(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/university_website.png)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 06, 2017, 03:42:50 PM
2 days in and so far I learned that my plan to just stare at my computer for hours on end for the classes isn't the best idea. I did that yesterday and got a massive headache.

Today I learned that I need to be using Chrome when using the school website because my popup blocker on what I use for surfing the web for leisure purposes didn't allow a popup even after I told it to. Much cursing happened.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 07, 2017, 01:27:02 PM
Wish me luck, I have my once a week night math class, not sure how this is gonna work. Class gets out at 9:05 tonight.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Rev. Powell on September 07, 2017, 08:32:45 PM
Wish me luck, I have my once a week night math class, not sure how this is gonna work. Class gets out at 9:05 tonight.

Good luck!


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 13, 2017, 09:58:16 PM
The time of the math class definitely messed with my sleep schedule


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Doggett on September 18, 2017, 11:56:48 AM
I've also gone back to school! It was my first day today.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: ER on September 18, 2017, 12:11:38 PM
Doggett!? Hey! Congrats on school, and so nice to see you here again!


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 18, 2017, 07:04:52 PM
I'm worried about my math test Thursday

it's taken me literally hours to complete the homework

and it's not open notes....which has helped me with the homework a lot

I can use a calculator which is nice....


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 22, 2017, 06:26:20 PM
so far, so good

I have over 100% in 2 of my classes and a high A in another

I  hope I didn't f**k up my math grade too badly with a test I took last night


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 24, 2017, 10:28:44 PM
I got a 91 on my math test  :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 29, 2017, 05:02:37 PM
I've came across a paper where there are contradictory instructions.  :question: :question: :question: :question: :question:

That's a first.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 01, 2017, 10:56:28 PM
so far all A's

not sure how much longer this will last with another math test Thursday night....but I'm enjoying the ride


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 03, 2017, 10:17:48 PM
I just got my first grade back on long research paper I did for a class, my first one since 2008

100% I still got it 😀😀


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 08, 2017, 03:58:00 PM
so far all A's

not sure how much longer this will last with another math test Thursday night....but I'm enjoying the ride

............the streak is over



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 16, 2017, 09:06:42 PM
so far...so good

my classes are taking up a lot of my time.....but I'm ok with that with 3 A's and a B to show for my efforts

the B is in my math class.......that is evil and the biggest time consumer

I bombed the last test....got another one Thursday night


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 18, 2017, 05:08:29 PM
I hate the metric system


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: dean on October 18, 2017, 08:08:38 PM
I hate the metric system

Metric rocks.

(https://milebehind.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/metric-full-1-1.gif)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 19, 2017, 11:05:01 AM
I hate the metric system

Metric rocks.

(https://milebehind.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/metric-full-1-1.gif)

I'd never encountered it before this unit in my math class, but I also agree the American conversion chart is f**king horrible


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 20, 2017, 07:59:28 PM
Midterm grades were posted earlier today. I got 3 A's and 1 B.  :cheers: :cheers:

If I keep this up I can not only be very pleased with myself, but realistically look at applying for scholarships for the first time ever.

 :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 22, 2017, 05:18:11 PM
I used a clip I found on YouTube from The Animaniacs as a reference for a paper I'm working on.....and it's not shoe horned in either, it's a perfect example


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 01, 2017, 12:01:32 PM
joy.....

next week my math text will cover 5 sections  :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

all my others classes are going well, but they too are starting to eat into my time a little more

I think something might have happened to one of my teachers though, earlier in the semester she said texting her was the quickest way to get in touch with her if there was a question --- and  did just that and got a reply quickly, over a week ago I sent her 2 texts about different things but never got a response



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 02, 2017, 10:28:11 PM
I guess that the teacher just got really busy with stuff as she graded 2 weeks worth of assignments tonight


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 07, 2017, 04:30:07 PM
Iím monumentally lost in my math class again ó- COS TAN and SIN are stupid, useless and dumb

At the same time the amount of stuff for my other classes seems to have doubled from this week forward



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: AoTFan on November 07, 2017, 04:41:12 PM
I used a clip I found on YouTube from The Animaniacs as a reference for a paper I'm working on.....and it's not shoe horned in either, it's a perfect example

What's the paper about?


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 13, 2017, 11:42:08 PM
for one of my classes there is something due at midnight tonight, part of my grade is to comment on 2 others posts before midnight

I am literally the only person so far to get the assignment posted

this is f**king dumb, it's usually last minute with this type of thing but it's never been this bad, I'm tired and wanna go to bed...but I have to force myself to stay up on the off chance 2 people actually do the assignment so my grade doesn't suffer

this is stupid  :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 13, 2017, 11:47:30 PM
I used a clip I found on YouTube from The Animaniacs as a reference for a paper I'm working on.....and it's not shoe horned in either, it's a perfect example


What's the paper about?


I used it as a way for kids who are audio and visual learners to learn about the states and their capitals

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvJ9SN8THE&t=1s#)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 14, 2017, 09:15:03 AM
Here I am super tired and my college called me.....the appointment I made over the weekend  to meet with my advisor  was cancelled cuz she wasnít available ...

Rescheduled for tomorrow, I needed the appt today cuz I can enroll for next semester classes tomorrow

Now Iím tired, p**sed off and annoyed over school things for the 2nd time in less than a day


Iím gonna try and get back to sleep now


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: 316zombie on November 19, 2017, 09:54:53 PM
how'd it go? were you able to re-enroll, i hope?


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 20, 2017, 01:30:25 AM
how'd it go? were you able to re-enroll, i hope?

I'm ready for next semester  :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on November 20, 2017, 01:44:35 AM
Congratulations. :)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 24, 2017, 07:46:53 PM
so....for a while now I've been slowly working on a math project --- I need to do well on this to offset my 2 bad test scores

never ever had a math project before

I also got started on another project for a different class, but it's a final project --- the equivalent of a final, it's not that tough but it will eat my time

for 1 class I think all I have left to do for it is make a message board post tomorrow and take a test -- due by the time classes end -- mid December- and I'm done with it -- which is nice, the class is easy but it's one less thing to worry about and to take up my time



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 03, 2017, 10:35:28 AM
completely finished with 1 class, I think I did well on  my math project --- much needed --- because the teacher said it could replace my lowest test score....which is pretty low....I'm also working on a take home test for math since the teacher announced it would be taking place only 1 day before it occurred --- I should do very well for obvious reasons, massive my massive project for another class is just a time eater abut not too hard ----- everything else down the stretch doesn't look that hard


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 05, 2017, 11:08:05 PM
I got 100 on that math project I was really worried about  :smile:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 13, 2017, 07:57:03 PM
I've been pretty exhausted since midterms...........but I am completely finished for the semester

I gave it my all and feel I did very well in all my classes

my grades aren't official...........but I know for a fact I finished with over 100% for one class using the check my grade tool on the schools online site


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: sprite75 on December 15, 2017, 12:56:06 PM
I just finished my third semester of law school last night after taking my last final.  Civil procedure.  Fun. 

I'm not expecting straight As but hopefully my grades will be decent enough this semester. 

Now to get ready for semester 4.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 17, 2017, 02:37:25 PM
I'm just waiting on a grade for 1 of my classes to see how I did in all of my classes

the waiting is driving me nuts, more so then in my first college go around because I put in a lot more time for my studies this time around and am hoping all the extra effort shows up in grades


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 19, 2017, 09:45:56 AM
all grades are posted and...

(https://i.imgur.com/V4yabtF.gif)

A, A, A, A-

#accomplished


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 03, 2018, 01:09:06 PM
I start up again next Monday and am concerned that I have not received one of the books I need yet. I suspect this is because the campus bookstore accidently cancelled my order for the text and I was forced to reorder it. This is dumb.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: sprite75 on January 03, 2018, 02:47:01 PM
I start up again next Monday and am concerned that I have not received one of the books I need yet. I suspect this is because the campus bookstore accidently cancelled my order for the text and I was forced to reorder it. This is dumb.

I'm waiting for one more book to show up then I'll have all my printed case books for semester four.  I got a notice yesterday that the last one was being shipped. 

Otherwise one class is using an online textbook service, and in another class the professor said he was just going to send us the material he wants us to read electronically - mainly PDFs and the like.  I like that because it cuts down on the weight and I can read materials at the gym on my iPad.

I'm still waiting for my grades to be posted.  I guess they have until a week from Saturday to post them but I hope they'll get posted sooner.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 03, 2018, 04:29:57 PM
I start up again next Monday and am concerned that I have not received one of the books I need yet. I suspect this is because the campus bookstore accidently cancelled my order for the text and I was forced to reorder it. This is dumb.

I'm waiting for one more book to show up then I'll have all my printed case books for semester four.  I got a notice yesterday that the last one was being shipped. 

Otherwise one class is using an online textbook service, and in another class the professor said he was just going to send us the material he wants us to read electronically - mainly PDFs and the like.  I like that because it cuts down on the weight and I can read materials at the gym on my iPad.

I'm still waiting for my grades to be posted.  I guess they have until a week from Saturday to post them but I hope they'll get posted sooner.

I got 2 digital books this semester

I ended up buying one of them because it was incredibly cheaper then renting it for some reason


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 08, 2018, 10:18:53 AM
I start up again next Monday and am concerned that I have not received one of the books I need yet. I suspect this is because the campus bookstore accidently cancelled my order for the text and I was forced to reorder it. This is dumb.


I still don't have the book, classes start today

I'm thinking of not paying tuition until I get the book


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 10, 2018, 08:10:08 PM
not even a week into this semester and I've made the decision to never use a digital book for a class again

I am having massive issues with the highlighter tool -- damn thing has a mind of it's own and seemingly never works when I want it to

 :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred: :hatred:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: TYTD Review on January 11, 2018, 07:46:55 AM
I took the plunge and signed up to 3 PDQ courses (Personal development qualification - They're basically an entry level qualification that just shows employers that you understand the basics of a field and are willing to learn) this year...I just got fed up of looking for Jobs and constantly being declined because I was missing one skill or another so I took the plunge on a level 1 management course (Just to help strenghthen my current management position as when I joined I had no experience and nothings been offered :teddyr:), A teacher training course (Because my dream job is a film lecturer at my local university and while this qualification almost certainly WONT get me that right off the bat it'll at least open the door to opportunities that are currently unobtainable) and an IT course...because even though I've been heavily using computers since I was about 7 years old (Im the head of department at a post production house) I actually have no direct accreditations in IT which has always been a great source of pain to me...that last ones a little bit different because while it is classed as a PDQ I can pay extra to have it turn into a level 3 full blown qualification (Basically the equivelent of a UK A-level)

At the minute im trying to catch up with the post-christmas mountain of work and catch ups that always inevitable accumulate over the season but im hoping to kick in with these starting next month  :teddyr:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: sprite75 on January 12, 2018, 06:55:20 PM
The grades have started to come back in from last semester and so far they've been higher than I was expecting.

I seriously thought of ordering this shirt...

(https://i.imgur.com/wOeZlxI.png)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 26, 2018, 08:12:07 PM
I am being driven up a wall one class. The issue isn't with the material, it's with the teacher. All of my classes are online. With this in mind the bulk of the links leading to things I needed to read or use as a reference for an assignment weren't working. I emailed the teacher telling her about this 5 days ago. I never heard back from her, but she found the time to go online to grade things.

I ended up spending one day tracking down similar things on my own.

I'm now very behind in my other classes, which are significantly easier.

This class is now borderline impossible. The same 2 websites with links leading to this or that that were direct links no longer work and there's used in literally every lesson plan for the rest of the semester. I'm thinking of trying to find a way to file a compliant against the teacher if this doesn't get fixed soon or dropping the class.

This is impossible pretty much at this point to keep up with what I'm supposed to be reading, the bulk of which is links to this or that. I've spent the last 4 days nothing but trying to do what I can for this class

It's not just me, others in the class have had the same problems with the links.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 30, 2018, 08:50:10 PM
this arrived in the mail yesterday

 :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:

(https://i.imgur.com/FElK5qr.jpg)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 02, 2018, 05:49:05 PM
irony - not sure about going to the Dean's List Reception because it starts during the time I set aside for school stuff


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 09, 2018, 07:59:20 PM
I am being driven up a wall one class. The issue isn't with the material, it's with the teacher. All of my classes are online. With this in mind the bulk of the links leading to things I needed to read or use as a reference for an assignment weren't working. I emailed the teacher telling her about this 5 days ago. I never heard back from her, but she found the time to go online to grade things.

I ended up spending one day tracking down similar things on my own.

I'm now very behind in my other classes, which are significantly easier.

This class is now borderline impossible. The same 2 websites with links leading to this or that that were direct links no longer work and there's used in literally every lesson plan for the rest of the semester. I'm thinking of trying to find a way to file a compliant against the teacher if this doesn't get fixed soon or dropping the class.

This is impossible pretty much at this point to keep up with what I'm supposed to be reading, the bulk of which is links to this or that. I've spent the last 4 days nothing but trying to do what I can for this class

It's not just me, others in the class have had the same problems with the links.

it's taken me long, long time to recover from that --- but I'm no longer drastically behind in my classes


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 16, 2018, 10:20:30 PM
I got this at the Dean's List reception yesterday

(https://i.imgur.com/ZRbfDvq.jpg)

I was also invited to join an Honor Society. There's some dues involved in joining. I'm not sure if I should join. I'm thinking of emailing my advisor and a teacher to see what they say.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on February 17, 2018, 03:44:18 AM
If these things have dinners or other events they can be useful for networking and making contacts.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 20, 2018, 10:31:26 PM
After giving it some thought and talking to some people Iíve decided to join Phi Theta Kappa - Alpha Xi Iota Chapter Honor Society ó- even though Iím not entirely sure how to pronounce the name of the organization


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 24, 2018, 05:08:08 PM
I think I might be spending too much time on school stuff because I've had school related dreams the last 2 days  :question: :question: :question:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: dean on February 25, 2018, 02:13:43 AM
I think I might be spending too much time on school stuff because I've had school related dreams the last 2 days  :question: :question: :question:

I once did an essay on Vampire myth in the media and as research I watched every vampire movie I hadn't already seen at my local video store.

My dreams were certainly very strange that week...


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on February 27, 2018, 10:40:51 PM
All my midterm grades are posted

I rule

Straight Aís 😁😁😁😁😁


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on February 28, 2018, 04:59:09 AM
Congratulations. Keep it up.  :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on April 17, 2018, 03:34:14 PM
So much has happened since I last updated this. I'll get into it once I complete the last 2 big projects I need to officially end my semester.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: 316zombie on April 19, 2018, 02:05:50 PM
you are kickin butt, good on you , bob! :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on April 25, 2018, 05:13:51 PM
Straight Aís


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Trevor on April 26, 2018, 02:28:35 AM
Well done!  :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: clockworkcanary on April 27, 2018, 10:34:49 AM
First of all, congrats! Education is rewarding all on its own (but new/more job prospects definitely help).

Never think you are too old; I dropped out as an undergrad and returned a few years later and finished my BA (and I was a little bit older than my classmates). When I worked at the university library, I'd see many older folks (even ones in their 70s) who continuously kept pursuing more education. It's never too late. I can't wait to retire so I can go back to college just for the sake of it.

Secondly, to the previous poster: that's an awesome Aphex Twin logo/avatar.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on April 28, 2018, 04:17:07 PM
So this is what Iíve been up to since mid- February:

My math and English classes left me in various states of confusion, especially the math class. My final projects for my both classes took up the bulk of my time the last week and a half of the semester.

Iím all registered for next semester. While meeting with my advisor for classes I learned how to file an official complaint against my math teacher. However, the school is changing servers or something involving where all the online classes are. That is where most of the evidence of against the teacher is, but if somehow everything from my classes last semester is erased by the time I can log into it I guess I wonít file the complaint because it seems stupid to me do make accusations of what happened without any proof if it. Either way, Iím hoping things will be much better next semester as I have this teacher for 2 classes.




Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on May 24, 2018, 09:08:29 PM
so nice I did it twice

(https://i.imgur.com/pK4th9X.jpg)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: 316zombie on May 26, 2018, 07:03:08 PM
bravo! :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 23, 2018, 05:22:04 PM
I start up again on September 4.

I have 2 classes with that awful teacher I had last semester and decided that if she screws up horribly again I will file a complaint against her - she literally had all summer to double check links to things to make sure they work.

One unexpected benefit of joining the honor society is that I will be changing auto insurance companies due to a discount. If I keep my current level of coverage my bill will literally be cut in half. If I add a lot more coverage I will save $2 over the same time frame.

I'm going into the field for one of my classes. This should be interesting. I'm a little anxious about this. No where on the school website does it indicate if I have to set up somethings for myself or if the school is for me. Either way, I'm reviewing my books from last semester as a refresher - I figured I couldn't hurt.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on August 24, 2018, 03:14:30 AM
Best of luck with it. How long do you have left to go now until you are finished?


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 24, 2018, 08:22:58 AM
Assuming there are no issues with any classes and everything I need is offered, next May.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 25, 2018, 03:26:55 PM
I'm rereading my digital math textbook and I had to share this.

(https://i.imgur.com/Gn3wvKO.jpg)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: 316zombie on August 28, 2018, 05:12:31 PM
 :bouncegiggle: :cheers:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on August 28, 2018, 06:13:18 PM
Every semester since I made the decision to go back to school I've been ripped off horribly for the 3 ring binders I had to buy: I just bought 4 3-ring binders for $4 a piece for the upcoming semester and these ones were on sale.  :thumbdown:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: 316zombie on August 28, 2018, 06:42:51 PM
if you need some for next semester and you don't mind" vintage" binders, PM me. i'll send you as many as you need just for the shipping price. i just donated all the genealogy stuff that was in them to ancestry. com, since my and my hubby's family's all have copies now.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 04, 2018, 05:08:22 PM
First day of the new semester was today. Not a good one for me. I kept a textbook from last semester because a teacher said I'd need it for a class I'm currently enrolled in. That is not the case and I bought a book I needed for a class earlier today, hoping I don't need it for something before it arrives. Additionally, the teacher who kept screwing up links last semester did that in both classes I have with her. I've decided I'm already going to file an official complaint at the end of the semester. I really hope I don't have her next semester.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 15, 2018, 05:31:27 PM
This past week sucked. I literally spent 5 days working on an assignment where I had to find information about/read 14 books. My plan was to catch up on the rest of my stuff yesterday but the online server for the school went down. As a result I literally cannot see what assignments I have to do, I literally cannot submit any finished work or work on anything until it's back up. It's still down. All I could do was pick up 2 books from the library I needed for an assignment, but I can't completely remember what I'm supposed to do with the information I read about from them. I'm f**ked. I'm hoping the teachers will understand if I need extension for things that were due last night through the middle of next week.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on September 16, 2018, 06:07:19 AM
Pretty sure they will be understanding given it is something outside your control and surely all the students are going to be similarly affected.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 16, 2018, 05:25:12 PM
My whole class got an extension for the thing that was due Friday night.  :smile:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on September 23, 2018, 08:00:34 PM
It has been a hectic last two weeks with school stuff between an assignment that ate up most of my time last week and BlackBoard being down most of last weekend. I've been playing catchup and putting in a lot of extra time this past week to make up for the 2 days BlackBoard was down, but I'm all caught up.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 06, 2018, 10:08:55 AM
my internship this semester will be starting soon...Ö..should be interesting


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 07, 2018, 02:50:26 PM
Today I submitted an application for an academic scholarship. Even if I do not get one, knowing that I finally have a realistic chance to get one and finally filled out one is a major accomplishment for me. In high school my grades were never the best. At Parkside my grades were touch and go for the most part, but I did make the Dean's List my final semester there. Since enrolling at Gateway I've made the Dean's List every semester, including a perfect 4.0 last semester, and joined the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I'm older, wiser and finally learned how to buckle down. Here's to hoping.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on October 07, 2018, 03:11:35 PM
Congratulations and I hope the last stretch goes well. It had been interesting watching your progress here so far.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Trevor on October 08, 2018, 07:43:18 AM
I'm rereading my digital math textbook and I had to share this.

(https://i.imgur.com/Gn3wvKO.jpg)

 :bouncegiggle: :teddyr:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 08, 2018, 04:51:41 PM
My internship starts tomorrow and my sleep schedule will be altered. I'm not a morning person, but because it took the college about a month to find a school for me and the schools background check took about a week for them to complete I'm kind of stuck with the hours because I need to get 72 before the semester ends. I'll be a zombie for a bit until my body gets used to it.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 20, 2018, 05:20:29 PM
I've been really busy since the internship started. The teacher who is my supervisor is great. There is a lot of Star Wars stuff in her room along with a literal "Rock Wall" pictured below.

(https://i.imgur.com/aAtLYAk.jpg)

My body has adjusted to being much more active earlier in the day then it was before the internship stared and my sleep schedule has been altered. The big draw back besides needing all the hours in a short period time, as I mentioned above, is that the hours I'm doing the internship were what I had set aside for my school stuff, and this case my other classes. It's been tricky getting the timing correct. The last two weeks I had a big thing due each week that I turned in literally hours before they were due as a result of the time crunch.

I've been ok at managing it so far, but now is the mid point in the semester -  every semester after the midpoint I get a lot more things that need to be done for all my classes.

I also have a big project which involves be getting involved in a community activity where I don't get paid for my services that I haven't started yet. It only requires two hours of my time but it's been pretty difficult to find something that would qualify for this per the criteria. I'll figure it out.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 22, 2018, 03:17:44 PM
today was pretty awesome - I finally got to do something besides just sit, observe and take notes

I got the worst behaved kid in the class to focus on what he was reading, not be distracted by other students behavior, got him to sound out words he was having trouble with and had him explain what we were reading (I was reading along with him)

extra bonus points because we were reading a Star Wars book


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 23, 2018, 03:00:27 PM
today I helped 2 students with math

I think this really well considering I do not like math and working with 2 students at once was a little tougher then I expected

also on my way out of class today some of my 3rd graders hugged me  :smile: :thumbup:

and one of the teachers at the school was really impressed that I'm also taking 3 classes on top of the internship


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on October 29, 2018, 05:48:44 PM
today was nice - I taught a student what an aisle is  :smile:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 05, 2018, 09:11:42 AM
I've been really tired the last 2 weeks because of the hours I need for the internship combined with the college taking much longer then I would've liked to find a school for me. I think I'll make the 72 hours. But, I'm still struggling with the time management for my other classes as this internship has ate pretty much all the time I used for school stuff the past year. I just didn't have time to finish things until a few hours before they were due and I hate that.


I found something for my community project which I need to contact the person in charge it.

I'm also almost done with my 40 book project which has been a real time eater, but an enjoyable one for the most part.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Trevor on November 06, 2018, 02:24:31 AM
today was nice - I taught a student what an aisle is  :smile:

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Aisle give you + 1 karma for that  :wink:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on November 06, 2018, 04:39:28 AM
today was nice - I taught a student what an aisle is  :smile:

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Aisle give you + 1 karma for that  :wink:

Even though it is only Tuesday Trevor, I am going to give you my most groanworthy pun of the week award. :P


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Trevor on November 06, 2018, 07:14:56 AM
today was nice - I taught a student what an aisle is  :smile:

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Aisle give you + 1 karma for that  :wink:

Even though it is only Tuesday Trevor, I am going to give you my most groanworthy pun of the week award. :P

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Thanks: those terrible puns - end my bed Eengrish - come courtesy of five years in an English Public School.  :smile:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 07, 2018, 08:03:52 PM
today was nice - I taught a student what an aisle is  :smile:

 :teddyr: :teddyr:

Aisle give you + 1 karma for that  :wink:

I love me some bad jokes and puns  :teddyr: :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 12, 2018, 04:49:57 PM
Today I got the entire class to be in awe and shocked at me. Usually I  keep my voice at a quiet level, taking a lot of notes and helping the students with whatever - usually reading and math.

Today I saw the worst behaved student in the class was not keeping his hands to himself and was punching another student or play fighting, I couldn't tell. As this as going on the entire class was very loud and my supervising teacher was organizing something at her desk and couldn't see what was going on because of where she was sitting. I raised my voice, so it was above that of the class and said keep your hands to yourself. He stopped and my supervising teacher was impressed at my actions.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 14, 2018, 08:52:25 AM
Over 100% - in all my classes, just need to finish strong -- then I can catch up in sleep when I'm done.

I'm all registered for next semester. I'm disappointed that I won't have a class with my favorite teacher and have 2 with the one who I've had issues with. Oh well.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 21, 2018, 03:08:46 PM
my supervising teacher thought this was my last week, it isn't I decided that will be next week, and told the class

some of the students wrote me good bye letters


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Trevor on November 22, 2018, 01:34:54 AM
Today I got the entire class to be in awe and shocked at me. Usually I  keep my voice at a quiet level, taking a lot of notes and helping the students with whatever - usually reading and math.

Today I saw the worst behaved student in the class was not keeping his hands to himself and was punching another student or play fighting, I couldn't tell. As this as going on the entire class was very loud and my supervising teacher was organizing something at her desk and couldn't see what was going on because of where she was sitting. I raised my voice, so it was above that of the class and said keep your hands to yourself. He stopped and my supervising teacher was impressed at my actions.

 :thumbup: :thumbup:

I once had a student fall asleep in a lecture I was giving: I actually had to tap on the desk before he woke up. I didn't think that I was THAT boring a speaker  :buggedout:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on November 24, 2018, 08:43:37 PM
finally finished the 40 book project - 3 weeks before it's due


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 03, 2018, 12:15:20 PM
Last Friday was my last day at the school ó that was a little rougher then I expected it to be, especially after 2 students hugged me after I gave my goodbye address to the class.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on December 03, 2018, 01:27:13 PM
Congratulations and well done.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 03, 2018, 11:50:40 PM
completely done with 1 class - 3 left


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Allhallowsday on December 03, 2018, 11:56:16 PM
Good for you! 



Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 04, 2018, 10:37:57 PM
I just noticed that I'm over 100% in all my classes


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 14, 2018, 10:32:56 AM
I've been done with completely done my classes for a few days now.

I'm a little upset that the one big thing that really concerned me for a class that was time consuming a section of a portfolio I needed to have done by the end of next semester, the reason that I choose to leave my internship when I did well after I met the hours I needed for it and got my evaluation from my supervising teacher, the teacher decided that it didn't need to be done.

So in theory essentially I left my internship for nothing, but I really needed the extra free time for other things for classes so it kind of worked out.

I'm still a little confused about what needs to go into the portfolio, but I think I figured out what needs to be in it. I'm going to be working on this during my break. I said think because even after I emailed the teacher asking for clarification she said that what I have in there for now is ok and that I need to finish it before the end of next semester - which I think is a cop out.


I also learned this morning that I got a scholarship for next semester.  :teddyr:

It won't cover my entire tuition, but it will cover the entire cost of 1 of my classes and a little bit more. I also don't need to buy any books for any classes next semester, which is a small victory.

I'm still waiting for 1 unofficial grade for a class to be posted, but so far so good, with 1 official one being posted already.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: ER on December 14, 2018, 11:49:02 AM
I've been done with completely done my classes for a few days now.

I'm a little upset that the one big thing that really concerned me for a class that was time consuming a section of a portfolio I needed to have done by the end of next semester, the reason that I choose to leave my internship when I did well after I met the hours I needed for it and got my evaluation from my supervising teacher, the teacher decided that it didn't need to be done.

So in theory essentially I left my internship for nothing, but I really needed the extra free time for other things for classes so it kind of worked out.

I'm still a little confused about what needs to go into the portfolio, but I think I figured out what needs to be in it. I'm going to be working on this during my break. I said think because even after I emailed the teacher asking for clarification she said that what I have in there for now is ok and that I need to finish it before the end of next semester - which I think is a cop out.


I also learned this morning that I got a scholarship for next semester.  :teddyr:

It won't cover my entire tuition, but it will cover the entire cost of 1 of my classes and a little bit more. I also don't need to buy any books for any classes next semester, which is a small victory.

I'm still waiting for 1 unofficial grade for a class to be posted, but so far so good, with 1 official one being posted already.

Congratulations on your scholarship!  :thumbup:


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 15, 2018, 03:22:33 PM
only 1 grade is officially posted, but using the on-line website and checking the grade section I unofficially finished with over 100% in all my classes


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 20, 2018, 03:35:01 PM
I'm incredibly confused by the portfolio --- it reads like double talk at parts

It says need to get 2 artifacts for X number of things and meet 10 requirements --- which would mean I need to find 20 artifacts

but, in the reading rubric for it says I need to meet 40+ requirements wit 2 requirements for it

I've been working on this thing for hours since I got done with the semester and if the professor bothered to answer about my questions I would feel much more at ease with this thing

I hate it


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 21, 2018, 06:50:24 PM
and now it's official - I got a letter saying I've been awarded the scholarship 😁😁

I scored a major victory today - not getting raked over coals for the cost of two 3 ring binders. I paid under $5 for the total cost of them. Each previous semester I had to pay anywhere from $3 to $5 per binder.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on December 22, 2018, 04:01:40 AM
Shame you don't live a bit closer to where I am. We have a cupboard where stationary supplies go to die on the off chance that one day they might be useful. There is a stack of assorted ring binders in there and I am sure no one would have minded if I'd liberated a few for you.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: Dark Alex on December 29, 2018, 05:41:48 PM
Bob, saw this and though it might interest you.

(http://i.imgur.com/j8nSPBX.jpg)


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on December 30, 2018, 10:31:35 AM
I'm thankful you thought of me, but I don't need any books this upcoming semester

if I saw this ad when I first went back to school....I would've saved myself a lot of money


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 02, 2019, 05:19:17 PM
I'm inching closer to the finish line: I just applied for graduation at the end of the upcoming semester.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 07, 2019, 04:58:01 PM
Classes started up again today. Like clockwork there were a few emails in my college email account from other college asking me to join them. I'm still incredibly stressed/hating that portfolio I need to have done by the end of this semester having hit a wall with as far as I can get on my own without any guidance from a professor. I made great strides on during it during my break but I'm stuck, or I did a lot more work for it then I needed to - depending on how much I need to do. I'm still not pleased the professor I had last semester basically punted my questions I had about it last semester. I'm going to email my professor I have for the class that I need to have it done for tomorrow.


Title: Re: I'm going back to school
Post by: bob on January 12, 2019, 02:40:02 PM
Here's my early take on my classes so far:

My science class isn't as tricky as I expected.

I can tell already that my Technology and Resource class will be a pain in the butt.

So far, pretty much nothing has been going on my internship class. I've had to fill out a few things and submit them to my professor which she will then use to find a teacher that will let me student teach under his/her supervision. The schedule of assignments she has for the entire class I think is a little ambitious. She has everything set on the assumption she can find a teacher willing to let the entire class working under the supervision of someone by January 21. This was about the same timeline that my internship was supposed so start last semester, about 3 weeks into the semester, and it took well beyond that for my professor to find a teacher that was willing to let me student teach under her supervision.