Following directions, I showed up during walk-ins on Tuesday.... only for my advisor to sit me down, bop me over the head with a rolled up course schedule, and demand to know where the HELL I had been. Apparently, I was told the wrong information and I was SUPPOSED to be here in June.
So, of course, the other morning during my advisor visit, there wasn't a single space available in ANY of the courses I need to take. Not ONE. I had her enter her code or whatever so that I could go to the library and self-register for whatever I could think of just to keep myself in school this semester. I got signed up for courses in sociology, philosophy, and a medical terminology course that apparently won't even apply to anything. In short, I got hosed.
I did the most sensible thing I could when I got home. I got online and started hitting the registration site over and over again, like I was trying to shark out a good deal on eBay. Search, refresh, repeat. Four hours of diligent effort and some Mel-Mocha later, some damn fool dropped out of the coveted "hybrid" A&P II course that's all online save for one lab day a week, and I nabbed that son'bitch. I did the same with the college algebra course I needed, though that took another day. Right now, I'm signed up for four classes that even out to about 13 credits.. the sociology and philosophy courses can apply later to tranfer to the university nursing program, and they'll buff up my GPA. The other two, let's just say I need to really focus on those. I could have technically gotten away with just taking the A&P II and Algebra.. but.. shit, I wanted the extra money that going full time would get me. If I'm lucky, I'll get a $400 refund.
Today, I got my ass up and sent out a whole lot of shit in the mail that's been needing to go out for some time now. Then, I got on the damn bus, preparing to go through a bunch of crap at the school. It's never the courses or work that drags me down and freaks me out in school.. it's registration. Now, I was registered and although my FAFSA had been in their office since before LAST spring semester let out, and even though it said it had been posted to my account, you can't really trust that. You have to go down and look at the people and make them look shit up on THEIR computers to find out what teeny tiny error is going to get between you and your financial aid.
I got there at 11:05.. got into the cashier's office at 11:15. I went THERE, because the line in the financial aid office was stretching out the door, and the cashier could tell me directly if my money had been applied or not (if not, then that would necessitate a visit to financial aid). The lady at the window said I was good to go, and that I just needed to print out my schedule and account status in the library to get my new ID and books. Great.
11:22, got to library and printed out everything that could possibly need to prove I was enrolled and paid up. Walking all the way across campus to the security office, I got in at 11:45 just to find out that my ID was good for two years (wtf sense does THAT make, right?) and I didn't need to go there at all. Right about noon, I managed to get into the bookstore and went through $380.00 faster than I'd care to think about (thank you Pell Grant and SC Lottery Tuition Assistance), and found myself actually feeling RELIEVED that it was ONLY $380.00. God, I can't wait til this college horseshit is over with. I know someone
who just got a really good deal and scored a nice laptop for what it cost to buy these books that I'll only need to read a few chapters of and I'll only use for five months.
Now, it's 12:10 and I've got nothing the fuck else to do other than wait on the bus to get back. For getting back to the school later than I guess I was supposed to this semester, that whole process went entirely too well. Now I'm actually worried.. lol. Nothing EVER works that well during registration period.
I had to break it to my vocal student that while I'm completely able to help her get ready and keep working with her, I'm not going to personally audition for this show. She was a little bummed, but she understands that I'm trying to get the hell out of school and can't fuck around about it. There's a very strong possibility that I would get picked for something, even if it's just chorus, and I don't think I can make an "every weeknight" committment to anything else right now. I told her I was going to go to the audition with her, and keep coaching her, especially if she got picked for a part. It'd be easier though to schedule time with her than just have to be there every night.
Right now, I need to take the Nurse Entrance Test before the end of September and just keep making good grades. There's a CHANCE I could get picked for spring entrance into the LPN course if I do well on the test. I'm not counting on it too hard because the seats are very limited and my math scores aren't great, though I am working on them. Next semester, I'll be eligible to apply to the RN program. I'm planning on trying to get a language and history, as well as a microbiology course next semester... just making plans without worrying about whether I get into the RN/LPN programs. BECAUSE.. by the time spring semester is over with, I'll qualify for entrance into the Bachelor's program at the university - all my non-nursing credits (for associates AND bachelors) will be complete by then. There are some pros and cons either way I look at it though..
If I stay with my school, it'll cost less and take me 18 months to two years to get a nursing degree upon entrance to the programs. If I transfer to the university, it's going to cost a lot more than I think this particular university is actually worth, but it'll take me just about the same amount of time to graduate with a bachelor's instead an associates. HOWEVER, Associate level RNs are always given preference for placement in BSN programs, so I might not get a seat anyway.
The point is, I'm really narrowing the gap between dinking around like this taking all of this pre-nursing crap and actually working IN a program with a visible end point of graduation. I just can't wait til this shit is over with and I can go to work. I got over the "bohemian charm" of living like a college student a LONG time ago. I want a goddamn 401k and health insurance and an actual income. I got plans for the fuckin' house and some renovation I have to do, and my living expenses are REALLY not that high.. I just need to be able to have something coming in so I can handle them.
When I was still performing in Sweeney Todd (back in June) I called my school to find out when I needed to get back in and talk to my advisor. I got "Oh, it'll be fine. You're a two-semester returning student. Sometime in August, when she (my advisor) posts that she's taking walk-ins, just pop in there and have her put you in your classes."