Too Early?

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It’s been a while I know, but I have been eager, doing homework, writing weekly assignments, blogs, taking notes. I should be just about halfway through the semester.

So, I post one of my assignments a week early. I get an e-mail from the professor gently telling me to re-read the syllabus about when things are due.

Too early. I need to get work done, post something early, which is not convenient apparently, and I get chastized for it? Now, I can understand some professors like sticking to a schedule and only want papers on a certain date so as not to confuse it with another class or something else.

But come on, getting a paper too early is a problem? Well, we do get points for handing it in on time and we can hand in late papers.

However, if we don’t follow the guidelines, we get knocked off points, so I suppose handing in a paper early is just as horrible as handing in a paper late.

This is the first paper, so I don’t think I’ll get my 2 out of 6 points knocked off.

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The Good Thing About Dads

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I almost didn’t make it to school. I was in tears. My Pell Grant was cut in half, but my dad said no. And he said no forcefully. Because when it comes to education, my parents are forceful.

He was also not going to let me give up.

He found a way, and said use it.

So I did.

The road will be tough, there is no doubt about that, but for now the road is just an uncomfortable cobblestone.

But, hey, what’s a few cobblestones?

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Sins of the Youth

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Okay, so I might just be a little excited that my final grade of a B has posted, but this blog is called “Sins of the Youth”.

If you notice I have attempted 164 hours and earned 126 hours of schooling, so guess what, this isn’t my first rodeo. I made a few mistakes: didn’t know to withdraw from classes, so left school without withdrawing, stayed in school when I shouldn’t have, not going to classes, focused on the wrong things. However, when I went back to school in my 30’s, I went back with a vengence and made A’s and B’s.

I was never a B student and certainly never an A student, but somehow God managed to get me through it and pushed me through good schools and tough classes with good grades. I expected to just pass, but God said, “No, you can do better. I will make your hard work pay off.” Well, He may not have something as pedestrian as that, but something more astounding.

The sins of my youth have left me with a 2.37 GPA to work with. Maybe I can raise it into the 3.00 range with good grades, but for now I know I have worked hard in the past few years to raise it up. In fact, I raised it from a 0.5 GPA to  a 2.5 GPA by the time I graduated from my community college. Word to the wise: drop out properly!

It’s all good. I just want to learn.

Zzzzz…..

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,

and miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

When I entered Sociology 100, I didn’t realize the above quote would be my life for three weeks, but it was and that’s okay. Going back to school was hard, I knew it would be, but like I said, that’s okay.

We had five tests in the class, but at the end the professor sent an e-mail sayingthe_penguin_is_mightier_than_the_sword-293x307 we did not have to take the last test if we were happy with our grade because he is dropping the lowest grade. I have an 80 in the class, a B. No matter how well I did on the last test, I could do no better than a B.

Originally I was going to take the exam because I was curious to see how I would do. Education for education’s sake. My parents taught me that no one can take away your education and education is highly important.

However, I had fallen behind in my studying for my fifth test waiting for word to see if my fourth test would be reset due to a power outage that disconnected me from my exam. When I could start studying, as I kept taking notes furiously trying to catch up, I accepted the gift of the not having to take the last test, stopped taking notes, and let it be.

Thbloom county sleepye moment I made that decision, I slept and slept and slept. I have not slept so good in such a long time.

Some of my colleagues are taking the final exam today (July 29) to bolster their grade and I pray for them.  I also pray that they too get some good sleep when this is all over.

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Question 12

As I took test four of my sociology exam yesterday (July 24), my Internet went out at question 12. Surprisingly it was not a string of expletives that exited my mouth, but a string of nos.

I emailed the professor, explained what happened, then called the Internet people and found out there was an outage in the area.

“But this is the end of the world. I have a zero on this test because there’s an outage in the area, what are you going to do about my zero?”

I read about something pitiful on Facebook, like you always do, then I realized it wasn’t really the end of the world, just a revelation. (No biblical pun intended.)

I realized sociology is a rigorous major, there are a couple classes I need to take that involve mathematics I knew at one time but are now buried in the deep recesses of my mind to stay. I also need to have a minor; this didn’t bother me but the pickings are slim.

So, long story short (too late, I know), I have gone back to the major I had when attending the University of Virginia: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.

A happy end did occur to my exam. The professor reset the test for me and I got an 80.

Even more good news, we have one more test on Friday (July 29), and if we are satisfied with our grade we don’t have to take it because he is dropping our lowest test grade.

My average in the class is an 80, which is a B.

No matter what grade I get on the last test my average won’t take me above a B. Education is gift. I will take the exam anyway because I can.

What the!

So, I go into the hospital for all these tests, keep up with my homework, come home from the hospital, study a little, give up on studying because I’m just flat out frustrated, take my exam, and whammo, an 84!

My highest grade to date.

What the heck is going on? It was a difficult exam, the whole time I was thinking I’m going to get a D, but then a B? Clearly it was opposite day.

I am grateful. Truly. But what fresh craziness is this? I feel like I am in an M.C. Escher painting.

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“Relativity” by M.C. Escher

Doctors Are Okay, but Nurses Are Awesome

Nurses, the unsung heroes of your hospital stay. They provide everything from getting your meds to helping you get cleaned up to answering questions to even things they didn’t go to school for, like getting your phone when it’s out of reach or a Sprite and crackers when you feel nauseous.

A doctor comes in for a few minutes and their role is quite important, but without that nurse who is working a 12-hour shift, at least, keeping several eyes on so many things a medical facility would not be able to function.

I am in the hospital for testing and without the fabulous team of nurses and aides who have helped during my stay I would not have felt so at ease during a very stressful time.

It’s all good, because I’ve got good nurses.

School from Anywhere

eegThe good thing about online learning is that you can do it from anywhere you have an Internet connection, including an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit two hours away from where you normally do your work.

Yup, that’s me in all my wired glory with my sociology book. Yes, these next few chapters will prove a tad more difficult to get through, but what’s school without a little unique challenge?

 

In Light Of…

mercy 002So much bad seems to go on in the world that there never seems to be anything good. So, in light of these events I give you a blog with a link to a song by Dave Matthews Band called Mercy.

 

 

“Mercy”

Dave Matthews Band

Don’t give up
I know you can see
All the world and the mess that we’re making
Can’t give up
And hope God will intercede
Come on back
Imagine that we could get it together
Stand up for what we need to be
Cause crime won’t save or feed a hungry child
Can’t lay down and hope for a miracle to change things
So lift up your eyes
Lift up your heart

Singing mercy will we overcome this
Oh one by one could we turn it around
Maybe carry on just a little bit longer
And I try to give you what you need

Me and you and you and you
Just want to be free yeah
But you see all the world is just as we’ve made it
And until we got a new world
Got to say that love is not a whisper or a weakness
No love is strong
So we got to get together yeah
Gotta get gotta get gotta get
Til there is no reason
To fight

Mercy will we overcome this
Oh one by one could we turn it around
Maybe carry on just a little bit longer
And I try to give you what you need

Yeah…
Ah…
Oh…
Yeah…

Mercy will we overcome this
Oh we come to far to turn it around
Oh and asked too much to be a little bit stronger
But I want to give you what you need

Mercy what will become of us
Oh one by one could we turn it around
Maybe carry on just a little bit longer
And I try to give you what you need

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I’m Average!

average stampI had my first test today (July 14) and I strove to be average and I succeeded. I got a C, a 78 to be precise.

Many of you may be thinking, “Why would you strive to be just average? Shouldn’t you strive to be something more? Shouldn’t you have expected more from yourself?”

Perhaps, but if I had expected more I would have been let down. I studied hard, took good notes, listened intently to the eLectures, this is my second time around reading the textbook; I was as prepared as I could be.

As I was looking for images for this blog, I was very disappointed in what I saw. So many things espoused how horrible it is to be average, but being average is okay.

You should always expect the best of yourself and try your hardest when preparing for something, like I did with studying. But when it came right down to it I knew I was having a hard time with the material and all I wanted to do was pass. It was a lot of information and I just wanted to get the information in my head and understand it to the best of my ability.

I didn’t even get an average C, I got a high C. Perhaps I will pull a B out of this class, there are four more tests to go.

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