Wednesday, May 12, 2010

College are good for we.

Dear Globlets,

Two major things have happened recently: I started college and I broke up with my boyfriend. My life is quite different from what it was a few weeks ago, but it's a change I'm not disliking or afraid of.

How on Earth did I get into a college without a high school diploma, without going to high school, without even setting foot in a high school class? Well, it wasn't magic; I did my research.

Now, the next time somebody tells you that you have to go to school if you want a future, tell them to shove it. If they tell you that you have to take provincial exams, that home-schooling is bad for kids because they will have no social skills/life, that you will need a Dogwood Diploma to get into college or university, or that home- or un-schooling is not a successful means of education and learning, please take a good hard look at me, and then to this book written by a really wonderful man I met at Not Back to School Camp (NBTSC):

There are other options. There are always other options. You just have to look for them.

In order to get into college, I had to jump through a few hoops. The first hoop was proving that my English was equal to, or greater than a grade 12 C+. So I took an English assessment, for which I studied and stressed over only to have a disappointing mark returned to me. I didn't dwell on it too much, even though I was pretty unhappy with myself. I thought about it and came up with some reasons for my less-than-satisfactory (IMO) mark, so I quickly let it go and moved on to the next hoop. As a student, if you do not have a C+ or higher in English 12 OR pass the assessment, you must take upgrading courses, ENG092 (Composition) and ENG094 (Literature), which, together, are the equivalent of English 12. However, before I could enrol in these courses, I had to either turn 19 or graduate from high school. Since I had done neither and was quite incapable of accomplishing even one of them within a few weeks, I went to speak with the Registrar. She was very nice and I was let in without issue after I showed her I was serious about my college education.

It's recommended that you do not take ENG092 and ENG094 condensed courses (7 weeks instead of 14) simultaneously, so I'm taking 092 over the Spring and 094 in the Summer. This also gives me a chance to get the feel for college courses.

Today I attended my fourth class at Camosun College. I really like it, and contrary to what some people thought would happen, I'm not struggling at all. The only things I have a somewhat hard time with are a) waking up early for class and b) writing double-spaced. B is worse than A, let me tell you. Some of the things we are going over I already know, like subject-verb agreement; other things I do not know or it is just a good idea to go over them in more detail.

I sit between Sp and Am who have turned out to be really nice girls. Half (two rows) of the right side of the classroom seat men, the opposite side seats women and the two front rows on both sides are mixed. Most seem nice, however, the row of women behind us can get on my nerves sometimes. They tend to make negative comments about the tasks at hand and are often loud during the times we write in-class assignments or tests. Nobody likes tests and nobody likes working under pressure or with time-constraints, but I go there to learn and if those are parts of the class then I will do them without complaining. I want to pass the tests, I want to finish my assignments on time, and I want to complete the course to the best of my ability. I don't care why anyone else is there, and regardless of what their reason is, they have no right to disrupt or make negative anyone else's experience. A little courtesy goes a long way.

In conclusion, I think I like where I am right now.

Boy-talk comes later. Bleh. :/

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