Chickens at Skool

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by fantasynerd, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I considered misspelling that more but I didn't want to cause too many eyetwitches. If it's still a problem, I don't mind if it's changed, I just like being ironical. Anyways, whatever your degrees are in (which might be worth clearly mentioning here so people don't have to think too hard in their time off), here's a thread to talk about school.

    So I have a BA in film from 2012 and a few weeks ago I decided to go back to school for my Masters of Occupational Therapy. First I need some prerequisite classes, so I'm starting out with 11 units at my local community college: Chemistry, Developmental Psych, and Intro to Psych. My Chemistry lecture starts in a few minutes. The chairs in this lecture hall are attached to long tables and swing out, which I think is fun. In high school I hated chemistry, so last time I was in college I took physics instead. Hopefully I like this one more. Whee, the semester begins, officially.
     
  2. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    I'm submitting my application to start MSHR in the Spring this week. I get a tuition waiver of three classes per academic school year, so I decided to try that out to see if I like it. I'm taking the GRE before the end of the year. I have my BS in History, Secondary Education, and taught for two years, but now I'm in HR.
     
  3. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I am back in school for nursing and was recently accepted into a BS program that starts in a month. This will be my first time on the quarter system, so it'll be an interesting transition.
     
  4. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    That's exciting Nym, definitely worth a try! I'm planning on taking the GRE in November. Based on GPA I'm not the best candidate for the competitive program I hope to get into, so I want to do really awesome, especially on the writing portion. Not sure about the best way to go about studying though.

    That's very exciting Lh! I've never done the quarter system so it's pretty alien to me.

    Chemistry was uneventful, but I may have started the process of making a new friend, which I forgot was a possibility. We talked about how long it was since we did chemistry, which leads me to believe that she's at least 21, which is good. I'm too old to be getting underage kids drunk. And since she's at the same school she probably doesn't live too far. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
     
  5. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I'm 35 and spent the last two years catching up on pre-reqs in community college that I didn't take the first time around plus California-specific stuff. It was so strange being in classes with people straight out of HS. It didn't stop me from making friends with folks or anything like that. Sometimes, though, when they'd talk about the typical kind of stuff people that age discuss, I'd just stay quiet while thinking about how effing long it had been since I'd had to worry about something like HS posse politics. Plus I'd look at some of them thinking, "Holy shit. I'm old enough to be your mom."
     
  6. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Teenagers are so weird. At least community college has a wide range of ages.

    Since it's September 1st, I decided my Chemistry Lab tonight is actually Potions.
     
  7. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    I just hit submit for my grad school application, reminded my references, paid, and requested my undergraduate transcript! Two months before the deadline too.
     
  8. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Woo hoo, Nym! Sending good luck vibes with your application!
     
  9. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    I'm in the second year of my graduate program (MPH, maternal and child health concentration) and currently interviewing to enter medical school in the fall of 2016 after my graduation.

    I think I hate myself. Or I really just want to be poor forever.
     
  10. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Yay Nym, fingers crossed!

    And Shakes, if you want to be poor forever, you shouldn't go to medical school. I think that's like 5 years of poorness, tops.
     
  11. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Don't worry. I'm still trying to self-sabotage by going into urban community medicine in underserved populations. :wink:

    It'll all work out in the end. I'll have a lot of loans but tons of job security.
     
  12. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Fair enough. Good luck with your med school interviews :)
     
  13. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Thanks!
     
  14. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I miss school :) Also you are awesome Nym for being so on top of the application process! If I won the lottery, I would go back to school and get a few more graduate degrees and/or just take random classes.
     
  15. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    That's how I feel! I'm taking 3 Coursera classes right now just because too much shit interests me. My ideal employment contract would pay for any classes I want to take, ever.
     
  16. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Wow, y'all is crazy. I love learning but hate actual school. Just 3 more years...
     
  17. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Somehow I already have a reputation as Smart Person in my chemistry lecture. The hardest thing we did today was convert from millimeters to kilometers, that's barely even science!
     
  18. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Don't get me started, FN. I was a supplemental instruction leader (aka group tutor) last spring for intro bio, and some folks were so damn confused with those conversions.
     
  19. PerilousPoozer

    PerilousPoozer Chicken

    Good luck shakes! I had a rough time in college so my GPA was low. I got my MPH as well while working full time doing research to try and make myself more appealing to med schools. It didn't work for me, but after the fact I'm glad I didn't end up going to med school. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up lol. I've had my MPH for 4 years now and haven't even gotten so much as an interview in that field, mostly because when the economy is bad prevention services are the first to get cut, so there are no jobs.
    Not trying to be negative, just hoping it works out for you better than it did for me! But I'm about to have a baby and my job is super easy, so there's something to be said for that.
     
  20. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    That's good to hear, Lh.

    Today was my first day of developmental psych! The class had a lot of people interested in health careers, and 2 other people going for OT, so that's cool. I'm pretty sure the teacher is my favorite of 4 and I want to kick ass in the class and ask her for a letter of recommendation at the end. And I start a new job tomorrow, if it goes well anyways. I need 3 letters of recommendation for my grad school application, so I feel like one from a psych professor, one from a film teacher whose daughter I work with, and one from an OT should be a nice mix.
     
  21. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    I do not like homework, and I got a question wrong on my first quiz this semester.

    I do not love chemistry.
     
  22. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Aww, I'm sorry.

    2/3 recommendations have come in. My current boss is super busy so I'm waiting until this big event is done to remind her again. GRE will be taken in late November. I can take six credit hours before taking the GRE, but I want to get it over and done with.
     
  23. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    One more week until school FINALLY starts. This summer has been waaaaay too long.
     
  24. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I can't believe your semester starts so late Lh!
     
  25. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    We're on quarters. This will be my first time, and I'm both excited about shorter overall classes and not excited about 21 weeks after Christmas.
     

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