As you all know I started school last Summer, I started with two classes then took 4 in the Fall. I ended up dropping two because of being in the accident and having the concussion. I was lucky and able to work with my other two teachers and get through the other two classes. I took off Spring because I was so sick and thought I was supposed to have surgery and things. I already with dropping the classes last term I didn’t want to end up dropping anymore or not making the grades I want.

I sat down a few weeks ago and started looking to see what classes I wanted to take for the summer. I was really dreading it and not looking forward to it because there isn’t really anything I want to take. I just have to get this two years over to get into classes I want to take. I started going through the list of degrees again trying to see if there was anything I missed that I could take and just get it done without dreading every classes every time I had to sit down and do the work. I started looking at the A.S. I seen something that said Social and Human Service.

I started reading about it and it said that they are waiting on approval from the state and would start offering classes in the Fall. I started looking at the classes and clicking on them and a lot of them go with other degrees and are already offered. I was able to sign up for some of them to take this Summer. There was an email address to someone at the school I emailed her and ask if they knew how long it would be before they knew if the state had approved it. She emailed me back and said they had. That they were working on having the rest of the classes up in time for Fall.

It is so that you can work with Social workers and things like that like and assistant I guess. From there you can go back to school and still get your Masters or what. But this gets your foot in the door and lets you work why you are.

It has two options, one is domestic violence and the other is something aging to do with elderly. I wanted to go for the domestic violence part. I sat down looked at all the classes and what ones you have to take before which ones and put a list together what I need to take what term and how many terms I need to go. It stinks because only one class out of the 4 I have already counts so I am basically starting from the be-gaining with this degree. I figured out if I could graduate by the end of next Summer. There are a few classes I want to space out and not take two in the same term because of the amount of work they require. I am trying to only take one Gordon Rule Class a term. They require a lot more research and papers to be written, where as the other classes are more informational. As I moved things around and looked at the aging part there are only three classes to have that option just like there are only three for the one I want. If I go between now and December of next year I will only have to take 4 classes a most terms and 5 a few, but I will finish with the aging and domestic violence part. So that is what I am going to do, It will give me more options for work as well.

I had only signed up for three classes this Summer,general psychology , one of the domestic classes, and micro computers. I have to have general psychology before I can take most of my other classes so I took it to get it out of the way. I went back and signed up to take my speech class to get it out of the way as well. I am so excited because other than comp class and speech class the rest are all pretty much classes I am interested in taking. I  have one humanities class and I wanted to take world religions. I finally found the other day where it tells you what you can take and it is on there so that worked out good.

The only bad part right now is the fact that I have to pay for Summer next year out of pocket for all the classes and books I need. I am going to try to save it out of my loan money I get the next few terms to pay for it. The PELL grant will only pay for two terms a year. I really want to get this all done by the be-gaining of December of next year. I don’t want to have to take more classes come Spring.

I found a job Sunday that I applied for I am really hoping that I get. It is a few blocks away from home and it is 20 to 24 hours a week. It would be good because I could file exempt on my taxes and get more back a week, right now why I don’t have to pay daycare I can put that money away for when I do. I am going to just get a sitter to come here to my house and sit with my two little ones. Instead of paying someone to watch all 4 of them. My older ones will be here but can take care of their self.

I am just so happy and excited that they started this and I found it before I wasted anymore time on classes that were for nothing. I can’t wait to get started. I start the 16 with 3 of them and the other starts the 13 of next month. I tried to get my books weeks ago so I could start reading and get ahead at least there but I have to wait until the 9 to get them. So very disappointing there.

I am just so happy, this is something I have wanted to do for over 17 years and to now finally take the time to do something I want to do and that will make things so much better for me and the kids feels so good. I wanted to call my dad the other night when I found it and figured out I could finish next Summer and finish with both parts Fall of next year. I know he would be so happy. He always wanted us to go to school. He was glad that I went to massage school and got my bail bonds and did my training to be a doula. But I know this would make him beyond happy.

{August 8, 2015}   A.A. vs. A.S.

Well I was saying that the other day I posted about wanting to change from my a.a to an a.s but I guess I wrote that post in my head. Because now looking for it I don’t see it. But anyway I can write it now.

After taking the two classes over the summer and looking at classes to decide what ones to take next I started thinking that maybe I really don’t want to go for my a.a degree after all and maybe switching to a a.s would be better. I really would like to do counselling but I don’t think going to be a Social worker is the way I want to go about doing it. I would like to work with a youth group or something like that and I don’t think that Social worker is what they are looking for in that kind of position. I am going to set a time to talk to the preacher at church about it and see what he says.

Also looking more at it and all the classes you have to take most aren’t things I want to take or interested in. Then I have to have 2 to 4 classes in each area. I picked a couple I didn’t think I would mind taking and might get into. I started looking at all the other programs and things the college has to offer and think maybe my A.S in Business Management would be good to get. I was looking at classes for entrepreneurs, a lot of those classes carry over to the A.S. degree. There were two different sets of classes to take for the entrepreneur certificate and it looks like if I go for the A.S it covers them all, I could get the two certificates as I finish them and have them and then have my degree in the end.

I thought maybe I should do the certificate classes get them and they may help me get a job or figure out something small I could start on my own to make money while I finish my degree. Then once I got my degree I could look into taking the classes to do the counselling that I want to do. When I finish that I will have what I need to open and run my own office on the business side of things and what I need to start building up clients and treating them. It could be a win/win in the long run.

But then it seems like a lot to get both. I really want to do the counselling but I really hate all the extra classes you have to take to get it. If I could just take the core classes I need and be done I wouldn’t mind doing it. That is what I like about the A.S most of it is classes that has to do with what I want to do when I am done. They are classes that interest me. But then my thing is in the long wrong will the work I end up doing if I don’t end up having my own business be something I enjoy. Where now if I take the other classes commit the 8 years and do it, I may not enjoy the classes and the time now but I will enjoy the work in the end. At least I hope I will since it is something I have wanted to do for so long.

I know it is going to be hard for me to do the other classes since I am not into them and things when I have to be working and things too. It will make it harder to put in the effert to put in the time and things I need to be putting in to make the grades I want to make.

Like this summer the one class I took didn’t end up being what I thought it was and it was hard with the time I had to get the grade I wanted in the class. Where as when it is something I am interested in I can pick it up pretty fast. I don’t find it so hard to read it and study it. The only thing that I don’t take with my A.S that I really wanted to take is two years of a language, but I may be able to take it as electives depending on how many and what ones I need.

I am going Monday to straighten school out for me and the kids. I’m just going to talk to them about it all when I go in to get my classes set for this term and go from there.

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