As I sit down to register for some of the last classes of my undergraduate degree I couldn’t help but take a look at my transcripts, see what classes I have taken and all the changes along the way.
I graduated high school in 1997 at the ripe old age of 17. I was living in my own apartment, had a roommate, worked at Dunkin’ Donuts, and was now a full-time student at Central Connecticut State University. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do. I was leaning toward Criminal Justice after taking a required First-Year Experience course in the Fall of 1997, Criminal Justice and Society. I loved the subject matter, I loved how my professor taught the class, and I loved the fact that there was a whole community of people that really gave a shit about society, people, ‘ghettos,’ prisoners, and justice. In the spring I firmly switched from undecided to Criminal Justice as my major. I took a smart balance of classes, making sure to get the boring and painful ones out of the way early. Foreign language, Philosophy, College Writing, blah blah blah. Some events transpired and I moved from my familiar comfort zone in Central Connecticut and rooted myself in Southeastern Connecticut.
I signed up for classes right after Emma was born and got my Associates Degree in General Studies. I fell in love with Sociology (thank you Professor Derr) and teaching of all things. Professor Derr offered a volunteer opportunity at the high school he was the principal of, Norwich High School. This was a school that took in the kids that NFA expelled, were truant, had criminal records, bad home lives, learning disabilities, social disabilities. In other words, kids I really connected with and fell in love with. I decided then and there that I would love to be a Special Education teacher, not the kind that worked with kids with mental retardation or cerebral palsy — the kids that everyone else gave up on. I graduated in June 2003 from Three Rivers Community College and I had a picture of Emma (then just 18 months old … is that right??) on my cap.
Fall 2003 I became a student at Eastern Connecticut State University. I was a Pre-Education major which I focused on History and Social Sciences. My goal, a Master’s degree in Special Education. I followed with this course until I chose money over all else and dropped out of school to work at a company that offered free health insurance and decent wages as my husband fell victim to Electric Boat’s massive layoff in 2005. Looking back, not the best choice I have ever made but as they say, hindsight is 20/20.
Now, once again, I find myself changing once again. Instead of going the Special Education route, I feel I would be much more fulfilled if I stay out of the education profession, if for no other reason, I feel I would have more flexibility and more control of my own agenda. I do not care to deal with the bureaucracy of the Board of Education or the blasé attitudes of parents, No Child Left Behind or budget cuts. So here I am again, at a crossroads. Take the easy way out and stay enrolled in the Bachelor of General Studies program (that is “only available to students 25 years of age or older”) and graduate in December 2013 or go with my gut, jump through those few extra hoops–ask a professor to allow me to take a class and it’s pre-requisite concurrently–and possibly add another semester. So I’ll graduate in May 2014 instead of December 2013. What the hell I’ve been going to college since 1997 (with a few years off here and there).
I almost wish I was independently wealthy because I would totally take some classes over. I believe I would get a whole lot more out of my first 2 years at CCSU. Studying Western Civ might be a little more interesting, PoliSci would be amazing, Abnormal Psych–if at all possible– would be even more fascinating. Ah, to be young again…
But seriously, I’ve taken a shit load of classes. And its ALMOST over… almost.
Education brings me peace.
ENG 100 – College Writing
ENG 200 – Expository Writing
ENG 2xx – ENG Elective
GEN 1xx – General Elective
GEO 2xx – Geography Elective
HIS 231 – Western Civ Since 1500
MAT 203 – Statistical Decisions in Society
MUS 1xx – Music Elective
PHI 120 – Perspectives in Philosophy
PSC 110 – American Government & Politics
PSY 100 – Intro to Psychology (technically I took this one at Tunxis CC)
PSY 2xx – Psychology Elective
SOC 101 – Criminal Justice & Society
SOC 2xx – Sociology Elective
SPA 110 – Spanish I
SPA 111 – Spanish II
CSC 100 – Computer Concepts
EES 304 – Environmental Issues
GEN 1xx General Elective
HIS 116 – Intro to Modern World History
HIS 2xx – History Elective
PSY 1xx – Psychology Elective
SOC 107 – Social Problems
EDU 200 – Child/Adolescent Development & Exceptionalism
EDU 210 – Foundations of US Education
ANT 337 – Urban Anthropology
BIO 308 – General Ecology
GEO 228 – Historical Geography of the US
HIS 200 – Historical Research & Writing
ENG 357 – 20th Century Women Writers
GEO 333 – Global Geopolitical Divisions
HIS 322 – African American History from 1877
HIS 327 – Disasters in America
SOC 250 – Social Inequality
SOC 309 – Criminology
I wish they didn’t xx out my classes and classify them as electives, I can’t remember some of those classes. I know one was Literature and Native American Culture — KILLER class! I will have to do some digging to see if I can find out what the original classes were. Oh well, enough of my boring blog.
Looking back — I’m really proud of myself! Knowing where I came from and where I am today … whoa!