Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Goodbye, days off

I had a meeting at the college with my new advisor to put together an educational plan. This was necessary because some genius thought I could finish all my prereqs in 2 quarters instead of 3, and even if I did max out my aid and do 18 credits per quarter, I still wouldn't finish them all. Sheesh. So I had to submit a plan showing that it is indeed going to take me 3 quarters.

My schedule for fall quarter is to take chem, bio, and first aid. 12 credits total. And work full time. School Mon-Thurs, one evening shift after school (1400-2200). And then three 10 hour days Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays over at the Great Rep. Wash and repeat for the next three months.

I can do this. I will do this.

Winter quarter will be much the same.

Spring quarter, I really need to try to work less because I'm taking 15 credits, and my advisor recommended against me taking two of the classes I plan on taking simultaneously. She's concerned about the workload causing me to get bad grades. But I don't have a choice, I don't have unlimited time on this tuition waiver and who knows if I'll ever get a chance like that again. So I figure some time before spring quarter we'll have to figure out another source of income so I can cut back and work part time.

I know I can make it work. I worked 2-3 jobs simultaneously for almost a year in order to keep us afloat long enough to buy our comic book store. I had to schedule my sleep in blocks between jobs. And I did it. I've been through school before, and I'm comfortable enough at the GreatRep that it doesn't take a lot of mental energy now for me to make it through my shifts there. I'm tough. I'm not afraid to work hard. I'm just afraid of failure.

Pardon me while I go get my teddy bear...


  1. Find Annie Bear right away..and listen to her advice. It's way too hard to work full time and go to school full time. Somethin's gotta give, and it shouldn't be school. After all, school is an investment in your long term life, and work...well work is something you can do anytime. :-)

    Good luck...I know you can do it!!!!

  2. Polly are you going to school for the prereqs of nursing? If so, it may be possible to work full-time and get those classes done, but once the actual nursing classes start I would suggest cutting back on work time.
    Please take what I say with a grain of salt, just because I'm not the best student and things were difficult for me doesn't mean the same holds true for you.
    Whatever you decide, just take it slowly and listen to your body.

  3. I have absolute faith that you can do this PollyAnna. Because you are good enough, you are smart enough..and dog-gone-it, people like you. [Please tell me you get the reference or I will feel like a total jackass. Super old SNL jokes, FTW!]