And I suppose, solicit advice from those older guys who've been there and know what's what.
Well, if you promise not to call me older
, I'll make a few comments.
The other thing is, I took a year off for various reasons and came back to find out that I don't have nearly as many credits as I thought I did. Which means either massive summer and WINTER school, or doing the fall semester and missing out on spring graduation. And of course, raising the ire of my kinfolk, who want me to be done with college and in a job pretty soon.
Eh, well I can understand not wanting to tick of the family, but if you're not really relying on them (as I inferred based on your comment about student loans, correct me if I'm wrong), then frankly it isn't really any of their business! If you need to slow down and take it a bit easier DO IT! It really is your decision.
If you don't feel like you can just bluntly tell them - and if you think they'd fall for it - then I'd even recommend a little no harm done deception. Why not act all disappointed and say that you'll probably have to go an extra semester due to a class not being offered or because of some other scheduling conflict. Act really ticked off and disappointed and if you're lucky they might start trying to comfort you
Of course I'm only advocating that because I really do think it's your right and your business if you're paying for your education anyway.
Now, if on the other hand you want to hurry up and get done as something you want to do for yourself
then that's another matter entirely.
Eh, no GREs for me. I'm supposed to graduate next May after 5 years of college. Right now I'm panicking because one of my professors doesn't do partial credit, so I'm failing his class. I'm also trying to get a summer internship, but they won't look at my app until both of my letters of recommendation are in. One is in and the other person writing me a letter has kinda disappeared. The deadline is in two weeks... after that they stop reviewing apps and I'm f**ked, since this is my last chance for a internship. Yeah I could do one in the fall, but I can't afford to take a semester off since my parents' retirement depends on my timely graduation, and my job acquisition depends on experience from internships. Argh.
Good luck, Robbie!
LOL, I'd recommend that you take it a bit easier too if that's at all feasible.
Yeah, that does kind of suck. I'm lucky enough to have my parents foot the bill for my undergrad education. I'm still a year or two away from graduation, and even then I'll still have to go to grad school. I hope I'll be ready to enter the "real" world after that. Currently I'm trying to figure out my schedule for next semester. It seems like everything I come up with isn't very desirable. I'm not really a morning person, but it looks like I'm going to be stuck with a 9 am class once or twice a week. In addition to that I might have 7 hours of labs on one day. I also want to get my last gen ed out of the way, but I'm not sure if I can fit it into my schedule next semester. On the plus side, I'm doing an individual study with the head of my department this semester in preparation for doing research over the summer. She has a proposal due pretty soon, and if it gets approved, I might get a paid trip to Hawaii to do some observing! That would be awesome. Good luck with trying to figure out what to do methodwriter.
Here's some advice I really do feel is important. Please don't try to fight your nature on this if it's strongly embedded and there are any other options. You're not being lazy; it really is TOUGH for a person your age to get up early, and it's likely not when you're going to be at your best mentally. Unlike both younger and older people, people in their late teens and early twenties legitimately tend to have body clocks which make them naturally inclined to be zombies in the morning. If no one is making
you get up and go to class there's a good chance you simply won't be able to muster the energy and motivation to do it. Even if you do, you're probably not as well off as if you were taking it later in the day.
When I was doing my undergrad I dropped the same class
three times, and really it was one of only two classes that I ever dropped. Why? Because they kept offering the damn thing before 10am. I finally got through it, and with no trouble at that, when they finally offered a session in the afternoon. Unfortunately, unlike most of my classes, I really did need to go to it regularly to do well in it. (I was lucky in that I was usually able to get by just fine in most of my classes without very much effort. I found my major very easy, and most of it was fairly intuitive stuff for me. It fit my personality and mind very well so most of my classes didn't take that much work. I also had the benefit of being genuinely interested so the effort I did put in typically felt almost recreational anyway. This class was not like that.)
On the flip side, I had a friend who really was a morning person. She did just fine in the morning class and had no trouble. On the other hand, she suffered through a night class big time
. Personally, night classes were the easiest for me to make myself go to and the ones I was able to pay attention best in. I think it's all about trying to find a schedule that isn't in conflict with your natural disposition
Edited by AFriendlyFace, 12 March 2009 - 11:17 PM.