I did it, I worked out my schedule for the next 2 years at DMACC. Let me tell you, it ain’t pretty. I would post it here, but I don’t want to scare anyone off. I only have one semester which is SCIENCE/SCIENCE/SCIENCE but I have a couple which are SCIENCE/SCIENCE/HARD MATH. I have another issue though, I am short 1 class for the AS degree, a fuzzy science I think, but I have no where I can put it. DOH. I don’t want 18 credit a semester and I don’t want to go over the 2 years mark for one 3 credit class. Oh well, I will figure it out or I will go see Kris, my adviser.
I already have most of the stuff I need for school from my failed attempt in Fall 2015 (don’t try to do school BEFORE your doctor releases you to go back to doing things). Paper, pencils, pens, a digital recorder, sticky notes, all sorts of stuff. Wish we hadn’t thrown out the books, as at least 1 of the classes I found out uses the same book still. DOH. I’ll have to buy new or used books for everything. Those add up quickly.
I’m probably going to have to beg my way into College Algebra 😦 I don’t think I scored quite high enough to get in. I know I scored over 30 which gets me into statistics, but I don’t think I got 36 which would get me into College Algebra. We shall see tomorrow. I do not really want to take a intro to college math class. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
I’ve decided that I am going to try to get into the Honor’s program at DMACC. I have to write an approximately 800 word essay, but I have until basically next Spring to write it, so it should be PERFECT. And I have to get good grades, which I plan to do. The Honor’s program gives you a scholarship to DMACC (not the whole amount, but every little bit helps) and gets you automatically added to the Honor’s programs at the State Schools which looks great on a Med School application.
Yup, being as I will be 51 when I apply for Med School, my application HAS to be as good as it possibly can be. If I can pull the 4.0, great. If I have extra-curricular activities, great. If I score really high on the MCAT, really great. All these things go towards getting me admitted to a decent med school. The average age of a beginning med school student is 29, I will just be a little of 20 years late to the party. I’ll just have to convinced the admitting panels that I am a good choice, even if I am older.
Oh yeah, I have sorta decided where I am going to get my Bachelor’s degree. If things go right, and I can get enough financial aide, I think I will be going to Drake University, right here in Des Moines after I get done at DMACC. Why? Not because of the biology program they offer, not because of the school itself, but because I will be able to stay home with Teresa for a couple more years. Yeah, seems a sappy reason, but I happen to really love my wife and want to spend as much time with her as I can. Simple as that, if I have to go away for school, I will miss her terribly. Plus there is the cost of having 2 households. However, Drake is 45,000+ a year, University of Iowa is 29,000+, I suppose for 15,000 I can have an apartment in Iowa City. I am really gonna have to weigh this out, at least I have 1 1/2 years to think about this.
This is all still surreal to me. I swore last time I screwed up school was the LAST TIME. Schools starts for me in a little under 2 months. These 2 months are gonna crawl by. And my anxiety level will just increase and increase, which probably means even more posts here. lol.
I do have the CPR/First Aid/AED stuff in early April to deal with. Which reminds me, I have to watch the videos before the classes. Need to get on that. Anyhow, that should take up some time, especially if the Red Cross decides to use me this time when I volunteer to help teach the classes. (NOTICE: Extra-curricular, volunteer, medical related stuff).
I found out that WordPress keeps track of the number of people who click thru and see this. More than just the Tannenbaums are reading my babble. LOL. Thank you for reading. I write this more for me than for anyone else, but if you find an inkling of interest or enjoyment out of these drawn out anxiety driven posts, I’m happy for you and I plan to keep writing them as long as I have something to say.
Talking with my therapist yesterday, I realized that its been 10 years since I was basically a shut in. Amazing what a little determination can do for a person. Yup, from shut in, to people person (OK, I wouldn’t go that far, but I’m not afraid of people anymore) in 10 years. Large crowds still bug me, but hey, I know people without (diagnosed) mental issues that don’t like large crowds. So that’s all good.