Yeah, I made a small mistake on my Fall schedule and it had repercussions all the way thru the 2 1/2 years I plan to be at DMACC.  It’s a really good thing that I decided to check everything before slamming numbers into the machine tonight to register for Fall.

The Refresher Math course I had put down on the wrong days.  Worked beautifully on my schedule that way.  I was so happy with my schedule.  Plenty of time between classes, not there all day on any day, no classes on Friday.  Well, most of that got screwed up by my mistake.  So the who schedule got a reworking and the Refresher Math class gets booted until next semester.  Yup, no math for me this semester or next semester.

In Math’s place is Principles of Accounting I.  And then everything else got jumbled and moved around.  So, the schedule is Accounting and Into to HTML & CSS on Monday and Wednesday and then Intro to Marketing (not 101, go figure), Digital Marketing, and English Composition I on Tuesday and Thursday.  And no class on Friday still.  On the 4 days I do have class, I have time for lunch around noonish.  Works for me.

Other than not getting the Math class in, this schedule time wise is actually better than what I had originally figured out.  Yeah, I am there a little later in the day than I wanted to be, but I don’t have to haul butt across campus in 10 minutes either.  The campus isn’t that small and parking can be a total pita.

So, what started out as a mistake ended up being a really nice schedule.  Just glad I wasn’t scrambling at midnight trying to fix the mistake.


Less than a month

Heh, I chose to sign up for the hardcore refresher English class.  I start school on May 8th now instead of the 23rd.  I will be in class for 2 weeks from 8am to 12:40pm starting on the 8th going thru the 19th.  That means I will be getting up at 6am and leaving my house no later than 7 but probably 6:45ish.  As I drive straight into heavy traffic if I am any later and will be late.  As much as Des Moines doesn’t have big city traffic, it has heavy traffic.  It’s all good though, just means going to bed at 10 instead of midnight.

Speaking of midnight, Fall registration is at midnight tonight/tomorrow whatever, 12:01am.  I got my schedule for the next 2 years all worked out already with the change.  A little OCD of me, but hey, better to know than to play it by total ear.

Oh, and yeah, less than a month to go, anxiety levels shot up as soon as I hit enter to register for the class.  It’s not horrible anxiety, it’s just my mind and body are reacting in an anxious way stronger than normal.  Need to get my clonazepam from Teresa so I can start taking it in the mornings if I need it.

So my tuition for Summer is 1800+ bucks, books another 300 or so.  Won’t have the full 2000 for Fall and Spring.  Oh well, I am prepared to fight with Financial Aid to get what I want/need.

The only non-credit course I will taking in the Fall is the College Prep Math.  The other 12 credits will be credit courses.  That is good.  I don’t like the idea of taking these refresher classes, but I kind of have to because it has been so long.  So, College Prep Composition this summer in a hardcore session, and then College Prep Math next Fall.  Then everything else counts towards my degrees and program.   Yup, a little to get me going again and then into the fray.



9 Circles of Hell

So, I get to register for Fall classes at Midnight on Wednesday morning.  Heh, it’s not like I won’t probably be awake.  My proposed schedule is perfect, I hope nothing gets full before then.  The odds are definitely in my favor though, so I am not worried about it.

I talked to Financial Aid (which I am sure is located somewhere in the Hell, next to the DMV).  I can’t fix anything for Fall/Spring aid until July.  OK, that is fine I guess.  I’m gonna save 2000 dollars from summer just in case things don’t get changed for me.  I need 3000 for each semester, they right now are offering me 2000 per semester, so saving 2000 dollars from summer will get me the 3000 each semester that I need.  I don’t know why they tight-wadded it, but I will get this straightened out one way or the other.

42 days til Classes start.  35 days til I get my books for summer.  I am still feeling good about this time, still feeling ready for school.  Maybe I have finally matured enough to finally do it.

Found out today also from Financial Aid, that since my summer classes are all online that my aid won’t be released until 45 days into the semester.  In other words, I should get my financial aid around July 19th instead of June 28th.  Oh well, as long as the pay tuition and books, I don’t care about the other money.  Don’t think I’ll need it this summer.

Anxiety levels about school are still kind of low.  This is a good thing.  Last time I had to wait a couple months I was practically having major anxiety not attacks but feelings every day for like 3 months.  Now I am still pretty chill.  My shrink did increase my clonazepam (klonnies) from 1mg a day to 2x1mg a day as needed.  If I do start freaking out during the day, I have the option of taking a second instead of just my 1 at night.  He also thinks it will help me maintain balance when school starts in the Fall.

Shrink and I talked a good amount of time about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how bad I was last year.  Somehow I missed seeing him when I was at my worst.  I blame it on me not wanting to leave my house from the end of September to the end of November.  Anyhow, we do have plans to try to elevate my mood during SAD season.  Only problem is I have no ability to control my internal temperature.  And part of the plan is going outside for a half hour a day (on sunny days).  Well, with being in school, this won’t be as hard as it was last year, assuming I don’t totally shut down and drop out of life again this Fall.  I guess we have several months to figure this out.  And I trust my shrink when he says “We can get you thru this.”

Regular doc lowered my blood pressure med again cuz my blood pressure was way too low in the mornings, like I couldn’t get out of bed low.  Not good since I am trying to get up earlier each day (heh, I slept til 11 today though).  Yesterday I was up by 7:30.  A little earlier each day is the goal so when Fall hits my body will be used to getting up at 6 to get me to school by 8.  I may have started this process really early, I just don’t want to put it off and then get caught with having to get up at 6 as a shocker.  With trying to get up at 6, I am going to have to start going to bed earlier.  Much to Teresa’s annoyance.  I need my 8+ hours of sleep, she gets by on 4 to 6.  She likes to stay up late and has little to no problem getting up.  If I stay up late, I sleep late, simple as that.

I think I need to talk to my adviser again.  I think I want to take the English Refresher course this summer in their special session.  2 weeks, hardcore.  May 8th – May 19th.  It would screw with my financial aid (since it’s not an online course, my funds would go back to being released on June 28th).  Increase my tuition by 441 dollars, plus the price of the book.  I would need to talk to my adviser to take more than 10 credits this summer.  But since this class runs BEFORE summer session actually starts.  It shouldn’t be an issue.  Got to think about this for a bit, but not too long as that class will have an effect on my Fall schedule, but that’s all good there is a Comp I class that meets at exactly the same time as the English Refresher in the Fall, so that is a wash.

Everything is still going great.  Just got some thinking to do.  It’s all good.  Peace.





OK, a few things I have posted have been wrong and me not being one of those people who like to propagate false information, I will try to correct these now.

Class starts in 45 days.  (22 days left in this month and 23 of next month).  Today is the first day I have started to feel the tinges of anxiety.  I kind of knew (not really kind of, just did) that this was coming.  I see my shrink on Monday, going to ask him to increase my clonazepam to 2x1mg a day instead of just 1 a day.   With the caveat that I only take the second if I really need it.  I am not a huge fan of benzos, but they have their place and if the extra klonnie does its job, school shouldn’t cause me lots of anxiety.

Financial Aid is screwed in the head.  They are going to give me 4000 dollars to go this summer, which is fine, more than I need, but fine.  Then they want to give me a total of 4000 dollars for fall and spring, 2000 a semester.  2000 won’t even cover tuition, let alone books.  That is messed up.  Looking like no new laptop for me as I will need to save the extra from summer to pay for fall and spring.  Oh well, it was a nice idea.

Financial Aid said I can file a form requesting more aid if I go to their website.  I went to their website and the form I need to fill out is not there.  DOH.  Grrrrrr.  Frustrating.  I only need 3000 dollars a semester to pay for tuition and books, they are going to make getting this difficult.

WordPress won’t let me change my sidebar over =>  I keep trying to change the WGU advertisement, but it won’t let me.  Most annoying.

I am not settling for Marketing/Digital Marketing/Web Development.  I chose these.  Yes, I want to be a doctor, I just honestly don’t think I have enough brain capacity to do 3 Hard Sciences in a semester, or 2 Hard Sciences and Calculus.   Nope, I may always paint a pretty picture, but after a life with bipolar and a bout with leukemia, my brain just doesn’t have the oomf to take on that kind of load.

So you ask, what about being a teacher?  I could still do this.  Yes.  DMACC has a good elementary education program.  But the more I thought about it, the 10 or so years I would get to be a teacher would just be enough to make me mad that I didn’t do it sooner.  I don’t want to get mad at myself or bummed over making a life decision like that.

So, whereas, I would choose Doctor or Teacher has life turned out different for me, I am happy with my Marketing/Web Design choice.  No one is forcing me to do this.  No one has even had a bad thing to say about this choice.  All I have received in feedback has been good, so this is my choice and I happily stand behind it.

DMACC’s Marketing AA only has 2 Marketing courses in it.  LOL.  They have an AAS, but that goes into weird paths that do not interest me.  So I am going to do the AA with the intention of MAYBE going on to a 4 year school when I am done.  At this point, who knows.

I am going to be doing a course in web design thru Udemy before I take the courses at DMACC.  I already know a bit about we design, but the Udemy course goes into stuff I don’t know and teaches it in a manner I truly understand.  Plus the instructor for the course will answer any questions I have within 24 hours.  And it only cost me 10 bucks.  I plan to start the Udemy course next week, it’s like 60 hours of video tutorial.  I can knock that out before summer session starts.  Anything to get a little ahead and make school easier for me.

I am taking the refresher Math and English classes because my Math and English skills need some refresher.  Not because I am dumb, because I am out of practice of just don’t know the skills required to do well in College level credit classes.   The choice was mine, I could have studied and retaken the math placement test and probably scored higher, I could have signed up for Comp I (at one point I was signed up for composition 1, scary thought).  So I will spend the time and money to refresh my knowledge and abilities and maybe learn a new trick or two.

I am thinking of signing up for a tour of the campus.  The Ankeny DMACC campus has grown so much, and I honestly don’t know everything the have to offer or where some of the stuff they have to offer is located.  I officially know where 3 buildings are of the 30 of so buildings they have.  I am sure I could find a few more relatively easy, but a nice tour would probably be useful.  I suppose I could just get off my butt, drive up there and walk around, but having someone show me around just might do good for me.

Oh, I register for classes on the 12th and not the 10th.   Liberal Arts goes after Trades.  Funny, had I chose web design as my primary major I would be registering on the 10th.  Oh well, it’s all good.  I don’t think I have to worry about the classes I want to take in the fall filling up.

I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but my Mother-in-law is buying us our house.  Yay for having a cool Mother-in-law.  We should close on April 27th.

My car just got out of the shop cuz it was leaking fluids, wasn’t a cheap fix.  What sucks though is that it’s still leaking fluids really slowly.  So it’s probably gonna go back into the shop.  😦   Suckage.

This was supposed to be a short post.  LOL.  I just passed 1000 words.  Longest post I have made.  I didn’t really have much to say but wanted to make a few things clear.  Oh well, it’s all good.


Yesterday evening I went to the College and attending a Returning to School thingy.  A program for those of us who haven’t been to school in a number of years.  Since I haven’t really been to school in a long time, I thought it might be useful.


It was an hour+ of basic stuff that I had already done.  It started as a pitch to get people to come to DMACC.  Already doing that.  Then it went thru picking a major.  Already done that too.  Then it covered some of the help that students can get at DMACC.  Already known, but nice to cover again.  Anyway, to sum up, that was an 2 1/2 hours (drive time included) that I could have found more useful things to do.

Now, don’t get me wrong, if I was flaking on going or didn’t know what I was going to do, it would have been great.  Bobby did a great job with his presentation, it just wasn’t really for me.  I strongly recommend that anyone considering DMACC (none of you read this, so I am just typing for the heck of it) to attend the Returning to School program.  I don’t even think you need to have not been going to school to get some benefit, just if you’ve already signed up and went thru all the hoops, it’s kind of a waste.

Financial aid has record of me signing my Master Promissory Note.  So, I believe I am completely done with applying for Financial Aid for Summer.  I won’t say it was easy, but I won’t say it was hard.  I will say it was kind of a pain in the butt because I was always ahead of the financial aid department.

Fall financial aid has been decided too, but can’t be accepted until after summer semester.  It’s all good.  The money is there, just waiting for me to come back with my grades from summer.   Only have to have a 2.0 GPA to keep financial aid.  I should be able to sleep my way to a 2.0.

Kind of wish I was taking 9 credits instead of 8 this summer.  I want to get into the Honors Program, why?  I don’t know but it sounds cool graduating with honors.  Anyhow, the honors program requires you to have 9 credits before you can apply.  So I won’t get to apply until after Fall, where I should have considerably more than 9 credits completed.   Again It’s all good, just need 24 credits taken after getting into the honors program to graduate with honors, I will have about 50.



So now I wait… 40 some odd days before school starts.

Apparently I need that basic math class

OK, yesterday I counted 50 days, today I counted 47.  I have no clue which is right and don’t particularly care.  It’s all good.  Start date is under 2 months away and I still am not anxious in any way.

Today I signed the Master Promissory Note.  Another step closer to actually getting financial aid for this summer.  I signed one in 2013, but apparently they are only good for 3 years.  So I signed a new one.

I figure when I am done with getting my AA in Marketing, my certificate in Digital Marketing, and my AAS in Web Development, I will owe about 28,000 give or take 1000 dollars here of there.  Not too bad.  If financial aid wants to loan me 4 grand a semester, who am I to argue?

Found out the other day that the Federal Government doesn’t release loan funds for new borrowers until 30 days into the semester (June 26th, classes start May 23rd).  I think they will pay the tuition and for books before this, but I am unsure.  Might have to kick up to cash ahead of time and be reimbursed by the student loan.  Either way I think we are good.

The college has a brand new (opened a month or so ago) student center which has a gym and swimming pool that is open to the students for free.  They even have personal trainers you can hire to get you going the right way (not free, but cheaper than anywhere I have looked).  Just a month or so ago I was thinking of joining a gym to try to get into better physical condition.  Gonna talk to my doctor about a diet plan I can work with and then along with walking an hour every day, maybe add some weight work.  I’m kind of blobby right now (wow, blobby is a word), I think I could have a more solid look with some effort.

Also in the student center is a pizza place, and from what I heard, it’s a pretty good pizza place.  That might be because its ridiculously convenient, or it might be that is has good pizza, or it might be both.  Lets hope for both.  Yeah, the pizza thought and the gym thought are counter-productive together.  But hey, I got to eat.  And lettuce and me don’t get along, so I can’t be a bring a salad along guy.  This Fall on Monday and Wednesday I will have 40 minutes to eat if I choose to eat between classes.  We shall see what I do then.

First things first, on Monday I register for Fall classes.  Then I need to get summer books.  Then summer semester begins.   Then my yearly pilgrimage to the Region for my brother’s summer party.  Summer semester end August 3rd.  So no school on my birthday, not that there would be anyway as my birthday is on a Sunday.  But the point is I won’t have to think about school on my birthday, which is a good thing.

I’m still bummed that I won’t be able to go to Thanksgivingfest for the next 3 years.  This is assuming I can do this school thing.  But I have to try to go to school.  It’s really important to me.  I’m sure the Gang will understand.




You know something, spell check doesn’t like the second WOOT, in WOOT WOOT.   lol.

Anyhow, I am currently stress free and in a great mood.  The big stressor I had today was my bankruptcy hearing, it went well, took about 3 minutes for which I arrive 50 minutes early. lol.  I hate going downtown Des Moines, I never know how long things are going to take to get to.  Some days 30 minutes, some days 45 minutes, some days an hour.  Today took 30.  Then my lawyer was later than she said she would arrive and a little bit of panic set in.  But she showed, we talked, its all good.  And it is over.  Just now a 2 month wait for finalization and I am done.  A huge weight has been lifted from my chest.

So that was good thing #1 today…

Good thing #2 has to deal with Financial Aid.

I have been checking for summer financial aid every day since I sent DMACC my FAFSA.  And every day was the same blah blah no application.  Yesterday, that changed to we are reviewing you application.   Good good.  Progress.

Today when I looked, it shows my awarded financial aid 1000 more than I was expecting.  That is a HOT DAMN.  I NEED a new laptop and Best Buy (of all places) has one that will fit the bill for $799.99.  And since it is for school, I don’t even think Teresa will argue with it (much).  My old laptop isn’t going to make it very much longer.

Also, today which isn’t necessarily a good thing or bad thing, they decided on a book for my history class.  That means I know how much my tuition and book are going to be.  Just over 1700 dollars for it all.  Not bad.

I am so mellow right now.  Maybe Karma is finally swinging back around to my way.