Yes the title is based off a song from Grease 2 lol
But anyways I had been thinking, another scary thought me thinking, and I am planning on going back to school. I have been out of college only for two years so it won't be too hard getting back into things. I don't think. And the cool part is I'll be taking all of my classes online since the college I am looking at is in Maryland.
I'm going back to get a BA in English for writing. I want to help myself by taking classes. I already have my BA in Liberal Studies so I am hoping that they'll take a lot of the classes I already have taken.
Anyone else in school or planning on going back to school?
I say you should jump right back into school! Now's the best time to do it.
Just please tell me you're not going to "University of Maryland University College" in Maryland. They have the most ridiculous college (university?) name. Either they were keyword stuffing for SEO purposes or they gave their students the chance to name the place. Either way, it's such a silly name.
I'll say this though- have you thought of getting a Masters instead of another Bachelors? It will be around the same time (or maybe even shorter) and looks much better on the resume
Be careful what you choose to major in. What sorts of jobs will open up for an English major. Most of my friends who went that route are forced into teaching positions. Which is great if you can swing it, but with the economy going the way it is, I don't see many schools expanding very many of their departments. Good luck.
Although I have to say, I'm not a fan of online classes, you don't learn nearly as much. You miss out on the give and take of a real conversation and, as hubpages shows from time to time, written communication lacks something that face to face communication has.
I am actually already a teacher, a preschool teacher of course an unemployed one at that but I wouldn't mind teaching English or writing classes for that matter. HS or College if I could but eh I like the younger kids, less obnoxious! lmao
And I want to do it not for the degree really but for me. To better myself in my writing. I'm hoping that it'll help push me towards my life long dream of becoming an author.
You might be interested in this course from AWAI, I took their copywriting course and it did wonders for my writing style and ability: http://www.awaionline.com/published-author/
Personally, you might be interested in the writing for a Children's Book course since you like younger kids. At any rate it might be a project for you to work on while going back to school. Who knows? You might be able to make a bit of a sideline with it.
And as for the Children's books nope can't write them. My brain thinks more creative anc omplex than a child can understand. I can' write simple things because then I try to expand on the idea and a child wouldn't get it. And plus I love writing Horror, the scary gory type.
Go for it!!
If time is an issue many colleges offer online classes as opposed to face-to-face. Either way, it will be fun and you will no doubt do well.
I spent 10 years of my life in college mostly because I liked it. I probably won't go back at my age but you never know.
Hey Crazd, I'm readying myself for fall semester which starts in a couple of days for me. I was a rather late-bloomer as far as college goes and just started a couple years ago. I'm just finishing up my AS (focusing on Business & English) and then it's on to my Bachelors (English) from there.
I don't regret not going sooner in life since I most definitely wouldn't have been the good student I am now. I'd have been too distracted with all the other things I had going on then.
I'm taking part of my coursework online, too, which is AWESOME! What a cool option. The remainder of my classes I attend at night so that I can be at home w/ my son during the day.
Good for you, going back. You'll get right back in the groove, I'm sure. I was nearly ten years out of high school w/ zero college experience when I first started. It was a little scary at first, but it's like riding a bike you know?
Best to you! Let us know how it all goes if you are so inclined.
Very cool RooBee. I think online classes are WAY better lol of course going to a classroom setting helps too but hey not everyone can do that.
And yes Wedding Consultant that is the one...lmao UMUC is the one I am thinking of going. I know it is a funny name but hey they are the ones that actually do writing programs which is what I want and it's all online too, another plus lol
"Back to school, back to brutality" (should be reality, but still).
Yeah, I finished school, but I was so fed up with it after all those years. Spent time in college, but hated the subject I took.
Did you burn out?
No, I didn't let that happen. I set the school on fire
I wish I'd done the same! I had thoughts of blowing up the schools I'd been to, but I thought that might be taking it a bit far...
Suppose I might the next time I'm down "there"! They didn't actually blow up the school though- the pipe bombs failed.
But yeah, there have been several times when kids took things too far.
All the kids I knew in school were on some sort of drug, or messed up, yeah. The school system could also do with a kick, where I come from.
lol it's so cute that you Tantrum and you Anit-Valnetine are having your own convo in here. lmao
I'm sorry Anti-Valentine...you have to forgive me I type so fast I misspell words sometimes.
Yea me neither...after hsi accident things kind of got weird with King.
and I am going to a Writer's Convention in September. A lot of the speakers are authors and publishers are there and agents. So I am REALLY hoping that that will help me as well.
I am sooooo excited but soooo nervous too
Good Luck. Laurell K. Hamilton went to one writer's workshop before she became a published writer. From what I understand she developed a good circle of friends who have been instrumental at keeping her writing on track and giving her excellent feedback. I'd be on the lookout for the same were I you.
Still I have to admit that I'm not as enchanted with some of her more recent work, she's strayed more into romantic territory as her series progresses, but, hey, she's one of the good writers who is able to do it full time, so my opinion really doesn't matter.
I actually haven't read anything from Laurell K. Hamiliton I'll have to check her out.
And I am such a shy person off the computer I am scared stiff lol.
It'll be fine, think about how many other people will be there that feel just as you do.
I think you'll like Hamilton. She got her start writing some pretty good fantasy stuff for Dragon. She really hit her stride though when she basically re-imagined the Vampire story. Much better than White Wolf and Underworld, in my opinion. Just remember that it cuts the line pretty fine between horror and romance. Her later books go more over to the romance genre, but there's plenty of action, mystery and blood and gore to go around.
oooo I'll check it out...but hubby won't be happy. More books to buy and I already have tons of books to read HAHA I'll just blame you lmao
And that is true...but how does a room full of shy people start talking to one another? lol
YAY!!! I was approved for $6,000 in financial aid through the military...is that a good thing? lol
Just plunge in. Make sure you take a few deep breaths to get yourself centered and get people to talk about themselves. The momentum should carry you through the ice breaking phase and get a good conversation rolling. What you're really scared of is people laughing at you, which never really happens even to people who deserve to be laughed at. So put that out of your mind and just get started.
Oh sure, blame me. Heck why not? It's not like I'll meet him in a dark alley or something.
lol I have to blame somebody for a new author to look up don't I? Can't blame myself HAHA
And yea that is true...but when I get nervous I either "shut down" or talk too much....and actually I was laughed at by kids when younger so yea that fear is too real for me.
lol tell me about it. lol yea copy and paste is better but when I'm typing I don't wanna stop lol
BTW, I read someone called you CrazyWriter and not Crazdwriter. The nerve...
YAY I just applied to the college and now I have to...WAIT? booo! lol
I recieved an e-mail today that I am now enrolled into Universtiy of Maryland University College. One hard part done, now the whole applying for financial aid, talking to a councelor (or advisor as they call them these days), and figure out what classes I am going to take for my first semester there to get a step closer to my BA in English and other things too. Wow I forgot how much stress goes into going to school. But I am ready to go for it head on. Even if it does end up killing me lol
Tell me about it. The FAFSA people had the gall to tell me that the SSN I supplied them with did not match my name in whatever database they used to verify me. The funny thing is I received that bogus "what Social Security is going to pay you" letter they send out, what it it, quarterly last week. So I guess I'm going to have to chew out some dim witted civil servant in order to get my financial aid on track. You might also want to check out fastweb.com. There are quite a few scholarships there, some are based on need while others require written submissions, essays, etc. You might be able to get some extra money going that route too. Plus you don't have to pay scholarships back, so it's worth looking into.
That is CRAZY that they said that they said your SSN doesn't match any records or your name lol maybe you aren't who you say you are lmao
And thanks i'll check it out. and yea I liek not having to pay for scholarships.
It is so confusing with the whole loan thing too. I never had to deal with it because while in school, college, my parents paid everything for me. damn I love them for that.
When you get your SAR, LDT, just check to make sure everything is OK on it (could be a clerical mistake). I'm sure it is...don't take student financial aid mistakes seriously, or you will indeed go nuts.
And the two agencies are so enormous, they really don't connect.
Take it from somebody who has been in school forever and gone through the process 30 billion zillion times, seems like...
Oh I already sent back the corrections and got back a snide remark. So I guess I'll just have to call them and talk to them in person. "As we told you before the SSN and name you provided don't match". Funny thing is, in my last job we were part of a pilot program to query the SSA database in order to determine employment eligibility. As a test I entered my personal information, lo and behold, it came up. I suppose I shouldn't have, but my assumption was that the FAFSA people used the same database. Ah well, as if I needed any reminding of why I oppose bureaucracies.
@Crazed, you want to hear something really nuts. I remember my grandfather telling me he worked a couple of years back in the late 1940's to put his brother and himself through school. No debt for them. That sort of thing is inconceivable today. Quite a bit of that is due to the FAFSA, but since you need it to go to school anymore, what are you going to do?
I'm on the website and it says Intended Major. maybe you can help...All I know is it's English but when I put that it gives me a lsit I have to choose from. If I try leaving it to just English it won't let me...can you help ledefensetech?
the list consists of: English Language and Literature, Teaching English as Foreign Language, English Composition, English/Language Arts Teaching Education, and English Literature (British and commonwealth) I am thinking it's Engllish Language and Literature?
I've an M.A. in English.
Are you writing or reading primarily, lol? Writing = Eng Composition. Reading = Language and Literature. Anyway, the latter is pretty much a catch all. (And don't worry! This won't matter that very much...and you can always change it...it only matters in certain instances if you are getting an ed. endorsement or if you have excessive education.)
By the way if you are thinking about making a little bit of extra money around this time of year selling old text books online is a good way too go. I have been able to sell quite a few of my teacher education books via amazon, which I seem to have better luck with than ebay. Amazon also has some good deals on second hand books by the way .
Thanks Sweetie I appreciate that info. I'll keep that in mine when I get my books after I choose the classes. :-)
I am glad I kept my books in good shape because I was able to list most as in good or like new condition, which they were. This seems to make a difference in a sale, especially if you are willing to ship internationally and have your prices on the lower end. I still got about fifteen dollars for each book doing this, and amazon gives you a shipping credit. They do take out a commission, but overall I made money .
You're telling me about keeping books like new. I hate when books are all trashed and disgusting...My husband bought a book off of Amazon..BUT it came to us all messed up. but sadly the guy had said good condition almost new....he was a liar. But I will definitely keep my books nice and clean, like I always do lol, and sell them for some extra money.
LOL BJC I will do a little work then hop on anther website...do a bit of work hop on another website...I'm bad like that lmao
Thanks for the tips, Sweetie. Much like my current arguments with the FAFSA people, a lot has changed in ten years. We didn't have Amazon back then, although I suppose you could have sold your books on ebay, only most people didn't think about it. Too new, I think. Does Amazon offer Kindle versions of textbooks, do you know? Going that route would be ideal I think.
lol SweetiePie to me books are sacred. lol If I could I would have them in glass cases haha no I'm not that extreme. But ooo I hate when someone bends the front cover back. It's like nails on a chalk board as weird as that may sound.
I loathe when people break the spine of a paperback. Absolutely hate it. That's why I lend out few of my books.
Personally I do not mind selling most of my college texts. I kept a few of the history ones, but could care less about the majority. I love my regular books that I buy on my own though and treasure these. One of the perks of my job is getting to keep a few advance copies .
The cool thing about my situation is that I've gotten most of the fluff classes out of the way. All of mine will be directly concerned with my area of study. No "rounding out" classes for me. I'd just like to be able to use a Kindle and not haul around massive amounts of A&P books, nursing texts, etc.
@Blue Dog, if there is any sort of a silver lining to what's going on today is that we have an opportunity right now to get ahead of what's coming and take care of ourselves and our families. It won't be easy, but as long as we prepare and make the right decisions, we should be able to weather whatever the future throws at us. I was where you were man, then I decided to go back to school and my outlook changed because I chose to do something. You said you wanted to teach photography, you might want to check this out: http://www.awaionline.com/photography/
I took their copywriting course not the photography one, but I really learned a lot about writing good copy, you might learn how to monetize photography to help you pay for school or other expenses. Something to look into anyway. Good luck.
LMAO blue dog you are funny. I would love to learn photography some day. One of my best friends took while in college and sait it was fun, expensive but fun. Have fun in the politics fourm hehehe i'll come and watch with my brownie bites and milk Yum haha
I have kept all of my American Sing Language books, a few math ones even though I hate math I know I need to keep them for future reference, and one of my actually favorite class was Biology of Cancer. Scary topic but it was a great class. and first bio class I got an A in haha
Sometimes the "ronding out" classes can be fun...unless it's something you hate. lol though I did enjoy having to take Astorolgy and Botany...weird classes needed for a BA in Liberal Studies lol
Sure they can. I loved Victorian Studies, for example, but I'm already a well rounded student, in fact I'd say I'm too round.
Over the decades, I've made the most money via endeavors that required the least formal education, right down the line. But more power to ya!
Not that I'm not constantly studying. Right now it's figuring out how to build a house from the ground up. Have done small sheds and cabins, but this will be a 1296 square foot earthbag home...guess I'll be getting schooled one way or 'nother....
Good luck Ghost! I helped my parents when I was younger build a house...I was the one playing shhhhh...lol yes I did do SOME stuff but because I was pretty young they wouldn't let me help too much. I swear I wouldn't have hit my brother with the hammer. hehe
I'm sure you'll learn quick and do a great job. Check out the bookstores for help.
Thanks. One super-great help that already came along was a neighbor who stopped in to say Howdy a few days ago. He educated me on the fact that our county (Cochise County, Arizona) has a marvelous regulation in place, the first time I've ever heard of a governmental unit making a law to REDUCE the burden of all those laws.
Basically, what it amounts to is: Once the septic tank is installed (during that process they inspect every step of the way around here), a rural residential landowner can Opt Out of ALL building inspections AND all building PLAN inspections. They did it (as the reg states) to encourage innovation and personal preference plus the usage of alternative "green" building materials.
Bottom line: Once we get that permit, I could make a house out of mud and no one would care. Yay, Cochise County!
I am not going to join my school again but i think how would now it be to be there without my old friends and mates. I had enjoyed my school at fullest. Still it brings a big smile to me remembering of those days.
Congrats! Hope it goes well. I went back a couple of years ago and did an online Masters in Education. I love being in school and loved the flexibility of an online program but missed the class discussions. I look forward to hearing about your experience.
Im going to go back to school to teach hehehe to earn a living...
thanks LRobbins I'll probably get a few hubs in while I'm taking online classes. It'll be fun and exciting...onlyy been out for 2 years myself.
And very cool GeneralHowitzer. What will yu be teaching?
Algebra, Physics, Probability and Statistics, Basic and Industrial Electronics, these are just my loads this sem hehehe, you look smart eh, are you an instructor or a teacher...
lol I don't do toddlers anymore. I can't tried it this year and yea I am not cut out for the 2 year olds. I can only handle and LIKE teaching the 3-5 year olds. And sadly General..I am unemployed still.
Yea that is true I should be writing more but...I just can't find my energy to write on here. I like to write fiction not nonfiction so it's hart to really get into writing. I am writing a short fiction story I'm going to post up here but my brain won't let me write at the moment. UGH! lol
Yea but I hate researching. had to do it in school and will have to do it again when I go back to school and just want to laeve the research for school work lol
I have been out of college for well over 30 years and decided to go back and just put my big toe in the water by taking a Creative Writing class this fall. I dropped out in jr. college and would have a long haul to finish a degree, but this is just one class, and I will see how that goes! Perhaps continue my Spanish studies and do some writing as well, who knows. The colleges are very open to the "returning adult" students. One of the professors on hand to assist students in locating their classrooms the first night was an old friend from high school. I knew she worked there, so it was fun to walk to my class and get caught up at the same time!
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