Monday, January 26, 2009

No news.......Still no news.........Nothing........Still.

Okay, so I intended only to post on here when I actually had something to post about. Otherwise this blog would just end up being:


No news yet
Still no news
Received a lot of mail today. No rejections or offers of admission from the colleges though.

Decidedly not thrilling.
I know that I will be contacted by all the places that I have applied to, by regular old fashion mail.
I know this.
Yet the application site says: "When a college issues you an Offer of Admission, it will be posted here, so check this page regularly."
So I'm checking it everyday like some kind of gomer. I would really like to put it out of my mind. I've done all I can do for the time being. Now I just have be patient. Which is turning out to be much easier to say than to do.
I would like to receive an acceptance in the mail and think "Oh, what's this? Oh yes that's right, I remember, I applied to college all those weeks ago and they have made a decision. How nice."
While the truth is I'm thinking about it every single day. So, it's safe to assume that if there's no post there's no news, and that I will be on here composing a post the second I have a letter from any of the the colleges in my little hands.
I guess there's nothing to do but sit around listening to Tom Petty *sigh*

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pre admission testing

I completed my pre admission tests today. Not sure how well I fared. I will find out in four to six weeks (which right now seems impossibly far away.)
It took me from 10am-1:10pm to complete my three tests.
I must say I was shocked and appalled to see so many parents there with their children. Not that I would ever asks my parents to, but there is no way they would have come with me. (they sure didn't the first time around.) I gotta say I don't understand. I certainly don't intent to accompany Ben to his admissions testing! Yes the office was a bit challenging to find, but that's why you give yourself plenty of time, and to be honest if you can't even find the admissions office how well are you going to fair at college? There were notices to parents posted everywhere, so this is apparently a normal thing.
There was one girl there, who looked to me to be about 14 years old who was so nervous she was literally shaking. I wanted to pat her shoulder and say "There, there, you'll do fine." Of course this girl was alone. The one who actually seemed to need some support.

Here is some helpful advice I received in preparation for my tests;

-"It's not how smart you are, it's how smart you are compared to all the other people who are applying for this program this year."

-"If you skip the test you will NOT be accepted into the program. If you take the test, at least, you have a chance"

-"You can only do the best you can do. Worring about it won't make you do any better."

So I've done the best I could do and only time will tell what the outcome will be......

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Getting started.....

I'm married with children (child actually). Two years ago I opted not to go back to work when my mat leave ran out. I had to make huge adjustments to my lifestyle to make this a reality. The biggest of which was moving back in with my parents. I am extremely fortunate that my parents were willing to take in not only myself, but also my little boy, and my husband. We made this move when Benjamin was six months old, not only so that I would have help, but also so that I could stay home with him full time. While it can be challenging at times this situation is great for my son and myself. However, it was never intended to be a permanent solution, and now that Ben is ready to start school himself, it's time for me to figure out what the hell I'm going to do with the rest of my life. I'm gonna have to start pulling in some money soon and I'm absolutely not willing to go back into retail management, even though that's all I've ever done (aside from retail sales). To that end I asked the government for help, and they sent me to take a two week course to help me figure out what I would be well suited to. The good news is that I have manual dexterity well above average (top 10% of the population). The bad news is I am average in everything else. They gave me lots of tests and lots of possible carrier choices, ranging from cruel, (artist) to creepy, (mortician) to ludicrous , (doctor, librarian) to viable, (dental hygienists, library manager, early childhood educator).
Last month I took the huge step of actually applying to College. And God willing, I will get excepted somewhere and start school in the fall!