Friday, June 02, 2006

Zoology

I finished my first week of Zoology and it really isn't as dreadful as I had imagined.

First, the classes are *not* M-TH 12-5, rather, they are M and W 12-2, Tu and Th 12-5ish.

Second, Professor Van Meter seems to be very sweet.

It is a shitload of work every day. I took 14 pages of notes in one day!!!My penmanship is dreadful so I will by taking my laptop to type in notes and a sketch pad for the illustrations. (Yes, my line drawings are better than my penmanship.)

As I went to class on Tuesday, I realized how much I wanted to be in school. I had two weeks off and two weeks is more than enough for me to recharge my batteries for another challenge. I met my good friend, Tim Mack getting out of Organic Chem. (He said it wasn't that bad, I got to meet the O'Chem Prof, and see a couple of other people. I feel privileged to be able to go to school after all these years.I applied to the Pre-med program last week, I hope they accept me.Let's see, four years of undergrad, four years of grad, residency, my goal is to go as long as possible without getting a *real* job.

3 Comments:

At 8:54 AM, Blogger TulipGirl said...

Wow--those are long class hours. Do they include lab? Or is it an 8 week semester? Hubby's in grad school and I'm just drooling over class schedules and when I can go back full (or even part) time. I look back at the past several years and see that I really COULD have taken a class a semester, but it didn't feel like it at the time. And now I feel like I can't fit a class in right now, either. . . But I really want to. Oh--we were in an intensive language program when I was preggers with #4. Oh. My. I had no attention span and was exhausted ALL the time. It was a non-graded course, and that was a good thing for me. It did provide a good foundation of the Russian language when we moved overseas, but I reallyreallyreally missed being able to focus and really study when I had the opportunity.

Maybe not all mothers are like me, but I *did* have some major brain drain during those pregnant/nursing/toddler years. Now that the boys are older (5 and up) I feel like my brain is refocusing and I can actually apply my attention and energy to academic pursuits.

*L* Didn't mean to write an essay. But I find great encouragement from your example of going back to school after years of mothering.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger DebraBaker said...

I have lab Tu and Th 2-5PM.

Yes, long hours, especially for someone who can't sit still through a movie.

I couldn't focus as a pregnant mom and felt my brain drain as a mom with young children. I would strongly encourage you to take classes if you have a strong desire to go back to school. I would hazard a guess that you are of my vintage (give or take a few years.) I think there are a lot of advantages to being an older student. Follow your heart.

The summer semester runs for five weeks. They have two summer sessions. I will not take a second session to spare my children but I'm really toying with taking summer classes next June (either Calc. or O.Chem.)

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger TulipGirl said...

Hubby is in grad school right now. . . He's heading up the Dep't of Education for our family. He's in school full-time and homeschooling the boys. *grin*

So, I'm waiting my turn, though I will probably start taking a class in the January semester.

Thanks so much for your encouragement--and your example. *g*

 

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