Stress + Flowchart = HELP ME, INTERNET ORACLE!

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I’m seriously debating going back to school.

There are two lines of thought on that, if I do.

I can finish my BTAS degree; it’d take me three semesters, if I’m lucky, four if I’m not.

Or I can switch gears completely and go after another degree.

That seems like a hefty line of thought. I’m not sure what to do. In place of that, I give you a flowchart that I made, because this is the shit I do. And yes, it’s blue, even though pink is my signature color. (And if it’s hard to read, then, uh, you can probably click to embiggen it. If you didn’t figure that out on your own, how are you on the Internet unsupervised?)

backtoschoolSo. You tell me what you think. It’s making me CRAZY.

 


Shameless Self-Congratulations

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So, I graduate on Friday. I’ve gotten all A’s in the last 18 months, with the exception of one B. I’m pretty proud of myself. I knew I was going to graduate with honors. I found out today that they’re rounding my 3.98 GPA up to let me graduate Summa Cum Laude. Yes, it’s just a community college, and yes, it’s just a technical degree, but it’s a ridiculously awesome achievement.

Go me.


Twelve Days

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My schedule for the next twelve days is… a little tight and frantic.

8/31 – 10am Interview (my second!) // Work until 3:45 // 4pm Internship final project
9/1 – 1pm Class (Last COMM200!) // Spanish presentation
9/2 – 10am-4pm Work (last day!) // Last Publisher lesson due

At some point over the long weekend, I’ll probably be getting together with a group of classmates from Spanish to study.

9/6 – 2pm Spanish final // Last Quickbooks lesson due
9/7 – Quickbooks and Publisher finals due
9/8 – 12pm Get my final project back and get my grade for COMM200
9/9 – 10am Graduation!
9/10 – Load the BTW truck
9/11 – Head to Wisteria // Set up BTW // Begin the drinking debauchery Bible Study Naked Gay Pagan Camp PANTASTIC PANGASM!


LQ Day 3: [Enter pithy title]

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Yeah, I couldn’t come up with a title. Maybe tomorrow.

The biggest thing off my to-do list yesterday was that I submitted my Petition to Graduate. I assume they’ll check everything in my current transcript and they’ll tell me it’s okay for me to graduate at the end of the quarter, provided I pass my current classes. I can’t tell you how good it feels to have that done.

My first day of classes went well. Spanish isn’t going to be a large challenge, but it will be a challenge. On the plus side, I don’t need to take my netbook to school this quarter; we’re in a computer lab for Comm200, and there’s no way I could type my notes in Spanish while she’s talking. I would miss way too much. I have to actually watch her talk, for the most part. She lectures about half in Spanish and half in English. I don’t know or remember enough of my Spanish from high school to catch everything, but I’m starting to pick up on a few small things. We learned the alphabet yesterday, something I remembered pretty well. We’ll see what Thursday brings

Comm200? Again, not much of a challenge. Quickbooks and Desktop Publishing are just going to take some motivation to deal with. I need to do some homework tonight for Comm200, and I should probably crack my Desktop Publishing and Quickbooks textbooks. I tried the other night with Quickbooks and fell asleep trying to read it. Yeah.


LQ Day 2: I gots class!

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I’ve got my COMM200 and Spanish 101 class today for the first time. I’ve got everything for my online classes, but these two are in person, and they have nothing posted on Blackboard. I like having Blackboard stuff even for in-class classes; without it, I feel a little lost and somewhat mistrustful of the teachers. We’ll see how that goes. I may also decide to take either my Quickbooks book or my Publisher book and go in early (which is a very distinct possibility). Hm. Maybe not; I’ve gotta pick up my portfolio from my adviser (HI BETH!) and I’m not sure that it’ll all fit in my backpack with my computer and such in there. We’ll see. I may just sit around and knit before class, too. That’s also an option.

I should also do a knitting update. I’ve got a few things to talk about and to show off. Maybe this weekend. It’ll give me time to photograph and block at least one project that I finished.


LQ Day 01: Yes, I know.

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I know I’ve tried this daily blogging thing before; I’m hoping I make better progress this time out.

I’m trying something new with the internship/job. I’m going to try for business casual on my work days and whatever I want to wear on school days. It’s probably something I should have been doing all along, but I’ve been… well, frankly, lazy and didn’t want to put on pants when shorts would do. Fridays will be jeans, and I’m probably gonna stick with tennis shoes (although, I may change that as well. *sigh*).

So far, and it’s only been a few hours since the quarter actually started, I’m relatively upbeat, even though I didn’t sleep well after getting to bed about 1:00 A.M. and not getting to sleep until after 2:30 A.M. I have only myself to blame, though. The Stardance trilogy has me by the face again. Oooh, speaking of which, I need to make sure The Killers are on the jPod.


Last quarter!

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In just 12 weeks, I will graduate from Columbus State with my Associate of Applied Science degree. I’m looking forward to September 9 more than I can tell you.

My class schedule this quarter is as follows:

  • Monday: BOA 270/271 – Seminar and Practicum. My internship. I’ll be in the Financial Aid department, doing what I can to assist the Scholarship Coordinator. This is the same position I’ve had for the last quarter. I’m very good at what I do, but the project I’m on right now, while incredibly important, is also incredibly huge as well as OMG BORING. However, I get to listen to my jPod, and that makes all the difference. I’ve got PLENTY of books on CD to listen to, and I’m enjoying the heck out of them. Currently, I’m in the middle of Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series (I start A Wizard Abroad tomorrow), and when I get through all of them, I have the Wheel of Time series — in entirety, sans the final book which is to be released in November, I believe — to listen to.
  • Tuesday: COMM 200 – Business Communications // SPAN 101 – Elementary Spanish I. BusComm should be cake. Spanish is a class that, if I need to drop a class, I can drop. I just wanted the challenge of an off-class and a language to put on my resume.
  • Wednesday: See Monday
  • Thursday: See Tuesday
  • Friday: See Monday

In addition, I also have online courses:

  • BOA 167 – Desktop Publishing. Yay for Publisher! I’m looking very forward to this.
  • BOA 113/114 – Quickbooks I & II. Another YAY class.

All told, that’s 17 credits for my final quarter. My advisor looked at me like I came unglued. She may be right. HI, BETH!

Oh, for the online courses, we’re required to participate (well, maybe not necessarily required, but we do get points for participating) in discussion boards. My intro has changed every quarter for these things. The current one is:

I’m Jeremy. I’m 38, have a wonderful partner of 8 1/2 years (who says gay relationships don’t last?), and we have a 4-year-old long-haired dachshund named Belle. I’m a gamer, a knitter (yes, really), I love science fiction and fantasy books.

This is my sixth and final quarter here; if everything goes the way it should, I will graduate on September 9. This is one of my save-for-last classes (Quickbooks I and II are the others), and I’ve been looking forward to it for over a year. I’ve been an administrative assistant for most of the last 15 years. I came back to school in March of 2010 as a way to hone my skills (and, um, CSCC has made sure that they are razor sharp — I was good before I came into the program, but holy crap, have I gotten better; my 3.96 GPA is proof, something of which I’m very proud) and to give myself an added boost in the feeding frenzy job hunt.

Chat me up. I’m kind of awesome. 😉

Yeah. I’m so very ready to graduate.


You missed me. I can tell.

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Sorry about the radio silence. It’s been A Month At School. Suffice it to say that I barely had time to scratch my ass, but I’ve got a killer portfolio and only a week and a half of classes left.

It seems that I’m being published. Just a short essay (maybe two, I forget) in the back of Barbara Bretton’s next Sugar Maple book. It just blows my mind that four years ago, I didn’t have any idea she existed, and now, because she’s awesome and I’m awesome, it’s a major confluence of awesome. I wrote up my bio for the wordiness that I wrote:

JEREMY BREDESON is a professional administrative assistant (who has very strong opinions about certain fonts — I’m lookin’ at you, Comic Sans and Papyrus), the high priest of one of the oldest cybercovens on the Internet, knits like a fiend, and plays video games like a teenager in his copious spare time. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his husband Leon and their very spoiled pretty, pretty princess dachshund, Belle. You can find him at http://www.givemamasomesugar.net (though, you may want to turn off your judgements; he has very few filters and has a mouth like a sailor) and on Ravelry as technocowboy.

Sounds about right, yeah?

Let’s see, what else?

One more quarter of school. If things go the way they should, I graduate on September 9. I CAN’T WAIT. I tossed in a random for-the-hell-of-it class (Elementary Spanish 1), because heaven forbid I stay with a 12-credit quarter. No, has to be ELEBENTY BRAZILLIONTEEN. I went in to talk to one of my teachers (well, okay, not talk; I went in to FREAK THE HELL OUT on her and nearly start crying) yesterday and was told that I’m one of the department’s best students. That’s an amazing feeling, to be honest. I’m proud of the work I’ve done, and I don’t need the recognition. It’s nice to hear, but it’s not needed. I’m in a couple of classes with people who are either graduating next week or with me, and the sheer amount of crazy talent that these people put out is daunting. It also makes me proud to be in school with them. We will rule the world, you know.

Speaking of, have you seen this commercial? Yeah, exactly. Because this is something that admins have known FOR.EV.ER.

I’ve got a few knitting things going on: a mystery shawl-along, three pair of socks (YES, SCOTT, YOURS, TOO), a hat (THIS ONE, TOO, SCOTT), a red hood thingy, two Christmas stockings, and a couple more market bags. I’ve got a few things in the wings, too, that OMG I’M NEVER GOING TO BE DONE KNITTING. I have to get a couple of bags done for a couple of my favorite teachers as thank-you gifts when I graduate.

My running has fallen by the wayside, sadly. I’m going to try to kick myself in the ass about it, though, after the quarter’s over. I’m moving on to Week Two in C25K, and hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it going. I have faith in myself to get it going.


Fighting for air

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I’m kind of a perfectionist. I know, you’re shocked. And I know that I’m just getting started in this. I want to go running, but I have homework that’s due by midnight, and I’m already so very uninspired by it that I’m taking time out to blog instead of doing my Office Integration work. And really, it’s only six things, but they’re… they’re crap I already know how to do. And this class is only two more weeks, but in those two weeks, I’ve got the six for today, the 14 due next Monday, and then the Final due on May 3. Plus the work for all of my other classes. I’m feeling INCREDIBLY over-worked right now, and I feel like I’m just getting further and further behind.

I’m pushing myself way too hard; I know this, but it’s not going to stop me. My GPA is going to drop this quarter because I’m so overloaded that I don’t even know what questions to ask when I need help.