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I think that's pretty self-explanatory.

I got my car back February 24, the day after I finished the temp assignment with the California Bar Exam (that was 4 days of interesting stuff that I'll talk about in a bit) and I'll be returning said car tomorrow, March 25 because I'm almost 28 days behind in payments, can't make car insurance payment because of no job (which I'll also talk about in a bit as well).

car stuff )

4 day temp assignment )

j o b )

school )

BIG SIGH! I think that's everything! Until next update! I hope that will have more good news than anything else! Please send positive job and school thoughts my way! I really need them!
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Things have been rather uneventful. I'm now officially unemployed, but I have a "severance" check coming to me on Sunday.

I waiver between freaking out about how I'm going to pay my bills and not worrying because it'll work out, however, in the end. I also waiver when it comes to getting the cheapest cellphone I can to save money and keeping my current plan. I've already cancelled Netflix, but signed up for a monthly makeup subscription plan. The stupid IRS is effectively taking a months worth of bill money from me because they over refunded me last year.

Theoretically, with all the money I have that's due to me, I should be able to survive (aka pay my bills only) for 7 months if my parent help me with the incidental things that come up. Realistically, I know that won't happen because I know my mom defers to my dad and my dad isn't going to help me without giving some long winded lecture and making me feel like a failure.

A few weeks ago, one of my instrutors emailed a link to some Department of Correction job listings. There were 944 of them, I'm qualified for maybe 6 of them. Of those 6, a few of them were temporary positions of 2 years. ALL of them would require me to move to either Sacramento, San Quentin/San Rafael area, or anywhere there is a prison within the state of California. Oh and the positions are only hiring if there's funds to pay the hired person - I guess that would explain why there are so many available positions. I'm really tempted to apply. I don't have any money saved in a moving budget and I feel badly leaving my volunteer position at the church when the year's just started and the position is for 2 years. Oh, and the matter of school. I know that if I don't finish it now, I won't finish (there's a sticking point of my top university choice limiting the number of students they're accepting in the criminal justice program).

Speaking of school, I'm on the waiting list for 2 classes at one community college and registered for 2 classes at another community college. I need to keep thinking positively that I'll get the math class that I'm on the waiting list for because I need it in order to move forward with getting my degree. If I can't get the class for the spring, I know I'm cleared to take it in the summer.
simplyn2deep: (Scott Caan::cigar::yes)
finals done! semester complete! Grades are in!

Intro To Admin Of Justice A
Concepts Of Criminal Law B
Criminal Procedures A
Criminal Evidence A
3.75 GPA

I honestly don't know how I passed the Intro to Admin of Justice class. I didn't do well on the other tests and I absolutely HATED the instructor and how he taught the class. (sadly I have him again in the Spring, but I know how he runs the class so I can be better prepared)

I'm just so glad this semester is over!
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::team::red cup)
I'm 2 days into finales for this semester.

Monday I had my first final and by 3 hrs after I finished it, I had my grade. 74% or a C on the final and overall course grade of 84% or B. Excellent!

Today I had a second final and by 2 hrs after I finished it, I had my grade. 100% or an A on the final and overall course grade of 90% or A. Double Excellent!

Tomorrow I have my 3rd final. I'm expecting the same grade as I got on today's final. Both classes are taught by the same instructor and I've always done well on the tests in his classes.

Thursday is the final I'm really worried about. It's in the class that I've complained about the instructor for the last 16 weeks. The one I've already left letters with the dean about. Yeah. That one. I've barely eeked by because he “felt sorry” for us and tossed out questions we, as a class, did poorly on. If that has to be done for EVERY TEST that should tell you something about your teaching style and that you need to improve.


I registered for classes...or attempted to register for classes at the other college. All the classes I wanted were only taking for the wait list. The higher on the list (1-10 or so), the better your chances of getting in the class are.

Creative Writing had to be tossed because it conflicted with the 1 class I was able to get wait listed for. The other class, the one I really need, math, I have to speak to a counselor about. SIGHS It's been 5 years since I took math so when I tried to add the class, it said I didn't have the prerequisite or assessment test score. I really don't want to spend the time working my way up and I don't want to have to take the assessment test either. Though, the lesser of the two “evils” would be the take the assessment because it can be done before the semester starts and if I pass, I can (hopefully) be allowed to add the math class while it's still in the top 10 of the wait list. Or even better would be if Cerritos accepts the assessment score and allows me to take the next math that I need to move forward with my degree...

So that's where I'm at.

How is everyone else?
simplyn2deep: (Scott Caan::writing)
Just registered for spring semester. At the current college, I got 1 online class and 1 class that meets Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:45 am. In about 23 days I register for my next 2-3 classes, but at the other college.

Despite still not having support from my parents, I'm pushing forward. I think now it's about proving my dad wrong and getting out of this environment. My dad seriously screwed me up in saying that I'd have to find another way home if I took night classes bc he (meaning him or my mom) wouldn't pick me up from the train station at 1030 or 11 pm. I had to shift to 1 online class and day time classes and that takes away from me getting a job – which is what his entire problem is! That I expect everything handed to me on a silver platter and that's why I'm not going out and looking for a job.

Same song and dance anytime I try to talk to my mom about what's going on with my education and he can overhear.

Right on!

Nov. 16th, 2013 04:11 pm
simplyn2deep: (Ocean's 11::Turk Malloy::laugh)
I finished my case brief for my Concepts of Criminal Law class! We've had the assignment for like 2 months. I literally ignored it for a month and 3 weeks ago I decided that I should look up the case. Once I did that, I ignored it again until I thought, "oh, it'd be a good thing to start on this!"

I had 90% of it done in 2 days. Today I finished the last of it and when I go to work tomorrow, I will be printing it out to turn in on Wednesday! Thank goodness!

Now I can maybe go back to writing fic and studying lol
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::team::red cup)
Well crap! The class I think I NEED to take to transfer (and I'm kind of interested in) is only offered 1 day a week - Tuesday nights. Looks like I'll be watching Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD later in the week.

cut because it's long )

Next I need to look up math, Spanish and creative writing at Cypress College and find the schedule that best works for me.

I’d be willing to take night classes to free up my days to work. My parents would also probably like this option as well.
simplyn2deep: (Scott Caan::kneel::camera)
Spring 2014 registration

Cerritos College = November 25 @ 345pm
Cypress College = December 17 @ 3pm

The first one is on a Monday and I have to make sure I'm home in time or I'll have to stick around campus to do it. The other is a Tuesday during finals week but no matter as Tuesdays are my early days and I'm home by that time anyway.

Now just waiting for the release of the schedule so I can plan...though I think they're out already, but I can't find them. Need to search the respective college websites harder/better. I'd like to be able to plan out my classes now so I know how much to save in case fee waivers don't cover everything for the cost of the classes.

Took the cat to the vet today. I'm always shocked by how relatively inexpensive the shots end up being. I guess because they have shot packages, I get a discount instead of paying for each individually. But Ms Marple is good for the year!


Oct. 29th, 2013 06:39 pm
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I got my appt date/time for Spring 2014 at Cerritos College. November 25 at 3:45 pm. That's a Monday. I hope I get home in time for that, or I'll have to stick around on campus to use the computer lab and make sure I don't miss my time. While I'll only have a fee waiver the covers courses listed on my financial aid education plan, there's only 1 class that I've met the requirements and can take now, so I'll be registering for that class. then, so that I'll have at least part time status, I was thinking about doing a foreign language (Spanish) or Writing (more than likely creative but I'd probably benefit career-wise with critical/argumentative writing).

On the writing subject, I looked at the current course schedule and Creative Writing meets 1 day a week from 12:30-3:20. It might be the same way in the Spring. bleh.

Now, I also remembered to apply to my previous college to take the 1 math class that I can't take at my current college (took it too many time unsuccessfully so have to take it someplace else before I can move on to the required math I need to transfer). On or around November 5 I should get an email with my registration appointment for that school. Classes there start January 27.

Since I'll be going to 2 different colleges (that are like a 3 hr bus ride from each other), I need to think about my schedule NOW and what will best work for me. Since classes meet either twice a week for an hr and a half or once a week for 2 and a half hrs, I'm going to need to make sure I remember which campus I attend on which days. I shouldn't have a problem, but there's a first time for everything.

eta: to make going to 2 colleges "worth it", I can take 2 classes at both campuses. At Cypress I can take Math and Creative Writing (or Spanish) and at Cerritos I can take AJ 105 (or 220) and Spanish (or Creative Writing).

However, If I find a job, I'll only be able to take the classes I absolutely need, which is math and AJ 105/220.

I know there was something else I wanted to mention, but I can't remember so I'll end this to finish cooking my dinner.
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Yesterday I decided to check my credit report and was pleased to find that the only things I had on there were my student loans and credit card!

All the delinquent crap from when I used to mail order stuff was gone! Thank god!

There have been a few inquiries to my credit, but none of them mess with my credit score.

The next thing I have to do it so check what my actual score is and work on improving it. Last year it was pretty low and if I were to have gone to my bank for a loan, the interest rate would have been ridiculously high. Now it's sort of a moot point since I'll be out of a job at the end of the year and what money I will have will only be used to paying my bills. I'll have about a 9 month cushion (3 month severance pay from job, 6 months worth of financial aid money), after that I will need to have a job.

Movie night at the church in a couple of hours. Oh, yeah and I have homework to do. Yesterday I just stared at the open document for 15 mins before saying to hell with it, closing it and watching Alasaka Troopers on netflix. I can't procrastinate anymore. The assignment is due Monday at 12:30 pm.
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Tuesday I took a test in a class that I've been having problems with. (DW/LJ/IJ) I was hoping for the results to be in the 70s so that I can remain with a 70% average in the class.

Well color me surprised when the teacher called my name and I got my scantron and he was like "You did good. you probably cheated" and then laughed. This is his usual "joking" with the class.

Anyway, my original score was 84% but he "felt sorry" that so many others missed 3 additional questions so he went back and looked and didn't like the wording of them, so we were given 3 points. This pushed me to 90%! Holy crap!

Not my highest of all my classes, but to go from a 76% on the first test (with points added) to a 90%...I'm pretty proud of myself!

I complained a lot on Twitter on Monday night that the information wasn't sticking and I gave up on studying. Apparently SOMETHING stuck for me to get that grade!

This time around I'm going to try something different. I'll still read the book, but I'll also take notes and compare to what's in the book and see if there's a difference. The instructor basically re-reads the book as the lecture, then come the test...well see the linked entry about what he does for the test.

I'm pretty sure I'm still going to do the extra credit for the class. I have to check over what it is and see if I can finish it before it's due (just before Thanksgiving if I remember correctly).
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Thursday I took a test and got 91%. That's up 10% from test 1.

Today I took a test and got 82%. That's up 2% from test 1.

So you know, I'm feeling really good about these grades. I honestly thought I was going to do poorly because I had reduced study time due to the funeral with the church and then just plain forgetting about the test I had this morning. I told my parents my grades and my dad's response was "you're slipping. that's not going to get you an A." Gee thanks! That's exactly why I don't tell my parents anything and why I HATE that they tell other family members what's going on with me. They want to know, they can ask me. Anyway, that's not what this entry is about.

Tomorrow I have a test. I'm worried about it. Test 1 I got 76%. I already plan on doing extra credit for the class, but I really would like to pass the class with 80-89%. The thing is, the way the instructor does the class. He's basically reading the textbook to us, then when it comes to the test, he tells us what we need to study, but very little of that is actually ON the test.

Compare that to my other instructors. When they tell us "this, this, this, and this is going to be on the test", those things are on the test. I'm so glad I only have this instructor for 1 class!

For my 4th class, we don't have another test until November 6. We already have a study guide, so I can take my time filling that in and should I have any questions, there's plenty of time to ask other students and/or the instructor.

On Wednesday I only have to go to my morning class. The instructor for the afternoon class has an appointment and will be canceling class. Awesome! I'll be back home before noon!
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::brood)
I've taken the first tests in my 4 classes.

87%, 81%, 80% and 76%.

I got the 76% because the instructor gave everyone in the class 4 extra points, otherwise, I'd have 68%. I'm not pleased with this at all. I know there's 3 or 4 other tests in the class, but I just don't like/can't follow how the instructor does the lecture (he basically re-reads the book in between telling real life stories and insulting people in the class). I'm going to have to do extra credit because I want to pass the class with a B, though for transferring, a C is acceptable.

The other 3 classes are much better because we have a workbook that we fill out as the lecture goes - we're basically writing our own textbook for the class.

Also, today in my second class 2 people were supposed to bring cookies and what do you know...they weren't in class! The teacher said on Tuesday we need to "narc on them" and he'd take care of the rest. Also next Tuesday another girl is supposed to bring cookies and next Thursday another guy is supposed to bring cookies. We'll see if they remember. LOL

Right now I'm in the campus computer lab charging my phone and using the computer. Once my phone is charged, I'll be heading home with a stop at storage. I sold a couple of textbooks from when I was taking classes with ICDC. One book I had in my room and the other I hope is in storage or I'll have to refund the girl her money (and she started classes on October 7).

In more enjoyable news...I've been writing nearly every day this month. Not thousands of words or anything, but like 250-400 words on a good day. On a really good day I can do 500-700 words. Last week I did nearly 1000 words. I wish all these words were going towards a fic I can post soon, but it's for a big bang that won't start posting until FEBRUARY! Isn't that ridiculous?! I'm probably like 2000 words from finishing it, and I'll have to sit on the fic for 5 months! I need to remember to message the mod and ask if there was a way to move the posting date up if a majority of the writers are finished so that artist can claim a fic to do art and we can get this big bang moving along.

curve ball

Sep. 12th, 2013 01:31 pm
simplyn2deep: (NWABT::Scott::brood)
I finally went to talk to my counselor about the math class I couldn't register for. Turns out, because in the past I took the math class 3 times and withdrew, that it wouldn't be possible for me to take it a 4th time. Even if I filled out the course repetition form and explain my situation, it's 95% likely my request would be rejected.

What my counselor suggested was to take the class at another community college, pass it, then use the transferred grade towards transferring from Cerritos to the university.

After this 1 algebra class, I have a statistics class and that's it for math. I'll have 2 other Administration of Justice classes and that should be all the classes I need to transfer.

For Spring 2014 I can take whatever AJ course that's being offered at Cerritos and the 1 math course at Cypress. Fall 2014 I can take the statistics class and the other AJ course and Spring 2015 transfer to the university.

The math situation threw me off by a semester. I hate it. I hate math. I don't know how lack of work is going to change my education plans, but as of right now, this is the modified plan.
simplyn2deep: (Ocean's 11::Turk Malloy::laugh)
I was born on September 9, 1982 at 3:24 am via an emergency c-section. I don't know if I was late or if it was due to complications. I was either an oops baby or this is your last chance baby. I've been told in the past I was an oops. It made sense since my brother is 14 years older than me and my sister is 16 years older than me. However, today my mom told me I was a last chance baby. Her doctor told her that if she wanted any more children, she needed to do so now. She was 36 years old when I was born.


First: I got a cute card from dontelltheelfdontelltheelf

Second: tkeylasunsettkeylasunset dedicated a chapter of one of my favorite fics to me: Unalphabetized Spices of Bulletproof Baby Blankets

Third: I got a cute baby otter virtual gift from goneaheadgoneahead

eta: oh wow. I'm sorry that I forgot to thank dante_s_helldante_s_hell for the early birthday wishes too.

And all the many people on twitter who have been tweeting them too me as well.

My plans for tomorrow? Skipping class is sadly out. I have tests this week and I'm sure information will be given about them on Monday and Tuesday. I am, however, going to see if I can get to my nail salon during my nearly 3 hour break, but I have a feeling with the way public transportation is, I would be cutting it too close and get to my 2nd class late and this is the instructor who said that if we aren't in class by 12:35 to not bother coming in. And we get marked absent. I'll pass on that and go to the salon after class.

I didn't get to the party store to get my Kiss me! It's my Birthday! button, and that's okay. I have a feeling that someone on campus or on the bus might try kiss me.

This has been an update. I'm going to study for some tests.
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Steve::uniform)
Trying to do this update after drinking 2 glasses of wine. things are sort of fuzzy lol

I could get used to being done with school by noon. that was so great.

The initials of the instructor for my first class is PMS. He pointed that out like right away. Didn't cover much as it was the first day. We were in there for maybe 30-40 mins.

Had a short break between classes. 15-30 mins.

second class was with the same instructor I had Monday/Wednesday afternoon. So that was a lot of the same repeated get to know you stuff. I decided I really don't like this instructor. He's a bit harsh in the way he talks (outside of the lecture, but will get to that later)

Once class was finished, went to buy my books. sadly, only 1 of 2 were available, so the other one I had to order online.

When I finished that, I took the long way home, went into Compton, bumped into a couple of people from the courthouse, got lunch, went home, then went to pay my Lane Bryant bill. Paying the bill didn't happen, but I got a manicure and my eyebrows waxed before getting home for good.

Then today...first class went by pretty fast. a lot of the stuff talked about, I had covered in my paralegal classes. And who would have thought it...doing the homework helped make the class go by faster when it came to the lecture part. lol

Had a 3 hour break. got an early lunch, which should have been breakfast, but I didn't want breakfast. After I walked around campus, went to the computer and hung out there for about an hr, went to the library to read...and then I was going to get coffee to help keep me awake, but the line was too long...and I was running out of time to get to class.

second class we had a lecture. this was the instructor from yesterday that I don't like. As long as he sticks to giving the lecture, I'm okay with him. The plus is that he said class will only be an hour - 1230-130. the class is scheduled for 1230-145 but he said the material is set up that it's taught in an hour and if he goes the full schedule, that come the last few weeks of class, he'd be BS'ing because there wouldn't be enough stuff to cover to fill an hour.

So class ended, I got a pedicure, then came home. Screwed around on the internet, watched Goldfinger, played some games on my cell, and now I'm going to bed.

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My money came through. I was able to get my books. I almost bought a Samsung tablet. I'm going to wait until I get the books for my last 2 classes b4 I buy the "fun stuff for me".

Class One: Concepts of Criminal Law
Seems like a pretty easy class. 3 exams (all multiple choice and open book), a term project and optional extra credit. I was able to get 2 of my 3 required books. The third one I ordered online because they were out in the bookstore. Thankfully I won't need it until the test in about 5 weeks, but I was told (by the bookstore manager) that the book would be in by the end of the week. Already have my first assignment (that I've been working on in between my mom calling my name to ask me about my classes) and it's due Wednesday. It's 12 pages of reading material peppered with questions to answer (the answered questions are the homework). Wednesday the actual lecture starts were we take notes in the workbook (that we do our homework in).

The class is only 45 mins, more or less, but we can't leave for any reason. No bathroom breaks, no phone call breaks. No leaving the class unless it's an emergency and everyone in the building is leaving. If you do leave out (to answer the phone or use the bathroom, take all your stuff with you, don't come back...oh and you get marked absent!

Class Two: Criminal Evidence Law
The instructor is something else! Half way through class he starts cursing as he's talking and in my head I'm like "wtf?!" He's also a bit harsh. He said no cell phones on, which is pretty much a rule in all classes, and he was like "I don't care if it's the daycare calling to say that your kid is sick/dying. Let them. Everyone dies anyways." and that's when a lot of the cursing started. He said that if the phone rings and you HAVE to take the call, take all your stuff with you and don't come back to class...and you get marked absent!

I like the instructors from both classes for different reasons. The classes overall seem really easy to follow and pass. You just have to come to class and pay attention.

Tomorrow is 2 more classes but I should hopefully be home earlier...oh wait, I have to pay my Lane Bryant bill, so I'll probably get home about the same time (3:45 pm)
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I've got 30 mins until my next class and the wait is killing me! LOL

I'll give more of an update when i get home bc i dont want to drain my cell phone battery for a 2nd time today before i get home.

Mildly worried about when my grant money will be put in my account to buy my books. they said with direct deposit its the first day of class - today- but so far nothing. I already have 1 assignment due Wednesday and cant do it without book. hopefully the money will be there tonight so tomorrow i can buy my books!

until later! i need to get to class!
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Danny::walking surf board)
so...I got 4 of 5 classes. that elusive math class wouldn't add. I'll need to make an appt & talk with my counselor about it. It's stupid because my transcripts say I can take Intermediate Algebra, but the scheduling system won't let me add it. I won't be add it for Fall 2013, but if I get it sorted NOW I can hopefully take it Spring 2014.

My Official Schedule
8-915am Concepts of Criminal Law
1230pm-145pm Criminal Evidence

8-915am Introduction to Administration of Justice
930-1045am Criminal Procedures

Looks like I'll be leaving an hour earlier in the mornings than I do now. No big deal. I just won't be able to press snooze on my alarm for that extra hour of sleep I'm able to get now. Like I said, no big deal. Wake up @ 6am, put the coffee on (if it wasn't done the night before), eat, dress and leave at 7am.

On Monday/Wednesday, I have that lovely 3 hr and 15 minute gap. Excellent time for reading, writing, lunch, catching up on homework. Public transportation around campus isn't all that great - I think 2 buses run once an hour and 2 other buses run every 30 minutes. I'll be able to better gauge once I look up the schedules.

On Tuesday/Thursday, I'm done by 11 am, but I think I will stick to campus at least until 2 pm as to not deal with any drama from my dad about needing to find a job or whatever (yes, I think this will still happen even with me going to school)

Classes came to like $588, but my total out of pocket fees are $29. That's $19 for the Health Fee and $10 for the Cerritos College Student Association fee. I have 7 days to pay or they drop my classes. UGH going to have to pay it Monday as bills wiped me out for this week. I should have anticipated that, but I thought the fee waiver covering my classes was also going to cover those 2 fees. I get my Pell Grant money ON August 19 (Monday), so after class on August 20 I can buy my books if I'm not able to buy them the day before.

I'm excited for it to be August 19 already!
simplyn2deep: (Hawaii Five 0::Kono::red top)
School hasn't even started and I'm already annoyed lol

the Plus:
the classes for my major are available

the Minus:
the one GE class I need always fills up fast
I can't take a foreign language unless I pay for it myself

as of right now, all my classes are picked. I'll check in 3 hrs to see if they're still available. my registration is in 10 hrs 32 mins. I think I'll keep checking every 3 hours until I register to make sure they're still available and adjust accordingly.

Tentative Schedule:
8-915am Concepts of Criminal Law
10am-1150am Intermediate Algebra
1230pm-145pm Criminal Evidence
2pm-350pm Intermediate Algebra

I have math listed twice because the 10am class has 14 available seats and by the time I register it could be closed, so I have the 2 pm class also picked and it has 22 available seats.

8-915am Introduction to Administration of Justice
930-1045am Criminal Procedures

Really debating if I should search out a Tuesday/Thursday Spanish class and pay out of pocket...for the sake taking 3 classes a day, but I don't want to overload myself. What I have picked now is 16 units...basically full time

Another reason I made my schedule like this is because I want to leave myself available to work in the afternoon if I should find a job nearby or on campus *fingers crossed* but also, I'm debating on if I should change my volunteer schedule at the courthouse to Tuesday/Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Down side to volunteering in the afternoon at the courthouse is the dress code. CLS says the employees, volunteers and interns have to dress professional. I don't want to go to school wearing what I wear to the courthouse - it's too dressy and I don't have enough time to go home, change and get to the courthouse all by bus. If I had stable access to the car, that would be different. There would be enough time for me to go home, change and get to the courthouse by 130pm when they open up after lunch. Oh! but my mom is a caregiver Tuesday/Thursday so she has the car. Maybe I should just stick with Friday mornings. I don't mind dressing up.

I still have time to think on this. I told J & N I would let them know my schedule so I'm thinking I'll tell them on August 9. I'd tell sooner, but J is out of town until August 5 (I think).

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