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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: (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.

Whatever.

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.
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!

well...

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.

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: (Scott Caan::cigar::yes)
First I heard back from FAFSA about my financial aid and my application was processed successfully!

Then I heard back from Cerritos, and that application was accepted!

LOOKS LIKE I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!

I'm looking around the college's access website (where I'll register for classes and have access to my grades) and it looks like I won't have to take many classes over. This is good, but also bad. Good that I don't have to take the class over, but bad that I have to find more classes to be considered a full time student (3-5 classes).

I'll need to have 2 sets of transcripts sent to this college, but thankfully I have like 2 months to get that done. Fall classes probably start the 2nd or 3 week in August. I'm so looking forward to playing email/phone tag to get that accomplished from ICDC!

I also need to make an appointment with a counselor. That needs to be done soon as well. Preferably once transcripts have been delivered, but I'll call and ask to be sure.

I'm just so happy!

Funny thing...I haven't told my parents yet. When I got the 2 acceptance emails, I went to twitter and facebook first. My parents are on FB, but don't go to my page unless I tag them. I don't plan on tagging them with this news. It probably seems weird to others for me not to tell my parents since we live in the same apartment and everything, but I just don't want to until it's time for me to pick my classes. I don't want to hear the lectures or deal with the arguments.

I'm doing what it takes for me to get a full time job. Employers want someone with a Bachelor's Degree? Okay, I'll go back to school for that and who knows, I might find a job on campus when I eventually no longer have the job with the church (due to a potential merger and a bunch of other unexpected stuff).

For the last 6 months I'd been hoping that a position with Legal Aid would open up, but I don't think that's looking good. They're steady getting volunteers, but to my knowledge, no one is being hired.

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