So, as we have just entered May, I am hoping to be accepted by West Chester U. However, while I am a step away from admission, we still need one factor to be settled. And it’s quite goofy.
Goofy, you may think. Yes, this is due to an incident at a community college 5 years ago (2012). I won’t describe it, but it could put some restrictions (if not a total ban of admission) on me at West Chester U, despite it being well past. By the way, that very same behavior did not truly cause expulsion from the community college, but an odd “permanent suspension” from the campuses. So while I couldn’t physically attend the classrooms, I did manage to complete an online course.
Thus, to get this issue settled, which apparently may seem trivial due to great progress in coping with issues and not using assaults to communicate (especially by putting an end to a 13-year series of assaults earlier this year, which started in high school), I must defend my eligibility at an interview at the university. If not, I could go elsewhere.
But Here’s the Catch…
As a product of the special education system, due to my mild autism and the behaviors that came forth through that, I had little college-preparation. All throughout middle and high school, I did little homework and similar academic activities (and the stuff I did was far less challenging than a true college-prep high school student).
Later, when I started attending that very community college mentioned above, I never finished a semester with any more than one course complete. At a later community college, I successfully completed no more than two per semester.
So, is the prospect of a bachelor’s impossible? Well, I’ll see. I will probably change my proposed full-time status (12+ credits, roughly 4 courses) to one that is part-time (11 or lower). Then I can ease my way into the Biology curriculum, especially since I already have 33 credits down (and thus a sophomore status). Their contribution to my college progress depends on where they fit into the curriculum.
And a Brief Addendum…
Eureka! I know why I hardly ever completed reading a textbook without an instructor. While I have looked at textbooks for just the enjoyment of it, time and time again, they have always backfired. A textbook is chock full of facts, and unless you don’t have a professor as your compass, you will (metaphorically) drown in that factual sea! Personal reading of textbooks is a sink-or-swim deal, for you won’t know what facts are important and what are not. In fact, in most courses, I understood why certain things in their corresponding texts didn’t matter so much, not to mention some information that was included in the lectures had relevance. It’s also a matter of your school’s curriculum in a given area, as well as its strength at it.
So I’ll probably stick to more “popular press” stuff for now, especially for things outside my prospective major (namely, biology).
“Reading textbooks for fun”…nothing but an oxymoron.
2 thoughts on “Race for the Bachelor’s”
Excellent blog, Frank! Keep striving for greatness. I believe in you 100%.
This was a very well written blog, Frank! Keep focused on your goals and the faith to accomplish them!