On the other hand, maybe college isn’t such a good idea

Here is a confession: I never finished college. I meant to, but after my husband graduated and we moved to Arizona, it just became one of those goals that went on the back burner. I always said I’d go back when all the kids went to school, but hey, then I turned into a writer and there just didn’t seem to be the need or the time to go back.

But last year was frustrating in a lot of ways. A few bad days as an author and I found myself surfing the Internet for other career possibilities. Another bad day and I actually sent in an application to a university, then bam another bad day and I registered for an online course.

I didn’t take it–the no time thing hadn’t changed–and so a couple of weeks ago they sent me a reminder letter that the deadline was coming up.

Well, I’d already paid for it, and really I always did want to finish my degree, so I buckled down and got it done. It’s a one credit required course called Student Developement 100 and is basically about how to become a successful student.

On the website the class is listed as STDev 100, but somehow my mind skipped over those lower case e and v and I’ve been referrring to it as STD 100, which might not have been so bad except that I just had to go to the testing center to take the final.

And yes, I did go to the desk and tell the lady that I was there for my STD 100 test.

And no, I didn’t realize how that sounded until she gave me this shocked sort of look, like I was entirely in the wrong place and if it was my 100th test then maybe I just needed to choose a different lifestyle.

Then I quickly told her that I meant Student Developement 100.

See, this is why I’m never going to run out of embarrassing stories for my books.


On the other hand, maybe college isn’t such a good idea — 14 Comments

  1. I can relate to the STD 100 story. I graduated from WAZZU with a B.A. degree in American Studies. (Impressive sounding, no?) One day, I recieved some literature from the department in which someone, in their infinite wisdom, chose to abreviate the major as “American Stud”. Maybe it was an attempt tp attract more students to the department

  2. Oh my gosh! I’m rolling on the floor laughing! That is SO FUNNY!!

    Good luck with taking classes. I quit school for a little while and came back to it. I’m FINALLY finished and I’m so glad it is over with. Now I have nightmares about how I really don’t have a degree even though they sent me one and I have ONE more class to take. BLECH!!

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