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Overdue Update

Hey guys! I'm still alive. In fact, I'm very much alive!

For the first time in 25 years I set foot on a college campus as a student again at the University of Central Oklahoma. Wow! A lot has changed. Tuition is much higher.

I don't remember if I told you that I switched schools to an in-state school and changed my major from Psychology: Addiction Recovery to Business Administration: Legal Studies. Liberty University was good, very good, but it was expensive and the major wasn't agreeing with me. I was interested, but not fascinated.

At UCO I've taken a Principles of Microeconomics class and a Legal Environment of Business course. The Legal Environment of Business suggestion offered by my academic advisor was a stroke of genius. It seems she knew I needed to whet my appetite for the law in order to stay motivated to finish the Bachelor's step, at least. I only wish I had taken the Legal Environment class on campus and Microeconomics online instead of the reverse. I think I would have really enjoyed this professor in class. She had her own private practice and she has a JD. I'm desperately trying to keep my GPA up so I can qualify for some kind of scholarship, especially when the time comes to pursue the JD. If I don't get almost a full ride, I don't think it's going to happen. So, fingers crossed and STUDY HARD, which I'm enjoying immensely. Some folks enjoy hunting, fishing, balling, shopping, cars, crafts, movies, whatever. Me? I love to go to school!

Speaking of being in school. The young people I've met so far have been very kind and interesting to talk to. They don't treat me like an old relic, although I'm sure they wonder what in the world I'm doing preparing for a career at this age. I'm not sure I'm looking for a career. I'm just curious (fascinated with a subject) and should get some credit for my investigation into it. I digress.

These young folks are about 50% international students and 50% white. They are very bright and are doing very well in the class. The Fall semester will have to be exclusively online as I have the Medicare insurance business to tend to during open enrollment. It's the honey on the bread and butter and none of this extra stuff would be possible without it. Hmmm, however, my Pell grants would be larger without it, so who knows?

OK, I've bored you sufficiently with the steady hum of my life. Signing off.

BTW, textbooks are crazy expensive and some activist should take that up as a project for improvement.

posted on June 20, 2019 7:45 PM ()


Good luck on your 'new' major but I am still trying to wrap my head around how one leads to another unless you wanted something completely different.
You talk about 'old relic'--just curious--any other old relics in your classes???
comment by greatmartin on June 21, 2019 4:58 PM ()
Wanted something totally different! No other relics so far. Just the professor and me.
reply by jerms on July 4, 2019 7:49 PM ()
I can just imagine how expensive tuition and books are now. I enjoyed college immensely too and made some very good friends there. I got both my masters and bachelors at UCO and at the time, it was small and very
user friendly. I got a scholarship to O.U. in speech pathology but turned it down to start a speech therapy program at Crooked Oak. I got
a student loan for all of it and paid it off myself.
comment by elderjane on June 21, 2019 7:20 AM ()
It has changed much in recent years and costs are skyrocketing. I'm thinking of slowing the pace a little, even if that means finishing later. Struggling to juggle it all right now.
reply by jerms on July 4, 2019 7:51 PM ()

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