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School Daze

Wow! What a whirlwind!
I've been absent from "Greasy" for way too long.

I enrolled in FOUR classes for the Fall semester after taking THREE over two months in the summer. I thought, "How bad could it be? I got through those two months and now it's spread out over four months."

Then, when I had a chance to drop them before incurring any charges, I couldn't get them dropped due to some technicality in the bursar's office. Sooooo...I'm still taking FOUR classes during one of the busiest times of the year.

THEN THERE'S MATH!!! Ok, I used to be really good at math. Used to be. This Math Analysis for Business is eating my lunch! It's calculus and I've forgotten so much of what comes before calculus that I'm playing a frantic game of catch-up and I'm still not sure it isn't going to tank my GPA (which matters to me only because it always has, no logical reason).

I spend literally hours on the homework and when I return to it in a day or two I cannot remember what is supposed to happen. Fortunately, there are not very many high-level math classes required for this degree.

On a brighter note, I'm finally scratching the learning itch that went neglected for far too long. Some, including close family, think I'm crazy for wasting money on a degree, but they don't understand it's not about the paper. It's about learning and it's something I enjoy immensely. Hopefully, I can turn it into something profitable sooner or later.

The girls are back to school and the steady hum of home life is soothing, although quite lively most of the time. The church is hanging in there, although I wish I were better at that part of my work. Seems like what worked in Mexico isn't working here.

Wish me luck. I'm gonna need it for the next 13 weeks! LOL

posted on Sept 7, 2019 9:12 PM ()


I just now googled 'calculus for business' and the little blurb said: "If you want to understand patterns of change, in business or in the natural world, learning calculus is worth the investment." So now we know - doesn't make me want to take a class in it, though. I'd be in worse shape than you are: what math skills I had are rusted entirely shut.
comment by traveltales on Sept 8, 2019 9:47 AM ()
When I'm working these problems, fleeting glimpses of familiarity like ghosts rise from my long-buried memories of a pre-calculus class I had in high school. Emphasis on the word "fleeting"!
reply by jerms on Sept 10, 2019 6:02 AM ()
Returning to a structured learning situation is always a challenge. Happy you have the determination and energy to do it all.
comment by tealstar on Sept 8, 2019 8:35 AM ()
I see my brain as a great machine that's been running at level 5 for years, now being challenged to run at 9. Knocking the rust off!
reply by jerms on Sept 10, 2019 5:59 AM ()
I am so proud of you, Jeremy. You can do it and still not neglect your other two jobs. The busier you are the h appier you will be!
comment by elderjane on Sept 8, 2019 6:20 AM ()
I've found that to be true. An idle mind, devil's workshop, etc. LOL. Thanks for the encouraging words!
reply by jerms on Sept 10, 2019 5:57 AM ()
You’ve got this!!!
I’m proud of you, keeping your mind active is key.
Keep on keeping on and we will see ya on the other side of this semester!
comment by kristilyn3 on Sept 8, 2019 4:37 AM ()
Thank you! I needed that extra boost from you guys!
reply by jerms on Sept 10, 2019 5:57 AM ()
The 13 weeks will wiz by and you'll do great--that is a given!
comment by greatmartin on Sept 7, 2019 9:37 PM ()
You guys are so encouraging! I think it's why I come here!
reply by jerms on Sept 10, 2019 5:50 AM ()

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