Monday, October 27, 2008

In case it wasn't obvious...

For those who had not figured it out yet by the lack of entries here, college plans are on indefinite hold. Nothing has gone according to plan since leaving WY... and although things are picking up on my Zazzle and Squidoo ventures (please see Art on the Edge for details), I simply cannot afford higher education right now.
Because of my need to move out of the housemate's home, combined with inability to find work here in central FL, I had to take an assignment out of town...again.
It is not what I wanted.
However I am excited about it and think it may be a very enjoyable interlude.
Once I complete my contract, I would ideally like to spend a few months in either the UL or Ireland for old times sake.

I have really questioned whether a degree is necessary, after all.
I can still do self-guided study, and am still looking at the possibility of attending New College in Sarasota at some future date.

Struggling with this ADHD has never been easy. By the time I am certain I know what I want to do, I no longer really want to do it. It's like the effort of planning it took the passion for it out of me. I got much further in the process this time, and I believe that if real life hadn't dictated otherwise (necessity for work), I would be taking at least a few classes by now.

Who knows? Maybe next year...
I'll keep you apprised.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nothing to Report...

Reporting that there is really nothing to report.
Old alma matter screwed up and sent wrong info on transcripts. Was supposed to fix their mistake and post correct ones the next day.
That was 2 weeks ago and they still have not arrived.

Really cannot move forward without those transcripts right now as I am at the application stage.

Inquired about the LPS (Continuing Studies degree programs) @ Penn. May not qualify.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Eckerd' PEL Program is Definitely Out

I was able to speak to an admissions advisor in the PEL program @ Eckerd today, and she quite clearly told me that the courses I am interested in are not available to students in the Pel program.
Well, disappointing, but good to know.

I am trying to focus all my energy forward, really praying and visualizing this move to Philadelphia with S. I think it would be fabulous. How strange that I never got to know the area when I grew up less than a 2 hour car trip away. My family just never went there, other than to the zoo and maybe a visit to the Liberty Bell, which I don't even remember.

The school of my dreams, University of PA, is there. If nothing else, I would have access to its libraries and the awesome archaeology museum.

Yes, I can totally picture living in Philly. It might be a hassle getting from downtown to and from WCU campus every day, but it possible.

If it is meant to be, it will be!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

going in circles...???

I can only trust that the universe is leading me to the place and program which is best for me.
Every time it seems I have made a decision and a "plan", something comes up. Well, hopefully eventually I will be led to the RIGHT home, the RIGHT job, and the RIGHT college.

Here's the latest possibility... which has kind of gone back to square one(ish).
An acquaintance of mine mentioned moving to the Philadelphia area, so I immediately felt compelled to ask if she'd consider getting a place together w/me.
She seemed very agreeable, and we exchanged a few emails about the idea. We have not made any definite plans but I feel really excited about it. I am waiting to hear from her tomorrow about when she wants to move (we mentioned doing it before Xmas) and to what area of town (important to me for transportation reasons).

(cat sitting on computer...will add more later

Monday, September 15, 2008

I was very excited...until...

I was very excited about the prospect of New College. But they have not responded to my questions, and they do not seem to offer a regular schedule of classes.

I was very excited about the Eckerd PEL program...until I discovered that it is also not the type of full time study I want. At least, not if I understand what their webpage says regarding classes meeting only once a week for five hours. I want to be taking 4 classes that are listed in their "regular" course catalog, not being relegated to special coursework for older students.

In the meantime...I have discovered that YouTube is a great source for history documentary programming, including a 6 part series on Mesopotamia which I plan to watch starting this evening.
To be followed by viewing related to ancient Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Israel over the weeks ahead as time permits.

Tomorrow we're going downtown to the main library, which is always fun. I love books! I wish I worked in a library! I am still waiting for them to call me back regarding an interview...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Greetings DAHS Class of 1986!

Hello to all my high school classmates who have linked over here from our class page!
Even though I have lived far away from York County since 1992, I have often wanted to attend our reunions and class events.
I hope you are all well... happy, blessed with good jobs and good families!

I wonder what you think of me. (here's my mug shot ----
pic taken winter 2006 in Stratford, England)

Do you think I'm crazy? Do you think I'm doing the right thing? Are you laughing at me? Are any of you jealous? lol

I wonder what your lives have been like. I wonder what places you have gone to. I wonder what it's like to be married and have children (both of which I have managed to avoid) and work in steady careers.

So...what is my latest news regarding my college journey? Well, I have been researching schools here in Florida while waiting for my transcripts to arrive in the mail.
I honestly do not think an online program, regardless of price, can offer me what I am looking for. I seek class interaction and "hands-on" experience.
I think in some ways I am also trying to give myself the learning and growing experiences I missed out on by dropping out of WCU in 1986. Sure, I had many different experiences... but something just doesn't feel complete.

There are currently three FL schools which are high on my list:
*Eckerd College in St. Pete (PEL Program)
*New College in Sarasota
*University of South Florida (St. Pete)
I am also still interested in:
*Rollins, and maybe
*FL Atlantic or
*FL International

Not much else to say, right now. Feels like a waiting game.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Just waiting on my transcripts

Not a heck of a lot to report today... requested my high school transcripts earlier this week andam just waiting for them to arrive before taking the next step in applying to several FL schools.

I am still hopeful to get in for spring semester. Several people have told me that, to their knowledge, regardless of my age I cannot be denied on-campus housing, that doing so would be discrimination.

Yes, it is going to be VERY hard to relate to the average aged 18-22 year olds in housing. I have never been part of the "in" crowd even when I was in that age group, and now usually when I see youth interacting away from adult supervision, I am APPALLED at their behavior.

Well, another bridge to cross when we get to it.

Read a fascinating article about the history and culture of Iran/Persia last nite... then explored a variety of flickr photo uploads from Tehran, Masuleh and a caravanserai called
Robat-e Miandasht Simply stunning.

A new obsession is born.