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Today is Orientation at LBCC. Presumably I'm just going to learn how to register online amongst some other things. But it's supposed to take two hours. I can't imagine what needs to be said that would take that long. But whatever.

Graduation was yesterday. It's kind of neat living in a college town - a lot of things revolve around the college kids - apparently lots of places have shorter summer hours because they lose so much business, that sort of thing. Yesterday we saw a ton of people moving out of their dorms and apartments, and Cory lost count of how many UHauls he saw on the way to New Morning to see me. Hopefully the city will be nice and quiet, especially at night, until September. The only downside to it is this: I see a ton of people graduating and it makes me jealous. :) I should have finished college instead of moving to Minnesota. No, I take that back. Minnesota was a really good experience, and if I'd kept going to school I would have gotten a degree in vocal performance, and how the heck would I have been able to use that??

I read Lost by Gregory Maguire (the guy who wrote Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, which I wanted to read but neither were at the Book Bin) in one day. It disappointed me at the end. I get tired of the formula that he used - too many authors and movie-makers use it.


Whoops, so I didn't post this this morning. So I'll just continue on.

Orientation was just shy of a joke. I got there a bit early and waited, and then some guy and I had to watch a video of this lady in front of a blackboard talking about the placement test and stuff. Partway through, an advisor interrupted us and asked if one of us wanted to see her right now so we didn't have to sit through the video. I jumped at the chance, so she talked to me for five minutes about how to register online. So I wasn't there for more than 40 minutes, rather than the two hours they told me to set aside.

And now comes the daunting task of first making a budget and then registering. I've been looking at classes and almost nothing I want is available. Not because the classes are full, but because I can't find them as even existing. LBCC's website is a pain in the ass.


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Jun. 14th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've found orientations to be generally useless as well. When I started working on my Associate's Degree, they told us to plan out 3 hours for orientation. I was like "uh, no" and got all of my paperwork filed in 10 minutes.

Instead of taking a campus tour where they give you a bunch of boring information on the history of this building and that garden, I wandered around and found everything I needed-- bookstore, snack stand, student center, advisor's office, gym-- in about 15. Woo-hoo for self-reliance!

Also, oh man. Placement test = so easy for Megan-Mommy. I don't know about your mathematics abilities, but your knowledge of all things grammar leads me to believe that you could probably teach at Linn-Benton if you so desired.

What do you want to take, by the way? Are you looking to get a degree/certificate or are you going to school to learn about specific things?
Jun. 14th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Orientation
If I had known that it was going to take me fifteen minutes and that I didn't *really* need to even be there in order to register for classes, I would have registered at the end of May and wouldn't have all the trouble finding open classes that I'm having now. Argh.

Placement test = not great, but that's OK. I don't remember how to do Algebra. The lady on the video said "most of us don't use Algebra in our daily lives, so you may have forgotten some of it from high school." I'd like to know why we have to take Algebra if we're never going to use it in our daily lives. The English/Lit part of the test was waived, by the way, since I was in a college-level English class in high school and got credit for it through a local CC.

So right now I'm registered for Hatha Yoga, which doesn't even give me any credits. But I've wanted to do yoga for awhile now, so I'm excited. And the rest of the General Ed classes I have to take are either full or aren't being offered this term. Which is OK - I'll probably just take one or two classes and that should help me remember how to be a college student again. As far as degrees go, at LBCC I'm taking just enough classes to get me an Associate of Science degree, and then I'll go on to get my Bachelor's Degree at Oregon State University after that's done. In Political Science.
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