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Why I will not be paying for a parking pass…

October 4, 2009

The educational institution I attend charges 79 DOLLARS for the privilege of using its sub-standard parking facilities. The fee keeps going up year after year, and after paying over $2000 on car repairs this summer (which represents nearly three-quarters of one semester’s tuition), I REFUSE to pay for a parking pass. I realize that the surface area costs more to plow in the winter, but really, now! I’m not sure how many students, staff and faculty have purchased the permits, but $79+ (passes cost more for non-students) multiplied by that number seems a tad excessive to me.

There was even a referendum within the last couple of years that went to vote and, thankfully, did not get passed. This referendum was proposing that ALL students pay an extra $100 a year on top of regular tuition in order to subsidize bus passes for those students living off campus who used that service. What about the drivers??? There is no way in HECK I would agree to that proposal! Maybe I’m just being a royal pain in the butt, but we’ll see how much money in parking tickets I owe before I can get my diploma…

The first day!

September 8, 2009

I’m back at school yet again, for the last year of my undergrad degree. I graduated from high school in 1999, and I’m still doing an undergrad…you can do the math…that’s a long time!

There are many reasons why it has taken so long to finish my degree. Someone very close to me put it best: I lost my way. I had no clear path straight out of high school, and I spent many years chasing what I thought other people expected of me and not enough time doing what I wanted. I should have listened to all the people (and there were, honestly, 2 or 3) who said I’d be a good teacher, because that’s where I’m hoping to head now! I really feel that the profession is my calling in life, and that there is no reason that I should not attain the goal. I can think of many teachers (those who have personally taught me and others) who are no more passionate or qualified for the position I am. That may sound cocky, but it’s what I need in order to pump myself up for the hard months ahead!

I have had 2 classes so far today- Organic Chemistry being the first. It’s not my most favorite or strongest subject, but I’ve promised myself that I will tolerate it and get a mark of at least B-. I have no grand illusions; I know I’m not going to get an A, but I’m sure going to work towards it. My other class today was a  Biology class, and the prof is awesome! It’s definitely not going to be an easy course- there are lab and online components, and there will be a dizzying array of muscles and bones and names to memorize- but the class interests me, and for me that’s the key to success.

It can only go forward from here!