Tuesday, May 20, 2014

School Update

I don't think I could describe this semester in one word. It was crazy. It was short. It was cold. It was stressful.

I went back to school last summer officially to finish my social work degree. Last semester I had 4 classes and this semester I had 5. Four actual in class and one online class. To say I jam-packed my semester would be an understatement. I did that because I was told I would have no problem taking a human biology class in the fall. Errr. Nope I can not take it in the fall because it will now interfere with my social work internship. So next week I start biology for a 6 week class at the local junior college. I had to go thru some hoops to get approved to take it off campus but it saved me a boat load of money and I'll be done before Avery is done with her summer session of school.

In the fall I start my internship along with 4 classes. Then in the spring it's internship plus 4 classes. Then God willing I'll graduate with my bachelors in social work in May!!

So some snippets of interest if you don't follow me on Instagram.

One of the things I found in a washroom during one of my days of agency observation. This was in the womens room of a DCFS building.  We had to do a 30 hour observation at an agency shadowing a social worker.  It was awesome. I spent my time following child welfare workers for Easter Seals who deal with foster care for special needs kids. 

My oldest went to my statistics class with me when she was on spring break. She was pretty good and asked questions. lol. Statistics was just as exciting as you can imagine. My teacher was cool, she didn't make me cry like I've heard other stats teachers at the school have done. It's a required class for my major. I passed and that's all I cared about.

We spent a day in Springfield at the capital building for social work advocacy day.

That was an early morning and long day down to the capital on a bus. The point of the day is that you are to meet with your state representative and discuss the issues that are concerning you. You were to arrange a meeting with your representative and write about it for a paper. I contacted my representative 3 times before the day and not a single person could tell me if he would meet with me. Awesome. The day we went down there they were in session and could not meet with any students.

The capital building was packed that day with a few different groups from Chicago trying to raise awareness for charter schools. We did the best we could to enjoy the day.

This is not even a good picture of the crowded rotunda. It really was wall to wall people at times. The heat was also still on in the building. For one of the first nice days in months.

Before we knew it the semester was winding down. Our big projects were due and it was time for finals. This is when it was crazy. I just wanted to get to the end.

This is how I feel about group projects. My solution for this is pretty easy. The first semester you have everyone doing group projects you will find out who does not carry their weight. So the next semester you stick all of those people in a group and let them fend for themselves. Seems fair right?? Yeah. You would think people would learn a lesson that way. Needless to say I did not get totally screwed in any of my group projects but it was always the same people who were last minute students in every group.

The Sunday before finals when I was finishing up a paper at school this is what the library looked like. Dead. Where the hell was everyone? Oh hiding. The school had an orientation for new students that day and there were tours going through all the common buildings and library. Weird ass school.

This is how my brain felt during my stats final.

Thank God you could use your notes. We were allowed notes for all exams, had one take home exam, only one assignment and I suck at this stuff (hello I haven't had any math classes in 20 years!!) and I still eked out a C in it. But 8 people still failed (D's  &F's). Its a required course for I think all students so you have to get a C for it to count. Our teacher gave us a breakdown of the class grades at the end which I kinda of wish all teachers did because that way you got to see if you were in the majority or you were part of the low end of the curve.

Our social work class is pretty close knit. It's amazing and our professors are aware of that. They haven't witnessed that with other recent classes. Our class is mixed with younger people and those of us who returned to school in my age range. Everyone is great and I really miss my friends.

That's how I felt on our last day of finals. It wasn't that classy though!

I hit refresh on my school portal like a mad woman for a few days. I knew some grades but one I was waiting on and it was important. The one class I really busted my ass on and I got an A in.  I still got a 3.0 this semester but I really want to get all A's next semester. I really want to get into the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work before graduation. Even though I've heard this from a few people that "C's get degrees" I know I can do better. It will be all worth it next May!!


  1. I am happy you figured out a way to make the human biology class work!

    Ha! That is good all the slackers were together for the group projects. I hated that in school. I had some decent groups though.

    Love that you made so many friends! :)

  2. I loathed group projects when I was in school!!! Best of luck!!