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I'm a Student!

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Phoenix, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Phoenix
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    Late last week I helped a friend of mine move into his dorms at Boise State University, he is a sophomore but it's his first year at BSU as he has recently returned from an overseas Navy base. After spending some time roaming around the campus with him I went and had a look at the available courses, and what was available for people in my situation and found a few interesting courses.

    Whilst I had missed the deadline to apply as a degree seeking student (and not having A-Levels or the American SAT/ACT scores I would not of been eligible anyway) it was as simple as filling in a form to become a non degree seeking student, a few pages and $30 bucks and the nice lady in admissions processed me straight away, I was approved and became an official student for the first time since leaving secondary school

    Today I saw an advisor about my various course options which, due to my situation are a little limited however once I gain 14 credits from BSU I can change my status to degree seeking and my credits will all count towards my bachelors if I pick the right ones. Some I can't do yet, as I need pre reqs, but I can sit a placement test for $5 and depending on my grade it will effect what classes I may or may not need to take as pre reqs to the required courses

    I'm pretty excited about it, it is however a bit daunting. I have not been in academia for about 10 years and I was never much into it back then, but I have had this urge to go and learn something for a good few years now, and if it wasn't for the cost would be doing my MSc in Information Security by now

    I'm enrolled in COMM 101, Fundamentals of Speech Communication with is a 3 credit class, and my first one is Thursday evening at 6pm

    Now to go get a pencil case...
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    You know, I pretty much work just across Capital Boulevard from BSU. We could have lunch. :D
     
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  3. Phoenix
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    I'm there all day tomorrow for a job fair, call me mate :)
     
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  4. Mitzs
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    Well good for you big guy. I am proud of you! Do you remember your fractions? If not I would start studying up on them they will be a part of the math.
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    Nah I already decided I'm going to pay up and take some of the uncredited classes just to get myself back up to speed, starting with English 90, I might be able to skip Math 25 and go straight to 108, but not sure yet

    I'm looking forward to English 202, but need 101 and 102 first, pfft, oh well I seriously need some lessons in that :P
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    Let us know how you get on :)

    How come you've decided to do your degree out there, instead of in the UK while you were here? Considering that the UK has one of the oldest educational systems in the world :biggrin

    -Ken
     
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  7. nugget
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    Way to go mate. Good luck with the studies.:biggrin
     
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  8. wizard

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    Nice one Ryan good look with your studies :D
     
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  9. delorean

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    Good effort champ! Don't forget to show your discount card at every possible opportunity! :biggrin
     
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  10. Arroryn
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    Nice one Ryan :) keep us posted on how you get on.

    I'd offer to help you on your English, through personal interest if nothing else, but I fear there may be nuances to American English that would mean I'd be more of a hinderance than a help.

    All the best of luck - not that you'll particularly need it :)
     
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  11. Qs

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    Gotta love student discounts :( God I loved those things.
     
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  12. Phoenix
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    I often considered it Ken, in fact on numerous occasions I started the process to apply for my MSc Information Security at the University of London, but cost and the fact that whilst its an awesome degree, IT Sec is not really my calling led to me just not following through

    I think the fact I ended up starting here was chance more than anything, enrolling is easy as pie, and you don't even need to take classes to enroll, you just get in the system, and with me still not working I figured it would be a good way to meet some people, kill some time, and learn something new

    Until I have 14 credits I cant even start a bachelors, but I can get the credits in the stuff that matters to me, and have it count for my degree later on, even if I just take a class or two a semester

    I don't know if I am cut out for a full degree program, but I think I will have fun with a lot of the classes anyway, and the campus resources will help me in other areas too (cheap gym, career center to help get me in touch with local recruiters and businesses etc)

    I'll keep you all posted!
     
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  13. tripwire45
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    I just had lunch with "the student". I'm in walking distance to the Student Union Building (SUB) from where I work, so met him there. He had the typical student backpack and some sort of orange (school colors are blue and orange) badge around his neck, indicating he was a newbie on campus. If he fits in any more, he'll be listening to country and western music and driving a Ford F350 pickup. :wink:

    jk

    Actually, we were talking about him getting a bigger rig for the amount of driving he'll be doing and especially if he likes to go camping.

    It still boggles my mind that two people could meet on this forum who live in such completely different places and, through the most unlikely course of events, end up living close enough to have lunch occasionally.
     
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    The world is a small place, unless you try and hop backwards around it.... :)
     
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  15. Raffaz

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    Good luck mate :)
     
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  16. Bluerinse
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    Nice one Ryan, you are da man 8)
     
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  17. Sparky
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    Nice one mate.

    Make sure you get all the student discount cards as well. :biggrin
     
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  18. sunn

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    I've often wondered if I could do a degree program at my current place in life. Except for my own wants, I have no real needs to pursue it. Maybe one day...

    Good luck Ryan. Just remember to have fun :).
     
  19. Phoenix
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    My mate lives in the co-ed freshman dorm, of course I will have fun!
     
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  20. sunn

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    Nice. Just curious, was this the type of networking you had in mind when deciding to jump on board? 8)
     

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