Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Breathing a sigh of relief, or when it's okay to take advantage of other's misfortunes.

The deadline to pay for tuition for the classes you signed up for during the preregistration period was yesterday. I paid for my fall classes shortly after I registered. I have been waiting for this payment deadline to pass so I could see if anyone didn't pay, and therefore create a space pour moi. Each morning at 5 AM registration opens. That would be five o'clock in the morning, when it's still dark and only farmers and cows are awake. I set my patented Dual Alarm System (TM) so I would get up in time. My patented Dual Alarm System (TM) consists of two alarms and sleeping on the sofa. Back in the day, when I was in college and had to get up early for an exam after staying up all night to study, I would actually sleep on the floor. That way I could get some sleep but not deep enough sleep that I would miss my alarm. It is tragically easy for me to sleep through an alarm. You remember those nights, don't you? My next to last semester at NCSU, I had something ridiculous like 18 credits, six classes because I need my head examined. I think they were all Spanish literature classes too. Because I need my head examined. In the final few weeks of that semester, I had due 12 short papers, criticisms, essays, etc., around 2 or 3 pages in length, I had 6 medium length papers around 6 or 7 pages in length, 8 presentations, the usual quizzes in each class, plus my 20 page thesis. Sadly, I am not exaggerating when I say I think I might have left out a few assignments. I was literally skipping class to get work done. Did I mention it was ALL in a foreign language too? It was so ridiculous. Had I not been so bogged down I would have had the common sense to go to my professors and tell them I am not actually Wonder Woman. I remember I finished my thesis (I got an A+, thank you) with enough time to walk across campus and take a 30 minute nap face down on a wooden bench before an exam started. I sincerely hope I never have to go through that ever again.

Wait, where was I? Right. Registration. I got up super-extra early this morning to try to register. No dice. The system hadn't updated. Nor had it each subsequent time I tried it in the following 45 minutes. I gave up and went back to sleep for an hour before my doctor's appointment. I came home and kept trying over and over and over all day long. No dice. System still wasn't updated. I finally gave up. "I have all summer to worry about this," I thought to myself. I just couldn't summon the energy to stress out at this moment.

On a lark, I logged on to Web Advisor this evening. Voila! In the section I need, two people failed to pay their tuition on time. Huzzah! I mean, it totally sucks for them and all, but I really need this class. I am probably much older than them and therefore, they have a semester or two to waste. You snooze you loose, baby! Boo-yow. I registered and immediately paid my remaining tuition. Fall semester...paid in full!

Without further ado, I present you, most loyal readers, my schedule for the Fall Term for reals this time.

10:30 AM to 11:20 AM Beginning Golf
12:00 PM to 1:50 PM Purchasing
2:00 PM to 3:50 PM Purchasing Lab

8:00 AM to 8:50 AM Baking I
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Sanatation and Safety
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Basic Culinary Skills
11:00 AM to 4:50 PM Basic Culinary Skills Lab

10:30 AM to 11:20 AM Beginning Golf

8:00 AM to 8:50 AM Baking I
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Sanatation and Safety
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Basic Culinary Skills

8:00 AM to 11:50 AM Baking I Lab



Linda said...

Yeah! It's ok to be happy at other people's misfortunes when it leads to your fortune! Especially when it comes to schooling. College was all about creating opportunities from other people's misfortunes!

Meg said...

Wooo! Yay! Awesome!! Congrats on the good luck! I soooo hear you on the crazy college schedules in the past. My freshman year I was taking 16 credits, including two foreign languages (Russian and French) and working 3 paper routes to keep me in school. I can't tell you the number of times I fell over aleep in the middle of studying, conversations, etc., from too much work and too little sleep and just being so danged exhausted. It sucks to not have a degree, but I am incredibly glad I quit college. I like having only one job and getting more than 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night and being able to have hobbies, like cooking or reading for pleasure...

Not kitchen related, but bus related....we have one of those fold down, two bike storage racks on the front of each bus for people who want to take their bike on the bus.

One of our regular bike 'n bus people was riding on my bus with me this evening, our bus was running 10 minutes late so we were all a wee bit cranky and the bus driver was driving maybe a couple of MPH faster than usual, but nothing excessively fast. Suddenly, bus driver slams on the breaks and says "I think your bike just fell off the bus. I think I just drove over it."

Bus driver & "B & B" man get off the bus and look for the bike. They can't find it anywhere behind the bus, nor is it underneath it. They look all over, even to the side of the road and can't locate it. It's just plain disappeared from sight! Someone gets the bright idea to look in front of the bus and, voila, it has somehow managed to fall out of the locked down bike rack and lodge itself *under* said rack, wedged between bus and rack. They extricated it after a couple of minutes and we went on our way.

That said, I am totally never taking my bike on the bus now, as I seriously do not trust those bike racks after today's adventure! Obviously the locking mechanism on the bike front wheel doesn't *really* secure the bike like they say it will....

FoxyMoron said...

You youngins and all yer book learnin'. ;)

If they were as serious about this as you are, they'd have made sure they paid on time. I'm so happy for you (and for me cause I can't wait to read all about your course as you do it). Yay you.

CailinMarie said...


peewee said...

what does golf have to do with culinary pursuits?

Debbie said...

Yes, this is one of those times! I'm happy for you that it all worked out.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad this worked out for you. Scheduling should not be that hard! Your schedule looks good, lots of interesting topics. I always hated doing my schedule back in college, so stressful.

Good for you for being persistent.