Monday, July 26, 2010

Going back to school. I think.

Well, I did it. I took the first step in going back to school today. It wasn't easy, mostly because it required getting up before dawn, but it's been done. I took a placement test of sorts today, to see how stupid I've become in the 10 years that I've been out of school. I'm almost afraid to go back tomorrow to get my results. Why, you ask? (*sigh*) I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I put my first name in the "Last Name" box and the teacher handed the form back to me to be fixed.

The rest of the time in the classroom went by slowly. This, of course, was due to the 500 question test in front of me. Broken down in parts, and each part timed. I finished the first section pretty fast and had time to look around. A few other people my age smiled back at me. A much older woman was struggling with her answers and kept tugging on a bit of hair hanging from her ponytail.

Moving on to the math section, the knot in my stomach turned into a fierce sinkhole. I was never very good at math and had a hard time just reading the questions. We were given 50 minutes to answer 40 questions. Along side my answer booklet were 3 sheets of scrap paper. I immediately knew this would not be enough scrap paper. I was right. I was only halfway through the questions when the timer went off. Man, I suck at math.

I was able to finish the rest of the categories quickly enough to go back to the math test and complete (attempt to understand the weirdness on the page is more like it) the other half. I'm pretty sure I'm going to need some extra help with my math type studies.

I have to go back in the morning to get my test scores and find out which classes I'll need to take in order to do well on my entrance exam.

What? I forgot to mention what I'm going back to school for? Sorry. I'm interested in becoming an LPN. It's a good starting point and it's only a 2 year degree. I can add to it if I decide to continue with school after my time is up. Or perhaps, after I work for a while.

Wish me luck. I'm going to need it. Oh, tomorrow is my first wedding anniversary. And I have to spend a few hours in a classroom, then take my 4 month old daughter to the doctor to get routine vaccinations. Yay!

**The picture at the top of the post was taken the morning after my husband proposed to me. We were camping in the mountains and got up super early to go fishing. It was a gorgeous day.


  1. Hi Cort, I came by via Mushroom Printing. Happy Anniversary, and I hope Emily was okay after her shots. I've been there, and they can get real cranky afterwards. :( Good luck and congrats on going back to school. Don't give up! Take it one step at a time. You can do it!

  2. Thanks rys! I'm so excited that you visited! Emily is doing good. A little weepy and feverish, but nothing some Tylenol and mommy's kisses can't fix. I'm nervous and excited about school. Tomorrow is day 3, I can't believe I'm actually doing it!

  3. I always mess up the name boxes! ALWAYS! Every form I've ever filled out has my name scribbled out and re-done.


  4. Crissy! I'm so glad they didn't tell me I was too retarded to stay. And I absolutely HATE when they make you bubble the names in too. I feel so "special" moving my finger along the lines to make sure I don't screw up.