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Originally I said I would take it slow, and not take any classes this summer. In part, it's like, why not save the $500 or so. In part it's that I am not in a HUGE rush to get into nursing school because when I do make that transition, I will have to make a decision about going full time, and that is kind of a nightmare from several perspectives. (Those being that I started my perfectly good job 6 months ago and I don't want to leave it, that it would make us financially uncomfortable during the 2 years for the degree, and well, that last one is a whole thing in itself.) In another part, A&P has been lots of work and I will want a break where I can sit on my thumbs and play World of Warcraft and put drum practice at a higher priority and generally sloth it up. Or work out, or play softball, whatever.

Then I got the summer course catalog from PGCC and looked at it. I was just going to glance at it and toss it in the trash, knowing my plan to slack and bide my time. But then I somehow was getting out the hiliter and marking all the classes I could take. (And taking a trip down memory lane to a time when doing this filled me with hope and eagerness and complete for-granted-taking of the cost being absorbed by loans.) What are the advantages? More good grades (in theory) to help my sad GPA from my previous college experience. Obviously, learning more is good. Looking better on an app to nursing school just by having more courses under my belt, as currently nothing else I'm doing is getting me experience in a medical field. Being ready to apply sooner.

Disadvanatages? Being less focused at work, being out that $500 or so bucks in the immediate future, less time for social life and slacking. The thought of course is that there will be time for all those things when I'm done with nursing school but in a way that's a lie because a) I still make time for those things and b) what if I go get a BSN to MSN or something like that?

So I realized, hey, I should talk to an academic advisor. Or, I could ask my friends list!

Anatomy & Physiology II

OK here is the deal. I could take this immediately, or I could take it next fall. If I take it immediately, which wasn't even an option in my head, it would mean that for 8 weeks this summer I would get off of work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday, and go to class for 3.5 hours. On the surface, this sounds crazy. I would have no life. But the optimist (and apparently the drill sergeant) in me says... what's 8 weeks? How hard could it be? What are you, some kind of wimp? Lots of people have to work two jobs to survive in this world and you're crying about 8 weeks of work that you supposedly like?

Yeah, I probably won't do it.

Medical Terminology

OK so this is actually for people who are going into like, medical assisting and stuff. But it couldn't hurt right? It's completely applicable? And bonus, it's an online course, so no driving anywhere. Could even be an easy A. It is 4 credits though so who knows.

Introduction to Nutrition

Well, who doesn't want to know real facts about nurtition. It's a berjillion dollar industry. And applicable to the major. I have three options of how to take it; two classroom options in Laurel (4 hours 2 days a week or 2 hours 4 days a week) or an online option. And it's probably easy? ish?

Biomedical Ethics

I've never taken a philosophy course before in my life. Maybe it would be stupid to start with this one. It may have intro to philosophy as a pre-req anyways. Advantage: it meets for exactly 3 weekends (in Laurel and not Largo!) making it a quick one to knock out.

Abnormal Psychology

I guess if I have a goal of psych nursing, this would be good. And fun, I reckon. Also a 3-weekender, but in Largo. Haven't taken a psych class in a decade but so?

Introduction to Social Work

I think this would be interesting as I still kind of wish I could be a social worker. Bonus: all online. Seriously? You can teach someone about working socially online?

So what do you think, peanut gallery?

What class should I take this summer?

A&P II because you are hardcore.
Medical Terminology
Intro to Nutrition
Biomedical Ethics because I want to laugh at your lack of philosophical knowledge.
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Social Work
Nothing! Enjoy the summer! Level your rogue!


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Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Abnormal Psychology was one of the most fun introductory classes I've taken!
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Apparently lots of other people think it's fun too. :)
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Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
The problem with Abnormal Psych is that you start applying names to all your friends' foibles... and worse, then you start on your own.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, but at least if I took the class, I'd have the official names, instead of using, you know. Unofficial names.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I would take one that directly and certainly fills a requirement for the major. And it is definitely easy. And online? Why the h not?
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, the only one that actually fills a requirement is the hard one. I used the word "applicable" in a more theoretical sense, not in a required credits for the degree sense.
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Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
re Anatomy & Physiology II: one thing to consider is that classes that are hardcore and meet over the summer versus a semester is that in some ways the work is easier; they know that you can't be spending your copious free evenings writing a 20-page paper IF YOU ARE IN THEIR CLASS. Sometimes the classes are smaller, so paradoxically you get more of the prof's attention.

Honestly, I'd suggest getting ahold of the prof if you can and just point-blank asking them which would be a better experience. It also depends on your best learning experience; if you don't intake info well auditorially, and will have to go back and re-read everything anyway, a compressed course is likely not the best idea.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Also, if you leave time between A&P I and A&P II, how much will you forget and have to relearn?
(no subject) - snidegrrl - Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm a big slacker so I say take some time...but, I also think that an online-only course might be cool, for all the reasons you list. I just wonder about burnout, depending what your fall semester is going to look like!
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I recalled just now that one of the thoughts I had about the really, really hard class is that if I kick my own ass with it in the summer, then during the long fall semester I'd be taking something much easier.

At one class a semester I really hope I will not burn out, especially when I am only halfway through the second class I've even taken in 10 years! I am putting any thoughts of burnout out of my mind. It's unpossible!
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Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
The nutrition class seems to have a lot of advantages - proximity and counting for the major being the two biggest. If you're going to give up your summer, I say get something useful out of it!

And I'm totally with you on that eagerness that always came with picking classes for the next semester. I'll actually miss taking classes I think. It's been a real luxury to spend the last several years just absorbing as much information as I could!
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, it doesn't technically count for the major, it's just related information.

When I was first out of college, I had such a bad taste in my mouth that I knew I didn't want to go back. After a few years passed, though, I wanted it really bad!!! I love school. I wish I had loved it as much back then. :)
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Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
To up my GPA. I had a 2.7 from Tech and I would like to gather as many As as possible to counteract that and show that no really, I am a good student, I promise. Getting into nursing school is kind of competitive, yes, even at the community college level.
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Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Totally selfish
Take nutrition so I can ask you questions about what to eat. =) It's online, and like you said, it's probably easy.

Or slack off. I couldn't pick 2 options.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
That's a tough one. I voted A&P2 because you've just taken the first one and since that's going to be a tough course, I'd want the material to be fresh.
On a purely selfish level, I'm all for biomedical ethics, because you'd totally liven up the lunchroom, but not nutrition, because then I might find out from you exactly how bad the stuff I eat actually is.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
For two months, I wouldn't even grace the lunchroom with my presence because I would be studying or quietly having a nervous breakdown in my cube! Or I could come to lunch and make you all quiz me. :)

Believe me - I am the one with the most to personally be afraid of from nutrition class. I eat such crap.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I clicked Abnormal Psych because I loved it- and you should find it fun and *easy* as a summer course.

I too, had understood that nursing school programs can be hard to get into. I'd aim for at least a 3.25... but then again, it probably wouldn't hurt to apply anyway- especially if the poorer grades are obviously from an era past.

Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'll apply - as soon as I have a perfect 4.0 GPA in my current classes, or really close. :) I can't go full time for another, I'd say, 18 months if ever, so I'm not in a hurry to apply, right now I'm just taking classes.

You're right about nursing school. It takes a good, high GPA.
Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I vote for focusing on the now. While its a nice thought that once you finish a particular project (nursing school, whatever) that you can do the things you are putting off., the truth is time has a way of filling itself.
Summer school does tend to be easier time wise and more fulfilling/fun. So if you think it would be fulfilling then hey go for it.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: summer
I got some news about requirements and grades today that definitely informs my decisions. I think you're really right!

School is a good part of why I haven't been in touch to find a time to visit.
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