Monday, July 20, 2009


Just a quick update on my university adventure:

  • I went to Orientation, on a whopping three and a half hours of sleep and a bad attitude.
  • I was surrounded by hundreds of seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds, which made me feel about seventy-five instead of thirty-one.
  • The part of the experience in which the family is invited to join in was pretty funny; Everyone else was there with their Mommies and Daddies while I was there with my baby and 'Baby Daddy'.
  • All the students were given a book to read before classes begin next month: My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I realize it's just part of a campus-wide reading program and not for a specific class but I still couldn't help but feel a little... disappointed, I guess. I mean, I stayed up the night before reading Rimbaud's A Season In Hell. I felt how I imagine one may feel when leaving a theatre after hearing a seasoned orchestra and turning on the car's radio and hearing Limp Bizkit. (And that's why I'm getting a MacBook Pro and not a Dell. Viva Elitism!)
  • I believe I mentioned previously that I was going to start with online courses. However, there is a slight snag. I discovered that online courses are (brace yourself) $200 per credit hour! It gets worse: That is in addition to the regular cost of tuition! 4 classes = 12 credit hours x $200 each + regular tuition = Way more than I want to pay. Yeah. So I am actually going to go to classes which will be better anyway. (I get to leave the house! All by myself! To somewhere other than the park! I know, I can't believe it either!)
  • While I was doing all these tedious tasks, Jeremy and Violet went and bought me some pretty cool gifts: a new Jeff Buckley dvd that I didn't know existed (Grace Around the World, with a bonus cd!), a rockin' Domo t-shirt, and some books. Oh yeah- and a new Burt's Bees lip balm! It calmed down my pissy sleep-deprived bad mood quite a bit.
Those were the highlights, folks. (You should have seen the low-points!) Well, I didn't mention my bad ID photo or how I got separated from my group a few times, but I covered most of it.


Laoch of Chicago said...


Giant steps

Maggie May said...

good on ya! hang in there

Annika said...

Orientation at our school was actually called (Dis)Orientation. There were t-shirts.

beaux said...

That is way cool Mary. Good for you. It must be exciting.
I can't believe they have orientation for parents so that they don't freak out when their children leave the nest. I would be all..."Get the hell out of here and go learn something, and besides that, you're going to have to come home in a few years to change my diaper. Now go on you, quit with the crying."
Take care of yourself.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

My college orientation was in the fall of '86 and I still remember it vividly - and I remember being mostly bored, but I did meet a few nice people who became friends over the years.

Anonymous said...

You or the "Baby's Daddy" should let me know if you need anything. I'm a 10 yr pro on that campus now. Sad, I know.

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