|wMar 22, 2006|
My Academic Life and some links for good measure
I declared my English major today (this means I am a double major - English and Political Science), so I guess that that's good. I was given a brochure on getting a certificate (AKA: a minor) in Teaching English as a Second Language. What do you guys think? If I do that, then I think that's where my English electives would go.
I apparently only need 32 credits to graduate, but I won't be done with my majors in a year. If I had killed myself with 18-credit semesters (I personally find 14-15 credit semesters to be ridiculous enough at this university) and summer courses, I could have graduated in 3 years. Or, if I had come in knowing exactly what my majors were going to be, I would have been out in three. Ah, well. One-two more semesters is okay with me. It's not like I know what the hell I'm doing anyway.
The only negative thing that the English advisor had to say for me was that in terms of these law school inklings I keep having, my GPA is on the "low end." She did say, though, that English 215 is the most difficult English course, and that now that almost all of my Gen Eds (still 2 more science courses to go, :O) are out of the way, the GPA should go back up.
Of course, then I look at the classes I'm taking this semester - ones I am wildly interested in and adore, but for some reason suck at despite ridiculous amounts of time put in to homework/studying - I have credible doubts that this will actually happen.
This blog is a strange thing. I'm not really sure why I'm okay with just talking openly about things like my GPA - I know my mother would say something like, "Jacqueline! You don't need to talk about things like that - nobody needs to know that! Just do your best and when you get a job, nobody else has to know!"
But I really don't care who knows. I would love to have a 4.0, but no matter how hard I work, this is what I get. I don't get my grades sitting on my ass. I currently have a 3.279. If I can talk about feeling like shit, being angry, being upset for stupid reasons, feeling useless, or feeling hopeless, then I'd certainly hope that I could talk about numbers and the like.
It is only a number, and yet isn't it scary how much numbers control our fates? This number determines the rest of my life. It sucks that people skills can't be a category on a resume.
It is probably in poor taste to joke about it, but if my family was trapped by snow in an RV for 17 days like this one was, I can guarantee that nobody would be smiling like that. Just saying.
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Teaching English as a Second Language sounds like a good possible career option. I'm actually thinking of that myself, since the whole law school thing didn't work out for me.
See, that's the thing, though. I can't count on a good LSAT score because history shows that I do average at best at standardized tests. Also, you can't cancel your score after seeing it - you take the test and have 5 days to cancel based on how you FELT taking it - wtf?! Also, they average your scores if you retake it, so it's basically a one-shot deal.
Yeah, I understand about feeling behind everyone else. I've felt that way all my life. I don't know, I guess you just have to be patient with yourself and trust that things will work out for the best.
Yeah...being patient isn't exactly my strong suit, hehe. But I have been trying!
I guess one thing I've really learned from college is that GPA isn't supposed to matter or hurt but it still does. I did good in high school without doing anything, and then I got here and I was screwed, basically. But if you really, really think about it--you are taking popular classes at one of the most difficult schools in the country. It's not supposed to be as easy as it is in high school. and I consider not failing a class to be an excellent feat.
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