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Wow, was yesterday a long day. I worked from eleven pm to seven am, then went to the gym just to soak in the hot tub and get cleaned up, then on to RVCC (Raritan Valley Community College) for orientation from nine am until two pm. However, at the end of all that, I was (am) a registered, full time college student! W00T!

The first semester is going to be rough. They make you take any ‘developmental’ courses in the first semester, which means there was an English lab and and Algebra class that I had to take, so I’m taking 17 credits worth of classes. Add that to the fact that I was signing up for classes two weeks before the semester starts, and you get a fairly nasty begininng schedule. I’m actually glad that I’m working nights, but I still ended up taking classes six days a week.

So, my schedule is:

  • Monday; English 1 from 7:30 to 9:50 and Financial Accounting from 10:30 to 12:25
  • Tuesday; English 1 Workshop from 7:30 to 9:50
  • Wednesday; English 1 from 7:30 to 9:50 and Financial Accounting from 10:30 to 12:25
  • Thursday; English 1 Workshop from 7:30 to 9:50
  • Friday; Principles of Marketing from 9:30 to 12:20
  • Saturday; Elementary Algebra from 8:30 to 12:10
  • Sunday; Off (from school)

Not really a killer until you add working full time (45 hours) and extra time for course work. According to their formula, I should count on two hours of study/homework time for every one hour in class Which would mean 17 hours in class = 34 hours of course work, plus 45 hours at my job;ย  let’s be optimistic and throw in 8 hours of sleep at night (56 hours a week) which would make 152 hours out of an 168 hour week accounted for. Let’s see there’s an hour round trip to work 5 days a week and the same for college 6 days a week, so that brings us to 163, leaving me 5 hours of “optional” time to do anything fun….. And, of course, I haven’t even figured any workout time into this equation……. So much for sleeping.

Ah well, it will be rough, but I can do it. I just have to buckle down and stay focused. Luckily, I’m so good at that ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the up side, financial age came through and I qualified for a grant that covers my tuition in full, at least for the next two semesters. I’ll get six hundred dollars in reimbursement from work, which will easily cover books and sundries AND the student loans from Gibbs that I’ve been paying off will be deferred as long as I’m in school, so that will take some of the financial pressure off.

Still, it will be an interesting fall. I may go back to being a caffeine addict. Heh, who am I kidding with “may”?

Send coffee and brain cells!