Tooting My Own Horn, Again!

One part of becoming certified to teach in Missouri is taking the CBASE (College Basic Academic Subjects Examination) and getting at least a score of 235 in each subject (unless your college requires higher, which mine does).  The different subjects you are tested on are English, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Apparently, you are supposed to know these “basic subjects,” but it is recommended that you study to refresh your memory.

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On The Road Again

Last weekend, Ryan and I put my new car to the test and took it on the well-traveled path to Indiana.  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made that trip from here to there and back, but it was a new adventure in a Hybrid!  I was hoping to get 50 MPG +, but we got around 44.  Bummer, eh?  Only kidding; that is a good 10 more miles to the gallon than my old car!  I think you’d have to go about 60 miles-per-hour to get the maximum mileage on the highway.  We didn’t have time for that, as we already got a late start (4 pm).

The reason we were on the road again was because Ryan had to meet up with John Tibbs and band to head out to camp.  They’re finishing up a week of camp in Pennsylvania and tomorrow they’re traveling to Michigan for another week.  When they get back from Michigan, they’ll celebrate their album release with a party and then Ryan will come back to Missouri for several weeks.  I’ve definitely been missing him this week, but at the same time I am really excited for these opportunities he’s been given!

Anyway, last Saturday our plans were to get on the road after I took the C-BASE (standardized test for education majors), which was supposed to be 8 AM- 12 noon.  However… I skipped it.  I was entirely too exhausted from my week of class and figured I probably wouldn’t have done very hot on it.  As long as I don’t have too many problems passing it when I take it this fall, I’ll be okay.  Potentially, it could put be behind on graduating, but let’s hope not!

So after taking our sweet little time, we got on the road.  We made quite a few stops on the way- Panera, Starbucks (twice!), a stop for gas and air for my tires, where we found one of the caps on the tires was missing.  That led to a trip to Walmart and I think that was our last stop before reaching Todd and Carrie’s house.  By that time it was midnight (central time) and I still had to travel 45 more minutes to my friend, Nour’s house!  Needless to say, I don’t think I got there until like 3 AM eastern time and I felt pretty bad for interrupting her sleep.

The next morning we slept in a bit and then had the morning and afternoon to hang out.  It was a very quick visit, as I had to get back for another week of classes, but it was still really great to see her!  We both showed each other our new cars- she just bought her very first car, so exciting!  Nour drove me around her adorable city, we ate some fruit and dessert at a local park, stopped by an Old Navy (ooops, not in my budget!!), and I longingly looked at the awesome bike path they had around the town.  Our time together ended too quickly and I had to get back on the road to Missouri, but I was very thankful that it all worked out and I could see her for a bit!  See you again soon, friend?!?

8 AM Comes Too Soon

Who in their right mind takes a summer class (worse yet, a history class) from 8 AM-10 AM everyday of the week?

*raises hand*

Well, although I am still questioning if I’m sane or not, I am taking the class.  Let me try to justify it.

My initial thoughts were…

1) It’s only 4 weeks long and Ryan will be gone at camps the last 2 weeks

2) I’d rather take the class for 4 weeks instead of 16 during a normal semester.

3) I really need to take the class now anyway so I can graduate in Fall 2011 instead of Spring 2012

4) Half of the tuition is paid for by Pell Grants.

5) It’s at 8 in the morning… well, it’s my only choice.  It’s not that early, right? ….

Actually, it’s way too early!  I have to get up, at the latest, by 7 AM.  Which also means I have to go to bed by 11 pm to get my very minimum of 8 hours of sleep.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet.  It’s summer for goodness sake!  So… I’ve taken a nap almost everyday.  By nap, I mean 2-4 hours of sleep.  Some days I have had multiple naps because trying to read history textbooks or Heart of Darkness is like a strong dose of sleeping medicine.

This has been my life the past three weeks.  Exhausting. (How will I ever survive working teacher hours?!?)

OH, but wait.  Add to that 6 more hours of classes.  Although the other two are online and I can choose when I work on them, I still have to juggle all three classes.  Plus sleeping and a little bit of downtime.  I’m horrible at balancing school with anything else.  Like I said though, Ryan is gone this week and next week, so I’m not missing out on anything for now.  The first two weeks we were able to take a few bike rides and hang out, and my weekends have pretty much been free.

My online classes are Political Science and Introduction to Statistics and my seated class is Modern Western Civ.  Are those your definition of fun or what?!   I don’t know if you can sense the sarcasm, but I am not fond of politics or history.  Stats, on the other hand, I can deal with.

The two online classes are 8 weeks, with a week long break for the fourth of July.  (Score!)  My history class ends next Friday- Hallelujah!!!  It will dramatically lighten my work load (and increase my sleep), thus allowing the rest of my summer to be more relaxing.

Next week I have a final and two midterms, which marks the end of one class and the halfway point of the others.  I’ve been kind of on a weekly homework schedule where I have assignments due on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.  I’ve been doing everything last minute, but still getting good (surprising) results.  Especially in political science where I haven’t the slightest clue of what I’m talking about.  Honestly!

Regardless of whether I like the classes or not, they are required.  As much as it sounds like I am hating on them, I am really glad I will have 9 hours of unpleasant classes out of the way before the Fall semester starts.  I definitely won’t regret it, even if it cuts back on my summer fun a little bit!  But I won’t let that happen too much.  ;o)

Bring on the homework and let’s get this over with!