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  •  oh aravir, you've reminded me that the one goal (21+ / 0-)

    I did finally achieve with dogged pursuit was getting my degree in biology.

    It was the usual story: first one in the family to go to college, etc.  The high school I attended was the one all the professors' kids attended so the guidance counselors never actually advised anyone on how to even apply for college.  Once I got into college, there were challenges along the way, of course.  It was back in the day of more generous grant funding, so that wasn't too bad.  I had spent my years in public school absolutely sucking at math, so getting a science degree meant biting the bullet and studying that subject.  Who knew I could get As in Calculus?  

    There was one class I had to take that filled up and closed before I could register.  We did "arena style" registration, so I watched as the class number was removed from the board, indicating it was full.  I had to have that class to graduate on time and the next time it would be offered was a year later.

    Too little sleep.  Too much caffeine.  Not enough regular food.  Pressure from finals.  Watching my life disintegrate before me on a stupid registration board.

    I burst into silent tears right there on the floor of Mac Court where we did arena registration at the University of Oregon.

    I'm not proud of that moment, but very kind people came to my side almost instantly--one of them being the head of the department for the class I needed!  She listened to my tale of woe and like a Fairy Godmother, she made room for me in the class.

    Yay!  A Happy Ending!  I got my biology degree and graduated on time, magna cum laude.  First in my family.      
         

    Metaphors be with you.

    by koosah on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:19:40 AM PDT

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