Sometimes, I get an idea. Sometimes, said idea is a really fricken stupid idea, yet I still go through with it.
I recently got the idea that I wanted to go back to school. So I registered and paid for classes. My boss agreed to help foot the bill of said continuing education endeavor. Sweet, right? Yes, very much so. I am very lucky to have supportive people around me.
I took 2 classes during the spring semester and Aced them both. Hell yeah, I could do this.
Then I got the wild hair up my ass that I should take a summer I class. Yeah. A normal 3 month class squeezed into 6 weeks. And what subject did this brainiac decide I'd like to be tortured in? Math. I am not a math genius. Hell, I can add/subtract/divide/multiply like a champ but that's about the extent of what my brain remembers. I've been in the work force since I was 16 and that's the only math I've used.
Anyways, I registered for Intermediate Algebra. I only had 1 option for a night time professor at the campus by our house, so I took him. Even though I could tell by his name he was definitely russian. Let's just say, worst professor ever. No patience, did not explain any concepts, english was his 4th language so you can imagine how hard it was to understand him, and when someone asked a question he berated us that "this is easy!!" and what was wrong with us? I knew after the first class that I should drop it. But I listened to other people and stayed in. I've been staying up until sometimes midnight or 3 a.m. trying to get all of the homework and quizzes done. I've put in more than 100% and I just couldn't seem to get the hang of it. So what'd I do? Went to campus today and withdrew. Feeling stupid, defeated, and more importantly annoyed that I was now out about $500 (tuition, books, mathXL.)
And while I do feel defeated today, and pretty sad ...I'm happy that I will have the opportunity to re-take the class and actually understand the concepts. I won't have to try and cram all of that information into my brain in a short period of time.
So basically, I learned a lesson. A very expensive lesson. Always trust your instincts. No one learns the same. You're the one attending class, not other people. Do what's best for you, and always, always give 100%.
Sorry for the rambling, but I needed to get that off my chest. Hope ya'll had a fabulous weekend.