|Southern Utah University|
I started taking college classes in the fall of 1988 at Southern Utah State College (SUSC) in Cedar City, Utah when I was still a senior in high school. That fall I took a sewing class to keep my skills up and a couple LDS Institute classes as well as my classes in high school. In spring I wasn't able to take college classes as I had to finish high school.
I applied to the Nursing program that was taught at SUSC but was through a cooperative with Weber State College. I received a full tuition scholarship for Weber State and was on the waiting list for the Nursing program. The deadline for accepting the scholarship came and I didn't know my status for the Nursing program. I wanted to attend school at SUSC and didn't want to go to Weber State; I just needed the scholarship for the Nursing program. So on one day I declined the scholarship and on the next (very sad) day I found out someone had dropped from the Nursing program and I was in! However, now I didn't have the scholarship to pay for it, so I couldn't do it. Also, I would have to take a full summer load of pre-Nursing courses and I didn't want my first summer out of high school to be filled with college classes.
Looking back and now having years of experience working for colleges and universities, I have learned that students can accept scholarships everywhere and then wait to the last minute to decide for sure where they really want to register. If only I knew then what I now know.
Fall of 1989 I took the pre-Nursing classes with the intent to reapply for the Nursing program. In the Spring I also certified as an EMT. As the semester ended, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with school. Did I really want to be a nurse or did I want to do something else? That summer I had the opportunity to visit some family and friends in California and while in Sacramento I interviewed and accepted a job working as a teller in a bank where my friend worked. Two weeks later I moved to California.
I lived there during the fall of 1990 and had some wonderful experiences and met some great life long friends. I remember one day, while working at the bank, I was looking out the window at the parking lot and had the thought that I needed to go home and go back to school; and I knew then that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.
Right after I returned home, SUSC became a university - Southern Utah University (SUU) in 1991. I started taking Early Childhood Education classes and in the spring of 1992 I graduated with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education. I then started taking core Education courses with the plans of being a teacher. Also during this time I took a few extra Math classes; just for fun! I love math and numbers!
One day in my required "Math for Elementary Teachers" class, I was whispering to help another student understand something. We were in the back of the classroom. Apparently we were disruptive; though I don't remember us being disruptive. The professor stopped lecturing and told us to stay after class. Very strange for a college course!
After we explained the situation to the professor, he then told us that if I didn't let him teach the students in the class then we both should really "rethink" being teachers. His comment really bugged me. I wasn't doing anything to take away from him or his teaching. I was trying to help another student understand what he was saying. It bugged me so much that I looked ahead in the curriculum and realized that I would have to take an entire block of courses from him in the near future. Did I really want to teach? Did I want to deal with this professor for the rest of my education?
I started reading the course catalog for all the classes that were taught at SUU; something akin to reading the dictionary! I contemplated dozens of different degrees and changed my mind almost daily. I knew the description of nearly every course on campus and what was required to graduate in every academic department. This "craziness" went on until the end of the semester.
A few semesters later I officially declared my major to be Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. I graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Sciences in that field.
I was burned out from going to school. Looking back, if I would have just taken one more semester of 3-4 more classes I would have had a double major in both Business Administration and Accounting.
I love learning. Even though it has been 20 years since I graduated from college, I am still learning and I still have a desire to learn more. Now I want to focus on learning more about Social Media.
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