Friday, November 09, 2007

Out of the frying pan

I enrolled today. And looks like I have a non-paid internship with the local newspaper.

Wow.

Of course, the local newspaper isn't my lifelong dream, but it will hopefully look good on a resume and will give me something to put in my portfolio.

My advisor said I could do 1, 2 or 3 hours of credit with the internship, but that however many hours of credit I chose, I'll have to actually work twice that many. I opted for right in the middle and took 2, so I'm an indentured servant for four hours a week. And he seeemed to think that I can start pretty quick, well before the semester even starts. I think that's good? I'm not sure yet. I don't have any delusions that I'll actually do any real writing for the paper, but if they throw a softball my way, I'll sure take it.

Because of the internship and the fact that the schedule had one class listed wrong, I will be taking 14 hours next semester. The Introduction to MassComm was listed as a one hour class in the course schedule, but it's actually 3, so I had to leave behind the Creative Writing class I so wanted. I hope that the local paper is a fair trade.

The History of Film class sounds fun and easy - we watch a film every week and do a review of it. He's not strict on attendance and we can watch them at home if they're available to rent. The Photography class is taught by an adjunct teacher and my advisor said it would be a good class to take after the hellish semester I've just endured since it's a lot of fun. I also got the internet AmerLit class I wanted.

He assured me that he can make a case for my Advertising class to count as my Mass Media Writing requirement and I also double-checked to make sure that my 14 hours from 1991 are still countable. As the woman in the registrar's office said, "Honey, those credit hours don't go bad." I was so relieved that I'm not going to have to take Government again - the same instructor that I had 16 years ago is still there and he's still a very liberal Democrat and I'm out of the closet as a Republican. I doubt it we'd get along any better now. I can't tell you how many times Stacie would smack me on the leg and say under her breath, "Quit agitating him! We'll never get out of here if you don't stop!" and there was rarely a class period I didn't leave in tears of absolute frustration. Of course, then I was a rebelling 18 year old who was angry at the world. Now I'm an exhausted 34 year old mother of three - I don't have much fight left in me.

While next semester is technically more hours than this semester, I think altogether it will be a better one. It has to be. I can't take it getting any worse. I think the fact that I'm taking these classes in person, in the classroom will lighten the load somewhat. I am grateful for the internet courses up to now because they allowed me to start a semester earlier than I would have been able to otherwise, but internet classes are really hard. Not like childbirth hard or sitting in the ER with your blue-lipped child who is gasping for breath hard or even missing your daughter's stage debut because you really just cannot miss the last lecture in Macro before finals because you simply cannot fail this class hard, but still pretty hard.

And it looks like I'll be graduating in December 2008. I think. Since NEO doesn't have a full-fledged Print Media Mass Comm program anymore, my advisor says we'll have to get creative on a few credits. Hey, creative is good for me. Worst case scenario, I'll graduate in the spring of 2009. Gosh, that is like, so forever away.

Gosh, I hope I recognize my kids when they come to my graduation.





Oh, and it appears my husband traded his boat for a Harley yesterday. There's a high possibility I'll be a widow by spring. He was reckless on the Honda, but has had a Kawasaki to be boring with, so now that he has a Harley I'm pretty sure he'll do something stupid again. (Note to self: Check on the status of his life insurance.)

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the internship! I took a class like your history of film. Mine was called film and culture and they lumped it into the english dept because they didn't know what else to do....but it was fun and what we call a skate class. no thinking, just watching movies. and I took photography too! If you have a photo store try and buy the plastic thingie...it's what you wind the film onto and wash it in the solution all in one. The ones we had on campus were prehistoric and this thing worked much better. I also bought the little single unit negative viewer. Kept that cause you never know wen you might wanna look at negatives. I bought my film in bulk on ebay...itwas MUCHO cheaper that way. I think you need the C41??? anyway, just get what you need because it costs like 4x more to have it developed when the class ends and you're trying to use it up and be done with it.

CJ said...

Well, you are so going to enjoy your internship!!! I will share the details of mine one day, but I still giggle at the thought of mine back in 2000 at NEO! Mr. Manning was my advisor and I think he was even smarter than I thought. I adored him and maybe even more now than ever because he just went along with my choices and didn't judge me for my youth or my stupidity. (You'll understand after I explain.) I know that your experience will be MUCH different, but I should definitely share mine just for shits and grins!

jusdealem said...

Congrats on the internship, that seems so interesting to me. Good luck. :)