…cue the music…
“Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it”
“Drive you crazy if you let it?” How can I not let it drive me crazy?! I invest so much emotional energy and passion into what I do that naturally, the day to day will drive me crazy. What’s that interview question where you answer “I care too much.”? Yes, that’s me… is it a weakness question? Or is it a strength question? I’ve come to learn that the “caring too much” is both a weakness and strength and next time I go for an interview I won’t be using this as an answer.
When asked, no one really has any concept of what my day job is. I explain it like this. “I help students figure out what classes they need to take in order to graduate “on time”…” (“On time” is in air quotes since the traditional 4 year college track has now become 5-6 years…) At least that’s what I am supposed to be doing.
Little secret: With everyday being different, half the time, I don’t even know what my day job is. Could be advising, counseling, coaching, being a “college mom”, or even a coordinator of life.
And since I regret NOT keeping a journal of instances, conversations, wacked out situations, and the like, I might as well start now. No time like the present, right? Might as well, considering one day I’ll publish a book and become super rich and famous just for living life and doing my job to the best of my abilities…
…keep in mind, for confidentiality and privacy sake, I’m going vague here, but you’re smart readers, you’ll get the idea…
Here we go!
Phone Convo between Clare and Student
C: “Thanks for calling the office, this is Clare.”
S: “Hi, I want to register for classes.”
C: “Great, are you a returning student, incoming freshman or a transfer?”
*awkwardly long pause*
S: “None of those options.”
C: confused and weirded out since we still have no idea who this student is.. “Well, can you give me some more information here? I can’t really help you too well if you can’t help me help you.”
S: “I was a student at ___ Community College and now I want to take classes at your school.”
C: “That’s great! Welcome to school! Have you submitted your transcripts to the registrar office?”
S: “No, do I have to?”
C: “Well, in order for us to get you on the right track of what classes to take, the school does need to know what you have taken in the past. That way you don’t repeat courses or take things you don’t need to take.”
…patience is now waning…
…the other phone lines are constantly ringing and the email alerts are dinging like the Ice Cream Man truck coming down the street and magically a long line of walk-ins have appeared outside my door…
S: “I thought I could just book an appointment with you guys and register for classes.”
C: “I’m going for a long shot here. Did you apply to the school? Like did you work with Admissions to apply? Have you been accepted by admissions?”
S: “No,wait, who? Admissions? Who are they? Did I have to?”
I’m going to leave the rest to imagination.
And leave you with this “call to action.” Imagine if there were no college admissions offices. What school would you have loved to just register for classes for, and expect to not have to worry about applying? I’m curious. Leave your dream school and dream class in the comments below.
My dream school to skip the admissions process? Any school that would let me register for classes as a matriculated student without doing anything…in all honesty, I would not change a thing about my college experience, so there’s that…
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