Sundog โ€“noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

Surprise and Surprise Again!

Last night I eluded to plans that were very exciting and which I thought might take a few days to resolve. Turns out, the whole thing was incredibly easier than I had believed possible and I find myself here this morning, with this big mystery being even better than I had hoped.

What is it??

On Tuesday of next week, I will begin a precalculus class at the local community college! Yay! I won’t have to learn all this harder math on my own. It has left me with a greatly renewed sense of possibility, because I have a great deal of faith in myself and my abilities to tackle this coursework and succeed.

As I’d said last post, these past two days I have been thinking outside of the aforementioned box. Being on CSU’s campus yesterday really helped put things into perspective for me as well as talking with a few of the other students. With my mind in a highly open state last night, the thought popped into it to go and look at what courses are offered at the community college this summer, even though I was pretty sure it wouldn’t work due to their cost.

I was thrilled to find precalculus listed, but ouch! What a large price tag! I will not have any residency status until I begin at CSU in August, so I’ll be paying full price. Thankfully, that’s full price at a community college and not at a university; it makes a huge difference.

It looked like I would need to take yet another math placement exam (bane of my existence this summer!) in order to be allowed to jump right into the precalculus. Turns out, they were willing to accept my original math classes from 1995 and I could register without taking the test. It’s highly exciting, because by taking this class I won’t need to take the math placement exam at CSU for calculus either.

No more math placement exams for anything! HOORAY!

My goodness, this is all an incredible relief. By passing this precalculus class, I can walk right into calculus at CSU in the fall. When I pass that class as well, and I will, I can join the mechanical engineering program in spring 2015. Amazing.

It feels as though my future has just laid itself out before me in a highly manageable way.

This is not all my good news. The next came as a big surprise to me as well today. It seems that I will likely qualify for financial aid for this summer school class, but only if I take one more credit worth of classes. Luckily, part of the financial aid package will be a small scholarship from the college itself, which actually fully covers the extra class.

Essentially, if I take one more class, the college will make it a free class and I’ll then also qualify for federal grants and loans for the math class.

It gets even weirder. I had to ask, what do you take for only one credit over the summer?

Apparently, you take scuba diving!

Ok, I did have a choice between a few other classes, including a temping course about hiking, but after my time in Hawaii, scuba diving is the one for me. Sitting on my desk, looking at me right now, is one of my favorite pictures – Jeremy and me snorkeling. I look at that picture all the time and when I’m feeling low, it reminds me of how far I have come in life.

I’ve dreamed of learning to scuba dive, I just had no idea that dream would take the shape of a community college in Colorado giving me a free scuba diving course so I could have financial help with the class I really need.

What a strange, yet beautiful, turn of events!

I’m off to go buy my new textbook and begin preparing to start school in four days – not the four months I had been planning! Wow, I really can hardly believe this excellent turn of events. It’s going to be a great summer!

8 responses

  1. Excellent on all accounts! I was in the process of writing a reply to the last post when my email notified me of this new one. Free credits in scuba diving is so cool ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m glad to hear you are moving forward and seem to be doing well over-all; study stress notwithstanding. I’ve had my head buried in my own class work and don’t come up to breathe as often as I should.

    As some one who is 30 going to college surrounded by fresh-outta high school hopefuls; let me tell you that it WILL feel weird for a while. I have learned that people are most certainly people tho, no matter the age. I found a couple really solid “kids” in my class, along with the multitude of slacker-kids that we quickly left behind as they had to retake courses. You might even be surprised and find a good handful of adult-age folks. We tend to stick together; unification through crotchety-old-man-cane-waving.

    So don’t worry about any of that! Get in there, show them youngins how it’s done and feel good knowing you’re awesome. I was glad to see this come across my feed today, I had been thinking of you two lately and how I miss talking and playing together. It’s doubtful either of us will have time to play much these days, but talk is cheap! (So I am told, that means we can afford it easily right?)

    Take care, study well, and keep plowing forward with a smile ๐Ÿ™‚


    May 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    • Yay, Grant! I’ve been also thinking of you lately too! Its been on my mental list to write and see how your year has been. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Agreed about us not having time to play much, I can’t let myself at all or I loose far too much time. hehe

      Blargh! I’m going to write you instead of putting the rest here. HUGS!

      May 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

  2. What a lucky (& weird) turn of events all right.

    The scuba diving sounds like a great deal of fun. As well as doing something you will enjoy, its a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and maybe, just maybe meet people who you could go on underwater adventures with.

    Well done!


    May 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    • You know what, Vicki? Somehow it hadn’t even occurred to me that if someone’s in the SCUBA class then they must share an interest in it. How exciting! Math… well, lots of people take math for various reasons, but SCUBA – yeah, we all love the water and being in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks, Vicki! Big hugs!

      May 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

  3. Keep opening the boxes! The view is great out here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

    May 25, 2014 at 6:29 am

    • The view is great, but I’ve climbed a high elevation to get here and the heights have been scaring me a bit the last couple of days. I’m much better today and looking forward to tomorrow when everything fully starts, but it’s something else to want to get here compared with being here.

      BIG HUGS!

      May 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  4. Snez

    Gosh, I’ve been missing a whole heap of your blog posts here. Big strenthening hugs for all those heights that you are scaling, and about to scale! ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    • Thanks, Snez! I sure could use those hugs right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ HUGs back!

      May 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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