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College redux thwarted

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Stuff

It looks as if I will be delaying my return to college. Luckily, I did not run out and buy school supplies or this fall’s coolest jeans. The local university of my choice (a school that my taxes pay for) will not accept my transcripts as prerequisites to their business courses because they are TOO OLD.

I am sorry, I realize that things have changed over the last twenty years, but it isn’t as if I brought an abacus to math class. There were motor vehicles and televisions when I attended college. And I really don’t think the fundamental premises of business management (my major) have changed that drastically. In that I haven’t lived in a cave and have practiced both business and management during the elapsed time, the major changes that have occurred have affected me as well. I am vaguely familiar with the Internets and those new fangled smart phones. I know about social media. I tweet.

Once I had gotten permission from my original college to take two 300 level management courses at another accredited college or university to complete my degree requirements, I thought the hard part was over. It took the better part of four months, many emails and phone calls to accomplish that. It never really occurred to me that said accredited university wouldn’t happily take my money and let me register for a couple of classes. I could understand the need to see my transcripts to be certain that I had some core knowledge, but that they were “aged” (their term)? I was told that my transcripts wouldn’t even qualify me to transfer into the school. I was, needless to say, disappointed.

But as it usually goes, now I am angry. At what point did my education become obsolete? If I had completed my requirements for a degree would it also be considered to be obsolete? Is there some continuing education program for college degrees that I am aware of? Am I expected to start all over again as a freshman? Seriously, I can’t afford to gain the freshman fifteen.

Now I am back at square one and with a bit of a chip on my shoulder, but not enough to go all Norma Rae on the situation. It is hard enough to get the gumption up to try and fix one of your life’s regrets without having the people who should be helping, shut you down. I remain convinced that I will find a college or university that will accept my antique transcripts and I will just continue to look for it. After all, Bob reminded me about those really old people who get their degrees. And while that is inspirational (in an insulting sort of way) I would prefer not to actually be really old when I accomplish this.

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