I'm going to be busy for the next week or so ... cramming to finish a class. But ... before I leave, possibly to never return after my brain explodes from trying to stuff too much knowledge into an already too-ripe melon ... let me share a little bit of what I've learned in my quest for higher education.
1. Do not ever, ever take an online class. They are a total waste of money and a complete load of bullshit, if you want my personal opinion. The local community college charges the same amount of tuition for a three credit hour "online" class as it does for a three credit hour "real life, sit your ass in a chair, interact with other students, get input from a human professor" class. Who the fuck decided that was fair? I get no interaction and no input. I'm basically teaching myself.
2. Do not ever, ever take a class that doesn't offer you some sort of reading material. This particular class doesn't even have a book. Yes, I'm serious. The Novell Networking course comes with an "interactive CD" that includes all lectures, notes, and course work. Again, a total load of bullshit. I must be old as dirt because I'm telling you this, my friend ... I'd much rather take a yellow highlighter to a hard bound page than use the "highlighter" function in a Word document.
3. If you must take an online class, don't be a tool about it. Don't wait until you have two weeks left in the semester to do the last half of the course. This is suicide ... death by education. This is also the unfortunate situation in which I find myself.
So, say a prayer ... and, with any luck ... I'll see you on the other side.
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this all on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel
Carrie Underwood - Jesus Take The Wheel