Am I the only one excited the return to school?

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zeldapsychology
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17 Aug 2014, 6:16 pm

Summer break is over August 18th back to college classes. I do them online. So many questions mainly what the assignments will be etc. I love film so a history of modern film with what movies (don't know yet) so PSYCHED for that course and wrapping up my Criminal Justice Bachelors degree (will be done in December) OMG! So PSYCHED! Can't WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW! Please tell me I'm not the only person or adult as a child etc. that LOVED going back to school and learning new things again???? vs. sit around do NOTHING during the summer months. YAWN! Back to the school grind SO PSYCHED! YA!



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17 Aug 2014, 7:13 pm

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Summer break is over August 18th back to college classes. I do them online. So many questions mainly what the assignments will be etc. I love film so a history of modern film with what movies (don't know yet) so PSYCHED for that course and wrapping up my Criminal Justice Bachelors degree (will be done in December) OMG! So PSYCHED! Can't WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW! Please tell me I'm not the only person or adult as a child etc. that LOVED going back to school and learning new things again???? vs. sit around do NOTHING during the summer months. YAWN! Back to the school grind SO PSYCHED! YA!

When I was an undergrad, I couldn't wait to get back to my studies. The countdown started for me less than a month into my summer break. That feeling continued, to a certain extent, when I was a grad student, though, towards the end of my Ph. D., it became more like "how much time before I'm done?"

On the other hand, while I was teaching at a certain post-secondary institution, it was the other way around. My countdown to my next summer break began the week I returned for the new term. I didn't look forward to the stress and mental abuse.



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17 Aug 2014, 7:56 pm

I've always loved school, knowledge is fun!
I go to college now and still feel the same way. Can't wait for the next semeter <3 :D



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17 Aug 2014, 11:56 pm

I love learning, but I loathe school. I'm at my town's "alternative" highschool (where they send the students the state deems undesireable and decides to remove from the general population). There, I am subject to the ever-present threat of physical harm, though I always manage to slip out of the room right before a big brawl. (My criteria for "brawl" is a physical fight resulting in lo less than ten students being suspended, expelled or arrested. I just thought it would be nice to be clear.) I've found that if I turn up my music loud enough and self-medicate properly, I can ignore anything short of physical force or the threat of physical force being used against me. The curriculum is significantly dumbed down and they're constantly trying to get us all to sign up for millitary service. There's an unspoken consensus among the staff that nobody in this school is going to college. A large number aren't even expected to complete highschool.

The combination of incredibly simple work that requires absolutely no thought whatsoever to ace and the expensive physical security setup that the staff render completely and utterly useless with their own negligence has lead me to do things that could probably get me in a lot of trouble. As I've mentioned in previous posts, my special interest is security systems. This applies to a wide viriety of things including any device or tactic that might be employed to secure an object, location or person. So, I end up spending a lot of my time finding new ways to get around the incompetent district IT staff's attempts to limit and monitor the flow of information and figuring out ways to get into things and places I'm not supposed to have access to. Of course, the staff don't worry about me. I'm the kid that isn't violent or on opiates.

When I was a freshman in highschool, I got a working understanding of the production of alcohol from the alcohol toxicity thresholds of defferent varieties of yeast & calculating the ammount of alcohol by volume that will be in the finished product without the aid of the measuring devices used by professional brewers to to making my own brewing equipment from things my probation officer wouldn't question and properly disinfecting that equipment. When sophmore year came around, I decided that (while a theoretical understanding of these things is nice) I had learned all I could without conducting actual experiments. I made four half-gallon batches of rather weak wine (it was only 2% alcohol by volume). I ended up dumping a lot of it for fear of getting in trouble, but I could confidently say after conducting these eperiments that the information I'd gathered in my studies was accurate.

In my own personal hobbies, I learn about math, chemistry, physics, history, literature, philosophy & have learned basic shop skills like working with wood and metal (including both arc welding and oxy-acetylene welding). I even learned how to process clay from the soil to make pottery, how to make my own flour from scratch to make my own bread from scratch using only what I can find growing in my neighborhood and how to make wicker baskets when I was on my little "primitive living" kick.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that, while knowledge is good, there are other (often more enjoyable ways) to learn than in a classroom environment.



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18 Aug 2014, 6:29 pm

Can't wait to go back to school to start my a-levels, I feel like I'm going crazy with too much free time on my hands and my mum constantly on my back about 'getting a social life'. I like the routine and learning at school, but not the stress!



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19 Aug 2014, 12:25 pm

Bullying and familial stress made me hate school growing up, sorry. Getting picked on (for being weird and having an ineffectual parent who couldn't deal with it) never seemed to be caught, but, sure enough, me finally snapping and chasing someone down to hit them back did... I kinda didn't care that they hid outside of the principle's office, I still caught em.
The teachers knew though, I got chewed out but not suspended. Of course, nothing happened to the other kid, as the initial hits weren't witnessed.

Anyway, I digress, that played out many times over the years. I'm a voracious learner, but, thought I was dumb because of the remedial classes I was put into. No one expected anything from me, least of all me. I continued learning as an adult, then went to night school and ended up on the Dean's list... go figure.

Anyway, I looked forward to most of my classes at Uni, once I realized I wasn't actually dumb after all. I did have some other students give me a rough time for not agreeing with them about things, etc, like the bullies in school, but, they kept their hands to themselves... needless to say, they didn't make it to graduation day, because their personal dramas they created were more important than actually listening and learning.

Programming classes were my favorite, the art of creating with logic, it was fantastic. BUT, I also found the rest of the courses pretty fascinating, when I thought I wouldn't. Interpersonal relations, motivation and self-management, economics & history... all a lot of fascinating content that I normally wouldn't have pursued myself, as I prefer more concrete studies in the maths and sciences for my own personal interests.

I haven't gone back to complete my masters... yet. But, I still attend a couple of learning events per year and really am inspired by the excitement and potential of exchanging ideas and information. It's addictive.



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19 Aug 2014, 4:59 pm

No you are not.


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25 Aug 2014, 8:53 pm

I am too excited to go back to school. Especially now that Im taking classes I'm interested in. I love learning and I feel like I will be in school forever because there is always something new that interests me and would love to learn more about or maybe even master some day.

I think one of the big problems with people going to school is they are forced to so they tend to hate it. And feel a lot of people are rushed into deciding what to do for college that they end up hating it lowering chances for success and landing a life time career they are actually happy with.