on academics...

Welcome to the confusing world of university life.

I'm getting a heavy dose of university piled on me in August. I'm going to be attending UW-Stout in the fall and there are still certain things that I don't know about. I don't know my class schedule, where to park, what to buy--nothing. And, to be honest, I'm a little freaked. I am one of those people who like to know what to expect. I mean, who isn't? Who doesn't like an extra little dose of preparedness?

This whole experience is giving me a complete course in letting go of the control. I'm unfamiliar with the town, unfamiliar with the school layout, unfamiliar with the teachers, unfamiliar with the process. And, that's freakin' scary. I have no idea what's going on around me. I often have feelings of frustration when I think about the fact that I feel alone in this whole transfer process. I could quit. I could just say it's too hard and I should just stay at my job, work full-time, and not continue on the road of becoming a kindergarten teacher.

But, as hard as it is, I will wait it out. I will continue to walk down the road of the unknown. Because, as my mother-in-law told me when she heard about my frustrations, this will work out. I don't have any clue about what's going on at school--but I will continue to e-mail, browse the website, wait for phone calls, and attend every meeting I can in order to prepare for the upcoming school year.  That's what I'm learning it's all about--carrying on even though you have no idea where you're going.
Jesus told me: "Do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.{Luke 12: 22-23} 

P.S. I really am not kidding about making that a perfect birthday present for me, sibs and parents. :)


Karen J said...

There probably were other times that you felt this way (Please tell me there were. I would hate to think you are THAT prepared all the time.) After a week or two you will feel as comfortable as if you had been there forever. You are so outgoing and friendly anyone will help you and you will make friends with the other students and all the teachers. You are also going to make a SUPER kindergarten teacher. Trust in the Lord.

Shannon said...

Ohhh I hate that feeling. But you have to think about the future when you're 2 or 3 months in and you've got everything figured out and you won't believe you worried about parking. But there's gotta be such an exciting feeling too, there's NOTHING like the back to school anxiousness. I wish I could get it without actually having to go back to school. I'll also take the back to school wardrobe too :)

bethany said...

As a fellow Stout-er....I can guarantee you that it isn't as scary as it seems :) Every person on campus that I've encountered in the last year has been extremely sweet and helpful...and I'm a stickler for great customer (or student!) service!

But, I can totally relate. This time last year, I was nerves and butterflies thinking about transfer credits and parking lots and finding my classrooms.

Cross my heart, hope to die...Stout is lovely. Perhaps I'll see you around. :) (Should you ever venture into the Applied Arts building!)

Vanessa said...

I've been there. Hang in there, you will be fine. I suggest taking the day before classes start and going to look around campus. Get an idea where your classes are and get your parking pass. That helped me when I started community college and also when I transferred to a college to finish out my bachelors. It's scary but I promise, you will find peace soon!

Jill said...

well how cute are you? so happy you took the time to comment on my giveaway. darling blog...so cheery and fun! glad you stopped by :)


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