Friday, September 12, 2008

Baby Fish Mouth

So I decided over the summer that it was time for me to start thinking about a career. Right now I work at the local community college and since I work in 3 different departments, it's like I have 3 part-time jobs (which means NO benefits!). So after much deliberation and discussion, I decided to go back to school to get a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math to teach high school. Little did I know the hoops I would have to jump through just to get into the program!
I have to take 3 more classes to fulfill what they call Subject Matter Competency (basically, do you know how to do math?) and 7 education classes. Are you hearing this? This is all BEFORE I even get into the program!

So I started school at Cal State Fullerton 3 weeks ago. My schedule is HORRIFIC Mondays through Thursdays - I leave the house around 7:30am and don't get home most nights until 9:30. I see Wade literally 20 minutes a day - 5 in the morning, 15 at night. But on the bright side, I don't have work or go to school Friday through Sunday... but I'm usually doing homework, studying, or trying to find the kitchen sink under the mountain of dishes that accumulated throughout the week!

My classes have proven to be pretty good so far, but very time consuming. I am trying to be more pro-active and talk to my professors (something I NEVER did when I was in college) to make sure they know my name and how motivated I am (might need a letter of recommendation sometime down the line!)

So needless to say I have done ZERO scrapping/artsy anything at all lately. I don't even have time to take pictures to scrap later on - although, I don't know how many pages I could make of pictures of myself in the library or pictures of Wade sleeping which is pretty much the only thing going on right now!

Also, I've applied to be a substitute teacher. I'm hoping it will give me a little taste of what to expect from the high school environment.

Okay, on to the question/answer part of our blog day:
marie antoinette said...

how did you and wade meet?

ANSWER: Wade and I met in Spanish 1 at Saddleback Community College. On the first day of school I was 15 minutes late and when I walked into the class, the profesora said, " ¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos! Nos estamos sentando en grupos y nos estamos presentando. ¡SiĆ©ntese!"
to which I replied, "Espanol uno?" since I didn't understand a damn word she said. So I got the hint and sat down next to some white guy with poofy hair. I asked him what we were supposed to do and he just shrugged and said, "I don't understand a damn word she says!" Four months later, that poofy haired guy and I were dating... and now we're engaged!


Katherine said...

I know what you mean about the career thing! When I started looking at the pharmacy thing I was like, "Damn, one year of tech school, plus 7 math and science classes before I can even apply for 4 years of grad school?" Thankfully the tech school was all online, and I've knocked 23 of 27 lessons out in 4 months, but right now I'm only taking one class at the local JC. (Intermediate Algebra for Engineering and Biology Majors)

I was going to the math lab a lot because they have free books you can borrow, (I finally found the text at for $60, and it included the solutions manual, not bad for a book that's $110 used!), and I always think, "Candice would be here if I was going to Saddleback!"

My professor was a math/business major in college who wanted to do something else (I don't remember what) and then fell into math teaching. Right now, she's going back to get her masters, just teaching 2 classes at night.

You might check private schools, they don't always require a credential to teach. Of course they don't pay as much, but you may be able to use that teaching as part of your credential.

If I recall correctly, you can get an emergency credential with a bachelor's degree, a background check and CBEST clearance, which is good for teaching jobs up to a year. I was working on that after I graduated, then didn't pursue it when I got my job with the tribe.

marie antoinette said...

congrats on going back to school...i know it's a lot of work, but it'll fly by and be so worth it in the end. who knows what opportunities will arise?
also, that is one of the BEST stories i've heard about two people meeting. so sweet and funny! :)

Darby said...

That Spanish class rocked!!!! I wish I could go back.

Good luck with the school/subbing thing. I know how you feel. Remember....I have gone through kind of what you are going through. If you need/want any help, give me a call. I would be happy to tackle your mountain of dishes for you as long as you have a whip and a chair.