I did something that I may regret. I re-applied to the graduate college at NAU, the university I work for. My friend and co-worker, Dawn, is one of those weird people who has no problems taking classes and working full time. It's unnatural and I don't understand it. Oh sure, I've taken classes and worked at the same time, but I'm usually only good for one semester at a time – I always seem to need a "break" after I go crazed near the end of the semester, so three years go by before I take another class. Dawn is completing her Master's degree, taking two classes each semester. Unnatural, I tell you.
I had started a graduate degree in Political Science, if you think started is taking one class before my usual "break" occurs. Well, the three years are up. It's time to wrap up my "break" and get back to work. After all, I have one of the best benefits in the world: free tuition.
I'm just not ready to work on the grad degree I started. This is where Dawn is to blame. She was talking up the program she's working on while she also works towards her degree. She's earning a Certificate in Professional Writing. At first it didn't sound appealing, but she has some good sales techniques (curse you, Dawn!) and I checked it out here. I could complete it online and I know some of the professors. Hmmm…well, today I checked with the graduate college to change my status. I had been "discontinued" (doesn't that sound lovely?), but it only takes an application as a non-degree seeking student to "continue" me. I talked to the prof and he thinks I'll fit right in. He even made me feel better. I'm such a worry-wart about my writing skills; I never think I measure up to other students, but the prof says no problem – I'm in good shape as far as writing goes.
The upshot to all this? I'm starting a class on June 5th: Advanced Technical Writing. So, if my blogging goes lagging this summer, we all know who to blame. It's Dawn's fault.