Gettin’ Edjumacated.

I graduated high school in May of 2004.

Almost five years later I’m not even close to holding a college degree in my hot sweaty hand.  At first I feel a little pathetic, when so many of my high school comrades are now certified teachers, accountants, nutritionists, nurses, dental hygienists, occupational therapists, and marine biologists.

**Side note:  It’s not my lack of degree that leaves me feeling pathetic; it’s my lack of degree in a timely manner.  I don’t judge anyone who has not gone to college.  Heck,  I don’t even want to go to college.  However, since I do want a degree, it seems ridiculous that it’s taking me so long to get one.  It’s self-loathing, people.  I only judge my own person.**

So it is with a certain amount of self-deprecation that I announce on my website…I am on the 10 Year Plan of university graduation.

Not really the 10 Year Plan.  From May of 2004, it will be probably be a 7 Year Plan, but the 10 Year Plan sounds so much more mournful.  At any rate (a slow rate in my case), I will be done with school sometime, and that’s the point.  And before I get too depressed by thinking of all I haven’t done with my life to date, I should tell you what I have done:

Moved to Canada one month before my 19th birthday, a year into my college experience.  I transferred my first year credits from ASU up to a local college in Alberta, and continued taking my general requirement courses.

Met Poor Kyle while continuing my second year of university.

Moved back to Arizona in April of 2006, done with two years of college.  I spent that summer basically carefree with friends and family, still dating Poor Kyle (albeit long-distance) and trying to sort out myself.

Started back at ASU in fall of 2006, having decided against returning to Canada for school.  Finally settled on Art History/Museum Studies as my major.  Image from here.

Got engaged to Poor Kyle and immediately decided I was too young to get married.  Finished the Fall ’06 semester at ASU and fancied myself a French speaker. Started looking into study abroad programs for the next semester, so I could get married the next fall with the knowledge I’d seen the world and would not regret becoming a wife so soon in life.

Decided study abroad was a waste of money, and signed up to be a nanny.  Why pay to live in Europe, when getting paid to live there was so much more fun?  Took two classes online from ASU while living in Belgium.  Me and Manneken Pis, chillin’ like a couple villains.  Man, I miss that continent.

Those were the last classes on my official college transcripts; the next three semesters have been spent…

…getting hitched…

…honeymooning…

…failing in the kitchen…

…and doing basically anything else that sounds like fun, including spelling out our names with pretzels.

But now the good times are over.  I’m back to school today, and it’s the end of my married life as I’ve known it.  Poor Kyle will no longer have home-cooked meals on the table when he comes home from work, because I’ll still be in my night class.  There will be a lot less cuddling ’round these parts, because when I’m not writing for school I’ll be writing for this website, and after the mental strain of all the thinking, I’ll basically crash every night.  Thinking’s not my forte. Poor, poor Poor Kyle.

And poor me, because I’m the one who has to take these classes for another couple of years.

How very dreadful.  This had better be worth it, or I’ll be really mad.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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24 Responses to Gettin’ Edjumacated.

  1. Alex says:

    Hey Camille! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on mine and nikis blog. I love your blog…its so fascinating. I can’t believe all the things you have done in 4 short years. Did u happen to go to mountain view? Anyway, I’m going to be a regular here! Love it.

  2. Geneva says:

    You know, sometimes I think it would be more fun to be in college again. I spent less hours on school stuff then, than now. But then there’s that little thing called a pay check. Maybe someday I’ll just move up to teaching college and get the hours and check. And admit it, you are a LITTLE excited, even if it is just to be making some degree progress.

  3. HeatherPride says:

    Well I’m very proud of you, Camille! I’m only slightly agitated that you will be too busy with school to become my Amazing Race partner. (I totally picked you, you know.)

    You let me know if you change your mind.

  4. Allison says:

    You will enjoy being back in college. It really is good for the soul.

  5. Katie says:

    I went back to school to get my masters when I was newly married. It was really difficult, I’m not gonna lie. But the satisfaction I had in telling people that I put myself through graduate school while working full time was more than enough to compensate for the three years of complete homework hell.

    So, go ahead and pat yourself on the back already. The hardest part is enrolling.

    Good luck!!

  6. raygon says:

    good luck! that picture of you guys in your wedding get-up is adorable.

  7. Camille says:

    Alex– Yay, a new blog friend! I’m always so happy when this happens. I didn’t go to Mountain View. I’m a Warrior, but I’ve made lots of Mountain View friends since starting this blog. There IS life after high school; who knew?

    Geneva– The only bit of excitement I’ll feel during this process is when I open up that envelope in the mail and hold my degree in my hands. Until then, it’s drudgery for me.

    HeatherPride– Well, when you get serious about Amazing Race [i.e. email me your application video, and ask to see mine], then we’ll talk. I waited and waited, and finally figured you had been just kidding, so I signed up for school. There’s always summer, though… If we get picked, I might be compelled to take another semester off…

    Allison– I hope you’re right, for my sake. And for this blog’s sake.

    Katie– The good news is that I’m not getting my masters, and I’m not working full-time (or even part time, since I’m not a resident yet). Hopefully I can breeze through it unscathed. And CONGRATS to you, for being so tough and motivated—what an accomplishment that is!

    Raygon– Thanks for the luck, and the compliment. I’ll tell Poor Kyle you said so.

  8. Jami says:

    I know how you feel. I am always talking with people from our high school, and it seems like they are out to change the world. They have degrees, and jobs, and MONEY!!!
    I look at my life and I have no degree, no job, and no money!
    But I do have a wonderful family that I love to much to even describe!
    anyways, I am on a 10 year plan too. I will finish nursing school in about 5 years.
    I am going to die, b/c I HATE school, but I really feel that I need to have SOMETHING that is my own.
    It is accually really good for my self esteem.

  9. anonymous says:

    wow you may not have gotten your degree yet but you’ve still done so much! and atleast you have a wonderful, poor husband by your side!

  10. Holly Decker says:

    i TOTALLY relate. i think your second paragraph describes EXACTLY how i feel about not having a degree. i seriously feel like everyone around me is 25 with AT LEAST an associates.

    i think you are a wonderfully accomplished lady, and although you could care less about my opinion of you, or what some RANDOM person living in Utah has to say about it, i think that you have used your time wisely… educating yourself in lots of other ways. i think you are a well rounded (not in a weight kind of way) person and i really admire you for all the attributes you have managed to pick up along the years- whether IN or OUT of school.

    i think what matters is that you are always growing… and i think you have definitely done that. (once again- not in a weight kind of way!!)

    so, i wish you the happiest of school semesters, darling. i am truly happy for you- i had no idea it was coming up so soon- and i am thrilled that you are on your way :)

    don’t worry about Poor Kyle having to fix his own meals… i did that to Jeff and i used to feel a bit guilty about it, but now i am just grateful that he cooks and i know that he is willing to pull his weight in the marriage. i bet PK will do great.

    :)

  11. Holly Decker says:

    ps (oh my gosh i know my comments are so long, but oh well) i love the pictures of this post… and um, it just occured to me… what if school makes you not blog as much?? should i brace myself for a travesty of that kind? what would i do if i cant check your blog weekly and find a new article???? i shutter to think….

  12. Carmen says:

    Oh, I feel sorry for you. I don’t enjoy school particularly and glad I am done. You have my sympathy. How many semesters do you have to take? I hope many of your classes transferred. You will do fantastic.

  13. NobodyNose says:

    If school makes you not blog as much I’m blowing up the school. Oh wait, is that a terroist threat? Am I going to Federal Prison? JK President Obama I would NEVER blow up a school!!! No terroist here! But seriously Camille. You know how I feel about change and this would be a HUGE change!!!! Wow that sounds selfish!! I do feel bad for you having to change your routine by going to school. It’s no fun! Anywho, good luck and ONCE AGAIN I AM NOT A INTERNATIONAL THREAT!!!!

  14. afton says:

    totally worth it. without a doubt. (even when i’m currently in debt without a high paying job because of it). totally worth it. (even if you don’t actually use the degree initially). totally worth it. i don’t know how that little paper makes me feel so much but i love just having it. totally worth it.

  15. congratulations, and good luck!

    it is TOTALLY worth it. and sometimes, the real world/job is so stressful that i wish i could be back in college again… (except then i remember all those sleepless nights i had staying up finishing final projects. and i change my mind).

  16. Thais says:

    Yay to go Camille!!!

    See I’ve been in school since Fall 2003, and am just now graduating this May with my RN degree. And mind you it’s not a bachelor RN, it’s the looked down upon Associates RN. That is SIX years my friend of full time school going for an ASSOCIATES! AND I started college AS a nursing major. I wasn’t one of those that changed majors 50 thousand times.

    No… I’m not bitter. :-)

  17. lindsay says:

    camille! going to school is basically equal to getting a job! now i am left all alone in this sick and cruel world of unemployment and un-education.
    wretched freaking day.

  18. Camille says:

    Jami– It’s true; once I’m done, I’ll have something in my life that defines me. I can’t wait.

    Anonymous– Thanks! I was hoping someone would feed me that line. It really does make me feel better about the way things have worked out. I try.

    Holly Decker– That’s what I kept telling myself the first semester I didn’t have full time classes (my spring in Belgium); that people can learn in the schoolroom of LIFE just as easily as at bloody university. It was a grand, grand time for me. And no need to brace yourself. I’ll be posting as much as ever. I’m majoring in ENGLISH, so it would be foolish to quit writing.

    Carmen– All my credits transferred, but I took so many generals and only three english classes (none of which help me, ironically enough), that I still have two-three years left. Pathetic.

    NobodyNose– Calm down, friend! I’ll still post! Regularly!

    Afton– Three more days until you’re officially shunned. I didn’t realise you’ve already graduated! What’s your degree in?

    Angela Hardison– Thanks for the encouragement. I need all I can get. You, with your own business, are definitely an inspiration for me.

    Thais– See? We’re all pathetic. The good news is—YOU’RE ALMOST THERE! Sweet. Congrats to you!

    Lindsay– Don’t call me wretched; I’m the foolish one paying double tuition to take classes I’ve already taken once before. If I was as productive as you are, staying home, I’d never leave. I don’t think you should, either—you get a lot done and have cuteness abounding. Me? Mostly sleep-in days, and overall very lazy. It had to be done. I still make no money.

  19. niki says:

    you really have accomplished a lot! a lot more than a lot of people can say. wow, can i say a lot one more time?! anywho, good luck with school. doesn’t sound fun, but sounds successful. success is the key.

  20. Thais says:

    lol I am almost there.

    I can soon start working all holidays, be awake all night long working, sleeping during the day, and wiping old people’s butts.

    I heart nursing. lol

    Honestly I do. Wouldn’t change it for anything.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Millie,

    Well, you already know how I feel about the subject, so I won’t publish it for the whole world.

  22. Lol, well if it makes you feel any better, my college referendum is a whole lot shorter and much less exciting, beginning with one semester at MCCool and ending with the second semester at MCCool. But I guess the difference is, I dont care about having a degree. Though I may give beauty school a shot, at some point in my life.

    very entertaining blog. i enjoyed it, albeit late in the game. And at least you live some place different and interesting. I didnt venture far either.

  23. Jess says:

    Wow, seems like a very cool life. I am living in AZ now, actually working for ASU! Small world! :)

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