Posted by: Michelle | July 31, 2010

Anxiously Waiting…

First of all, I should tell you that, for the most part, I’m not a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of person. I do not enjoy getting things done at the last minute. That adrealine rush that happens when you barely make a deadline or get something done with just moments to spare or run down a passagway with a giant boulder rolling behind you and manage to jump out of the way in the nick of time?

Not for me. Not most of the time, anyway.

Sure, I have my Mom merit badge in Last Minute Endeavors. But just because one has to do it that way doesn’t mean one likes to do it that way.  Really, I prefer to plan ahead.

So here I sit, waiting to get an e-mail from the college letting me know that yes, financial aid has come through and, yes, I will be able to attend college for the fall semester. I’m supposed to be notified today, according to an e-mail I received a few weeks ago.

Today is July 31st. Tution and fees are due August 2nd. This is just a little too close for comfort for me. Because if I don’t get finanicial aid, there will be no school for me. I attended one class this summer, which I paid for myself, and that was a huge struggle for us financially. So forget 13 credit hours and $500 for books and supplies.

As for my transfer credit, one class transferred — a Children’s Lit class that they’ll accept as a Fine Arts credit. What — so this means I’ll have to take English Comp again? Really? I CLEP’d out of English Comp 30 years ago and am a published writer. They’re going to make me spend $300 and sit for 16 weeks in a 100-level class to prove I can write? Argh!

I’ll do it if I have to. In fact, I’ll probably have to. I sent an e-mail to the person who evaluates transfer credit and asked her the above questions (in a much nicer way, of course) and have yet to receive a response. My guess is I won’t get one. I have discovered very quickly that if they don’t have a positive answer for you, they just ignore you. As someone who has a background in customer service and is plunging into the world of the hospitality industry where guest relations are paramount…well, let’s just say I’m not impressed. 

In a more exciting realm of my life, I have applied for an awesome opportunity. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is hosting an ingenious competition — Month at the Museum. They’re seeking a “roommate” to spend 30 days 24/7 living at the museum, learning about science and sharing it with the world.

The application process includes filling out a detailed application, writing a 500-word essay, and creating a 60-second video. Oldest daughter Alexi came out and shot my video on Wednesday, and did a fantastic job. My application and essay are complete, and I’m just waiting for the headshot that Alexi took to arrive on Monday, and then she’ll send the whole thing in. Semi-finalists are being chosen by August 25th.

I think I might have a good shot at it. We’ll just have to wait and see. I found three other application videos posted at YouTube — I only posted mine to my Facebook page — and of those three, two of them were over the one-minute limit. I mean…Hello? What part of “60 seconds” is difficult to understand? 

The winner of the competition will get to keep all the tech gadgets they use during their stay (camera, laptop, etc.) and will take home a $10,000 paycheck. Not too shabby! But the best part to me is what a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it will be. I just re-watched “Night at the Museum” the other day and got all giddy and excited thinking about the possibilities.

I’ll keep you posted!


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