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Title: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 11, 2010, 04:06:08 PM
So, a lot of forum members, and even some team members, are currently in college (including me). And we all know how stressful it can be. So, I've decided to create Daventry University, where all forum members can come and rant and rave about college all they want! Talk about your finals, your midterms, your projects, whatever crosses your mind! The only thing I ask is that this thread, like all others on this forum, remain family friendly and respectful of differing opinions. So, welcome to Daventry University, the ONLY university for clinically insane fans of Phoenix Online!

I'll begin with the following: The first order of discussion, that I think a lot of college kids can relate to right now, is finals. I can't possibly be the only one who hates 'em, right?
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: kindofdoon on December 11, 2010, 04:34:21 PM
Lol, the University of Phoenix Online (http://www.phoenix.edu/) is already a real thing.

(Posted on: December 11, 2010, 07:33:38 PM)


My parents thought that's what I was referring to when I announced that I was working for Phoenix Online, actually.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 11, 2010, 04:44:50 PM
Lol, the University of Phoenix Online (http://www.phoenix.edu/) is already a real thing.

(Posted on: December 11, 2010, 07:33:38 PM)


My parents thought that's what I was referring to when I announced that I was working for Phoenix Online, actually.

darn, it already exists... Crud... Now I gotta come up with another creative name... Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Enchantermon on December 11, 2010, 04:47:02 PM
DU. Daventry University. ;)
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: kindofdoon on December 11, 2010, 04:50:46 PM
YES.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 11, 2010, 04:59:44 PM
DU. Daventry University. ;)

Thank you. How could I have NOT thought of that?

(Posted on: December 11, 2010, 07:56:45 PM)


I can't change the name of the thread.... Sometimes I wonder if it's a power Mods don't possess... Can either a global mod or admin see if they can change the name of the thread?
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Enchantermon on December 11, 2010, 05:14:26 PM
You're welcome. :) Sometimes it's the simplest solutions that elude us the most. After playing adventure games so much, I've learned this quite a lot. :P
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 11, 2010, 05:31:51 PM
You're welcome. :) Sometimes it's the simplest solutions that elude us the most. After playing adventure games so much, I've learned this quite a lot. :P

That's indeed true... A perfect example is my class just the other day actually. My teacher plays Jeopardy with us quite a lot, and one of the questions was worded kind of weirdly, but it was in the easier categories. The question was something like "this is the term for securing your information online" or something of that sort. The entire class got stumped, but I put forth the idea of Privacy. Apparently, that was the correct answer. So just the way things are worded can also throw you for a loop...

In any event, I'm hoping to figure out how to change the name of this thread... Then again, I'm doing like fifty other things, which include preparing for the VGAs in a half hour (at which point I will become non-responsive to outside forces, responding only to the prompts of the tv), attempting to do a final for my design class (and failing rather miserably if I do say so myself), starving for food, etc etc. So I'm really multi tasking right now...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Haids1987 on December 11, 2010, 06:00:40 PM
Lol, the University of Phoenix Online (http://www.phoenix.edu/) is already a real thing.

(Posted on: December 11, 2010, 07:33:38 PM)


My parents thought that's what I was referring to when I announced that I was working for Phoenix Online, actually.
darn, it already exists... Crud... Now I gotta come up with another creative name... Any suggestions?
Gah haha, that's why I thought you named the thread what you named it. :P
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: atec123 on December 11, 2010, 06:56:35 PM
I'm not in college, but I dedicate this song to everyone who is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtjZx3pWYA8
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Damar on December 11, 2010, 07:15:02 PM
Not in college anymore, but I do vividly remember finals.  Though I never really studied much either.  My friends in grad school hated me on test day because I was the guy who never really took notes, didn't study much, and still torched the exam.  Then again, I actually found grad school easier than undergrad.  Weird.

Anyway, the one memory of finals week that stands out in my mind was when my friends and I decided to just relax.  So there was a nice pancake breakfast.  And after that we all dragged chairs out to the dorm porch, brought all manner of inebriating beverages out with us, and just relaxed and laughed and forgot about finals.  Although a couple of us did delight in pointing out that it was finals week to everyone passing by.  One of my friends, who didn't really know how to enjoy in moderation, took to yelling to random people, "What are you doing out here?  It's finals week!  Why aren't you studying?  WHY AREN'T YOU STUDYING?  IT'S FINALS WEEK!"  As the evening went on, there ended up being more stories involving him, but I'll just leave it there.  He really got drunk...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: wilco64256 on December 11, 2010, 07:16:51 PM
Subject fix'd!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 11, 2010, 08:10:10 PM
Thanks, Weldon! Is changing titles of threads an admin ability, or is there some secret trick that I haven't been taught yet?
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: KatieHal on December 11, 2010, 09:47:54 PM
You can't select "modify" on your posts, DD? Huh, weird. I thought everyone could do that to their own posts at least.

Yup--I think the University of Phoenix is one/the big reason our website address will never be phoenixonline.com :P
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 11, 2010, 10:04:28 PM
You can't select "modify" on your posts, DD? Huh, weird. I thought everyone could do that to their own posts at least.

Yup--I think the University of Phoenix is one/the big reason our website address will never be phoenixonline.com :P

I can, and I am able to edit other people's posts, but whenever I try to change the title of a thread by modifying the first post in said thread, it never works. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, or maybe us lowly mods (Actually, I think I'm the only mod on the forums. Everyone else is a global mod or an admin...) can't change thread titles. I already got a PM from Weldon about it, so I'm hoping he can look into fixing the issue, or just promote me to a global mod (fat chance, I know. I'm barely even on the forums enough to warrant such a promotion. You can blame college for that XD). In any case, let's talk about college! What memories have you from college? What's your current college experience like? Mine is interesting. I have a single dorm, so I'm lucky. I share a bathroom with only two other guys, both of which are very nice. So I don't have to bother being on a floor with like fifty guys. My roommates are just Me Myself and I, and we're a magnificent trio if I do say so myself. The workload is a pain in the butt though...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: waltzdancing on December 11, 2010, 11:28:12 PM
College has been really good to me at the moment. I finished my final last week and enjoying Christmas Break! Finals weren't so bad, I think the only one I struggled with was Geology, which is new because I am a total science nerd. After doing the same song and dance for five years now, I'm getting board and the stress is giving me white hair WAY before my time. I never have gone to a party and live at home with my parents still (cheaper to do it that way).

The big thing that ticks me off to no end right now is the lack of scholarships for me and the numerous hoops I have to jump through to get my teaching certificate. If the nation wants teachers, make it easier to get! No more hoops, please.

My rant is over and I feel much better now.  :)
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 12, 2010, 10:08:13 AM
College has been really good to me at the moment. I finished my final last week and enjoying Christmas Break! Finals weren't so bad, I think the only one I struggled with was Geology, which is new because I am a total science nerd. After doing the same song and dance for five years now, I'm getting board and the stress is giving me white hair WAY before my time. I never have gone to a party and live at home with my parents still (cheaper to do it that way).

The big thing that ticks me off to no end right now is the lack of scholarships for me and the numerous hoops I have to jump through to get my teaching certificate. If the nation wants teachers, make it easier to get! No more hoops, please.

My rant is over and I feel much better now.  :)

Lucky; you got out earlier than me. I have a whole other week to go before my Christmas vacation starts.

I live at the dorms for now, but I haven't gone to any parties myself. I'm not much of a social person (ok, so that's half a lie. Among my friends you'll be told that I never shut up. Among strangers, you'd hardly ever see me open my mouth), nor am I that popular. So I'm not invited to parties, and I wouldn't want to go to them anyway. In fact, I think the two boys that live next to me were having one on Wednesday night, but I was just so engrossed in The Longest Journey at 3 AM in the morning that the whole world just disappeared. I will be commuting starting in my third semester to save my parents money, but I have to stay for winter, mainly because we already paid for a two semester agreement. Apparently, there's a $2,600 severance fee if you break the contract. So I might as well not bother paying that in addition to the deposit we already made. But I'm actually salivating at the thought of commuting. Doing so will allow me more time to work on TSL and I'll actually have a half-way decent internet connection. I say half-way decent because as long as my house is incapable of getting Fios, we won't ever have a good connection. I'm hoping Fios becomes available at my house soon, but it probably won't happen... It's available in my town, but I just happen to live in a deadzone. Figures.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: drunkenmonkey on December 12, 2010, 11:54:56 AM
I've got a German listening test this Tuesday. I don't see how I can prepare any more than I already have, it shouldn't be a problem.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 12, 2010, 11:59:59 AM
I've got a German listening test this Tuesday. I don't see how I can prepare any more than I already have, it shouldn't be a problem.

A german listening test? I hope you do vell! err, I mean well. XD
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: tessspoon on December 12, 2010, 12:01:55 PM
Only had one real final this semester, for Algorithms. Don't think I did great on it, but I've done well enough on the other stuff that it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

My second class had no final (only thing we had to do for that class was three programming projects, which were all due on the last day of class - everyone was really busy the last couple of weeks of classes since most people had procrastinated :P)

My third class we just had to give a presentation last Monday and turn in our final project by tomorrow, which is what I'm currently working on finishing up so I can be done! :D

Good luck to everyone who still has exams! :D
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 12, 2010, 12:08:26 PM
Only had one real final this semester, for Algorithms. Don't think I did great on it, but I've done well enough on the other stuff that it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

My second class had no final (only thing we had to do for that class was three programming projects, which were all due on the last day of class - everyone was really busy the last couple of weeks of classes since most people had procrastinated :P)

My third class we just had to give a presentation last Monday and turn in our final project by tomorrow, which is what I'm currently working on finishing up so I can be done! :D

Good luck to everyone who still has exams! :D

I'll need all the luck I can get for my exam tomorrow. I'm expecting an F... My chances aren't looking so hot right now.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: writerlove on December 12, 2010, 01:38:02 PM
Good luck! What subject is it?

I have two exams left, on Tuesday morning. One at 8 am and one at 10 am One of them I have a lot of reading to do. But i'm here putting it off.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: KatieHal on December 12, 2010, 09:07:22 PM
My best suggestion for socializing in college is join clubs. Those are how I met most of my best friends from school, the ones I ended up living with and am still friends with to this day. Plus, it's fun to find people who like doing stuff you like do. College takes some adjusting, absolutely, but I cannot recommend this enough for branching out and meeting people and getting involved.

As for myself, I'm actually now, going on nine years after graduating undergrad at Boston College, finally truly contemplating going back. I'm looking into a Masters in PR Program nearby and will probably be applying for the Fall 2011 term. We'll see what happens!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Enchantermon on December 12, 2010, 09:21:51 PM
As for myself, I'm actually now, going on nine years after graduating undergrad at Boston College, finally truly contemplating going back.
I was afraid of this. After all of the stress from 8+ years of game development and two C&Ds, it's finally happened: one of the team members has cracked. ;)

As cool as it would be to have that Masters or Ph.D after my name, I don't think I can go back. I've gotten my Bachelors and I really don't want to write any more college papers, especially not a thesis.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: KatieHal on December 12, 2010, 09:35:20 PM
I'm pretty sure this program doesn't require a thesis.... I should check on that though!

The thing I always told myself about grad school was that it wasn't worth going if I didn't really know it was something I wanted, and something where getting a Masters would make a difference career-wise. This is something I'm really interested in--I've been loving doing PR work for TSL!--and I know career-wise it would be great experience as well make a difference on my resume.

Not quite sure yet how I'll manage paying for it, but I'll work on all that if/when I get accepted!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Enchantermon on December 12, 2010, 09:38:17 PM
Yeah, I was just messing with you. If it's something you absolutely love, then yeah, go for it! It's just not for me, I don't think. I have a lot of respect for people who have the gumption to go back to school after being out of it for several years.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 12, 2010, 11:44:36 PM
Katie, if you go to PR school, please take some of what you learn there over here. I probably wouldn't do so well studying pr, but who knows. Maybe I will. Right now, I'm trying to sort out my life a bit. I think I made a terrible mistake going into Web Design and Interactive Media, so I may be switching schools entirely to go into writing. That's one of the downsides of my school. We're a media arts school and only have writing classes as part of Gen Ed. No majors or minors in writing. But my most immediate focus is getting my finals out of the way. Once that's done, I can finally begin focusing on other things. And devote my heart and soul to TSL. Why is college such a pain in the butt? Like seriously? I really wish these teachers would slow down with the workload...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: snabbott on December 13, 2010, 09:09:10 AM
I think I made a terrible mistake going into Web Design and Interactive Media, so I may be switching schools entirely to go into writing.
D-D, you might be surprised how many people completely change their minds about their majors (often multple times). Some schools don't even let you officially declare a major until you're a sophomore or junior. I don't believe education is ever a "mistake" - if nothing else, you learn what you don't want to study.

I had some pretty tough finals, but I usually did ok on them. I found the classes in graduate school easier than some of my undergraduate classes. There was one class that I was sure I had failed the final for, but it turned out that they adjusted the scale to account for the class average, and I ended up with an A. The research part of graduate school was much harder for me. I almost decided to quit a few times. Then, when I decided I really did want to continue, my professor told me that I would be leaving with a Master's (or else without one.). :(
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 13, 2010, 11:26:24 AM
I think I made a terrible mistake going into Web Design and Interactive Media, so I may be switching schools entirely to go into writing.
D-D, you might be surprised how many people completely change their minds about their majors (often multple times). Some schools don't even let you officially declare a major until you're a sophomore or junior. I don't believe education is ever a "mistake" - if nothing else, you learn what you don't want to study.

I had some pretty tough finals, but I usually did ok on them. I found the classes in graduate school easier than some of my undergraduate classes. There was one class that I was sure I had failed the final for, but it turned out that they adjusted the scale to account for the class average, and I ended up with an A. The research part of graduate school was much harder for me. I almost decided to quit a few times. Then, when I decided I really did want to continue, my professor told me that I would be leaving with a Master's (or else without one.). :(

Well, I should know my final grade for my design class soonish, I hope. I'm not expecting much of a positive outcome. Believe it or not, originally I wasn't going to go to college at all. I was prepared to just work in my grocery store full time. But all the managers there told me not to make the same mistake they did. So I'm in college now, in one of the biggest mistakes I've made... I'm hoping to switch to something else down the line, but I'm going to give coding a try and see what will happen.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Deloria on December 13, 2010, 11:45:39 AM
You can't select "modify" on your posts, DD? Huh, weird. I thought everyone could do that to their own posts at least.

Yup--I think the University of Phoenix is one/the big reason our website address will never be phoenixonline.com :P

I can, and I am able to edit other people's posts, but whenever I try to change the title of a thread by modifying the first post in said thread, it never works. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, or maybe us lowly mods (Actually, I think I'm the only mod on the forums. Everyone else is a global mod or an admin...) can't change thread titles. I already got a PM from Weldon about it, so I'm hoping he can look into fixing the issue, or just promote me to a global mod (fat chance, I know. I'm barely even on the forums enough to warrant such a promotion. You can blame college for that XD). In any case, let's talk about college! What memories have you from college? What's your current college experience like? Mine is interesting. I have a single dorm, so I'm lucky. I share a bathroom with only two other guys, both of which are very nice. So I don't have to bother being on a floor with like fifty guys. My roommates are just Me Myself and I, and we're a magnificent trio if I do say so myself. The workload is a pain in the butt though...
Isn't there an option to change the name when moving it between boards? :P Then you can move it back later. :)
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 13, 2010, 12:07:26 PM
You can't select "modify" on your posts, DD? Huh, weird. I thought everyone could do that to their own posts at least.

Yup--I think the University of Phoenix is one/the big reason our website address will never be phoenixonline.com :P

I can, and I am able to edit other people's posts, but whenever I try to change the title of a thread by modifying the first post in said thread, it never works. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, or maybe us lowly mods (Actually, I think I'm the only mod on the forums. Everyone else is a global mod or an admin...) can't change thread titles. I already got a PM from Weldon about it, so I'm hoping he can look into fixing the issue, or just promote me to a global mod (fat chance, I know. I'm barely even on the forums enough to warrant such a promotion. You can blame college for that XD). In any case, let's talk about college! What memories have you from college? What's your current college experience like? Mine is interesting. I have a single dorm, so I'm lucky. I share a bathroom with only two other guys, both of which are very nice. So I don't have to bother being on a floor with like fifty guys. My roommates are just Me Myself and I, and we're a magnificent trio if I do say so myself. The workload is a pain in the butt though...
Isn't there an option to change the name when moving it between boards? :P Then you can move it back later. :)

I believe there is, but I haven't explored that option much. It seems like a lot of work just to do one simple task though... I wish there was simple "change name" option for mods...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Damar on December 13, 2010, 09:36:34 PM
My best suggestion for socializing in college is join clubs. Those are how I met most of my best friends from school, the ones I ended up living with and am still friends with to this day. Plus, it's fun to find people who like doing stuff you like do. College takes some adjusting, absolutely, but I cannot recommend this enough for branching out and meeting people and getting involved.

I completely agree with this.  When I was in undergrad, I kept to myself most of the time and didn't go out that much.  It wasn't until my junior year that I started going out more and I still regret that I didn't get into that sooner.  Not a deep regret or anything, but I do feel I missed out.  Because I did.  Parties can be fun, but even if parties aren't your thing, there are clubs, or just hanging out in general.

Personally, I still miss college.  Yeah, the finals and midterms and constant papers were a pain, but I really liked the learning.  I always took as many classes as I could stand, and always took at least one class each semester that was just for fun.  Those were always my favorites, from an entire class on the Canterbury Tales, to a class on Slovak folklore relating to the vampire myth, to the languages of Middle Earth.  Where else do you get that except college?  So naturally I also went right into grad school as soon as I finished undergrad.  Though I pretty much needed a graduate degree to work in my field anyway, so it was just as much out of necessity as out of the fact that I wanted more college.  And now I have my masters and I've been working for three and a half years.  I love my job and you couldn't force me to get a PhD (I hate research so much) but I do miss the learning (and not having to pay on my loans).  I even miss the papers sometimes.  I always rocked at papers.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 14, 2010, 02:34:03 PM
Well, I got one of my finals out of the way. The final itself I think will be in the B range... As for the project, well, that's gonna get a D at best most likely. I pulled it together at the last minute, and didn't do a lot of the things I was supposed to. But the work I did do spares me from getting an F at least. Now I got about two or three more finals to go, and then I'm done with college (until January...)!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Michelle on December 14, 2010, 09:43:43 PM
Well, I should know my final grade for my design class soonish, I hope. I'm not expecting much of a positive outcome. Believe it or not, originally I wasn't going to go to college at all. I was prepared to just work in my grocery store full time. But all the managers there told me not to make the same mistake they did. So I'm in college now, in one of the biggest mistakes I've made... I'm hoping to switch to something else down the line, but I'm going to give coding a try and see what will happen.

If you're unsure, my two cents would be to take it slow and take a variety of courses to see what you like. I ended up taking 6.5 years to finally finish my undergraduate degree (finishing this month, actually) because I switched focus three times. In first year I started with all International Studies courses, hated them, so switched to all History courses, and then hated that, too. I then focused on English full time and would have graduated on time (4 years total) with that, but then my university started a joint programme with an art university that would have been my "ideal" programme from the beginning: joint visual arts and creative writing. I didn't mind that it took me a while to figure things out, because I feel like I kept growing as a person through that time. However, I wish I hadn't taken 5 courses a semester that whole time and ended up with so many extra electives. I also think I would have figured things out faster if I'd taken a variety of courses at once just to get a taste.

In any case, I am one assignment away from finishing my BFA--and yet here I am procrastinating anyway! =P Even if you change your mind and have crises along the way, you can still make it out alive and well!


My best suggestion for socializing in college is join clubs. Those are how I met most of my best friends from school, the ones I ended up living with and am still friends with to this day. Plus, it's fun to find people who like doing stuff you like do. College takes some adjusting, absolutely, but I cannot recommend this enough for branching out and meeting people and getting involved.
I completely agree with this.  When I was in undergrad, I kept to myself most of the time and didn't go out that much.  It wasn't until my junior year that I started going out more and I still regret that I didn't get into that sooner.  Not a deep regret or anything, but I do feel I missed out.  Because I did.  Parties can be fun, but even if parties aren't your thing, there are clubs, or just hanging out in general.

I also think clubs are the way to go. Unfortunately, I didn't get really involved in any of the clubs I joined until last year--my second-to-last year in university. The one year I did have in that club, however, was extremely fun and I not only met some new friends, but also got back into hanging out with my old high school friends who joined the club, too. Wish I had had more time to enjoy that club!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: snabbott on December 15, 2010, 09:02:42 AM
Yeah - college is a big adjustment from high school, especially if you're living away from home for the first time. It's a lot of work, but there's generally nobody checking up on you to make sure you're keeping up. You have a lot more freedom, and it can be hard to handle if you're not really self-disciplined. Having a job makes it that much more difficult. For me, I think my first quarter was the hardest in that sense. I let myself get too far behind and then had a really hard time catching up at the end.

I wouldn't make any hasty decisions, but I agree with Michelle. Take some time to explore your interests. There are a lot of classes I wish I had taken (especially more computer programming). I can still learn on my own, but as you get older and more settled into a career, it's a lot harder to make the time. (I think the ability to learn outside the classroom is a good thing to take out of college.)
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 15, 2010, 12:30:37 PM
Yeah - college is a big adjustment from high school, especially if you're living away from home for the first time. It's a lot of work, but there's generally nobody checking up on you to make sure you're keeping up. You have a lot more freedom, and it can be hard to handle if you're not really self-disciplined. Having a job makes it that much more difficult. For me, I think my first quarter was the hardest in that sense. I let myself get too far behind and then had a really hard time catching up at the end.

I wouldn't make any hasty decisions, but I agree with Michelle. Take some time to explore your interests. There are a lot of classes I wish I had taken (especially more computer programming). I can still learn on my own, but as you get older and more settled into a career, it's a lot harder to make the time. (I think the ability to learn outside the classroom is a good thing to take out of college.)

Well, for what it's worth, my high school did prepare for freedom rather well. The first middle school I was in had moderate rules. Nothing too strict, nothing too open. Then I moved, and my new middle school was like a dictatorship. The school was literally built by a prison designer. It certainly had that atmosphere. I couldn't even wear a hat in that place. I could go on for hours, but I'll spare everyone that pain. But then I got to high school, and let me out of my cage. They said, "fly away, little birdie, fly away!". My high school has an open campus policy, which means I can hang out anywhere I want in it, save for like five locations. I could hang out right outside a classroom if I wanted. We had no hall passes. No one questioned why you were in the halls, and it was great. I never even had to tell my teachers I was going to the bathroom. They were like "For pete's sake, your an adult now, so just go. You don't want to keep your bladder waiting, do you?". And I was on good terms with the interim Superintendent/Principal in my last year, so I could get things out of him. Oh, and yeah, my high school was a regional high school, so we were our own school district independent of the town we were in, so our principal was both principal and superintendent.

College is a lot like my high school in those areas. Which is why adjusting to the freedom of college wasn't so hard. The workload is the thing I'm having trouble adjusting to. Being in special ed in high school meant that I had a much decreased workload and I had certain accomodations that my IEP guranteed me under US law. For those that don't know, IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan, and it truly is individualized. Every student on one is carefully evaluated and given accomodations accordingly. Those range to any number of things. I get a calculator to use on all math related work (I can't do mental math. Kinda sad really.) and I get extra time on tests and quizzes. My IEP is usually updated annually. Luckily, it got transferred to college, which is great.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: snabbott on December 15, 2010, 01:00:31 PM
I believe there are similar accomodations at the college level. Regarding the workload, you could always take fewer classes, though that can lead to other complications if you drop below full time. I know at least after a certain age, I could only be on my parents' medical insurance if I was a full-time student.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 15, 2010, 01:02:27 PM
I believe there are similar accomodations at the college level. Regarding the workload, you could always take fewer classes, though that can lead to other complications if you drop below full time. I know at least after a certain age, I could only be on my parents' medical insurance if I was a full-time student.

Unfortunately, my parents made it clear to me they want me to stick with my current class load. They will pay for my college tuition if I do. If I drop to four classes, I have to pay for whatever extra semesters I'm here for out of my own pocket.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: tessspoon on December 15, 2010, 01:04:44 PM
Is your college 5 classes, 3 credit hour each?
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 15, 2010, 01:10:44 PM
I have 5 classes, each class is roughly 3 hours long, and I have no idea how much credit I get for each class...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: snabbott on December 15, 2010, 01:13:00 PM
Typically, 1 hour = 1 credit - except for labs, which are often 2-3 hours per credit.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: tessspoon on December 15, 2010, 01:15:35 PM
Ah, just curious. With my undergrad we had four classes a semester, 4 credit hours each (And a special 1 month-long January term in between semesters). Didn't even know schools did the 5 classes schedule till I got to grad school.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 15, 2010, 04:06:42 PM
Ah, just curious. With my undergrad we had four classes a semester, 4 credit hours each (And a special 1 month-long January term in between semesters). Didn't even know schools did the 5 classes schedule till I got to grad school.

Frankly, I don't like the five class schedule. I'm fine with minimal classes, to reduce my workload...
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: KatieHal on December 15, 2010, 08:11:52 PM
Do the classes only meet once a week for three hours? Or three times a week for one hour?

We had for the most either 3x week for one hour or 2x a week for an hour and a half classes. I tried one class that was once a week for three hours and hated it. Only class I ever dropped. It was also a Drawing class and I'm terrible at that, so that didn't help, but I felt I got much more out of the art history class I took later to fill my arts credit.

(I also found it amusing I even needed to take that for an arts credit--for all four years of college I was in the marching band, the chorale, and an improv theatre group!)
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Enchantermon on December 15, 2010, 08:36:21 PM
My college experience was a bit strange. For my first two years of college, I was at a traditional university, but the last two went something like this: we had terms, not semesters. Each term was five weeks. We went to school Monday through Thursday. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we had one class, and Tuesdays and Thursdays we had another. Each class period was from 8:00 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon. Five hours. The only exceptions were labs, which were typically from 8:00 to 11:30.
It was pretty intense, and it's not easy to sit in one room for five hours, even when you get 10 minute breaks on the hour. And because each class was only five weeks long, you don't have a lot of wiggle room for slacking a bit on the homework. And if you miss a day, it's like missing an entire week in a regular college classroom.
But on the flipside, I was able to walk out of there with a Bachelor's degree in two years (would have been two and a half if the Gen Eds from my first school hadn't transfered in), and I got a lot of hands-on work, which is what I love (I learn best by doing).
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 15, 2010, 09:12:18 PM
Do the classes only meet once a week for three hours? Or three times a week for one hour?

We had for the most either 3x week for one hour or 2x a week for an hour and a half classes. I tried one class that was once a week for three hours and hated it. Only class I ever dropped. It was also a Drawing class and I'm terrible at that, so that didn't help, but I felt I got much more out of the art history class I took later to fill my arts credit.

(I also found it amusing I even needed to take that for an arts credit--for all four years of college I was in the marching band, the chorale, and an improv theatre group!)

My classes meet once a week for three hours. Having ADHD isn't easy, and having to sit in one room for three hours doesn't help matters much.
My college experience was a bit strange. For my first two years of college, I was at a traditional university, but the last two went something like this: we had terms, not semesters. Each term was five weeks. We went to school Monday through Thursday. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we had one class, and Tuesdays and Thursdays we had another. Each class period was from 8:00 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon. Five hours. The only exceptions were labs, which were typically from 8:00 to 11:30.
It was pretty intense, and it's not easy to sit in one room for five hours, even when you get 10 minute breaks on the hour. And because each class was only five weeks long, you don't have a lot of wiggle room for slacking a bit on the homework. And if you miss a day, it's like missing an entire week in a regular college classroom.
But on the flipside, I was able to walk out of there with a Bachelor's degree in two years (would have been two and a half if the Gen Eds from my first school hadn't transfered in), and I got a lot of hands-on work, which is what I love (I learn best by doing).

That certainly does sound like an odd college experience! Five hour classes? I can't even begin to imagine what that must feel like!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Enchantermon on December 15, 2010, 09:25:24 PM
It did help that most of the teachers were fairly dynamic, but it did take it's toll after a while, especially in some classes like Database I which was mostly lecture about stuff I had absolutely no interest in whatsoever. There was one teacher who's lectures I constantly had to fight to stay awake through because he had a very soft, mellow voice that could put me right to sleep, and having to get up at 6:30 in the morning didn't help at all.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 15, 2010, 09:29:46 PM
It did help that most of the teachers were fairly dynamic, but it did take it's toll after a while, especially in some classes like Database I which was mostly lecture about stuff I had absolutely no interest in whatsoever. There was one teacher who's lectures I constantly had to fight to stay awake through because he had a very soft, mellow voice that could put me right to sleep, and having to get up at 6:30 in the morning didn't help at all.

Yeah, some of the professors here put me to sleep sometimes, but luckily, we don't get too many lectures, so I'm lucky.
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: Deloria on December 16, 2010, 10:03:17 AM
I had a final earlier today. I finished in about half the time that everyone else took. I'm starting to wonder if I missed a page. XD
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 16, 2010, 10:07:57 AM
I had a final earlier today. I finished in about half the time that everyone else took. I'm starting to wonder if I missed a page. XD

Well, today is my last day of finals, but its really just presentations, so I should be good. And something tells me ill be getting out early too. In a few hours, ill be done with college... until January. But that gives me a little less than a month to relax, so yay me!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: snabbott on December 16, 2010, 10:48:47 AM
Yay! Good luck!
Title: Re: Daventry University
Post by: dark-daventry on December 16, 2010, 11:13:21 AM
Yay! Good luck!

Ill need it LOL. I just got a half hour break, by far the longest break college has given me thus far...