First Clues that I was “non-traditional”
- Preschool—kept wandering off, walking home, to say nothing of tantrums
- Grammar School--The only non-Catholic in my class in a Catholic School.
- Jr. High--Failing Home-Economics because I “didn’t know how to measure,” when there really was only 2 ounces of milk in the fridge for breakfast. "No, ma'am, I did not mean to write 2 cups."
- High School--no interest in graduation/prom/senior activities.
I felt like I was being baby-sat.
- Jr. College--3rd and 4th semester classes didn’t fill associate's degree requirements that would have been met by 1st and 2nd semester level classes. (By the way... it took 20 years to figure out that there was a "course substitution form.")
- University—Too much red tape. After one semester at the State College, with pressure from work...
Where I am now...
August 19, 2009. Got it. Achieved "summa cum laude" on my
Bachelor of the Arts, English in Literature.
May 28, 2009. Did it. Completed final final--3 units of upper division credit testing out of Research Methods in Psychology. Requested Bachelors. Now it's just paperwork.
April 2009. Okay..... I dropped the Philosophy Major because the Liberal Arts Team and I figured out that I am just one test away from the Bachelor's if I stick with just Literature in English.
June 2008, 23 years after completing three years of coursework at a community college and one year of coursework at San Jose State 20 I looked at returning to school to complete my degree.
Since then I...
- Petitioned the community college of an Associate of the Arts degree in Philosophy. Time spent. One day. Complete.
- Completed course at a distance college to “try it out.” Complete (1 unit).
- Enrolled in Distance Degree program. Complete (pursuing degree)
- Studied and sat for the Literature in English GRE Subject Exam. 5 months studying and 3 hours of testing. Complete (24 units)
- Completed one exam and 7 distance courses. (15 units complete. 6 in progress)
- I would have two upper level philosophy classes to go to complete my double major:
Bachelors of the Arts Degree in the Liberal Arts
with a Double Major in English Literature and Philosophy.
My Path with Excelsior College
For me the ideal College is….
Regionally accredited Asynchronous FlexibleLow Cost
The College must also…
Require no residencyAccept prior credit
Fast / Familiar Web Content is Complete
Challenges with Excelsior
- Promoted exams and courses are not necessarily the best value.
- Options are so open and flexible that there may be too many paths to choose.