Campus Career Fairs: “Where resumes go to die”
Purpose: to get internships or jobs
Number of UCLA Fairs that make sense for me: 3 (First one of the quarter: done)
Time spent: 7 minutes (3 minutes standing in the Amazon booth line and 4 minutes to walk around Ackerman Ballroom twice to confirm that there weren’t any companies (or divisions) that  really “fit my bill”).
Total # of resumes handed out: none (see above)
Ideal applicant: This fair was organized via the Econ Dept, so someone who wants to process market analytics. 
I can’t tell you how much I hate these job fairs because of the cattle casting call nature of them. It’s safe to say I will never go to another one

Campus Career Fairs: “Where resumes go to die”
Purpose: to get internships or jobs
Number of UCLA Fairs that make sense for me: 3 (First one of the quarter: done)
Time spent: 7 minutes (3 minutes standing in the Amazon booth line and 4 minutes to walk around Ackerman Ballroom twice to confirm that there weren’t any companies (or divisions) that really “fit my bill”).
Total # of resumes handed out: none (see above)
Ideal applicant: This fair was organized via the Econ Dept, so someone who wants to process market analytics.
I can’t tell you how much I hate these job fairs because of the cattle casting call nature of them. It’s safe to say I will never go to another one

CS111 discussion. 
The arrangement on the board pretty much sums up how it looks in our brains right now.

CS111 discussion.
The arrangement on the board pretty much sums up how it looks in our brains right now.

Wow.

I was sitting in my CS111 discussion today thinking, “I should have never passed the classes that are the pre-requisites for this class. Holy shit, I should drop this class and try to get all the rest of the CS classes on my curriculum (for which this impossible class is a pre-requisite) OFF my curriculum. What the hell have I been doing in any of the CS classes so far that only half of any of this in here makes sense to me? I have no right to be here.” 

Luckily, my classmates, whom I KNOW are great coders, feel the same way, so I don’t feel so out of my league now.

I really like the professor and his lectures, but the project specs seem like notes to some OTHER set of specs that we don’t have. I really want to get better at understanding the directive of the project faster. 

Got another SPW for you.
Dr. Monica Miller just earned her PhD from Louisiana State University at 40.
I’d be very happy to share my story—it takes a lot of encouragement to get through school. It took me four schools and seventeen years to finish my bachelor’s degree,which I finished in 2008. I finished at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a BA in English, primarily while working there as a secretary full-time at the law school. As I neared the end, though, I really got traction—I was accepted into the master’s program in English at UT, and after that, I went to Louisiana State University, where I earned a PhD in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. My dissertation (and now book project) looks at the figure of the ugly woman in the work of southern women writers.After defending my dissertation in June, I moved to Atlanta this summer, where I’ve started a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech in digital pedagogy and multimedia composition—most of which is very new to me. (So I’m playing catch-up with a lot of technology stuff now—I’m taking a lot of your blog posts to heart!)I’m so glad that you’re sharing your experiences online—being a nontraditional student is tough in so many ways. At the same time, though, I’ve certainly had a drive to learn and perspective on what I’m doing that I lacked in my 20s. Having just finished grading my students’ first project, I’m humbled by what it takes to teach three sections of students—72 student papers are a lot. However, grading in my pajamas beats the heck out of being a secretary any day.

Got another SPW for you.

Dr. Monica Miller just earned her PhD from Louisiana State University at 40.

I’d be very happy to share my story—it takes a lot of encouragement to get through school. It took me four schools and seventeen years to finish my bachelor’s degree,which I finished in 2008. I finished at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a BA in English, primarily while working there as a secretary full-time at the law school. As I neared the end, though, I really got traction—I was accepted into the master’s program in English at UT, and after that, I went to Louisiana State University, where I earned a PhD in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. My dissertation (and now book project) looks at the figure of the ugly woman in the work of southern women writers.

After defending my dissertation in June, I moved to Atlanta this summer, where I’ve started a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia Tech in digital pedagogy and multimedia composition—most of which is very new to me. (So I’m playing catch-up with a lot of technology stuff now—I’m taking a lot of your blog posts to heart!)

I’m so glad that you’re sharing your experiences online—being a nontraditional student is tough in so many ways. At the same time, though, I’ve certainly had a drive to learn and perspective on what I’m doing that I lacked in my 20s. Having just finished grading my students’ first project, I’m humbled by what it takes to teach three sections of students—72 student papers are a lot. However, grading in my pajamas beats the heck out of being a secretary any day.

Hey everyone,
Meet Stephanie, a soon-to-be 46-year old senior at Portland State University. She’s majoring in Communications with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
I just moved from Columbus, Ohio to Portland, Oregon to finish my Bachelor’s Degree. I began attending Ohio State University a year after high school. I had to attend part-time, in the evenings because I worked at my dad’s company full-time during the day. It was a condition for having my tuition paid for by him. Then I started failing classes. I couldn’t keep up. I was the first person in our entire family to ever attend college. No one had any advice or help for me on how to attend, what was expected. My schedule didn’t allow for appointments with advisors. I continued to try to get my degree over the years, but work won out. Finally, on December 14, 2012 I received my Associate of Arts degree from Columbus State Community College. I wasn’t able to return to Ohio State because of my poor grade history with them. It left me with little option on where to attend to receive a Bachelor’s degree. I attended Ohio Dominican University for a few semesters. Then, my Subsidized Loans ran out (it’s an expensive school!). I had to find somewhere to attend where I could finish college and a friend suggested coming to Portland. I picked up and moved. My credits added up to a senior rank and once I become a resident of Oregon, I will be able to afford to finish college. I have hopes to become a sex coach, to write books, achieve my Masters Degree and become an academic lecturer and workshop facilitator regarding human sexuality. After working in the corporate world for 25 years, I am finally going to do what I want to do, my life’s passion. I want to help others achieve the sex life they desire and be educated about sex.  I have a syndicated sex advice column and began volunteering for sex information hotlines in 1999. 

Hey everyone,

Meet Stephanie, a soon-to-be 46-year old senior at Portland State University. She’s majoring in Communications with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

I just moved from Columbus, Ohio to Portland, Oregon to finish my Bachelor’s Degree. 

I began attending Ohio State University a year after high school. I had to attend part-time, in the evenings because I worked at my dad’s company full-time during the day. It was a condition for having my tuition paid for by him. Then I started failing classes. I couldn’t keep up. I was the first person in our entire family to ever attend college. No one had any advice or help for me on how to attend, what was expected. My schedule didn’t allow for appointments with advisors. 

I continued to try to get my degree over the years, but work won out. Finally, on December 14, 2012 I received my Associate of Arts degree from Columbus State Community College. I wasn’t able to return to Ohio State because of my poor grade history with them. It left me with little option on where to attend to receive a Bachelor’s degree. I attended Ohio Dominican University for a few semesters. Then, my Subsidized Loans ran out (it’s an expensive school!). I had to find somewhere to attend where I could finish college and a friend suggested coming to Portland. 

I picked up and moved. My credits added up to a senior rank and once I become a resident of Oregon, I will be able to afford to finish college. 
I have hopes to become a sex coach, to write books, achieve my Masters Degree and become an academic lecturer and workshop facilitator regarding human sexuality. 
After working in the corporate world for 25 years, I am finally going to do what I want to do, my life’s passion. I want to help others achieve the sex life they desire and be educated about sex.  
I have a syndicated sex advice column and began volunteering for sex information hotlines in 1999. 

Meet the latest SPW, 45-year old Dana Pettaway:
I am finishing up my Bachelors in Visual Communications at Savannah College of Art and Design. It was my dream school after high school. I flew to a portfolio day at a college I cannot remember where, they were there amongst many other art schools and I remember standing in line with the other prospective students and listening to the professor critique the artists one by one. I was so intimidated, that I never pulled my work out. I just wandered the room and took in the excitement of the day without once talking to Savannah. I flew back heart broken and I think that solidified my aimlessness for 20 years or so. 
Since then I developed a skin care business and it is my main passion but I still wanted to do design. I created my own labels and brand and developed my website, but I long to work in my own studio with a plethora of clients and design jobs. I come from a family of “hard workers” but not really the motivators for school, so I want to show my son who is now 13 that perseverance and passion pay off. I don’t want him to have a 9-5 job like I do by day and I want him to make all his own decisions without having to answer to a boss and helping him with his dreams.
 I love the school, I love the classes (though they are extremely brutal some days when I come home and am so tired I cannot even think of my name let alone some brilliant design concept) and above all I love that I am close to graduating: May 2015. I never thought I would say that I am a graduate and have a degree ever in my life. I am so proud of me and what I have accomplished thus far. Thank you for writing your blog and being such an inspiration!!! I am an even bigger fan now.

Meet the latest SPW, 45-year old Dana Pettaway:

I am finishing up my Bachelors in Visual Communications at Savannah College of Art and Design. It was my dream school after high school. I flew to a portfolio day at a college I cannot remember where, they were there amongst many other art schools and I remember standing in line with the other prospective students and listening to the professor critique the artists one by one. I was so intimidated, that I never pulled my work out. I just wandered the room and took in the excitement of the day without once talking to Savannah. I flew back heart broken and I think that solidified my aimlessness for 20 years or so.

Since then I developed a skin care business and it is my main passion but I still wanted to do design. I created my own labels and brand and developed my website, but I long to work in my own studio with a plethora of clients and design jobs. I come from a family of “hard workers” but not really the motivators for school, so I want to show my son who is now 13 that perseverance and passion pay off. I don’t want him to have a 9-5 job like I do by day and I want him to make all his own decisions without having to answer to a boss and helping him with his dreams.

I love the school, I love the classes (though they are extremely brutal some days when I come home and am so tired I cannot even think of my name let alone some brilliant design concept) and above all I love that I am close to graduating: May 2015. I never thought I would say that I am a graduate and have a degree ever in my life. I am so proud of me and what I have accomplished thus far. Thank you for writing your blog and being such an inspiration!!! I am an even bigger fan now.

Today I had my 2nd class and a discussion for my 3rd class. 
The good news is that, so far, I really like my classes, there’s no midterm in my second class, and I got a great partner for my 3rd class.
The bad news is that when the first assignment was introduced in discussion, I didn’t understand what we needed to do. I’m off to translate it  now. 

Today I had my 2nd class and a discussion for my 3rd class. 

The good news is that, so far, I really like my classes, there’s no midterm in my second class, and I got a great partner for my 3rd class.

The bad news is that when the first assignment was introduced in discussion, I didn’t understand what we needed to do. I’m off to translate it  now. 

I’m kind of tripping on the fact that half the students on campus now are behind me on the graduation track.

You know, yesterday I had to go to school with virtually no candy, because I had run out. Even the on-campus candy store was closed. I had to make do with a handful of orange TicTacs. 
It was a challenging experience for me. 
But, my supplies arrived last night, so I’m back on my game.

You know, yesterday I had to go to school with virtually no candy, because I had run out. Even the on-campus candy store was closed. I had to make do with a handful of orange TicTacs.
It was a challenging experience for me.
But, my supplies arrived last night, so I’m back on my game.

Marching Band practice is back! Such a great sound to hear as you approach the parking lots.

Marching Band practice is back! Such a great sound to hear as you approach the parking lots.