Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I Messed up Again

Who remembers my horrific scheduling mishap a few months ago? Nobody? Thank goodness. Because maybe now my second and even more horrific and stupid scheduling mishap will not look as bad.

And when I say bad, I mean, I screwed up my degree bad.

What am I even doing?

So to reiterate, I'm in the Psychology Specialization program. Unique to this Specialization is an Internship program which I'm also trying to get into. However, I exceeded the course limit for the Internship, so to compensate, I try to reapply and reduce the number of courses I'm currently taking per term so I don't exceed the course limit as much. Hopefully to increase my chances of getting the internship because they tell me the number of exceptions they make are quite high.

What I forgot though was that the Specialization Program had a minimum course requirement per term.

And I no longer met it.

I didn't have the requirements for my degree.

Out you go.

Let's be honest here. I'm kind of screwed. Everything I've worked for has been for naught. I've already missed the deadline for graduating, the deadline for adding courses was way back in January. The best I can hope for is graduating with a Major in Psychology in the Fall and scramble to find a minor in something else. The internship is like some distant dream at this point.


Unless.


Unless I wanted to do something that most people would consider crazy.

This will be be fun...

The coordinator gave me the following option:
  • Talk to professors who you've worked with in the past. 
  • See if you can take on a second research course with one.
  • Join the class of another one.
The coordinator was willing to pull a few strings for me and make an exception again if the profs were willing to.

Note this would be in addition to everything I'm taking right now. Midterms are in less than 2 weeks, I have to start studying for my current 2 courses and prepare to launch an experiment for one lab. On top of this I'd have to catch up on everything taught in a new course and start running an experiment in the other lab.

So what did I do?

Of course I took her up on the offer. What choice did I have?

 
Basically.

This is do or die. I have invested too much time and effort into trying to get this internship to fail now let alone my degree. Employers want people who have actual work experience, if I want to have a chance at a job when I graduate, I need this internship. And to even have a chance to get the internship, I need to remain in the Specialization program.

I will succeed in taking on all of these courses or kill myself trying.

And it's going to take a lot more than a bloody course limit to stop me.

83 comments:

  1. Oof, sounds like a mess. Good luck! You can do it - with the help of lots of coffee!!

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  2. Damn! That's the kind of bloody determination one needs. Keep that up and I'm sure you'll get it. Although have fun! Sure will be a load of work, those poor videogames will suffer..haha

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  3. Good luck sir, manage your time.

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  4. Oh no man, I can't believe you picked a course you're not really qualified for, I have to admit that was a big mistake but if you think you can do it then try your best mate, you are a smart guy after all.

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  5. You have the right attitude, it's best to persevere now. I was in that same situation but I accepted my failing and just quit the course. Not once ever since have I thought this to be a good choice. :)

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  6. That's the attitude man! You never know if you can pull it off until you try!

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  7. Oh my goodness. Darn those plans! I can't imagine your emotions when you found all this out.

    It looks like you will be crazy busy for awhile and I wish you the best in getting it all done - and not going crazy.

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  8. Good luck! I hope it all works out in the end!!!

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  9. Oh my God, this sounds like such a nightmare!! You can do it though, probably gonna be super hard but at least not impossible. Good luck!

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  10. "i work out"... you sexy and you know it !
    and you'll succeed

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  11. wow, you're in a bind there. Hope this all works out for you, you seem pretty determined anyways.

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  12. Wow. You will be a superhuman studying machine. I hope you can pull this off with flying colors. I bet you will with this kind of attitude!

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  13. yep, find an old professor for research. My bf is studying psych too and he was lucky to get a research place with a professor he had as a teacher. Keep hope, it will work out.

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  14. ... Dude, alright. Uhm, good luck!

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  15. Damn man that sucks. I wish you the best. Jeez. Do what you can, Dont lose that shit

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  16. Okay sure, you're kind of screwed, but that was pretty damn dumb. Sorry man, but it really was. At least from what I know so far.
    Welp, as usual, all I can do is tell you "good luck" and "work hard" and that I'll be rooting for you.

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  17. You can do it, I have faith in you! Good on you for not feeling defeated, it'll be tough but totally worth it when you look back on your achievements.

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  18. My brain actually exploded reading this!! Good luck mate! Hopefully it'll pay off and you'll get the internship!

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  19. Ah that picture represents what you said well a rock and a hard place

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  20. ouch...hard times ahead but it'll ultimately all be worth it when you pass

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  21. Good luck. Sounds like a heap of work though.

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  22. Damn that sucks, good to see that you're trying to push through and do the best possible. Best of luck to you!

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  23. sounds really tough. but i know you will find a way!

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  24. Wow that sucks man. I'm impressed you're not letting it get you down though. Good job!

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  25. OH MAN...I am so sorry to hear about the schooling situation. Sometimes we don't exactly get the best advice from our advisors so I always asked do I have to take _______? They were so sick of that question but you don't meet requirements you don't get that paper! Good luck and you will go far in life, it's just a small, while it feels like a HUGE, bump in the road right now.

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  26. You'll be able to do it!! I know that it's rough when you think you met all requirements and then silly colleges slap something else in your face. If you're determined and dedicated, you can do anything you want. :)

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  27. Ugh. That sounds like an absolute horror story. But good luck. When you have to do it, you will do it.

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  28. Geez, good luck man. You seem like a pretty hard worker, so hope you get that internship.

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  29. Sorry about that, sounds like that whole situation is a gigantic headache

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  30. rough mate. Hope you find some air at some point, otherwise just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

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  31. Hot damn. As you said, the only thing you can do is grit yer teeth and push ahead forward. But it's gonna be a hell of a lot of work, so try not to burn yerself out.

    To put it simply, I do not envy yer current situation.

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  32. Good luck :< Hope you manage to not go nuts with all the additional work so close to midterms and manage to get that Internship :>

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  33. Oh wow! But hey, with the sort of determination you've expressed in this post I know you can do it! All the best!

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  34. Sounds complicated. Then again, I am a massive thicko who never got a degree. Good luck with whatever it is you're trying to achieve!

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  35. Good luck and I remember the last screw up but this is worse....

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  36. Good Lord. I'm starting to rethink the course I'm planning to take ._.

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  37. I think you are going to rock it! I have complete faith in you!

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  38. Man it sounds like you are stuck.... I really hope one of the professors is nice enough to help you out.... but if they aren't..
    Remember there is always blackmail!!

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  39. Im sorry to hear this. But, it will only make you stronger!! Go get that degree!

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  40. i like you attitude. others might have grown despondent. that's a tough situation but you are rising to the challenge. and you will be rewarded somehow.

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  41. Good luck! I don't envy you... but I hope for the best.
    I'll make sure to follow you to watch how this unfolds...

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  42. Haha. Awesome blog you got here. Following for sure.

    And you're definitely right about one thing. If I wanted girls, I should've gone into nursing. Programming is more my style though.

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  43. oh man that sounds like its going to be a lot of work, good luck man! you can do it

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  44. I'd say do whatever you can to get in that internship program. sounds like you really could use it. But either way, having a college degree in any form is better than not having one. right?

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  45. good luck with that, internships are crazy hard to come by here, I've been "coordinating" with my college for 2 years and they haven't been able to place me in anything, and I've already finished up through my bachelors classes when the internship was for my associates, yeah

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  46. I think your blog will suffer...... well something's gotta give hasn't it?

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  47. you really need to get that internship and you need better planning, Damien! Your life depends on this.

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  48. Good luck!! I hope everything works out with the degree. I was in a similar situation my last year in college, but everything worked out in the end because I got really good at manipulating the department heads into crediting me for things I never did......

    xoxo

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  49. man try your hardest
    think of all the people who dont have this opportunity and have to live in poverty all their lives

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  50. Sounds bad, I hope you can get out of it.

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  51. oh these mishaps happen to students everywhere - don't be so hard on yourself

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  52. that totally sucks. u must be feeling the rage of a 1000 suns. i know that feel. this entire week has been full of piss off

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  53. Wow, that really sucks. But, at least you had some options. Let us know how it goes.

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  54. Good luck! I had a very similar scenario happen to me my senior year. I found out my Disney internship did not count towards my major or even for credit so I was behind a full semester and I needed an internship. This clearly couldnt happen as I was working two jobs and in college so I ended up dropping that concentration and picking up a writing minor. All and all I think it was a good choice.

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  55. Nice that your coordinator was willing to help you work the system. Whenever there were snafus at my school, they more or less said, "Well, sucks to be you!"

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  56. We all get stuck between a rock and a hard place sometimes!

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  57. Good luck! It sounds like a lot of work--but you can do it!

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  58. That sucks kiddo. However I'm really proud that you've managed to come up with a solution. I think you'll be able to pull it off; and when you do it'll make a great story for your kids someday.

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  59. That really sucks. However I think it's great that you were able to come up with a solution, even if it means driving yourself to the point of exhaustion.

    Lotsa Vitamin C and hand sanitizer!! This is no time to get sick.

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  60. Sounds like your'e going through tough times there. Good luck!

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  61. I feel your pain. I am also working on getting an internship for the summer semester and every time I think I get somewhere, I end up nowhere.

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  62. Ouch, keep at it though. Eventually it'll turn out OK in the end, I hope.

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  63. i hope you figure a way to make it all work

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  64. Oh no. How terrible. All the best, though!

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  65. Oh no! Good luck Stay on it! Hope it works out :)

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  66. Whoa! This sounds like a serious problem indeed. I hope hope that you get some of those courses back to meet the requirement.

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  67. The only thing you can do is give it a shot!!! I have faith that you can do it! Good luck~

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  68. Ah man, that's harsh. I say go for it though and don't look back. It might be tough but in the long run you'll end up with the experience and qualifications, and you sure as hell sound determined enough. Good luck and you'll have to come to England one day and experience our ever changing weather! We got snow today :) xxx

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  69. Yikes! Good luck with fulfilling the requirements.

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  70. I have no idea how I ended up here, Surfing like a Boss.

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