So, I'm headed to college. I'm 35 and spent 5 years out of HS being a constantly stoned bum, then spent 6 years in the U.S. Navy, then spent 6 years working as an electronics technician for Intel/Micron. Now I'm headed back to school. It's odd, but I loved the first two years I spent in the Navy which was all training. I never went through a program where I was not top of my class and carrying an overall score of 95% or better.
Anyway, I'm nervous. I'm going to be sitting in classes with 19 year olds. I'm an awkward type shy guy in the first place. I'm going to feel silly and I just know right off the bat at least a few teachers are going to go around the room and have all of us introduce ourselves. I think the hardest part is going to be getting over my anxiety.
I'm taking advantage of the "post 9-11 GI Bill" which pays 100% of in-state tuition at public schools and up to the highest rate that any in-state public school charges if you go to a private school, as well as the BAH (basic allowance for housing) for the zip code the school is in ($1122/month in my case) and a book stipend. So with a part-time job at McDonalds and my GI Bill I'll be able to stay in my house while I get a degree. It's pretty ****ing awesome. I want a carrer in writing even though my military training and work at IM Flash Technologies has prepared me for an easy transition to becoming an engineer. My passion late in high school was writing. I took the "accuplacer" test at SLCC and got perfect scores (120 is a perfect score, right?) in English and sentence structure and will start with English 2010. Yet I barely made the cut for 1010 math.