Wednesday, July 27, 2016
During my last Nursing Rounds, I told you about my first semester of college. I hadn't even started learning about nursing yet. Just getting the pre-requisites out of the way.
I took Speech, during the summer, between first and second semester. I had been told that Speech, during the summer, would have a smaller number of really young students. That was true. But I still didn't like public speaking. And it was nerve wracking. But in the end, I did okay. The Professor was a bit of a "lecherous old guy". It was a well-known fact that to get an easy A you just needed to wear a skirt. I never wore a skirt. And I still got an A!
Time to start second semester. This time, I was going to have to work too. I worked for an inventory company. You have probably seen them in stores with their "counting machines" and lots of tags. Mostly we worked when stores were closed. So that worked out for me to work late evenings and still be able to go to school and occasionally see my kids. By this time Richard was firmly a fixture in our lives. I couldn't have done it without him.
During this semester I took Anatomy & Physiology, English II, Abnormal Psychology, and Parenting. The last class was to simply round out my hours which was for the scholarship requirement. This was the hardest semester of all of my college years. A & P almost kicked my butt! It was hard!!! And I received my first C. But, I didn't stop. (I wanted to quit). A fantastic nursing counselor told me a C was acceptable and to quit being so hard on myself.
The labs that accompanied A & P were the greatest. We dissected many things: a fetal pig, a cow's eyeball, a sheep's brain, a rat to name a few. With the exception of the rat, I loved the labs. It was beyond fascinating to me. Another good lab partner (Thank God for Tom) saved me from having to view the rat. He dissected it and then covered up the head and tail. You all remember my fear of mice?? Tom was in my nursing class. He finished nursing but he went on the be the Supervisor of our Paramedics at the hospital.
My boys have stories to tell about this part of my nursing education. We were allowed to bring home things to help us study. I warned them not to look in the plastic butter bowl in the refrigerator. They didn't listen. Imagine their surprise when they saw a sheep's brain. Ha! Ha! They still talk about it.
I loved English II as much as English I. And I was lucky enough to get the same Professor. This was my first introduction to The Great Gatsby. I'll be revisiting this book later this year for book club.
Abnormal Psychology was BORING! Maybe a different Professor may have helped. The one I had lectured in a monotone and showed a lot of boring videos. But it helped fill out my schedule.
Final Summer before I start actual nursing classes. I took Microbiology. Along with a lab. I learned some fascinating things in this class. Like, do you know what the dirtiest thing in a public bathroom is? We swabbed lots of bathrooms and grew the bacteria in a petri dish. I'll give you the results in my next Nursing Rounds.
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In college I wasn't much into public speaking, so instead of speech I took a theater class that satisfied the same requirement. I still had to get up in front of the class, but I didn't have to write my own stuff. (It's funny now. I now get in front of classes all the time, and it doesn't bother me at all.)ReplyDelete
They have anatomy and physiology at the high schools now. Popular class.
We weren't given a choice in what to take. We HAD to take speech. I do find it funny that you are now in front of people speaking all the time. Does it make a difference that they are kids?? I still do not like to speak in front of a group!! Yes, our school has A & P too. I have encouraged Harley to take it while still in high school.Delete
The A&P class does sound fascinating - except, the idea of having to dissect anything totally turned me off ... and still does!ReplyDelete
I'll take a stab at the 'dirtiest' game, and say that lock-mechanism-thing on the stall doors.
LOL! I thought I would have a problem with the dissections too. But, I actually loved that part of the class. Nope, it was not the lock on stalls. But that is a good guess.Delete
I'm going to take a guess here on the dirtiest thing, the door handle going outReplyDelete
The automatic dryer? I never liked public speaking either. You sure had a variety of classes.ReplyDelete
Yes, I was a well rounded student! LOL! Thanks to the scholarship that required I be a full-time student. Nope, not the automatic dryer!!Delete
I bet the toilet paper holder! I took Anatomy and Kinesology together a long time ago, it was a tough class. I also took Zoology and we dissected lots of animals! You were a real trooper taking classes and working plus having kids that needed a Mom...I am certain it was not easy:)ReplyDelete
No, it was a tough 3 years for sure. Nope, not the toilet paper holder!!Delete
Hmm, I'm guessing either the handle to the handles to flush the toiles or the faucet handles. I was the opposite of you with the Abnormal Psych. Loved it! There were even specific disorders that captivated my interest and made me appreciate how fragile we humans can be. Richard was a good man to step up and be the fixture so you could do what you needed to do.ReplyDelete
Those handles to flush the toilet were a close runner up. But Not the dirtiest. I might have enjoyed Abnormal Psych with a different teacher.Delete
My guess ... The toilet flush leaver.ReplyDelete
I love public speaking. I was a drama minor however.
I know there are people who do enjoy public speaking. Not me! And no, not the flush leaver. It was close though.Delete
I had a professor with a monotone once, for an evening, once-a-week, 3-hour lecture class. There was always a break in the middle, but I *always* fell asleep during the first half. Fortunately I had two friends in the class with me, to help make sense of my notes!ReplyDelete
One time, during the break when I was filling in the blanks of my notes, I asked for help finishing a sentence that trailed off (when I fell asleep, I guess) and they said, "He never said that." I said, "He must have! I wrote it down!" Her very logical reply? "You think YOU remember better than we do?" haha.
So glad college days are over.
Cute story! I, too, am glad I don't need to go to school any longer!!Delete
Can't wait for the toilet revelation in the next instalment!ReplyDelete
I think it is the door handle. You should be very proud of the dedication and tenacity it took to make your dream come true. I'm a little confused though because I thought I remembered you telling me that you worked for Richard before becoming a nurse?ReplyDelete
I did work for Richard! That is how I first met him. I was married to my first husband then! And stay tuned for the reveal of what was the dirtiest thing in our bathroom at the college!!Delete
WOW- how fun to come home to some surprises in the fridge. LOL!ReplyDelete
I loved speech and theater. I'm so glad i had those classes to now that i'm a corporate trainer.
Yes, those classes would be important to you!! They didn't ever open another butter dish without asking me first. LOL!Delete