I have several posts in my head that I need to find the time to get up, but it ain't happening today. So I just wanted to do a quick post so my mom knows I'm still alive. ;)
For those that don't know, I went back to school about a year and a half ago in hopes of getting into the dental hygiene program at our local college. I only completed a year and a half before I got married and dropped out to put my husband through school, and that was several years ago. So it was a little scary to go back. Would my brain still work? Would I be able to find the time? Would I be the oldest person there?
I took a leap and did it. It was such a great thing! My brain did work...and well! **cough** 4.0 **cough** I found the time. And I wasn't the oldest one in any of my classes! Woohoo!!! It has been so validating and confidence building. It has made me feel like an actual person and not just a mom. (Don't get me wrong....I ADORE being a mother, but come on...it gets a little mundane and repetitive day in and day out). It's amazing how much you can learn and how well you can do when you aren't distracted by boys or a social life. ;)
I finally completed all my prerequisites for the dental hygiene and was able to apply for the program in January. It's a very difficult program to get into. They only take 15 students a YEAR. I knew the odds were stacked against me, but I was going to go for it anyways. I had all A's except 2 B's from my right-out-of-high-school days. The score for the application is a 3 part score worth 4 points each....one group of classes, another group of classes, and a health/science reasoning test. A perfect everything gives you 12 points. I went into the test with a score of 6. something. Not ideal, but doable if I could do well on the HSRT. Of course....I bombed the test. :/ My application went in with an 8. something score. Dang it! But I submitted it anyways.
Last week I got the letter. I didn't get in. I didn't expect to get in. The cut off to get into the interview process was a 9.7. Ouch.
My current plan of attack is to retake the English and psychology classes that are my 2 B's (dang you!) and get A's to pad that score. That way I can go into the HSRT with a score of 8. I'm searching like crazy for test prep books or anything for this dang test, but am coming up nil. I have until next January to get my ducks in a row, then I will reapply. (Yeah...only once a year application period. Ugh.) I'll keep taking core classes for a Bachelor's degree in Texas, so if my plans don't work out, I'll have those taken care of to get a degree in something. What??? I have no idea at this point. We shall see what the big guy upstairs has in store for me. ;)