Yeah, that is one of my many problems with colleges and universities. They tend to treat their students like they have no life beyond the campus. If you do have a life you are either worked to the bone or you fail. If you don't have a life off campus than you are probably worked to the bone anyway.
Gotta question a business that seems to think their customer should thank their lucky stars they are worthy to shell out thousands of dollars per semester to have the privilege of losing 90% of their personal life to homework and studying and then being deep in debt once they graduate. I truly wish these institutions would get a reckoning of some sort that would knock them off their high horse and make them behave more sensibly.
Sometimes a sacrifice is necessary. About twenty years ago, my father could not pursue his M.D. after completing his B.H.M.S. because he had a family to look after. Now, he is having a successful practice and has made a good name as a doctor, and we all are happy.
We are all chained by the constraints of reality, and it's something that we all must accept. Sometimes, circumstances are just not conducive for the pursuit of one's dreams. And then, in chasing those dreams, we often miss the many small but significant things in life that make us happy. You did absolutely right to prioritize your family's needs and well-being over anything else. And to me, family is the most precious thing a person can have.
Happiness is what we all strive for and is the reason why we work hard. But if the stress and pressure is unbearable and detracts from your happiness, it is better to be content with just the amount that makes you happy.
"What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?"
I think I could have done it with fewer classes had it not been for my 12 hour alternating night shifts. I thought I could do online, but once I read the syllabuses (which, of course, are only released the first day of school) I realized there was no way. The regular expectations and required weekly deadlines were just not compatible with my schedule and my family life.
I had that exact same experience! Weird, I thought it was just the area I live in! And it was a community college! After meeting with the campus staff, fin aid, and several of the teachers, I was like, “Damn, these guys sure think a lot of themselves... aren’t I supposed to be THEIR customer?”
Then in economic class, in the syllabus the teacher specifically and expressly forbid arguments against the particular theory of economics he was teaching. But then he called for a “healthy debate” on his lesson in the first class. I don’t understand how you can debate something when you’re not allowed to debate something. It seemed strange, almost like a setup: “Did you read the syllabus?” It was strange, and I wasn’t the only one confused by it.
Thanks for the encouragement. I was pretty disappointed, but now I’m a little bit relieved, too, to be honest. It was going to be a lot of work, which I thought would have been worth it, but after checking out the classes... I dunno, reviewing the Western Civ lessons just didn’t seem to make any sense. I have studied sort of as a hobby history, and the class was extremely negative and seemed to talk about only the bad stuff the Roman Empire did... it was an overview lesson, from 200BC to 1500AD. Rome was only in the first one or two lessons. I get that Rome was pretty screwy, but you would think they’d also talk about, at least a little, how some of the world’s greatest philosophers, and the foundation for modern civilization, was birthed in Rome. Instead it talked about how they tried to kill off the Gauths, which was such a totally minor part of the latter end of Rome. It was just strange.
I know my stats are on the first page, but it doesn’t have my inventory or my list of spells.
Also the real reason I didn’t put this on a pen and paper is so that I kept the information visible to the other forumites playing.