Monday, June 14, 2010

Time to get things rolling

Well, there have been several new developments since my last post.

This past Friday I attended UNT's Transfer Orientation and really got the ball rolling for everything that I need to do prior to starting school in August.  I didn't know what to expect from orientation.  To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to it.  I'm twenty years old and I feel like it needless to say that going to college orientation and starting over at a completely new school is not at the top of my "Things I Want to Do" list.  

Upon arriving at orientation, I was given information packets, bags, t-shirts, and everything else you could imagine with the green UNT emblem on it. Then, everyone was ushered into a large lecture hall where university advisors, faculty, and student orientation leaders welcomed the massive group and gave us the guidelines for the day.  I have to mention just how surprised I was to see SO many transfer students in attendance.  I attended the second of at least 8 transfer orientations of the summer, and there had to have been at LEAST 500 students there.  Obviously, UNT has to be doing something right to attract this many students and have such a large undergraduate population.  

During the welcome session, the group was led by the student leaders in singing the UNT alma mater and fight song.  I didn't really participate in this as much as I probably should have, partially due to the fact that I felt ridiculous doing all of the hand motions and "choreography" that went along with the words.  Why can't we just link arms with the person next to us and sway from side to side while singing about the glory of the Mean Green?  UNT has a hand sign that they do while singing the alma mater and while cheering at football games and other events.  I'm going to teach it to you now.  Following suit of the eagle mascot, raise your right hand and use your thumb, pointer, and middle finger to form a "C" shape.  Then spread your pointer and middle finger apart, thus forming the eagle claw.  The final step is my favorite.  Thrust your hand in the air and as you do release a UNT-worthy "CAW!  CAW!" eagle noise.  I'm serious.  This will take some getting used to.  I could feel my dad squirming next to me from discomfort.  I don't think we've shared that good of a laugh in quite a while.

After the welcome session, the parents went to their own meetings about things such as the health center, financial, aid, and campus security.  The students were then broken up and brought to different locations around campus based on the college their major fell under.  Because everyone and their mom are Arts and Science students, we stayed in the lecture hall we had been in for the previous activities.  The undergraduate dean of Arts and Sciences gave us an overview of the program and then we began to meet with general Arts and Science advisors to get what is called a degree audit.  Basically, a degree audit for transfers is a way to see how all of the credits you earned at your old school transfer and what you still need to take in order to meet all of the general education and University requirements.  Luckily, advisors met with students in alphabetical order of last name, so being an "A", I got to go first and finished quickly.

I was confident going into my advising appointment that I would have fulfilled the gen. ed. requirements for UNT.  Unfortunately, I was very mistaken and, although I have completed most of the general education requirements, there are several more courses that I need to take.  UNT and the college of Arts and Sciences requires 4 levels of a foreign language.  I have taken 3 levels.  I am upset by this because I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and another 3 semesters at Mizzou.  I am more than ready to be done with it.  If all goes according to plan, I will be taking the last Spanish course I need online starting July 13, transferring the credit to UNT, and will be done with Spanish forever.  I also need to take another Poli. Sci. class because UNT requires an American government class as well as a Texas and American government class combined.  A Texas school requires a class about Texas government.  Shocking, right?  Oh, Texas.  Obviously, I haven't taken the Texas government class yet, so if everything works out, I will be taking it online and transferring the credit to UNT as well.  UNT requires 3 lab science courses.  Yes, that's right, THREE!  I just about died when I heard this, as I am not a science-minded person AT ALL.  I came in with 1 lab science credit and therefore, will have to take two more.  Ugh.  I also need a visual/performing arts credit, but it may be satisfied with the Intro. to Film class I took at Mizzou this past semester.  If it doesn't satisfy the visual/performing arts class, it might count as a sophomore literature class I need.  I will meet with my personal advisor at the beginning of the semester and see exactly how it will transfer and which course it will count for.  UNT requires both pre and post-Civil War history.  I only took post-Civil War history at Mizzou, but this past semester I took a 4000-level history class that might be able to take the place of the pre-Civil War course.  I will also have to talk to my advisor about this class and see what happens.  Basically, the Food Science, Classical Mythology, J1010, FIG, J1100, Econ., and possibly my History of Adoption and Intro. to Film classes transfer to UNT as electives.  I can't even begin to express my frustration about the fact that I do not need Econ.  I took that class twice...TWICE!  I can't believe it.  

On a much happier note, however, I am now an English major with a concentration in Literature!!!  I am so happy and so excited about finally being able to major in something that I am interested in.  In this major, I will have a lot of room to take classes I am interested in, and I will also be able to finish up the general courses that I need while taking classes that apply towards my major, which is something I was not able to do at Mizzou.  I had to face the somewhat difficult task of convincing my dad that being an English major is what I want to do, but once I explained to him how interested I am in pursuing an English degree and that more of my credits apply to an English curriculum rather than a Journalism curriculum, he jumped on board.  Truthfully, I never really got a chance to see if journalism was right for me because at Mizzou I only was able to take two journalism courses, one of which didn't even apply to my GPA at Mizzou, let alone at UNT.  I am very happy to be an English major and I am excited to get started!

After all of the informational and advising sessions, I registered for classes.  I am enrolled in 18 hours right now, consisting of a mix of English and general courses, but things will definitely get moved around before classes start in August once I figure out my Summer courses.  

Now, all I need to do is tackle the issue of housing.  This could be interesting.

In the mean time, I have been working with my stepmom assisting her with shoots for her business, spending time with friends, and laying out by the pool with drink in hand.  It has been a good and relaxing Summer so far, but I am ready for some excitement.

More to come, 
Sara

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