« Last post by Oldiesmann on March 28, 2013, 4:00:25 AM »
I need some prayer relating to school.
I have been somewhat struggling with school throughout the 10 years or so I've been in college, but have been slowly making progress towards a degree despite that.
This term I was taking what was supposed to be the final course for my degree - meaning that all I had left to do was co-op (which frankly I should have done a long time ago) and possibly take a few easy courses to get my GPA up.
The first assignment for this course was a research paper, which I didn't do both due to not having a lot of free time to do it (I work 30 hours a week) and because I don't like doing research papers to begin with.
I did do the second assignment but turned it in about a week late (which, according to the syllabus, we can do without penalty) because I had a bad cold the week it was due and didn't feel like doing anything the two days I was off that week.
I then skipped the third assignment and jumped into the midterm in order to avoid getting behind (past experience has been that if I get behind, I never manage to catch up).
A week or two into the midterm, I logged into the course online to take another look at the assignment details (he didn't give them to us as a word document - just posted them online), only to find that the system said I was no longer enrolled in the course.
I emailed the professor and he said he marked me as a "no show" because he didn't receive any emails or assignments from me during the first two weeks of the term (even though I did respond to two emails he asked us to respond to during the first week of the term).
I managed to get him to email me the assignment details so I could continue working on the midterm - figuring I'd have enough time to figure out how to dispute/undo the "no show" status after I got that done.
Towards the end of the midterm assignment period, I slacked off a bit because I was upset with the course situation. Right before it was due, I emailed my adviser to find out what I could do about disputing the status. Although he said emails didn't really matter, I was told that it was up to the professor to reverse the status. I emailed the professor asking if I could get back into the course (and also basically saying in an annoyed fashion that there wasn't any point in me finishing the midterm if I wasn't going to be added back into the course). He said I just had to let him know if I wanted to stay in the course, and he had some paperwork or something to fill out to get that straightened out. I indicated that I did, and got the midterm uploaded to the student webserver (this is a programming class) a few days later. Immediately after that I emailed him again asking if I needed to email him a zip file with all the code as well.
Three weeks and 5 emails later, I still have not heard back from him. As this is an online course and he's an adjunct professor, there are no office hours, and he does not have his phone number printed on the syllabus.
I have just sent the prof one more email, with high importance and requesting a read receipt (which in reality may not do me any good anyway since the recipient of the email can decline to send a read receipt) basically saying I'm extremely disappointed in the way the situation was handled and I have given up all hope of completing the class at this point.
Now comes the hard part. Due to the fact that I have a lot of bills, my parents pay for most of my tuition and I chip in whatever I can afford. Because of this, I am now faced with explaining to my parents that they essentially threw away $600+ for a course I won't be getting any credit for. In order to buy time while I attempted to get things worked out, I simply told my parents I got a B on the midterm and that I'm doing fine in the course. I've pretended to do homework all the while I'm really sitting on Facebook, web-surfing, etc. the entire time.
I am really upset about this - more so than I have been in the past when I've been unable to pass the class, because I thought I actually made an effort to not get behind this time, only to have it backfire on me anyway.
At this point I'm really at a loss as to why I'm even taking courses in school. I'm learning a lot, but it's been almost 12 years since I graduated high school and started college, and I still don't have a degree. Part of this is due to switching from going full time for the first 4 or 5 years to going part time and holding down a job so I can earn money to pay bills, but part of it is due to struggling - I get behind and never manage to get caught up. I don't know if it's my ADD or something else.
Specific things I need prayer about:
1. Do I really continue in school or do I just try to find a better-paying job and revisit the school thing later on when I have money to pay for it myself?
2. That my parents would be understanding about the situation and not be too upset about the $600+ they've thrown away.
3. That I actually get somewhere with co-op this term. I tried to do it this past term but got sidetracked with getting my resume updated/fixed due to trying not to get behind in this course.