As planned, I wandered down to my college today to finish the VA paperwork. The college had to submit it, but needed my class schedule before it could. I have decided to take three classes this quarter. Depending on how well I do with three, I may brave four next quarter. I will have to take four classes at least one quarter if I want to stay on track with my plans to transfer. This is thanks to the lower math class, but I will not complain. I would rather put up with an easy math class than try to scrape by in a harder one.
I marveled at the long line at the registration counter as I walked in, and was quite thankful that my previous college experience allowed me to register from the comfort of home. I commented on the line to someone in passing and she said they were likely all new students with no previous college experience.
After the paperwork was taken care of, I wandered over to the book store. I was planning to get all but one book for the classes. The online bookstore said my math textbook was out of stock. I was happily surprised to find this to be incorrect. Two of the four books I bought are used. I had fun going through one of the books I will be reading for my English Composition class. There were no new versions and the previous owner(s) had written or highlighted parts. I think I found one exception after five tries. We shall see. I did not want to stand there for who knows how long to see if every page was unmarked. The math textbook was also available only in used versions. No problem. I picked a decent looking book and flipped through it. No markings that I saw. My psychology text and the second book for English were new. I could have gotten a used of the second book for English, but decided not to.
My next two stops were to the Library to get my student ID and to the cashier counter to pay for my parking permit. I feel like my student status is much more official now. It was a great feeling I had when I walked off the campus. I will be back next week for the orientation. That should be interesting. Until then, everything is taken care of.
My brother and I have already started comparing notes. He has taken the English class I am getting ready to take and is just finishing the math class. Of course, we are at two different colleges due to the different career paths we are looking into. It will be interesting to be sure.
For example, he commented he did not have to read any books for his English class. I have to read two: Fences by August Wilson and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The latter I read during my senior year in high school, so it should be interesting to see how the professor teaches it in comparison to how my English teacher did in high school.
I do not foresee any issues with English or math. Psychology ought to be interesting, though. I have not taken a course like that. I can only imagine the debates my brother and I will have over our different psychology classes in the months to come.