jayes_musings: (Gerry -- DudeWTF?)
My high school, Northfields Upper School that at some point after I left became Northfields Technology College (but still a high school), is closing this August after 73 years.

It will reopen under a new admninistration, new funding, and a totally new name, All Saints Academy. WTF name is that? It's government funded, not parochial. They will also be tearing down some (if not all?) of the buildings...including one that dates back to the start of the school.

It is the passing of an era for me. While not my favourite place to be at the tine, I was fortunate enough to be there during the period that Northfields was undoubtedly the best high school in the district (out of 4). People in other zones fought to have their children go to there, including my own parents, and I was lucky enough to get a place. We had a nationally acclaimed school band (which I was not a part of). The period before and after I left, Northfields was the rough school (although I believe when it became a Technology College, it again improved), but those few years were a highlight in its history.

It is indeed a sad moment.
jayes_musings: (Vinnie -- lock stock emotional)
Well, Sunday was my graduation from the University of Maryland University College. It's a unique university in that it caters especially towards service members, family members, and DoD civilians all over the world, and so it's not a traditional college as such.

The European Division commencement was held in Heidelberg Germany, at the army base just outside the city. There had been planned for the day before a river cruise on the Neckar river, but due to security concerns it was cancelled. In that event and to save money, we (hubby, my mum, youngest son, and I) didn't go down on Saturday as we'd first planned and so, sadly, missed out on meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] franzi1981.

As it was, we drove down on Sunday morning, about 2.5 hours and got there around 10:30. It was straight to check-in and robing, and then I had my official photo taken. Then it left about an hour and a half before the graduates needed to begin lining-up, so we had lunch at Burger King...not my choice, but it was just down the street and we weren't going drive around and search for somewhere decent, of which on an army base, might not exist.

We graduates had to arrive to line up at 12:30 for the 2:00 ceremony...and it took that long, even if there weren't that many graduates as compared to major schools in the US. So we all stood, according to our degrees -- there were a mix of AAs, BAs, BSs, and MAs -- in a tent with the weather threatening to pour down at any moment while they got us all sorted out into alphabetical order. And the Assistant Dean went through and checked that he could pronounce all the names...which in my case, with a difficult surname, I was grateful for. (He still got it wrong, but less wrong than most people.) Then we filed into the hall, sat through the speeches and commencement address...all of which sounded more like an advertisement for UMUC than anything for the students. Then it was up on stage, receive the fake diploma and off. As we filed back out of the hall, the faculty lined the aisle. One stepped out in front of me, gave me a hug and said, "Well done, [Jaye]." As the vast majority of my classes were online, I have no idea who he was! But he had clearly recognized my name from a class. Actually, I think it might have been my Brit Lit professor, as I had him for a couple of classes, but otherwise. *g*

Then it was home, and dinner at the local...and our favourite Greek restaurant!

I've never been to a graduation before, neither high school nor college, so it was a very different experience to see, and be a part of, one. All this time without one, and I've got two more in the next two weeks.

And only for those really interested, a pic of me )
jayes_musings: (Jack O Rly?)
For those I rp with, expect me to be slow to practically non-existent for the weekend (until Tuesday as Monday's a holiday) as a) it's my graduation on Sunday, and more to the point, b)I have family visiting. I may get in a few quickie reps, but longer ones will have to wait.



Apr. 27th, 2007 11:11 am
jayes_musings: (Hiro)
It's done! It's over! I've just submitted both my papers, and...


Until I decide to go after my Masters.

I just felt the need to yell that! :D

And is it just me or is LJ running slower than molasses?
jayes_musings: (TW -- im in ur century)
I'm in the last week of class, so I'm rather swamped and procrastinating in a big way as I have one final exam to do and one paper. Neither of which are interesting at all. Well, the exam (the Brit Lit class) isn't so bad, but I'm going to have to pad out my answers to get the word count, when I think I've answered the questions well enough. As for the Modern World Drama class, word count isn't a problem, but just not falling asleep writing it will be as it's mind-numbingly boring, and I just can't find interest in it. But I keep telling myself that this is the end, one final push and it's done.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to come up with reasons why I shouldn't buy this. It's the documentary of the filming of "Beowulf and Grendel" and the extremely hellish difficult conditions they endured making the film. It has an hour long interview with Gerry. Damn, somehow I'm not coming up with any reasons except paying nearly $40 for it (including shipping).
jayes_musings: (Sharpe to the end)
I got my graduation package in the mail yesterday! It's so exciting to know that the light is at the end of the tunnel...I've been working on my BA for almost six years. So it's also mixed with a great deal of relief.

Just need to pass these last two classes and that'll be it until I decide to go on to get my Masters.

The commencement is on May 27th in Heidelberg. I didn't think I'd be this excited, but I'm the first in my immediate family to graduate college, so I know my mum's really chuffed...and I also beat the hubby...whose graduation is the following week!



Oct. 15th, 2005 01:22 pm
jayes_musings: (jaye: hun)
I just got my grade for my PfH (Paper from Hell) that I did for my History Research Class and which I was so busy with for a few weeks there. It was about Attila...and I got a...



Not only that, but the instructor said that I should enter it for UMUC's History Essay Prize... WOW!!
jayes_musings: (Default)
Well I made it to a LJ finally...many thanks to my dear friend Caz for sending the invite...took my bloody time didn't I? *g*

I just hope to put comments, musings, happenings, and observations...especially about Germany, where I'm now living.

Got to get to work on editing my Creative Writing paper, "Spirit of Place" topic. Hmm...how come CW classes always want you to write more journal/memoir type papers...rather than actually create a piece of fiction. I guess it's not too bad though...we did get to do a piece of Fanfic...although I'm not sure anyone but me knew this. Let's see if I can piss off anyone else tonight and make them storm out of class *eg*


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