As most of you know, I have returned to school.
The first two courses I must take are prerequisites.
College Mathematics and English Composition.
Math and me are like oil and water. We just don’t mix.
Oh, I can add, subtract, multiply and divide with the best of ’em.
But when you start throwing in fractions, integers, letters and other things…….. I’m lost.
Well, I was.
All those strange algebriac characters are beginning to make sense.
I’m no longer seeing GREEK.
And all I can say is……………..YAY!
You see, I’ve wanted to understand Math. But in my younger years I just couldn’t grasp Algebra.
Maybe, I didn’t put forth the necessary effort.
Or possibly, my mind was elsewhere.
Now when I see those parenthesis, brackets, dots and such, I know what they mean.
Not only do I know what they mean, I know what to do with them.
Most of the time, anyway.
English Composition is NOT what I expected.
In high school, I remember verbs, nouns, adjectives, reading plays, breaking down sentences…….
This is not at all like that.
my first assignment was a 300+ word essay about ME.
Okay, I write on this blog almost daily.
About things that go on around the farm. Things we do, things others do and those cows that terrify the life outta me.
But to write 300+ words about me???? An educational biography.
That was a challenge.
My rough draft ended with 274 words. That’s 26 words short of what I was required to write.
I understand that normally when someone writes a rough draft, it’s usually too wordy and must be cut back.
That was not the case.
I did finally get it written and submitted, just over 300 words. And glad it was over!
The next assignment, well, it was for extra credit, because the instructor ended a class email with “TTFN”.
Another student asked what “TTFN” meant.
So the instructor offered extra credit to anyone who could tell of it’s origin and what character in literature used “TTFN” as a signature phrase.
The next assignment will be a 450+ word essay.
I don’t remember writing essays or even knowing what a thesis was in high school.
So, if I come up missing for a bit, don’t worry, I’ll have my nose buried in a college textbook wondering………..
“Why can’t they ask me to write an essay about the good, the bad and the evil side of the bovine species?”
Oh, and TTFN!