September 23, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 39): First Year of College or University

Welcome to Week 39 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012.   I hope you'll join in writing your memoirs and childhood memories for your descendants.

If you are just joining us, please take a peek at almost 150 prompts by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of Olive Tree Genealogy blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, it's all about getting your memories down on paper. The prompts are here as a guide to help if you are stuck for ideas.

Last week I talked about leaving home for College or University. I went to University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Arts degree. It wasn't what I wanted to do so I really didn't care much about attending classes. And it was my first time on my own in a big city and I didn't care much about anything except having fun!

The class I loved was Spanish. As much as I loved Math and did well in Trigonometry, Algebra and Geometry, I couldn't grasp Calculus. I'd stay after class but with almost 100 students lined up to ask the Professor for help, it was a nightmare.

So I had fun. I joined a Sorority and had more fun. I attended Fraternity parties and Residence parties and Football games and dances. I was pretty busy having fun! And so I failed my first year (no big surprise). Then I decided I wasn't going back and that was the end of my University career for another 26 years.

I got married, went to what was then called Teacher's College but the College withheld my certificate when the year was done. That's another story for another day and 

And so 26 years later I went back to University while working full-time and took my 3 year Bachelor of Arts in the usual 3 year time period. I loved it so much I decided to continue and took a leave of absence for a year to attend full-time University and get another degree - this time my Bachelor of Education.

Funny how we sometimes get things a little out of order but eventually we get them done. How did your College or University career go?


Mariann Regan said...

Sounds like you needed to have fun at that time, for very good reasons that are explained in your previous blog. And then 26 years later you loved going back to college and getting your degree -- THAT was fun for you, then. Good for you. I think people need to follow their instincts and be true to themselves at the time! You are brave and honest to record all these memories.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Mariann you are so kind. And it is readers, friends and family like you who make it possible for me to make even my bad memories public. Thank you.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

I can certainly relate to the whole 1st year at uni/college FUN! I don't regret that one year of less responsibility and I bet you don't either.