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    Just need a short vent. . . I am attending college with accelerated courses (1 class a month) working on my Associates Degree in Vet Tech. (1 more year) It is quite expensive and I only get 12 class days a month to learn all the material. We are currently learning about atoms, protons, electrons, specific heat, etc. Everyone is struggling. (I should preface that I have been a nurse for over 18 years and I feel that I am fairly intelligent) I asked the instructor yesterday how all this relates to being a vet tech and she said "It doesn't" So now, I don't know if I am just overwhelmed or downright p**s that I am spending over $1200 a month to learn something that I will never have to use. In the vet tech program, you have to pass this class to move on to your core programs. I just don't think it is fair that a class that is not even related to the field of study can be the deciding factor whether you can move on to the core classes. There are 3 people in my class that this is the second time they are taking it. And if you don't pass this class, you have to wait until January to get back into the rotation for the core classes (all other pre requisites done and out of the way)

    Whewwwww! Thanks for listening! I'm gonna try to put myself together and remain calm as I go to class this afternoon. Wish me luck!!!

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    Understand. Same thing in nursing school when I went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    Understand. Same thing in nursing school when I went.
    Sad thing is, I didn't even have to take a chemistry class when I went to nursing school!!!! I think it is a little more related to nursing than to vet tech. . . .

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    Take a deep breath, calm down. It will be fine, you can do it. When I went to college ( I didn't even start until I was 40) I had to take a lot of classes that did not apply to my degree. I cried and struggled through algebra and earth science. I got through and so will you.

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    Sorry to hear your problem and understand your frustration. Has anyone asked why this is a compulsory unit? I know from experience that it's extra hard struggling with something that doesn't seem relevent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Take a deep breath, calm down. It will be fine, you can do it. When I went to college ( I didn't even start until I was 40) I had to take a lot of classes that did not apply to my degree. I cried and struggled through algebra and earth science. I got through and so will you.
    I waited until I was 25 before going to nursing school and now I am 44 doing it all over again. I strongly believe that there is some important information in Bio Chemistry that we need to know, I just don't think finding the atomic mass and number of protons Carbon has is it!!!

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    It is a new program at the college I am attending and the Head of the Department got to create the curriculum. I'm not saying that Bio-Chemistry is not important or relative to my degree and career field, I just don't think that valuable time needs to be spent on figuring out specific heat. It needs to focus on more relevant topics, IMHO

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    I also returned to school late in life. Advanced academia has always required classes not relevent to your degree in order to earn it and it infuriated me to no end, especially the massive amounts of money having to spend on classes that have nothing to do with your chosen degree. Personally I always thought it was a huge racket and don't even get me started on text books and the curriculum covered in a semester. And the real kicker..., I have forgotten almost all of the material I don't use on a fairly regular basis. Venting helps. You will get through it and yes it is really hard, especially in an accelerated program like you are taking. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I also returned to school late in life. Advanced academia has always required classes not relevent to your degree in order to earn it and it infuriated me to no end, especially the massive amounts of money having to spend on classes that have nothing to do with your chosen degree. Personally I always thought it was a huge racket and don't even get me started on text books and the curriculum covered in a semester. And the real kicker..., I have forgotten almost all of the material I don't use on a fairly regular basis. Venting helps. You will get through it and yes it is really hard, especially in an accelerated program like you are taking. Good luck.
    Thanks! I've decided not to take my Uzi to class today!!! (Just kidding, please don't alert the authorities or the media)

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    I totally feel for you. I have been working in Information Technology for over 30 years - and had to take a class on Microsoft Office tools in order to pre-req on my Business degree.... OMG - they didn't even give us the option to test out. I would rather have done that - and pay the fee then sit through 8 weeks of lectures and online exercises designed for a beginner.

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    Unfortunately with any degree you will be required to take classes that have nothing to do with your major.
    My DH is on his last semester for a degree in human resources and he has taken many classes that do not relate to his field of study but they are required. It makes no sense to me.

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    Sorry double post! :-)

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    I saw a program on a guy who did up chemistry/physics/allgebra advice for his niece so she could pass some highschool coures. It became so popular on the net that it now available to others on numerous subjects. He had just won a grant or accomadation from Pres. Obabama? Maybe you can find his program and get some help. I sure wish they had this stuff when I struggled through school.

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    I don't know if this will make you feel any better,,,but I know a lady that has a Dr. degree in Bio chemistry and she works in a lab for IAMS dog food....she said ...the chemical balance in the dog food was important for their health...oh well maybe you'll get a good laugh out of this anyway.....

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    Part of the reason for going to college is to stretch your brain. That is often the reason for requiring off the wall courses, according to some professors. Take that idea as it fits your thinking.

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    Remember that schools are businesses too! One woman in my class chose all of her electives to qualify for a second degree...eennt...the school said no. she needed ? additional classes. It made an additional year to finnish. Maybe you have to declare a double major to start your courses.

    I think I am trailing off your original post. Sorry.
    Wishing you the best with your classes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Unfortunately with any degree you will be required to take classes that have nothing to do with your major.
    My DH is on his last semester for a degree in human resources and he has taken many classes that do not relate to his field of study but they are required. It makes no sense to me.
    Oh, I think Bio Chemistry is totally related to the field but not all aspects. That is my point is that we only have 12 days of class and we have spent 4 of them studying what we don't need to know and will never do anything with. I think those 5 days could have been spent more wisely on more pertinent information.

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    Well, I'm off to class. All firearms secured and I will be frisked as I go out the door!!!

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    You are intelligent; it is required so pass it (smile). The real goal is go become a Vet Tech and that is where you will need to keep focusing. I believe you will do great and be a wonderful Vet Tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    I saw a program on a guy who did up chemistry/physics/allgebra advice for his niece so she could pass some highschool coures. It became so popular on the net that it now available to others on numerous subjects. He had just won a grant or accomadation from Pres. Obabama? Maybe you can find his program and get some help. I sure wish they had this stuff when I struggled through school.
    Would you be able to provide more information about this? It would be kind of hard to find this program with just the details given here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    I saw a program on a guy who did up chemistry/physics/allgebra advice for his niece so she could pass some highschool coures. It became so popular on the net that it now available to others on numerous subjects. He had just won a grant or accomadation from Pres. Obabama? Maybe you can find his program and get some help. I sure wish they had this stuff when I struggled through school.
    Would you be able to provide more information about this? It would be kind of hard to find this program with just the details given here....
    Here it is:

    http://www.khanacademy.org/

    This guy set up videos for friends and relatives, and then it took off. I've bookmarked it for my kids.

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    It's called taking your money. All colleges require courses not needed at all for your chosen career. Many are now rebelling over the course requirements that are expensive and not necessary. It's been in the news a lot lately about the courses many have to take just to meet the requirement for graduation that are just filler classes and surprise, the most expensive fees attached to these classes.

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    I minored in Chemistry, and was a teaching assistant (8 years ago but I do remember most of it!). If you need help PM me. :)

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    Why do we have to take unrelated courses to get to the core courses - I asked that question each of the three times I went back to college. This has been going on for a loooong time. I had to pick my battles, and decided to use my energy for my courses rather than beating my head against a brick wall. I do feel bad for you, though, about having to spend all that money each month, and I still wonder sometimes about why it continues. Is it just because it has 'always been that way'?

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    If this is a course in chemistry and you have to take further courses related to chemistry or biochemistry. Then knowing how atoms are put together and operate makes it easier to understand the more advanced information. I teach HS chemistry and my kids ask that same question while we are doing the basic stuff and I am drilling it into their heads. Then when we do the hard stuff, they see how it all fits together. I even have some who have called me from college and said that my class really helped them out.

    Good luck and if you do need help, just let me know. But yes, the Kahn Academy is a good resource as well. If you have an ipod or such, there are apps for his work.

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