One Step Closer

I spent part of the afternoon at school in the financial aid and assessment offices trying to get my TSI assessment exam scheduled. Austin Community College has a program that will waive the test fee if you’re eligible for a Pell Grant, and I’ve already been awarded mine for 2017-2018, so in the interest of saving 29 bucks I took the fifteen minutes it took to get the waiver signed before heading over to the assessment office to get things scheduled. I head in next Monday morning for the first general education examination I’ve had in over 30 years.

I’m a little nervous about it. I tend to test well, but there are going to be things on this exam that I just simply do not know, nor will I be able to learn how to do them in the time I have between now and Monday. I’m just going to have to let them slide, and that’s going to be something new for me. I can’t recall ever having failed a test while in school, and I’m certain that I’m going to place in some level of remedial math. That’s not unexpected – algebra and geometry was a long time ago, and what little math I did have faded long ago. I’m telling myself that it is more important for me to go in there with little preparation and get honest results than it is for me to artificially and temporarily increase my score just to place in a higher class that I’m actually underprepared for.

I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get results, but I hope it’s not long. In truth I would prefer to wait to start school in the spring, but my counselor at Texas Workforce Commission really wants me to target the fall semester, so that’s what I’m doing to keep pace with the plan timeframe. If I don’t get results fairly soon, then the fall semester will be a moot point.

It’s starting to become a little more real to me with every passing checkpoint down. I’m not sure I’m ready for it, to be honest, but I won’t know unless I try.

Therapy was also this afternoon, and my therapist is very pleased with the progress that I’m making with school looming.

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