I HATE how money-grubbing and bureaucratic colleges are! I went to the community college I'm transferring to to talk about what credits will transfer and what requirements I still need to fill. Mind, I've taken over 30 courses at my previous school and have earned 80 credits. Guess what. They take a full SIX out of over 30 courses and give me a whopping 30 credits. So they accept under ONE FIFTH of the courses I've taken. And considering I took 8-9 courses per semester, that's throwing out THREE SEMESTERS of school.
Why? Because according to the bureaucratic idiots it's against school policy to let me transfer in more than 30 credits. Oh! And my music history course, that essentially covered the same material as a western civilization course, except that it examined musical significance of events as well as historical, doesn't count as a history. -.- I'm sorry, I think talking about the papal schism, the murder of Thomas A. Beckett, the reigns of Bloody Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the role of the Catholic Church in the middle ages, etc. are all HISTORICALLY relevant as well as musically relevant. So WHY should I have to take a World Civilization course when it's going to cover all of these topics which I already discussed and learned about in another class?
AND I still have to take a public speaking class! I'm sorry. Did you miss the PERFORMING ARTS courses I took? As in, classes where I had to get up and PERFORM. You know, like, in front of PEOPLE! And what about the practicum course I took. That course where I had to get up in front of a class of children and TEACH A LESSON! Does that not count for ANYTHING? CLEARLY I know how to conduct myself in front of people after teaching in actual kindergarten to 5th grade classrooms AND getting up and performing in front of an audience.
OH! And I asked about doing a double major to get two associates degrees because almost all of the courses overlap between my liberal arts degree and the music degree I really want, but my parents won't let me continue pursuing. What do they tell me? Even though my musical education is extensive enough where they can barely offer my any music courses that it'd be worth my while to take, they won't let me transfer in enough music courses where I'd only have to finish the general education requirements. So basically, right there, they tell me it's pointless for me to try for an associates in music because I'd be essentially retaking classes just for the purpose of bureaucracy. Great. But, still, I'm a little hopeful because all the general ed requirements are the same for music and liberal arts majors and music classes can actually count as major requirements for liberal arts majors. They overlap so perfectly that there'd be maybe two extra courses I'd need to take to fill the requirements for both.
What do I find? Nooooo! Instead of just letting me do the six additional credits I'd need to fill the requirements, I'd have to take FIFTEEN additional credits JUST so they could charge me for more classes! And liberal arts and music both only have 12 credits worth of major requirements for an associates degree, so that's more than I'd need to take even if I didn't already have some major requirements for one of the degrees! The whole thing is a *bleeping* money-making policy.
So, it boils down to: I get NOTHING from my last three semesters of college except for nights spent sitting up crying, followed by nightmares when I finally do get to sleep. I can't do a double major. I have to take a bunch of requirements that my other classes SHOULD have already covered. I can't do a double major. I can't even do JUST a MUSIC major because they won't let me transfer in courses that would fill requirements, but they still say that it wouldn't even be worth it for me to take most of their music classes because they'd be too easy for me.
As if it isn't bad enough that my previous school landed me in therapy with an anxiety disorder, or that even though I hated it there I still cry whenever it really starts to sink in that I'm not going back, or that I have nightmares about my professors! Now I find out that this new stupid school won't even accept a fifth of my courses just because they want my money and are trying to force me to stay there longer, I can't do a double major, and I'm stuck at this **** community college for a whole ******* year over bureaucratic NONSENSE! AND I have to take a ******* PUBLIC SPEAKING class which is going to be nothing but a ******* thorn in my side when I was a PERFORMING ARTS/EDUCATION MAJOR at my old school!