So, as I mentioned in an earlier posting, I'm back at University, though this time a US institution so it works a lot differently than my previous experiences in Australia.
Simply put, not only is it different in this country, it is also different in each state, and then it gets even weirder as different institutions handle matters differently.
I may not have mentioned previously what my interest was in returning to University, so I'll describe it here. In simple terms, around January I decided to get back online and visit a few of the GLBTIQ IRC channels I used to be involved with, most of them had dissolved, but I was able to find a few that had some people I knew, and started getting back involved in talking to people, and helping them through issues.... Which lead me to a realization, in Australia, helping someone like that isn't a bad thing, but here in the US there is a cultural issue with trying to help someone through such issues. Simply put, the issue is, if the person decides to follow your advice, and it turns into a problem, then you could be sued. I've always liked helping people, but not only the spectre of problems of that nature caused me worry, there was also the "Am I really giving the best advice I can?". So, I figured, I know, why not get trained to become a Therapist, I get protection from being such from legal hassles, but I also get the training in how best to help these people. So... In California, to practice as a Therapist by oneself, you are required by the California Board of Behavioural Sciences to be licensed as an LCSW. Now, it's possible to become a Therapist via a different board, but that requires a PsyD. After doing some research, I found I could meet the initial requirements for the LCSW in 5 years, if I worked my butt off.
So, this lead me to looking at Uni's, etc. I'm currently a student at De Anza College, a community college, which is handling the General Education requirements for my Bachelors course, which I am currently hoping to obtain via a "transfer" to Palo Alto University.
This is my second quarter now, and summer is a lot more work, as it's a regular 13 week quarter compressed into 6 weeks.
Anyhow, so far I'm enjoying the studies, the course work, while long, is not all that difficult, just time consuming. After the next few weeks are over, I then get a few weeks off, during which time, I'll catch up on all the housework and other stuff I've set aside in the past few months...