Let’s take a moment to talk about this debacle known as my college career.
When I was a kid I looked at people who went to college as super people. I always wondered how a person became one of those people. To know what they wanted to do, to actually go to college, to show up, do homework, and get decent enough grades to graduate. I thought those people were amazing, because I knew I could never be one of those people. I didn’t have the drive, the committment, or motivation to ever do something like that. I didn’t think I was smart enough and I was poor. Those people that did that were super people. When I got sober a lot of things changed. I realized one day that my job, although enjoyable and lucrative, was a dead end type of job. I knew I had to make some serious changes in my life so I decided to go back to school. But the only thing I wanted to do everyday, was be involved in recovery. I wanted to go to meetings, I wanted to talk about it, I wanted to write about it, I wanted to tell everyone about it. Quitting drinking is the only thing I was ever good at, it is the only thing I did well. I decided that I would go to college. I didn’t know if I would be able to do it. I didn’t know if I was smart enough, if I would understand the material or if I would start to read a textbook and not understand it at all. I went, and I was good at it. I decided to major in Addiction Counseling. 2 year degree, then I would get my intervention certification (BRI I), then move on to Addiction Specialist (CAS) and somehow I would live happily ever after. After this semester, that just started, I have one semester to completion of my Associates degree for Addiction Counseling. So what happens???? My state changes the requirements to a 4 year degree!!!! THANK YOU KANSAS!!!! You’re a real help!!
Of course, I had already decided that I want to go on to a 4 year degree because, why wouldn’t I? But now I can’t get my state certification and start working until I have a 4 year degree. To make matters worse…. I went to see a counselor today to get the pertinent information about transferring my credits etc.. to start working on my bachelor’s in Social Work. I want to do Bachelor’s in Social Work, then move on to a fast track program for Master’s in Social Work. Unfortunately, THEY WON’T TRANSFER ANY OF MY ADDICTIONS COURSES!!!!! 36 credit hours of coursework they want to strip away from me. 3 semesters worth of work they want me to repeat for their enjoyment.
So my real question is this: why do they even offer an associate’s degree in addiction counseling, if you can’t use it for anything???? I can’t get my certification with it, I can’t transfer it, and I can’t use it!!!! And with a master’s degree in social work, I can still get the same certification from the state, I can do the same work, and more!! Are these people intentionally trying to waste student’s lives??? I have one final question…