Graduation? Maybe when I’m 50

Posted on January 27, 2011


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…


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