Thanks so much for all of your kind and supportive comments today!
I want to vent just a little here. It will be short and sweet.
Well, maybe not sweet. And not so short.
I was accepted to college by my junior year in high school. I had been an advanced placement student, and the only way I could actually test was if I was applying to college.
So I applied to a fabulous women's college in Virginia and lo and behold! was accepted.
I got a great score on my AP exam and started college with a number of credits already under my belt.
Eventually I was homesick and transferred back here (with credits) to my home state at the community college. I went to school, I fell in love and got married when I was 18 (no comments from the peanut gallery, please---I thought I was a grown-up!).
Although I got a job in the magazine industry, which was my ultimate goal, I kept in with my studies sporadically.
I had Number One Son a month before I turned 20. Then the Little Guy when I was 23. I always "planned" to go back to school to finish my degree, but it just never seemed to be the right time.
The story of oh-so-many women's lives.
Now that I'm going back, I called the admissions office and asked about my previous credits.
Since it's been longer than 15 years, my credits are gone with the wind.
Ok, I accept that.
So I applied from scratch.
I go to test today for placement and get a printout of my information.
I'm identifed by my previous married name, and my "permanant address" is my ex-father-in-law's house. Which he hasn't owned for at least 12 years.
I go to the admissions office.
Let me set the scene. There is NOBODY there, but me and two admissions ladies.
What is this? I ask. This isn't the information I spent 20 minutes filling out! My name has been X (my new married name) for over 10 years!
Plus I'm not applying for financial aid so there couldn't be any tie-in with that.
The admissions lady is totally uninterested in my dilemma. This is what you're listed in under our system.
Me: Well how do I change this?
Admissions Lady: You have to bring us a divorce decree or a marriage certificate.
Me: You have GOT to be SHITTING me! How in the world is this YOUR business?
Admissions Lady (getting up out of her chair and looking around wildly for help from her co-worker, who sits there looking amused)*: It's just our policy!
Me: So how the heck do I prove a "change of permanant address?"
Admissions Lady: You have to fill out this form!
And sort of "throws" it at me.
My big bitch is this.
If they still have me listed under the info I had over 15 years ago, why in the hell are my college credits invalid and non-transferable? Did Algebra really change that much since then?
I need a hug.
*The college has been heavily promoting their "Women's Re-Entry Program". I suspect I'm not the only pissed off divorced mom they've had in there with that freaking policy.