Boy have I had a stressful couple of days! I feel like I'm beginning to say that a lot lately, but Sunday night really took it to a new level. First, a little background. Because I transferred into my University during my junior year, I lost several credits. I spent each semester taking 18-20 credits, as well as one class over the summer during my internship to make up for it all. On top of that, I met with our dean multiple times each semester to keep everything on track, and plan my future semesters. This was all an attempt to make sure I could graduate on time. Why this is so important to me, I don't know, but it has become a goal I just have to achieve.
Because I have a few credits to make up, I will be taking classes this summer. I'll walk at the graduation ceremony in May, but won't be officially done until August. I'm extremely excited about the ceremony in May not because it'll be fun to awkwardly walk across a stage, but actually because I'm so excited to have many of my friends and family come to Milwaukee to be apart of the celebration. Then, just to remind you of a few more recent facts I've already revealed, I have a job beginning in September, and just before that, an incredible family trip to Europe in August.
So why am I tell you all of this? Just to remind you of the things I'm most excited about in the next 6 months? Yep!
...only kidding :)
I'm telling you this because it all came crashing down on Sunday night. Part of preparing for graduation meant specifically planning what classes to take this upcoming summer. The schedule of available classes was released in October, and I planned out exactly what I needed. I'll be taking 8 classes this summer, and thankfully I figured out a schedule that would fit everything. So here's where it all went wrong... I have checked the site once a week since October just to confirm nothing had changed, and registration is this upcoming Thursday. Well, Sunday night I went online and noticed something different. For some reason, one of the courses had it's time and day changed. After looking into it further, I discovered it was at the same time as another class that I would need, and they were both only offered at that time. I was devastated.
Suddenly, my graduation plans, my Europe trip, my job was all being taken away because of something I had no control over. I immediately emailed the dean and we set up a time to meet on Monday. After speaking, and me breaking down into tears, he told me there really was no option for me. I would have to come back in Fall for one, single class. Needless to say, I cried myself to sleep both Sunday and Monday night. As hard as Clark tried, there was no consoling me. All my hard work and planning was being disregarded in my eyes, and those goals I had almost reached were no longer possible. My dean saw how devastated I was and felt really bad that there was nothing he could do. Although he said several times that it was hopeless, at the end of our meeting he said he would look into a couple of things and let me know in a week or so.
Well, he came through. My meeting with him was at 8:30pm Monday night, and at 9:45am Tuesday morning, he sent me an email saying he may have found a solution. I basically had to hold onto my chair to avoid jumping up and celebrating right there in class. My friend kindly reminded me not to get too excited until I had a chance to speak with him, just in case things didn't work out. In the afternoon, after a day full of learning nothing.. I was just too nervous.., I met with my dean. He greeted me saying, "Well Catherine, today is your lucky day!". My face lit up immediately.
He informed me that he found a graduate level class that was going to be offered with similar material to what I was supposed to be learning. After pulling some strings and filling out some extra paperwork for me, I will be able to count this class for the credit I needed.
So folks! What's that mean for you? Absolutely nothing. Everything is just as it was before. I'm graduating, and everything is happening as planned. The only difference is that now I am that much more grateful for it all.