WGU Enrollment Process

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Having gone through this process two times now, one for myself and now currently my husband is going through it, I thought it might be helpful to give those of you who are considering it an idea of what it will be like.

*First if you need a referral code to get your application fee waived, comment below with your email and I’ll send you one.  NO reason to pay for it, when they’ll give you a code to do it for free, right?!

*Once you’ve filled out the application, you will be given a log in, this will be your log in as a student as well, and will end up being your @wgu.edu email address as well.  I would recommend getting a notebook and making notes of all these passwords, phone numbers, ect as you go through the process.

* If you’ve attended college before get those transcripts sent ASAP.  These can take a little while sometimes, so its best to get on it right away.

*Fill out your FASFA forms.  Make sure you have your tax forms from last year ready, it will make things a lot simpler for you.  At the end of this application it will give you an idea of what you can expect in terms of grants and/or loans.

*Assessments, for the most part everyone has to take these.  You will take a basic math and language assessment.  You should give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to complete these.  Then you will write a short essay 200-800 words.  They give you 4 hours to write it, but it really doesn’t take long.  I have seen some examples of questions spread about the internet from time to time.  I believe my husband’s had something to do with how workers skill sets have changed over the last 100 years.  That’s not exactly what the question was, but something to that effect I believe.  Finally there is an assestment to ensure that online classes are a good fit for you.  It takes maybe 15 minutes to answer these questions.  No big deal at all.  You want to get all 4 of these done ASAP though.  They take around 5 to 7 days to get the results back and the waiting can be painful! : (

*Contact your Enrollment specialist (by phone) and they will likely set up your entrance interview.  Again this one is no big deal, you just have to answer questions to ensure you are a good fit.

Once you have completed everything and are accepted you will have an orientation class you will take.  And be assigned a start date.

If you do everything efficiently and dont’ drag your feet, you could realistically be completely done with the process in a week or two.

One last tip…you do NOT have to start right away.  Let’s say you have a vacation coming up next month, go ahead and get your enrollment stuff done and then request the following month as a start date.  Everyone starts on the first day of the month, but it can be any month of the year.  By getting everything in and completed, you can ensure you get the start date you’d like, versus finding out there is a wait (1 person told me there was a wait at one time, not sure how often that happens).

Good Luck and Welcome to the WGU family!

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Welcome to Computerland

I have just begun my first full year as a computer teacher.  Last year, getting started in the middle of the year, and trying to get acquainted with everything, I didn’t take the time to do much to the room.  This year, I decided I needed something that would be bright and cheery.  I have no windows in my room, so bright was definitely a requirement.  After many searches on pinterest, I finally decided on a Candy Land theme.  I wasn’t able to find a ton of ideas online, but I took what I could as inspiration and ran with it.  I was able to complete this for under $30.

Here is my door  I used construction paper and cut gumdrop shapes.  We started at the top (by we, I should say, my 15-year-old son, because I couldn’t reach on the short ladder I had) and placed the straight edge against the ceiling.  The second row we started out about a half gumdrop from the top row and staggered them.  The straight edge of the second row is under the first row to achieve the “layered” look.  We finished with a simple scalap edge for “icing” effect. I found red and white wasabi tape that I used to border the door.  I wish I could have found something thicker for this.  The letters are from United Arts and Education (on clearance).  I would have LOVED to add more to this door, but I finished this at 10 pm the night before the first day of school.  First lesson I learned….give myself a lot more time or become less of a perfectionist when doing this. : )
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Next is my “candy” wall.  The large colorful candies are made from dollar store paper plates and tissue paper.  Super simple and very inexpensive.  Above the computers I used another Candy Land cut out from United Arts and Education.  I still need to add the name tags that are made to look like large candy land cards.

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I have one wall with 3 big bulletin boards.  The furthest one is my Lab rules, the middle is our school bible verse for the year and the last is my “Sweet Typing Success” board.

The lab rules is a black background with a gumball border.  I cut out tiny “gummy” bears and randomly placed them all over the board, printed out my rules and threw it together. This one was one of the last things I did…I pretty much “threw” it together in a panic. 🙂

The “Sweet Typing Success” board is bordered with colorful cupcake holders folded in half and stapled around the board.  Thank you to my 14 year old daughter for doing this for me.  I have added numbers 10,20,30,40,50 under the heading.  I will add students names as they achieve each level of typing success.

You can also see the candies hanging from the ceiling, these are balloons and clear cellophane(from the dollar store).  The kids LOVE these!  In the far corner you can see the tall suckers against the wall.  These I used the empty tubes from the cellophane, covered them with white paper, drew red lines around them, added a balloon and covered with cellophane.  Between the bulletin boards I used paper straws (blue and white stripped) that I got from the dollar store as well.

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The word wall came from Elementary Techie Teacher and the letters were marked down at Walmart.  I cut them apart to use for the word wall.

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And finally, the front of my room.  This photo isn’t the best, but the white board is bordered with Candy Land bulletin board boarder from United Arts and Education.  I added two tissue “flowers” that I randomly got from the dollar store because they were “colorful”.  They just so happened to be the perfect color and hid the corner edges quite well.

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Although there are plenty of things I now realize I could have done quicker, easier or better in some way, it’s not half bad for my first attempt at decorating a classroom.  Best of all were all the little eyes that lit up as they walked into the classroom and saw all the colorful decorations.

All alone in a gym full of people

Everyone knows but many forget that I am hard of hearing.  That is until I have to make you stop talking while looking away from me, or ask you to repeat yourself.  Sometimes I just nod in agreement just to avoid the annoyed look you give when I ask “what”.  But did you ever stop to think what it might be like to live in my world for just a week or even a day.  Trying to piece together what you are saying to me.  Imagine the game of telephone…only the words from the first person to me are like there were ten people in between us sometimes.

I don’t often run into others who are hard of hearing or deaf, but when I do I get very defensive.  Not toward them but for them.  Tonight I was playing volleyball and a very nice young man who was deaf came to play toward the end of the night. Attitudes tend to run a little hotter than anyway, as the lower end players show up and game play goes down a level or ten at times.  He was on the other team and no one really was speaking to him or giving much help, probably because rather than try to figure out “how” to communicate with them, it’s easier to just ignore him and be frustrated.

After a few games had been played and he made a few mistakes, I noticed that 1) people talked LOUDER to him and 2) they just ignored him and tried to keep him out of the play versus trying to talk to him.  I got REALLY mad.  It took just a few extra seconds to talk slower so he could read your lips and explain what you were calling rather than just making a call and him feeling like he was in some alternate universe isolated but surrounded by people. And each time I would take a second to explain what the call was, he would do better and not repeat the mistake.

After the games were over I went over and tried to explain one of the calls that no one had explained but happened a couple of times.  Since I can’t sign (which I really wish I could, it would be such a valuable tool), we got a piece of paper and wrote out what I was explaining.  Literally took less than 5 minutes to make another human being feel like he wasn’t alone in a gym full of people.  As it turns out he does know how to play but because he had played other places with slightly different rules, he wasn’t aware what he was doing was incorrect.

I walked out to the car almost in tears.  No one quite understands what its like to be in a room full of people and feel like your all alone.  Loud restaurants, crowded shopping malls, sporting events with people cheering and whistles blowing, sitting around a fire with little light to see everyone’s lips… it’s isolating at times.  I’m fortunate to have about 40% of my hearing, grew up speaking so people can understand me, and hearing aids do make things easier but not the same.  I can not imagine what it must be like, the courage it takes for someone with no hearing to put themselves out there in these situations.

So the next time you get irritated because someone is different, or its harder to communicate with them then everyone else, try to use some empathy.  They don’t need pity, but they could use some extra consideration and two seconds to be kind enough to communicate with them.  And news flash, speaking LOUDER does not equal suddenly they are able to hear you. Even I don’t need you to speak louder, just look at me, make sure I can read your lips and try not to mumble.

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A Review of my first 4 classes at WGU

For those who are considering going back to school and attending WGU, I would highly recommend it.  After finishing my first term, I thought I would share what I learned about the process and a review of the classes I took, maybe it will help others.

First, if its been awhile since you were in school, it’s not exactly like riding a bicycle.  Though I was very excited to get started, I was nervous and awkward at times.  I had certain study habits and quirks even when I was in school 20 years ago, those things aren’t possible with 6 kids, a husband and a job.  Finding that time did not follow my original plan when I started.  I hope that what I learned my first term will help me accelerate through the rest of the degree more efficiently.

I first tackled Heath Fitness and Wellness (BCC1).  Don’t try to make sense of their course numbers…they just don’t make sense!  This is an easy beginner…let’s ease you into online learning class.  If you are active at all, have been a dieter or pay attention to calories and nutrition, you’ll breeze through this.  First things first…take the pre assesetment.  This will tell you what you actually dont’ know and need to study.  Then JUST STUDY THOSE SECTIONS!  Ironically the only section I struggled on was drugs.  Sorry no experience there…at all…so I had to read that section before taking the test.

Since I was nervous about the actual test, and the camera watching me, I moved on to the second course before taking the test.  STOP DO NOT DO THIS!!!  Once you get that first test done you will feel so much better!  Once I was taking the test I barely noticed the camera was on.  The proctors are friendly and I’m sure they know you are nervous about the camera and the test.  And be forewarned, you have to show the entire room 360 with the camera.  So pretty much showing total strangers my bedroom, pile of laundry and all.

US Government and Constitution (CNC1) – I’m not going to lie to you, until they make changes to this course you will probably want to jump off a bridge!  DO NOT PRINT THE STUDY GUIDE!!! Take the pre assestment and see where you are.  Again unless you’ve lived under a rock all your life, you probably will know most of these things anyway.  I was much closer to passing the assessment then I expected.  I spent 8 weeks agonizing over this course.  Reading and reading and reading, and hating every minute of it.  When it came down to it, after one of Nicole’s famous talk me off the ledge speeches, I took the test and realized I’d wasted 8 weeks studying.  I probably would have passed it 6 weeks earlier.

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Next  I moved onto  Fundamentals of Foundational Perspectives of Education (MYC1).  This one is total common sense.  I expected it to be much harder for me, since it was my first “education” class, but it was mostly just common sense on ethics and such.  4 weeks later I took the test for this and passed it easily.  Oh and remember BCC1…I took that one the same day, because I had just left it hanging there all this time.

My 4th and final class of the term was English Comp 2 (TCP1).  This is another potential bridge jumper.  It’s a 10-15 page paper on the topic of your choice.  You must have 10 sources and do an annotated bibliography.   I changed my topic at least 4 times while trying to do this class.  This one took me longer, because now I was coaching on top of everything else.  This one I spent 3 months “working” on.  Reality my final paper took me about 4 or 5 days to write.  Ok that’s a lie…I spent about 12 hours doing research over a couple of days and then wrote it in about 8 hours if that.  There are actually two tasks to this course.  The bib and the paper.  I did both and turned them both in together.  I also didn’t send my thesis in to be approved (shhh…don’t tell Nicole).  Oh and I researched another topic just before this final one for a day and then tossed it when I decided I couldn’t’ develop it the way I really wanted to.  Soooooooooo….lesssons I learned here.  Pick a darn topic!  (And save yourself 3 months of waste research on various topics you are just going to toss anyway) You can even google a list of topics based on your major if you are struggling with it.   Choose something you have at least some idea about, it will make things go faster, and just do it!  The quicker you get it done the better.  I turned mine in on the last day I could submit.  ALSO…READ THE RUBIC!!!!  The only reason I had a revision was because I forgot to go back and read a rubic.  I needed to actually use 7 sources in the paper.  I had only used 5 (they thought I had 6 but I used one twice), so my revision was pretty easy to just insert a couple of quotes I hadn’t used originally.  I would have saved myself the headache and time waiting on the 2nd evaluation if I’d read the rubic!

Another thought on this class.  It’s suppose to be 10-15 pages but mine  was 9 pages, 1 title page, 2 reference pages and the rest was actual paper.  Don’t stress over it too much.  The annotated bibliography was 7 pages.  In my opinion it was harder then the paper itself.  Why?  I had never done one before so I stressed about whether I did it correctly or not.  If you go through the course material there is a sample in it that you can model yours off of.  Once I did that It was a snap.  I did this as I worked on my resources.  It made things go much faster as well.

What I learned overall from this last term is that I am capable of doing this.  I need to have faith in myself.  That final paper probably proved more to me then anything I had done so far. It was truly the first time all term that I felt like I was in college.  It prepared me for the classes to come and now I’m more confident about tackling them.  I found that if a class is 3 credits, the study guide will say 6 weeks…it will probably take me 2 if I just get down and push through.  I’m sure that won’t be the case for every class or for everyone, but so far that seems to be the pattern for me.  And as I get into classes that I don’t have experience in, those will take me longer.  I beat myself up a little after looking back at how much time a class really took me and having only finished 4 this term, I know that if I had applied myself a little more I would have finished 2 or 3 times that many.  So on to term 2.  Let’s see where the next 6 months takes me!!!

 

 

 

What a Different a Year Will Make

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If someone would have told me in July 2014 how many changes would come to my life over the next year, I would have never believed them.  Though we had many more life changing things happen last year, I want to focus on the one that was such a blessing.

A year ago we were about to embark upon our 3rd year with Hoosier Academies but were moving to the Hybrid model, however my oldest son really wanted to attend a traditional high school.  He begged us to reconsider putting him back in at Southport High School.  Even though this is where I had graduated, the changes that have occurred over the last 20 years were to great to be comfortable sending him there.  I began praying for an alternative.  Somewhere that he would be happy and I would be satisfied with the education he would be receiving.  At the time I was actively holding Jamberry parties.  I was at a home party when one of the guests there was talking about Volleyball, naturally this made us start talking more. When I asked her where she played, it was at a private high school in Greenwood.  Just out of curiosity I decided to look into it when I got home.  I was more than a little sticker shocked at the price of sending them there.  This set off my in-depth search on private schools in the area.

While searching for different private schools, focusing on the high schools, I discovered School Choice Vouchers in Indiana.  After researching the qualifications I saw that this might be an option for us.  We narrowed our search down to Lutheran High School and Roncalli High School.  They were similar in costs, but varied in size.  Lutheran (LUHI) is much smaller.  The graduating class sizes are approximately 60-75 students.  The entire student body is under 300.  Roncalli by contrast is over 2000 students and 500 in each graduating class.  I went a step further and researched what k-8 schools would feed into these schools.  I knew there would be options for Roncalli with private Catholic schools, but I wasn’t sure about LUHI.  As it turned out I found Calvary Lutheran School which is just about 10 minutes from us.

At this point I researched the teachings of each church.  I grew up LDS (aka Mormon) but haven’t attended since we moved back to Indy from Texas in 2001 (sore subject, let’s not go there right now).  After reacher and prayer I decided that I would most closely match the Lutheran beliefs.  I called the school and spoke with the admission counselors.  We set up a meeting at LUHI and at CLS.  Andy fell in love with the school immediately.  I did too!  The same was true at CLS.  Deidra is my angel.  =)  I feel so blessed that she was the admissions counselor at CLS when we started this process.  Meeting with her and Mr. Rensner, I knew that this is where my kinds needed to be.  At both schools I instantly felt at home.  I felt like this was a place my children could learn and grow not only with their education, but in their faith.  A place I had failed to foster for so many years.
We quickly began the process for admissions to both CLS and LHSI, because school was about to start in a few weeks.  The day after I submitted our applications for LHSI, Luke lost his job.  I promised Andy I would figure out a way to make it happen still.  Thankfully we were blessed and able to send him despite the major blow that we were just dealt.   And in what seemed like a blink of an eye, they were no longer going to be hybrid students at Hoosier Academy, but now students at CLS and LUHI.

The year seemed to be flying by.  In January the kids and I began the new members classes to join Calvary Lutheran Church, and in March officially became members.  Undeniably the most important thing that happened was March 8, 2015, all six of my children were baptized.  It felt like I had waited a lifetime for this and everything was falling into place.  

I can not thank the teachers, staff, and families of LHSI and CLS, who welcomed our family with open arms, loved my children and provided a way for them to become closer with god.  This year was a true example of asking God for what we need and trusting that he will provide for us.  Though I would have never imagined that we would be where we are today a year ago, I am so glad God  sent us here.

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I did it!!!

Its been a LONG 6 months.  We have had a ton of life changing things happen and getting back into the groove of college classes was not an easy attempt during that time.  BUT…I DID IT!  I finished my first semester!  I had hoped to finish more then the 4 classes (13 credit hours) that I “had” to finish, but I’m glad that the structure of WGU allows me to do just that if needed.  This semester for me was about realizing that I could do it.  Understanding that I have to be flexible with myself and cut myself some slack with my expectations.  Most importantly it was about realizing that I do have what it takes to make my dreams come true, to achieve my goals and to build a better future for my kids.  Big thanks to my husband and kids for being so supportive as I freaked out the last week trying to finish English Comp 2.  I procrastinated because I didn’t believe in myself.  I spent 4 days busting my tail after changing my topic…4 or 5 times, and plowed threw.  Most importantly I finished the first try with only one minor revision needed…note to self  (and future Comp 2 students) READ THE RUBRIC TWICE BEFORE TURNING IN!  OOPS!

Big thanks to my student mentor Nicole!  I promise to try harder not to stress you out and continue to make your Monday’s (even if they are only every other Monday now…boo) filled with a little comedy to get your through the week!
SO now I have a week off and my second semester with start on August 1st.  Excited to see how the lessons I’ve learned this past semester will help guide me through the next.

Growing the Game

Explains boys volleyball so well!

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Having been around volleyball for the last 22 years, it is rare that I feel out of my element in the gym. I’ve coached club, high school, middle school and youth volleyball, and spent a season assisting a Division 1 college program as well. So, I wasn’t quite prepared for how I would feel when we added boys volleyball to our club and clinics this season. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love it and can’t imagine our club without it, but it is definitely outside my comfort zone.

Boys volleyball looks sloppy to me, but the power is incredible. Most of the guys have no problem moving quickly, but the stopping and controlling can be an issue at times. I find myself wanting to run ball control drills with them constantly, while they would rather have a bounce competition, regardless of their incorrect footwork and inconsistent armswing. And while there are…

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Circle of friends or just one best friend?

I have so many different circle’s of friends, is that good or bad?  I remember when I was younger being the same way. I had a core group of friends, but I easily could just sort of blend into many groups wherever I was.  Now as an adult I feel like I have even more.  I have my friends I’ve had a for years, my volleyball friends (and that group even seems to have sub groups), church/school friends and work friends.  It’s not that the groups couldn’t intertwine, but it always seems like none of them have anything in common with the other group.  Am I the only one like this?

Sometimes I wish I had that one group or that one friends I did everything with, but then I realize how much I’d have to give up in order for that to be the case.  But wait, I really do have that one friend.  I sometimes laugh or wonder how its possible when people say their spouse/significant other is their best friend, but I guess that’s really the case.  I sometimes don’t think of Luke that way, but when you get down to it, we do everything together.  We are at all the kids events together, we play and coach volleyball together, we play jokes on each other,  heck we even work together at times.

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My best friend isn’t perfect by any means.  We get at each others throats at times and downright don’t “like” each other.  But then again who else understands what its like to have 6 children, what its like to live my life, and enjoys the same things I do better then him.  So I guess when I wonder if its good or bad to have a circle of friends or just one, there really isn’t an answer for that.  For me I’m just lucky to have had a best friend for the last 18 years that still around.  One that I’ve been allowed to grow with and change and watch him do the same.  Some of those things we haven’t liked, but in most cases, once we’ve weathered the storm we come out better then before.

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Alright everyone out there in blog land….I guess I have to admit it.  My best friend is my husband!  (oh goodness don’t tell him I said that, it will so go to his head) =)

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