Getting In Through and Out Of College Adult Edition – America is a second chance society, founded on the principle that everyone should have a chance at success. Education in America is like a conveyor belt; you can jump on at any point and jump off when necessary, and jump on again. Many adults had to stop educational careers because of life emergencies, helping parents, marriage, raising children, or just not ready for the challenges involved in a commitment to self. I want to thank The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources for the opportunity to work with many adult students making the transition into the educational environment. The School of New Resources has designed a program for adults returning to college. It does it better than any institution, and is considered the gold standard in adult education. I taught at the School of New Resources for 28 years-It is time to stop the excuses. You are smart but you are not appreciated or respected, but used. People less competent then you THINK you are get the better positions. You are getting older, and you want something different out of life. You have knowledge without education or credentials, and like it or not, the job market pays for education and credentials. You are a failure because you do not have the courage to be a success. You have to walk through some hard doors and do things you do not want to do. It is time to step up to the plate and earn this Kingdom God has planned for you. It is time to go back to college and complete your education. Welcome, come in, sit down, shut up, listen and learn, this is your life, live it.

Going to school is a spiritual act; you must prepare yourself for this spiritual experience. If you are an adult returning to school after years away from this experience it may seem difficult, after you adjust to the spirituality of the whole experience you will feel right at home. You must prepare yourself for this experience, it will be the journey of your life; you will and should fall in love.

The feeling of new life and awareness should come over you as you open up the areas of your being and sensitive frailties to take in new awareness. This is the process by which you are on your way to becoming a changed being. When you enter the classroom door, it is not the son or daughter of someone, you drop your external roles at the crossover sill and enter as you, ready for your own experience.

If you are returning to school for your friends, they will not notice or care; if you are returning for your family, they will resent your steal valuable time from their self centered world, and think you are selfish. If you enter for the race or good of mankind, they will resent you showing them up, by inferring through your behavior that they are failures and lazy. Family will sabotage your efforts; friends will consider you a traitor; your boss will feel you have too much time on your hand so he will try to increase your work load, blocking your school hours, and even you yourself may on occasions doubt the validity of what you are doing. These are obstacles, it is up to you to prepare for them, and have strategies for how to handle them when they do, and they will appear.

The best advice is to keep your own counsel, “see thou and tell no one” until you send out the invitations to the graduation. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and you may kill your own chances for success through your own mouth. Boys who use to live in tough neighborhoods refused to carry school- books because they did not want to be attacked by the neighborhood kids. Recognizing this study and homework time was provided during school hours so that the male students could keep up their grades and save face. Saying to a child forget them and be the bigger person, will not help, and result in many fist- fights and crushed spirits.

Work out a plan to handle the many obstacles, and get ready for the greatest adventure of your life. You will work smarter, and you are more ready than high school graduates completing the thirteenth year of education. You bring life experiences into the classroom with you, and that world knowledge will help you. Your life experiences will turn into different liberal arts language and you will hear terms such as psychology, sociology, political science, government, philosophy and religion. These are the college courses that will be very easy for you. Your biggest problem is learning how to shut up, listen and learn. You will learn how to use these symbols of human experiences going back thousands of years to organize your own thoughts. When you find an idea coming from the minds of wisdom, write down the thought, carefully recording the source of the wisdom and including in all of your writings the source of the material. When you find that you have some of the same ideas as the great minds in human history, become excited, you are on your way to becoming a student. After you discover that we are all riders on this same globe together, and the thoughts and ideas you have were in the minds of men thousands of years before you could think a thought, you are ready to tackle new information. Get those soft courses out of the way before you take the hard courses, the hard courses are your growth and money making courses, where someone has to teach you new ways of thinking and methodologies.

College is about reading and writing, and reading for content, and writing in the form and style approved by your professors. Remember your thoughts mean nothing unless they are backed up by some writer or acknowledged authority in the field. Put your ego on the back burner, and develop a strategy for getting through and out of the institution, and the gatekeepers to the exit door are your professors. Through the doors of the college walks your future, do not slow it down or mess it up because of you. Life is not fair, and all the obstacles you will encounter are in place to maintain the status quo. When you return to school you are stepping out of one stratified position to go into another. The American system is designed to keep people in their assigned places, you are preparing to change the rules and the players, and it will be exciting.

 

Part 1: Who Am I?

Part 11: How will I Overcome Obstacles?

Part 111: What Do I Want To Do With This Education?

Part IV: Write Out A Degree Plan With Time Frame

Part V: How Will I Reward Myself For My Accomplishments?

                         DEGREE Part 1: Who Am I?

Write a 200- word essay on who you are. Do not include the roles you play in life (wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother, employee, etc). Who are you at the essence of your being, your strengths, weakness, fears, and determinations?

Example of a Degree plan

 

 

Degree Plan

A Degree plan is a written document you prepare telling how you are going to school. The secret to success in America is education, and it is kept a secret.

 

 

This guide is designed for the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, In New York. The School of New Rochelle is an adult focused college designed for adults coming from all stages and conditions in life.

 

Undergraduates should have the following courses

 

  • u Basic Liberal Arts Education
  • u Math
  • u Science
  • u English
  • u Literature
  • u Psychology
  • u Sociology
  • u Ancient History
  • u European History
  • u American History
  • u World History
  • u Philosophy
  • u Theology
  • u Political Science
  • u Understanding Cultural Diversity
  • u Computer Science
  • u Art Appreciation
  • u Music Appreciation
  • u Geography
  • u Government

 

 

Usually colleges require 120-124 credits before granting a degree. Make sure you are on record as a degree candidate, and you understand and complete the requirements for the college granting the degree.

Each Liberal Arts courses usually carry 3 credit hours.

 

Select one course and take at least 24-32 credits in that area alone. This will be considered your area of specialization or your major. You may take a major and a minor. Some schools will permit you to take to degrees at the same time, a B.A. and a B.S. if you complete the requirements. Some schools will permit you to take a Master degree at the same time with the addition of one more year. Some colleges will require that you write a Master’s Thesis, and some will require that you take additional credits in place of writing a Thesis.

 

This part is written for a full time student with 65 college credits already completed. It assumes that a student is attending a 3-semester school permitting attendance during three periods during the year.

 

Please check the courses you have completed:

 

  • u Basic Liberal Arts Education
  • u Math
  • u Science
  • u English
  • u Literature
  • u Psychology
  • u Sociology
  • u Ancient History
  • u European History
  • u American History
  • u World History
  • u Philosophy
  • u Theology
  • u Political Science
  • u Understanding Cultural Diversity
  • u Computer Science
  • u Art Appreciation
  • u Music Appreciation
  • u Geography
  • u Government

 

 

Identify area of specialization________________________________________

How many courses have you completed in this area?______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is your minor? How many courses have you completed in this area?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

You need 60 more college credits for graduation. It will take you 2 years to complete 60 credits if you take 30 credits a year. It will take you 1 ½ years to complete the study if you go three semesters a year.

 

Returning to school you should take the following

 

Session 1 ( 12 credits)   Lots of writing and reading, your strong areas.

 

Psychology ( Abnormal)

Philosophy

Theology

Art History Appreciation

 

Session 2 (12 credits), Lots of writing and readings, your strong points

 

Psychology

European Literature

Ancient History

Political Science

 

 

Session 3 ( 12 credits )

 

History of the West

Greek Mythology

Psychology

Music Appreciation

 

Session 4 ( 12 credits)

 

Ancient History

European History

Great Thinkers of the world

Government

 

Session 5 ( 12 credits )

 

Economics

Principles of Business

Personnel Management

Contract Arrangements

 

Session 6 ( 12 credits)

 

Education in the West

Child Psychology

Human Development

Work with Handicapped

 

 

12x 6 = 72       You will be over

 

 

Obstacles

 

Fear of Success

 

Examples of internalized oppression as it occurs in individuals:

  • Women, low-income people, and people of color don’t speak up as much in meetings because they don’t think their contribution will be important or “correct”. Often participants from these groups may have insight into how to solve a problem, but they hold back from sharing it.
  • In response to low expectations and lack of encouragement, some teenagers from oppressed groups believe that they won’t succeed; consequently they give up on learning and pursuing their dreams.
  • People from oppressed groups often shy away from taking on leadership roles. They don’t view themselves as having leadership capabilities, and their style doesn’t match that of “traditional” leadership models.
  • A person who is not able get a job with decent wages may try to dull his disappointment with alcohol.
  • A person who speaks with an accent feels that she should not build relationships with people outside her own culture because she is afraid that others will not want to be friends with her. We encourage the reproduction of this material, but ask that you credit
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Examples of internalized oppression among members of the same cultural group:

·                                 Women on the board of a charitable organization compete for the attention of

·                                 the male chair and refrain from taking leadership roles.  They see their greatest capability

·                                 in organizing dinners and creating decorations for events, even though they all have college degrees.

·                                 The membership of a low-income grassroots organization cannot support anyone from

·                                 their own community who tries to take a leadership role in the organization.

·                                 They claim that people in the leadership role become too “business-like” and “authoritative.”

·                                 The role of the leader is discussed endlessly and the organization cannot get to the business

·                                 of defining and achieving goals.

·                                 Women who work on construction join men in putting down other women who have child care

·                                 problems or can’t do particular work because they are not as strong as some of the men.

·                                 When Latino immigrants from different countries of origin try to organize to create

·                                 a political power base, the mistrust and prejudices among them makes it difficult for them

·                                 to work together.

·                                 Fearing that her children will not succeed in the mainstream culture,

·                                 an immigrant mother is overly harsh in disciplining them so they will “fit in.”

·                                 An African-American teenager is not accepted among his group of peers because

·                                 he works hard and does well in school; he is told he is not African-American enough. We encourage the reproduction of this material, but ask that you credit
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These problems relate to African Americans but they are relevant to any group trying to break out of poverty. Jews, Italians and Irish faced the same problems during the early 20th century.

The system is design to prevent any movement out of the selected class. Individuals who attempt to break out of the culture of poverty will face many obstacles, including sabotage from members of their own group and own family. Escape is achieved through education, but the cost is dear in terms of old friends and familiar environment, and there is no going back. Your church, family and friends will reject you once you break out of the culture of poverty. You demonstrate to them that it can be done and that there is something wrong with them and the way they are living their lives; no one likes to be wrong, and the one who changes will be attacked. If you can stand the rejections, until you find your own group, you will be all right. Poverty is an addiction, and the addiction has built into it variable needed by the individual, you may sabotage your success in order to return to the addiction in times of stress. The closer you get to your goal and out of the poverty trap the more difficult the trip will become, victory does come, and the need to get others out is the most challenging emotion you will experience. The group caught in poverty will silently celebrate your success, and each success motivates and serves as a guide to the next individual seeking to travel the underground railroad to freedom. If you think it is about race, you will lose your way, this is class transformation, and class transformation is worse than racism. It is about trying to preserve power and wealth for a select few. There is plenty for everyone, and that is the secret you will discover when you reach your destination.

The Secrets of Wealth

Wealth is God in circulation, and the more you give away, the more will be returned to you doubled over. The more people you free to travel the wealth track, the more will be given to you in your task of helping others. The question of what will you do with your education should center on how can you use your experience and education to help others?

How can you break down the wall of fear and free others from the oppression and addiction of poverty. How can you prevent the poor from attacking others and taking frustration out on society? How can you teach the poor that the system is designed to draw them into behaviors that will prevent them from entering into the forbidden planet? How can the poor and the oppressed avoid behaviors designed to make them felons and left out of the game of wealth? The answers to these questions can become a motivational goal of life, or you can just decide to be the best person you can be and hope that others will see you and your life as a role model. The choice is yours.

 

 

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