Friday, March 26, 2010

2 weeks and counting!

Holy cow!!! One major project due on Wednesday, two weeks of classes and then it's off to the final push. One week of exams then NKE. I've ordered my pre exam package, a 20 hour online course you take to better your chances. The best part is you get your money back for the pre course if you fail the exam. LORD HELP ME..........failing????!!!!! I'm not even going to think about that.

I was very pleased to find out that last term I made the Dean's Honour List. I've never been an academic, I left that to my smarty pants siblings. To be honest and without sounding obnoxious.......I earned every grade of that honour. Hubby will tell you the amount of time (and tears) I spent last term totally consumed in school work and this term has not been much different. Hopefully, I will make this achievement again, and so far so good. If not, no biggie. Just the fact that I did this at 46 years of age is an accomplishment!!!

So, this weekend marks the beginning of studying for finals. A day or two of sleep will follow when they are over and then it's the push to study for the NKE on May 1st. Looking back, I still can't believe that eight months has passed. It seems to me I was just telling my family about my plans to return to school a couple of days I am almost finished. When they say time flies, they sure aren't kidding!!!
Jen : )

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Reading Week (aka March Break)

Holy cow I didn't realize that I had not posted anything since January!
Well folks we are coming into the home stretch.....Reading Week is here and yes I've been doing A LOT of reading. I'm trying to at least catch up and create a solid study plan because once we return on March 15th there are only 4 weeks left!! YES I did say 4 WEEKS!

So the game plan is to get projects under control and read read read this week to lighten the load when classes begin again. Once those 4 weeks of classes, 1 week of exams are complete then it's time to study for my National Knowledge Exam which takes place on May 1st.

There is a 20 hour online prep course that I am going to take that increases your probability of passing the NKE and if you don't (god forbid!) you get your money back for the prep course. Can't go too wrong with that!

Adding to my plate is the fact that I have started teaching again, only 4 hours a week but it is 4 hours not studying. Would I actually BE studying? Probably not but those of you who are familiar with the teaching thing also know that it isn't just the hours you are with your student, there is prep time for curiculum. No biggy, I didn't have to say yes but my love for teaching got the better of me and I took the assignment, only one student which is easy breezy.

So it's time to hit the books and get some solid reading done. No other plans for the day but that.
WOW 4 weeks, how time flies!

Jen xo

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Term 2

Well we're at the starting line for the second term. My schedule is pretty sweet and I think it will do quite nicely in accomodating our crazy winter weather. What does that mean? Well, I have afew hours off in between some of my classes and if the weather is really nasty I can just stay at school and find myself a nice quiet cubby to do my work. Monday's are the class that is two hours from 9:30 - 11:30 and off for the rest of the day. The best part is that it is a computer course, my fav!!!
Wednesdays are brutal though, but you always have to take the good with the bad right? Four classes during the day (of which 3 are back to back) and a 4 hour lecture at night (every other week until March). I figure if I can handle the madness of last term and come out with 4 A's and 2 B's I'm not doing too shabby!
My sister did a blog about resolutions. I kind of gave up on that years ago because they truly are a "to do list for the first weeks of January" then they fall off and I'm back to my old terrible habits.
BUT this year is different. I have an education goal and there is no grey area here. I have to pass my certification exams, no if ands or buts about it!! So, my resolution is to stay on top of my work, be as successful academically as I was last term and hit the ground running in May when I graduate.
This is certainly going to be a year of major change in the Boyce household with 3 of us graduating-Andy grade 12 and off to college in Sept, Josh Corporate Public Relations at Fanshawe and probably won't be coming back home, and li'l old me from Lambton in HR Management. Althought the job market isn't that great right now there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the economy.
Let the games begin!!!
J : )

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I remember 5 am...........

........and I didn't like it when my kids were babies any more than I like it now!! LOL
Being at the mercy of crappy internet, I had to get up at this ungodly hour to submit a Law assignment. Yes, they are giving us the grind right until the bitter end and there is another one due this Friday........GIMME A BREAK LARRY!!!

A major oral presentation is also due today, one that I had no intention of doing seeing I did the last one but 2 of our team are off sick. Gotta do what ya gotta do I guess.

Studying has not yet begun as I have been concentrating on getting this darn presentation ready. Once this morning is over with it will be smooth sailing for the remainder of the week to really dig my heals in and study study study. By Friday we may even be finished a couple of classes......that would be awesome and very welcome!

Going to head back to bed and see if I can catch at least another hour of much needed sleep.

The finish line is now in sight!!!

Jen : )

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And the count down begins...............

As of this Friday, there will only be 3 weeks left of regular classes. Beginning December 14th exams will be the order of the week. I know that two of them are 3 hours in length lord help me!
Hopefully I will come out the other end of this term in one piece. My goal is to be able to write my CHRP designation in May but there are stipulations of 70% average over all and nothing under 65%. Only one class has proven to be a challenge but I'm still far.
My blogging will be more interesting next term as I will be more familiar with school life than I was in Sept.
Many thanks for those who drop in and take a peek but I would love to hear from you too so please leave me a message!
Take care
Jen : )

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Even though it's a balmy 16 degrees outside, truth be known winter is just around the corner. I managed to put most of the remaining garden to bed yesterday and intend on going out again today as I believe this is the last hurrah of lovely weather for awhile. It's so hard to sit inside, nose in the books when it's like summer on the other side of the window. The glare of the sun intrudes my computer screen and I can't help but get distracted. Maybe I should rearrange the furniture............something to contemplate.

I survived midterms and now it's the final push until December 18th when the first half of my program will be complete. Winter will come, the snow will fly and the dreary dark days will make me want to stay indoors.

There is one huge concern weighing on my mind in regards to the winter the heck am I going to fit my winter coat, my boots, my backpack and books into my tiny 4ft x 2ft cubby call a locker!!?? Should have rented 2 when I had the chance!!

Jen :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Midterm Madness!

I realized today that is has been awhile since I blogged. Time fly's when you're having fun!

October has been a very busy month.....thus the reason for not doing an entry since the 11th! Midterm exams, projects, presentations and assignments have been my major activity on the computer. I can't believe I'm half way through this term already.

When I began this course I was totally jazzed about the whole returning to college thing and I still am......BUT.... although I knew it was going to be a challenge, I didn't think it was going to consume so much of my time. That's ok, I don't mind. My grades are proof that I'm spending the right amount of time studying etc.

My brain had dormant cells that are now screaming out for a time of peace and quiet....sorry guys, not happening any time soon! lol I'm still in the "getting used to it faze" and I'm sure that by the end of the whole course I'll have figured it all out.....NOT!

Don't get me wrong, I am very glad that I took this step and very curious to see what is in the future once I have completed HR Management. For now, its study study study and hope that those once dormant brain cells don't gang up on me and mutiny!

Jen :)