A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO ME ON THE WAY TO PSYCH CLASS
By Suzanne E. Snyder
When I first came to NVCC’s Loudoun Campus ten years ago, all I wanted was to take a psychology class. My oldest child was in high school and my youngest son had just started kindergarten. It had been more than twenty years since I’d graduated from high school, where my greatest accomplishment was never having to attend summer school. I was told back then that I was not college material, and twenty years later, I was still a little intimidated by that remark.
I told a friend of mine about my plan to take a psychology class at NOVA. She suggested I take an English course first, since I might have to write a paper for psychology, and I’d need the English class to teach me how to do that. “English! I hate English,” I protested, “I don’t want to take English!” I was sorry I’d mentioned my plan to her, but what she said made sense, so off I went to sign up for English.
I filled out an application for admission and was sent to see a counselor for program placement. The counselor asked if I’d chosen a major and I tried to explain that even though I was going to register for English, all I really wanted to do was take a psychology class. “Well, we don’t have a psychology degree,” he said, “but let’s put you down for General Studies, just in case you decide to continue.” He also recommended I take an orientation class. (more…)