Suzanne Snyder

Returning to School? by Guest Author Suzanne E. Snyder

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Suzanne Synder


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…)

‘It Depends on What “Old” Is’ Guest Author Suzanne E. Snyder – No. Virginia Community College Staff Member – Loudon Campus

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Suzanne Synder

I have worked in the Loudoun Campus Counseling Office for about four years now, and lately a number of people have asked me the same question: “I’m (fill in the blank) years old—am I too old to go to college?”

As more and more baby boomers pass the half-century mark, they realize that fifty is not as old as they thought it would be. Let’s face it, when our parents were fifty, they were old. And when our grandparents were fifty, they were ancient! But those of us who arc turning fifty as we approach the millennium arc in better shape than any generation before us. We arc healthier, happier, stronger, smarter, and virtually ageless.

Okay, there was that one incident in the department store. 1 was shopping with a friend I have known since high school, and as my friend put her purchases on the counter, the cashier (who couldn’t have been more than twelve) asked my friend if she had her senior citizen discount card with her. Since my friend was fully five years away from eligibility for the senior discount, her mouth dropped open and she gasped for breath. She was stunned. She was insulted. She was furious! She tried to find the words to tell the cashier what an appalling mistake she’d made, when the girl waved her hand and said, “It’s okay. Don’t bother looking for the card. I’lljust give you the I0%discountanyway.” My friend, her mouth still open, looked at the cashier, looked at me, looked back at the cashier and said, “Thank you dear. That is very sweet of you.” (more…)