Monday, August 01, 2005


Have I mentioned that I'm planning on going back to school and getting my Masters in Education so I can become a high school or middle school teacher? No? Well, that's my plan. Now that Mr. Chick is done with law school, it's my turn. I went to the library this weekend and checked out a couple of study prep books on the MSAT and Praxis tests that I'll need to take in order to apply to various programs. I just wanted to get a feel for what the tests are like and what sort of studying I'll have to do in order to get ready for the exams. Oh.My.God! I'm in trouble.

I'm not a stupid person - really, I'm not. But it's been a long-ass time since I've had to study for anything like this. I graduated from college with my B.S. in Business Administration (marketing and management were my majors) in 1992, people. 13 years ago. I've been a SAHM for the past 4+ years. My brain hasn't been stretched in awhile. I flipped through the MSAT book and landed on a page that had math questions. I read one that I should have been able to do, since I do cook, after all.

"A recipe for 36 slices of pizza calls for 2 2/3 cups of flour. You only want to make 12 slices of pizza. How much flour do you need?"

Ok, so I need to divide 2 2/3 by 1/3. Easy, right? Except that I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out HOW to do that! Do I convert the fractions to decimals? My brain hurt from the stain of trying to remember Junior High math.

"I make the 2 a fraction by adding a 1 to the bottom (2/1), but then do I add it to the 2/3's or multiply it? Shit!"

"once I figure THAT out, I need to divide it by 3. Or do I multiply it by 1/3? Oh my god, I'm an idiot! 2/1 = 6/3. + 2/3 = 8/3, right? 8/3 divided by 1/3 is...???" Really, I don't know.

And this is just ONE question of hundreds, covering subjects like European history, science (wavelengths & amplitudes, for pete's sake!), and of course math. Ask me about various parenting styles! Hell, ask me about pop culture - no sweat. But the difference between the Inca's and Maya's? The major themes of Andrew Jackson's presidency? I'm totally screwed.

MP -
I took the leap and went back for a Master's Degree in Library Science a few years ago (that I am stil working on).
It was a tough transition and I was very lucky to not have to take any entrance exams, but it was worth it!
I found myself devouring information like I has been starved for years!
Good Luck!!!
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