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the runaround

This aft I had things to do. I chose to do the active ones, the ones that required driving around and picking up and dropping off, rather than going home and using the phone. I really hate the phone, hardly ever want to use it.

I drove home first, so I could update the mailing list for the foundation, then copy it to CD. From there I drove to Arroyo Grande, about 15 miles, to pick up the flyers I had printed for the foundation. Took most of those and the CD to the mailing service in SLO. Then took a couple of bunches of the flyers with me to Cal Poly, where I attempted to locate the architecture department.

Now, I've been there before. I even had classes there some time ago. But damned if I could remember what it looked like or where it was. It didn't occur to me to stop at the kiosk at the entrance to ask where it is. I thought I could track down a campus map without that much difficulty.

Actually, it was rather difficult. After taking a stab at one building and finding out it was the science building, hoofing my way through it in the hopes of finding a friendly open office, and coming back out empty-handed, I went to the Admin building - no luck there - and finally to the student union, where I finally found a map on my second run at the info desk. I told myself this was all good for me. I need to get out more, it's good for the bones and muscles.

I located the architecture-construction-planning building on the map, got back to my car, drove to the nearest place I could park, and tracked down the department, where I handed off the flyers. Whew. Maybe we'll get a few signups from that. I can hope.

What was cool: I rarely go to Cal Poly during normal "student hours". So I don't see what I saw today. Students everywhere. On the grass,in groups or alone, sitting at tables outside, drinking and studying and talking, walking from class to class, stopping to talk. In my time in the science building I saw several active classrooms - laboratories, lecture halls, theater-like places where they were watching slides. So much learning going on! I love learning and I love the atmosphere of learning. And the side benefits, like the little coffee and juice bars and the racks of many-colored bicycles. A heady experience. I love going to class, too, and thought about it, about attending a class. Except that at Cal Poly it isn't easy. You have to get into some kind of program and have to follow the track. No such thing as just taking a class now and then.

That charged me up a bit. Made me feel alive, part of the world. Which is strange, considering I just floated by all these people, didn't talk to any of them.


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Oct. 7th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Nice sketch of the campus! I agree about how just being on campus brings back the urge to enroll.


Sometimes it seems that being in a good class is my idea of heaven! I'm pretty tempted when I go through a catalogue for the New School (NYC), or even if I visit the campus of a good university, too.
Oct. 7th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly. It is so filling! And yes, I do thumb through the local college catalogs all the time, and now and then sign up for something. I just about always am glad I did.
Oct. 7th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
I have to make an appointment with my student advisor, so I can find out exactly which course I need to have for the spring '06 semester, so I can finally move on!

*snickers* Isn't that cute? There I am, talking as if I have a future!

Nah--I'd love to take courses for the sheer pleasure of it & personal growth--I intend to, once I'm in a position where I can afford to.

I'm with you on so many things, and this is definitely one of them--the belief that one benefits from learning throughout one's lifetime.
Oct. 7th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
I know what you mean about "future". When I sign up for master chorale every semester I notice that I have not yet "declared a major"...heh...I check the box that says something like "personal fulfillment" but it never seems to take.

Thank heaven for community colleges. Even though the fees have gone up they can still be managed now and then. When, a few years ago, the fee structure was changed so that those of us with a degree got to pay five times as much as those without, I was pretty pissed. I think the assumption was that we are all rich, having gotten a degree...but of course another interpretation is that we no longer "need" these courses. There was enough of a fuss that the structure changed back and now we all pay the same fees.
Oct. 8th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
That is so weird about the different fee structure!

I notice that our domestic policy is being run like a triage situation! Don't tell me that knowledge ain't power!

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