Registration for classes is on Monday, so yesterday I was all proactive and went online to the class schedule listing and figured out what I want to sign up for. And the classes that I want all fit nicely into a solid chunk. No showing up for class at 8am and then nothing until noon. MWF my first class would start at 11, and Tues/Thurs it would be 10:30. Which is lovely. I am totally not a morning person; it's hard enough to get me out of bed, and to have to go straight to class and actually use my brain... past experience has shown that just doesn't work. The other nice thing about having a big block of time in the morning is that if I get into the Work Study program, that's a good two hours I can work, instead of only having 45 minutes here and there between classes. And if I don't get a campus job, that's a good two hours I can use to
last-minute cram/do homework/go back to bed review my notes. ;D
Three of the classes I want (Intermediate Russian, The Child in the Family, and Geology and the Environment) have half their seats still available, so I expect no difficulties there. For my fourth class, I've given myself three options: Introduction to Linguistics (11 seats available), Elements of Meteorology (5 seats), and European History since 1945 (1 seat). The history one I'm not really stressed about. It's available in the spring so if I don't get in I can always take it then. With 11 seats left (which is ~ one-third of the class), I think I can pretty easily expect to be able to get into the Linguistics one, which would be beautiful because then I'd have at least _one_ class in my preferred subject, instead of this mishmash of GE requirements. Except for the Russian - that's a "fun class" as well. And if my dad gives me grief for alloting four of my units to something so "useless" I'll just remind him that I needed to retake it to improve my grade, anyway (it was one of those from my last semester. I didn't _really_ fail it, it's just an Incomplete - because I didn't take the final - but after one semester, unresolved Incompletes turn in to F's on the transcript).
So I went to Financial Aid on Friday to find out about my fees, which it turns out are deferred. Woot! But the name on my FAFSA (married) doesn't match the name on the school records (maiden), so they gave me a name change form to fill out and bring back with a copy of my marriage certificate, and a copy of my Social Security card showing my married name. Grr. On a whim, I looked in a box under my desk half an hour ago, and found the marriage certificate (yay, don't have to pay the county of Amador for a new one!), but my SS card is AWOL. They say to keep it in a safe place, and not to carry it around with you, but then you need it for flippin' _everything_, so it ends up living in your wallet anyway. Well, apparently I was a good kid and put mine back into that "safe place." Yeah, you know the one. The one that's so safe you can never find it. So I'll have to make a trip to the SS Administration on Monday to request a new one. But wait, the only proof of citizenship I have is my passport, which is in my maiden name. So once again I need that
goddamned all-important marriage certificate, to show my name change. My face matches the picture in my passport, and the name there matches the one on the marriage cert., which got changed to the _other_ name on the marriage cert., which is the name on my Driver's License, which has another picture of me. Jesus!
And then there's the issue that I'm in the process of a divorce, so my name will just be going _back_ to my maiden name in (hopefully) a few months. But to receive the Federal Student Aid I've applied for (using my married name), I need to change it, just to change it _back_ later! Shit, this marriage turns into a bigger mistake every day, it seems like. Such a great big pain in the ass. Stupid goddamn glorified piece of paper. It might almost be worth paying the county another $10 just so I have an extra copy I can fucking _burn_. I'm so sick of it.
I'm sorry, marriage and divorce stuff should be a new post. Unfortunately, it sort of bleeds into every other aspect of my life, so it's hard to talk about anything without mentioning it.