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Ambitious Plan

I went down to school this morning to sign up for a 10-minute registration appointment. Then, I asked if I should go see the advisor first to discuss what courses I'll need to take and what requirements I'm looking at for my first year here. The answer was, no, the University of Chicago can do your course counseling and registration all in ten minutes. I'm not sure whether to be deeply impressed or deeply skeptical about this.

I do have to take a theory placement exam on Monday morning, and, in a fit of general insanity, I made an appointment to have people stick large needles in my arms on Tuesday afternoon. One of them will be an MMR titer, since it's proving difficult to track down my vaccination records. But the school proposes to feed me a nice dinner on Thursday, which might make up for things a little.

In other news, here's something for all the writers here in Ancient Armenia:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/52915

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frenchpony
Sep. 15th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Mom Pony just e-mailed to say that my old high school has vaccination records, so it's possible that I won't need the MMR titer, just the tetanus shot. This is entirely good news. Both for my arm and for my wallet, since the MMR titer is $100 and the tetanus shot is $24.
karenator001
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Both for my arm and for my wallet, since the MMR titer is $100 and the tetanus shot is $24.

Heck, if I couldn't get my records then I'd just go to the local Health Department and get the vaccinations again. It'd be a lot cheaper, maybe free, depending on Illinois Public Health immunization policies. And it'd be the same number of sticks. Two shots.

Hopefully, your high school will have the dates recorded. Or the doctor or health facility where you got them originally should have records.

Good luck.
frenchpony
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Mom and Dad Pony found the records at the high school, and put them in the mail today, so they should arrive within the next couple of days. I'm getting the tetanus shot anyway, but that's a bear of a shot, and it'd be nice not to have to face another needle.

The whole problem is that the clinic where I got my baby shots doesn't exist any more, so tracking down the records was something of an adventure.
dawn_felagund
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ten minutes?! Yikes. I don't know about that. My advisement meetings took a half-hour each semester (of course, this was undergrad. Maybe graduate becomes that more efficient? I wouldn't know.)

And {{{{{Pony}}}}} for Tuesday. Yikes again. I'll probably be in the same boat, though, since I haven't had a tetanus shot since I was six, and it's not only required for Towson University but also prudent for scuba diving.

Yikes.
frenchpony
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
The University of Chicago is known for a very intensely structured curriculum, with lots of required courses. So it's entirely possible that, it being my first quarter there, Travis will just say, "take this, this, this, and Hebrew," and I'll be outta there.

There is a developing chance that I won't have to get the titer after all. But the tetanus shot still looms, and that's a bear of a shot.
meggins
Sep. 16th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
I totally admire your icon.

Oh, yes, Pony, I'm thinking of you, too. It'll be okay. Especially hoping it works out that your h.s. records have the needed info. $100 for a shot. Ouch! That'd make me cry more than the needle.
frenchpony
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Ordinarily, $100 would make me cry. On the other hand, the alternative would be a needle. But fortunately, Mom and Dad Pony seem to have found the MMR records, so that's great.
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
The University of Chicago is clearly amazing. Although, it actually sounds like there’s just not much to be discussed. Maybe there would be for undergrads where there’d be more course choice and they aren’t sure what they’d need for later study.

What’s a theory placement exam? You’ll probably be getting a lot of questions from me every time you talk about college because it seems so different than here so feel free to tell me to shut up!

Is it just for kids, then, that tetanus shots aren’t given in the arm?

That’s a seriously strange article. Apart from the weirdness of the guy not killing off his characters, I was thinking how dull a “452-page account of five generations of a Norwegian–American farm family living in Minnesota” sounded, how bizarre the plot elements were and when I got to the part about Oprah’s comments I was wondering if it was a joke!
frenchpony
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
The University of Chicago has an even more rigid curriculum for undergraduates. The first two years, they pretty much spell out what you take.

One of the things that the music department wants is for every student, musicologist and ethnomusicologist alike, to have a good grounding in music theory. Therefore, all incoming students, at whatever level, have to take an initial exam in music theory to see what we know and where we need to brush up. Then we can get placed in appropriate levels of music theory classes.

The last time I had a tetanus shot, it was in my arm. Which I then couldn't move for the rest of the day.

The article is a joke. The Onion is a satirical newspaper that started as a prank by college students lo these many years ago. Occasionally, people take its stories seriously. If they aren't American we generally forgive them (unless it's something really obviously a joke, such as when a Chinese news source reported on an Onion article about how Congress wanted to build a stadium dome over the Capitol building), but if they are American, we mock them mercilessly. Go poke around in the archives. There's some funny stuff in there.
fafojoy
Sep. 16th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
The article is a joke.

Wait, you mean people in Minnesota don't live forever?

Dang! Must revise my life plans.
frenchpony
Sep. 16th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Wait, you mean people in Minnesota don't live forever?

Only Norwegian-American farmers who have spawned five generations get that privilege.
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 16th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Well I'm very much not American and at least I got it by the end.
frenchpony
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
A couple of weeks ago, a foaming right-winger mistook
[Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('<a href-"http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33680?issue>') in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]

A couple of weeks ago, a foaming right-winger mistook <A HREF-"http://www.theonion.com/content/node/33680?issue=4227&special=1999">this</A> for a real article and issued a very serious rebuttal. The rest of the country laughed itself to death. You are much smarter.
frenchpony
Sep. 16th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Let's try that HTML again. . .

He mistook this for a real article.
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