It appears I’ve managed to make the Honor Roll.

Got my grades for last semester and I’ve managed to maintain my 4.0 GPA. This apparently qualifies me for the honor roll as I received an invite today to attend an honors convocation and reception “recognizing you and other outstanding students of Washtenaw Community College.” This has left me with mixed emotions.

This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve had a 4.0 GPA and while there’s a certain amount of pride in it, I feel like I’ve cheated my way into it by going out and teaching myself all the stuff I’m now taking classes for and thusly breezing through the subjects. I’ve got 22 years of PC support of one sort or another behind me and I’ve not yet needed to read more than a chapter or two out of any of the course books. It also helps that I’ve taken a grand total of four classes to date (starting my fifth tomorrow night) and they’ve all been computer classes, my best subject. I haven’t taken any other required courses yet, in part because I’m hoping some of my old credits from my time at Oakland Community College some 20 years ago will apply, but when I do then it’ll probably be more of a challenge to maintain that 4.0.

So, yes, it’s flattering in a small way, but it doesn’t feel like the accomplishment it should be. It also doesn’t help that I had to get into my 40’s before I managed to get a 4.0 GPA. If anything it shows me what might have been had I not been the dumbass I was 20 years ago. Cue grousing about youth being wasted on the young and so forth. I suppose I should take whatever victories I can get these days, but I feel like I’ve bent the living shit out of the rules, if not broken them outright. 

17 thoughts on “It appears I’ve managed to make the Honor Roll.

  1. Cheer up! Everybody uses statistics and numbers to their advantage and slants the living sh** out of them. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame.  LOL

  2. Congrats ‘little bro’!! Even if you feel like you didn’t really earn it – you did. You went, you showed up for classes, took notes, took tests – so what if it was subjects that you have a natural ability for, you got a 4.0!!!! Go YOU!!  And when you get to the ones that aren’t ‘natural’ for you call our house one of us can probably help you out.
    cheese

  3. So this morning I look at the title to this post and realized I transposed the word “to” to “ot.” Doh!

  4. I earned my A A in Education at the age of 50, older than many of my Instructors.

    You should go to the little reception activity.  Usually the Eats are fair-to-middlin and hobnobbing with mucky-mucks can be fun, especially if you have never had reason to be there before.

  5. Most excellent on your part.  I should also add that, as a community college instructor, I’ve seen the “mature” (hehe) students mop the floor with the youngsters.  They’re more mature, more focused and have better skills.

    Don’t put yourself down so much, you will be fine!

    SG

  6. I suppose I have to get all gussied up for this affair? They probably have some sort of Hawaiian shirt phobia. For me, that IS gussied up.

  7. What?  You mean you’re surprised the reward system in public schools is screwed up?

    These are the people who came up with the bell curve.  These are the people who came up with social promotion, who removed phonics, cut music curriculum, who don’t like the idea of scoring points in grade school sports.

    If the classes were really that easy, then why the hell did you need to take them?  If it just so that you could check a different box on some form somewhere, then that’s messed up, and if all you needed was the knowledge, then you didn’t have to go to a school to get it.

    Any other reason, enjoy the honor roll.  You deserve it.

    Or look at it this way: The honor roll is based on GPA, so if they didn’t want someone like you to have it, why let someone like you enroll in the first place?  Screw them.  Have a happy day.

  8. So this morning I look at the title to this post and realized I transposed the word “to” to “ot.” Doh!

    Not sure if this bothers you too much, but because of that fix the link on facebook is busted. Not sure if you can edit it, but thought I’d point it out.

    Congrats! Heck, I took AP Calculus BC in high school managed a mid C and only a 2 on the AP test meaning I got to take Calculus 1 all over again in college.  Did it bug me a bit, yeah, but pulling off a high B to low A because I knew everything already was pretty darn nice.  I’d say enjoy it, whether you knew much of it before or not, you still showed that you understanding of the material through testing and that’s the point of it all.

  9. Weather the 4.0 was earned from class or personal experience doesn’t matter because both took a lot of studying to gain it.  You with a 4.0 was what I have wanted for 25 years.  I knew you had it but now you have proved it.  I’m very proud (said with a sh** eating grin) now do it again!

  10. So I looked more closely at the invitation after RSVPing this morning and I don’t think I can attend the event.

    It takes place on Thursday May 14th from 4:30PM until 6:30PM. I have a class that night starting at 5:30PM. Doh!

  11. Congrats Les.  I got an A in my Philosophy class at OCC this last semester. I took it easy and only signed up for the one class this time since I am also a former dumbass who is in his 40’s. You are beating me in GPA though… they still count my grades from way back in ‘88, so that 4.0 for me is out of reach like the speed of light… never going to quite get there.

    I took Philosophy as a general requirement but it had some good moments. I especially liked when the professor would discuss the various arguments for God and how they did not hold up to logic and reason. He said there is no evidence in the natural world for the existence of God… what a concept!

  12. This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve had a 4.0 GPA and while there’s a certain amount of pride in it, I feel like I’ve cheated my way into it by going out and teaching myself all the stuff I’m now taking classes for and thusly breezing through the subjects.

    You said it yourself, you taught yourself, the other students had the same opportunity to do so, however you were the one who did it.

    Les, you did the work, now reap the rewards.

    “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
    even the Bible says so !

  13. Dude feel proud of your accomplishment and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you didn’t earn it. 22 years of works still means you put your time in to that bit of knowledge. It shouldn’t matter how you mastered that knowledge so long as you didn’t cheat.

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