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Thursday, July 8, 2010

What would I change? What do I wish I had done differently?

Mama's Losin' It

I had a hard time picking which question to answer, because they both fit!!  So this week I’m answering TWO questions, as they really go and hand in hand for me!

1.) What would you change about your life if you could?

2.) I wish I would have...describe a time when you didn't take action, but later wished you would have.

There really has been nothing in my life that I regretted, seriously.  I feel that my life has gone really well!  So when reading these questions what came to mind is lack of a foreign language.  Foreign language, wasn’t a graduation requirement for high school – but it required at 98% of colleges.  With that being sad, I didn’t take a language, thus couldn’t get into a 4-year university right away. 

Freshman year, first quarter, at my local community college, I took American Sign Language and I enjoyed it.  However, never took the second one.  Putting me at 1 year of language instead of 2.  I finally decided to transfer to a university that has a language pre-requisite and now have to fulfill it. 

I assumed (yes, it’s not good too), that I could easily just take ASL 2, after 5 years of not using it.  Yeah…that didn’t go well.  I lasted about 20 minutes before leaving and joining the 101 level class.  So I’m back taking that same language again. 

I have to admit that I am enjoying this class, this time around.  Our instructor is awesome and is making learning ASL fun and enjoyable.  We’ve had three class sessions and I have learned so many new 'signs’, it’s unbelievable!  Loving this class and happy I am re-taking it.

If I could I would have taken a language in high school – it would have made things much easier.  I’m mad and frustrated with myself for taking the easy way out in high school and regretting it now.   I now tell ALL high school students I meet to make sure they take a language, even if it’s not required – there’s no doubt it will help them in the future!  Don’t make the same mistake I did and save yourself a lot of time, money and brain cells!


The Preppy Strawberry said...

Hi - stopping by from Mama Kat's. I'm a new follower. I took only 2 years of language in HS instead of the 3 and then had to retake a different language in college to receive my degree! I definitely wish I would have done 3rd in HS!

Liz said...

I think you are right, Cori. I do wish I had kept up with Spanish, though I have always wanted to learn ASL, too.

furygirl3132 said...

Happy Twitter Hop Thursday! I am following both your blog and on Twitter. Hope you have a wonderful day!


Sherri said...

I agree! It's just SO much easier to learn a language when you are younger. I can't even imagine trying to learn something new now, and I never kept up with my Spanish.

Anonymous said...

ASL is amazing. I only know a few signs, but my cousin is fluent in it. It's so beautiful to watch.

I wish I had done more than the bare minimum in high school (got great grades but only took courses I needed to graduate). It hasn't affected me yet, but if I ever decide to pursue a degree, I'll probably have to go back and finish some courses.

Stopped in from Mama Kat's

erin said...

I agree with this! I took three years of Latin in high school. It was grueling because our teacher taught at a college level. So I did super poorly and only wound up with a C- average. Plus, Latin hasn't gotten me very far in life, LOL. If I could go back, I'd have taken French or Spanish, something I could actually use in life.

After B Comes C said...

I took 3 years of German. I know enough asl for baby signs but I want to take a class. I wish I had taken spanish since that is quickly becoming our second language in this country.

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Jessica said...

I'm the same way you are. I don't have any regrets and wouldn't change my life. I also wish I would've stuck with a foreign language (or at least took it seriously). I think ASL will be my language of choice.


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