Natalie (omgnatalie) wrote in bad_service,
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Community College Academic Counseling Suck!!!

This is partly a gripe with my academic counselor at school, and partly a plea for answers if anyone happens to have them.

I'm in my 2nd year at a community college, pursuing a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a multiple-subject teaching credential. I'm in California. There are tons of universities that offer an integrated program where you earn your degree and the credential at the same time.

So I go into my academic counselor to make sure I'm taking the right classes. I've taken almost all the classes from the CSU breadth requirements, but few pertaining to my major, Liberal Studies. I want to know whether I should take these classes now, or whether I can take them at the university.

First of all, I get there and sign in. Long story short, 6 or 7 people that got there AFTER me went to see the counselor BEFORE me. So I finally said something, and the receptionist says that my name was magically deleted off their list of names to call on the computer. What? So that sucked, but wasn't the bad part.

The bad part is that when I finally got to the counselor, he was so strange that I left more confused than I was before. Script format:

Me: *Long clarification of my major, my goals, the classes I've taken, etc - everything he needs to know here* Okay, so I've been taking these general ed classes, but NOT the Liberal Studies lower division classes... so should I take them now at community college, or can I take them at University? Basically, which classes should I be taking now?
Him: Well, that depends.
*awkward pause, as I wait for him to elaborate*
Me: ...on what?
Him: Well, what do you want to do?
Me: Uhh, be a teacher? *didn't I just explain this in detail...?*
Him: Are you sure you want to major in Liberal Studies? A lot of the kids I know that do that end up hating kids, and the degree is worthless elsewhere.
Me: @_@ Well I'll deal with that later, if it happens. Thank you for your concern. But uhh, can you tell me if I should be taking these classes now? Like, will I be able to declare a Liberal Studies major without taking these classes first? And if I go to University, can I take these classes there? If I do, will it take me longer to graduate?
Him: Well it's going to take you like, four more years anyway. What's another year?
Me: *confused* Uh, what?
Him: *blah blah, he tells me the integrated programs don't allow me to finish my degree and my credential in 2 years, lots of stuff that doesn't make sense*
Me: D: Well, regardless, can you tell me what classes I need to take in order to go to THIS particular university, and graduate with a BA in Liberal Studies??? Will the classes I've taken be enough, or do I need other ones?
Him: I generally don't like to tell students what to do.

Basically, it was a run around. And I have no idea what the heck is going on anymore. Haha. I have emailed the university I want to go to, but they are understandably slow at getting back to me.

I ended up spending over an hour in there when it should have taken like 10 minutes, had I been called in the right order and had he just answered my question.

So here's part two: any teachers or college students have any answers for me? I'm terribly frustrated now. :/ Also, if anyone can point me to any teaching forums, etc I'd appreciate it :D
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