Counting Down

5 12 2012


Petition to graduate successfully completed? Check. Registrar concurs that only six more classes are required (after this term) to garner enough credits for a degree? Correct.

My husband doesn’t remember having to petition Oregon Institute of Technology for his degree back in 1988. Of course, he probably couldn’t tell you what he had for breakfast yesterday either.

What is the reasoning behind completing such formalities (or do I mean forms?) in the larger picture of life? Perhaps it’s a means for collecting additional fees. After all, isn’t that what a building permit from the city is all about?

I see that it accomplished several things; some of them were even beneficial to me.

  1. It verified for both the school and me that I am taking the correct courses required to complete my desired degree program.
  2. The Registrar now has all the official information needed to accurately complete my diploma.
  3. The college can add me into the “head count” for people they need to accommodate (and clothe in a delightful gown) at the ceremony in May 2013.
  4. By spelling out exactly the courses I must take and showing when I’m taking them, a finish line was marked in the sand road. Just like an Olympic runner (oh, yeah, I’m so NOT like an Olympic athlete), I’m inspired to keep moving forward now that I can see the finish line.

What’s your take on this whole process of petitioning to graduate? Can you think of other purposes it serves? What are other ways people “count down” to important events?




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