I ran into a silly little glitch when I was trying to register for the Spring semester...I was trying to get into Microbiology, which fills up in a day or so, and the online system tells me that Intro to Chemistry or something like that is a prereq for Micro...so I email the nursing advisor, who has already assured me that the high school Chemistry I took 30 years ago (!) is acceptable so I don't have to take it again in college. She emails me back to say that because Micro is a "general" course, not officially part of the "nursing" courses, I have to talk with a general advisor, and also talk with records, because obviously they don't have my high school transcripts (then how have I been able to take all these other classes this year?) So I call the general advisor's office, and after explaining my problem, I'm told I have to COME IN to talk with someone...fortunately my office is within blocks of the downtown campus of my community college, so I zip over there on my lunch hour, only to find about five people ahead of me, waiting for an appointment with the advisor. I explain my problem to the young lady at the desk, and fortunately it turns out she's the one I spoke with on the phone, so she already knows my problems....bottom line is, all it would take was for her to look at my high school transcript to verify I did indeed take Chemistry and pass with a "C", and then override the computer system to get me into the Micro class.
But, it won't work for her that day, because its still only the 2nd day of registration, and I'm short a credit hour or two to get "priority registration" for the upperclassmen! So, she takes down all the details, and promises she'll register me the next day as soon as the system is available for we underclassmen, and call my office to verify it was done..which is exactly what she did. I was very impressed with her...she's the first person I've encountered at my community college this year who is "on the ball"and really tried to help me with my problem.
I've learned a few things in my nearly 30 years in Corporate America, and one of them is tenacity...stick with it until your problem is solved, even if it means taking it all the way up the line. Secondly, I've learned that being polite and smiling, and using the "magic words" gets you much further than trying to bully someone into something. Lastly, I am very determined to accomplish this goal of becoming a RN, and I WILL make this happen...and a little thing like bureaucracy at a community college is not going to stand in my way!