Quarter Quay

This quarter at school ended up to look very different than it did when I first registered…really only because of one change.

I’m not sure if I posted about this here, but one of my required courses for graduation (Hebrew) had to be scheduled at a conflicting time with Ari’s school schedule.  To remedy that, we found a mom at the school who would watch him for the one hour we needed before his class.  What happened got very interesting.  The Hebrew teacher was this woman from Russia who was like a rabid general.  She insisted that we begin using vowels when we hadn’t done so since the middle of last quarter.  I held out for a week, dropped the class and registered for another.  So, the day I go in to tell the mom that I won’t need to utilize her babysitting services anymore she tells me that she can no longer watch him (school liability issue).  We all had a good laugh and now I don’t have to schedule around Ari’s class.  However, since I put off this Hebrew class, graduation has been delayed by another quarter.  It just means I’ll have less time between graduation and the beginning of law school.  C’est la vie.

Here is my list of classes for the quarter:

  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Disabilities

All are very interesting.

I have to do a practicum for my developmental disabilities course.  The professor suggested that if you have a relative that’s autistic that you choose another area so that you can learn something new.  I chose to work with profound mentally handicapped adults & teens in a recreation setting on Saturday morning.  There is this teen whom I adore.  She has Rett Syndrome and has little control over her movements, so she’s constantly moving around.  But she’s beautiful and you can tell that she is more present emotionally than her external actions seem to indicate.  It’s an interesting experience and it’s a lot of work.  I’ll be there for 5 more weeks. 

6 thoughts on “Quarter Quay

  1. bless you. i don’t have the ability to do work like that. no skin at all. not just thin, pretty much non-existent.

    hope the last quarter is smooth sailing!

  2. your schedule sounds really cool. glad things worked out with Ari . I was going to email to ask what happened with the schools. Its funny my sister in law worked with a Rett’s syndrome girl and she was a cutie too.. those are tough kids to work with but I bet it will be an amazing experience. I have done work with some profound MR adults at a village a few hours from here and some of the cases are pretty amazing…

  3. KD – most of the people in the group have profound MR. I actually am a bit more adept at dealing with them because of Ari, but they definitely make me come home and give him a great big hug and tell him how proud I am of him. There’s no better way to see his skills than to spend time with people who have very few skills.

    Andie – you’ve never mentioned it. Admittedly, I don’t know a whole lot about it right now, but I’ll be doing some papers on it. I just really dig this girl’s energy. I can’t explain it.

  4. “i don’t have the ability to do work like that. no skin at all. not just thin, pretty much non-existent.”

    Nita, you’d be amazed at what you are capable of doing when you are needed :). When I was a bit younger, I was terrified of kids. I didn’t know how to relate to them, so I’d get nervous and tongue-tied. When I became a mother, I felt I found my calling – LOVE kids! And now I seem to be a kid magnet LOL I don’t think it’s a thin/thick skin issue, it’s just exposure 🙂

    I do agree that certain people have a talent for things others would consider difficult. God bless those folks!!

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