My alma mater is a lot like Oak Park, IL

I have mentioned before that I have attended Roosevelt University before. I would post this elsewhere but what the hell?? Why not. One issue I have with Roosevelt University is the fact they send out to alumni letters asking for money about a particular student. I get a few of these a year, I am not sure because I live in Oak Park, IL the school figures I have money to give to peeps I don’t know but I get these little letters once in a while.

I get quite perturbed because the university uses this dated method to reach out and raise funds for the particular student of the University’s choice. And I say the University’s choice because I never had anyone reach out to me regarding my financial difficulties going to the institution. Nor did I have anyone want nor express desire to raise me some much-needed dollars to offset the need for me to apply for student loans. Living in Oak Park, IL with rent, parking costs, etc., and going to Roosevelt University was a choice I made. I did not ask anyone for help, so surprisingly much like Oak Park, IL Roosevelt University thinks that a letter with some weak sob story will make me dish out money in earnest.

When Oak Park, IL faced difficulty in getting people to pay for outstanding tickets during their recent amnesty program the idea to expunge those tickets still on the books. That idea is still in limbo, and there is most likely no way that the village will get its money. In comparison, Roosevelt University has identified an issue, a student who has dire need attending the school so instead of doing away with their tuition. The institution would rather make them a poster child for need, income equality, high tuition rates at universities. The list could go on and on.

The point is, that institutions like Oak Park, IL and Roosevelt University want to “look” like they are trying to tackle social issues and try to portray themselves like the “good guy” When in reality all the really want to do is get paid so that they can waste that money on something frivolous. When in reality Oak Park, IL could lessen its stranglehold on its various parking restrictions in the village and possibly forgive those old ass tickets. Meanwhile, Roosevelt University could reduce its tuition by half for students in need and thereby in turn, save money not needing to send those letters out. But that would be too much like right.

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Just a lot of wrong at the commencement

I know that after six months I will be required to pay my student loans back but I am so glad to be out of school, some of the people or students at this graduation were a hot ass mess. One girl and I use that term lightly had like a whole plastic bouquet on her cap A lot of the undergrads were ghetto as hell, making me wonder how people will perceive graduates from this school and I hate if they become the stereotype or the poster child for graduates from here.

Making me wonder if my degree was all for naught and I need to get another Master’s from somewhere else to make up for the idiot behavior I saw at the commencement. If it was not students going wild it was the parents which would have been funny if you blocked out the fact that these individuals will go out into the professional world with the same type of attitude and behaviors exhibited there. And having the same school listed on their resumes as I do, I scream internally, because I do not want to do it in reality in case I lose my voice.

But I am happy that I was on the “tail end” of the talent pool that graduated from Roosevelt at least the group I was with were older educated experienced professionals that came to this thing, ready to network and get on with the next chapter of their lives. That is the group I hope to be associated with as I move ahead and hopefully onward and out of “vintage”.

Commencement over thank God

I don’t mind having less to do, and met a lot of people at the commencement ceremony include ma pro. The whole thing was a mess and disorganized the fam did not know where to go. There was this dried up little lady hollering at everyone about where to stand. I guess she was faculty or administrative assistant or something but she was a bitch who looked like her Friday nights were pretty much open from here to eternity.

The ceremony was quick as hell lucky because it was cold as shit in that auditorium. There was only one speaker who totally bogus all the other speakers were great. So, this terrible speaker, 1 was not a valedictorian 2 was terrible at…. (drum roll) public speaking. A lot of people were looking at each other rolling their eyes or looking at their phones because he was that bad. Okay the divorce of his parents in freshman year was bad, the fact his mom didn’t have a lot of money for him and his siblings is a common story but complaining about lack of air conditioning was lame as hell. I was seriously like why are we listening to an undergrad crying about no a.c. divorced parents who was a self-admitted non-valedictorian. I was like hold my beer, because I had worst stories when I merely walk out the door.

Then meeting one’s family and friends after the ceremony was crazy and the receptions were salad platters and lemonade. But most people I think did not know that at all. Really a shit show that I merely smiled through, grinned and bared it. But the ceremony was really a reflection of the organization, a contradiction of an institution that wants to focus on social justice, but can’t get the social structure or interactions right.

Avoid this program altogether

I would not recommend the Training and Development program at Roosevelt university even if they paid me for it! My main dude and partner in crime is graduating soon so I thought if his old dusty ass is getting out I better too because I will have no one to help me with my homework! Well we met through this program at the university and since we shared the same degree program and he was ripping through the forums like a maniac I had to make sure we are doing everything parallel.

Therefore, when changes happened to the program we were fucked of course the academic representative was less than helpful but fast forward to this training and development class I am in. The instructor is so shitty, disorganized and ignorant that it is not funny this assignment we have now the whole class is asking for clarification and she is asking vague questions without giving any specific feedback.

She is asking “how does this make you feel? What do you feel is the purpose of this?” Instead of giving a straight answer or examples like when you say: “how does the sky color make you feel?” instead of just saying “Gray skies are depressing”. She is so passive aggressive she cannot not get to the point and it is just mind numbing -fucking yuck!

Field trips for a grade

This dumbest ass class had me going downtown taking time off of work to attend a seminar for the final project. I am thankful that I had a researcher partner find it for me but this program is supposed to be online yet here I am doing interviews taking time off from work to do special projects linked to the courses. The Roosevelt university site has events listed on their site but you can never sign up and register for them. You can try to email the presenter good luck with getting a response though.

Again, this degree plan is supposed to be online, so that I am working adult can go to WORK for a full 8 hours uninterrupted while going to Roosevelt. But that is not the case, I have had to go and pay for seminars, travel costs associated with these “extra” projects and take time off from work. The end result is that there are hidden costs that are never explained when you enroll as they bill these degree plans as online learning when in reality it is a blended instructional method.

Well that is the technical term meaning there is online instruction mixed with other shit that I aforementioned. Other TRUE online schools do 100% of their assignments and activities (drum roll please) ….. Online. None of that going on a field trip shit, like you are some kid who has their rich parents paying for everything and therefore you can spend your day getting lit, and scrapping by in your classes.

“Oh, let’s go on a field trip it will be funnier after we he high” type of shit, in other words. I just cannot wait until this class is over so I and my buddy in crime can put people on blast. You may wonder why because their shitty little end of the class surveys don’t do shit. Therefore, I will vent here too.

The Harlem Avenue and Lake Street area

I wish I could be happier but I cannot wait to be done with the school shit. There is more money involved with the added education so the new year will be brighter, even though I got my eye on other positions at other places. The raise will give me enough for a deposit on a new place, so I am very lucky on that point. I recently braved the Harlem and lake area, went into the new target and looked at the new parking areas over there.

I am not sure if everyone was not awake yet or the area is that dead nowadays. Maybe everyone has gotten use to avoiding that area. But I saw like maybe under 10 people in that small area which is weird for any time of day. I think all the construction in the area may have had a negative impact on the area businesses too.

I notice that the pub across from the green line is closed, they had a letter posted to the door which is posted on yelp as well. There was a Thai restaurant that there for years which closed too, also there are a couple more places, businesses that are now available to rent or will be opening soon. Which tells that there was a huge influx in the area economically but the village did nothing to keep these anchors stable or in the area. Same old shit, different day from Oak Park il

Needed a break -Update from Oak Park, IL blog

Yeah I have been busy after October I needed a break, the cubs went down in flames really fast in the playoffs then I got dragged to the series. Only to be bored to death, and suckered into trick or treating with my nieces and nephews around Oak Park, IL. Oh, then I have classes I doubled up this time to get done with my degree because Roosevelt university likes to fuck up your financial aid if not that your class schedule is screwed up to the point you have to wait a year to take one fucking class. No, I am not kidding and I am going to Roosevelt online! It is the dumbest shit ever.

So obviously with work, two classes and oh instructors who have no idea what is going then add your fellow students who write at a third grade or can only manage one sentence. I am not the brightest crayon in the box but come on! Therefore, you can understand my focus on getting that shit done, and putting the blog on the back burner. When you are dealing with an influx of stupidity it gets hard to multitask but I will be back.

Happy Thanks giving from Oak Park, IL blog!

For those of you celebrating thanksgiving: Happy thanksgiving!

For those of you not celebrating it for any reason I do not blame you. I have tons of work to do for third module projects and final projects that going to an uncomfortable get together with family to eat dry turkey and to look, not eat, green bean casserole is definitely out the cards.

I simply do not even have the energy to commit to their nonsense and finish my degree plan. Its either focus on the end of two years’ worth of work, or dealing with another year of relatives asking “aren’t you done with school yet?” Sorry, but I trying to get somewhere on life lol and that in the end is what I will be thankful for.