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09 Aug 2007

college disappointment
I recently completed a college semester, chosing to go into radiology. When I signed up in the winter, they said the rad. classes would begin in the fall, to take my prereq's and then start the course in the fall. I got A's in all my classes and was named to the presidents list. I was on top of the world, so excited and confident of my future. For the first time in years I was so proud of myself. Then I received a letter saying they had selected students for the program and I was not one of them, and it has totally devastated me. I couldn't have done anything any better than I did. Now I feel that I wasted my time and money, and feel I was misled by the college. When I got the letter, it was too late to enroll in any other classes or to chose another major, so now I am doing nothing. I have been in this rut of feeling like a failure, even though I did so well. That pride I felt was stripped away from me, and I have since lost my direction. I am mid 30's and two children and it's not like I can spend a lot of time in college, this was supposed to be a two year program, and now they suggest that I stay in school, taking classes that I don't even need, and I feel that there is no guarentee that I will ever get into the program. I feel as though their goal is to just get my money. There are no other local colleges, and being a single mother, it is not possible for me to travel to another college. I would really like to earn my degree, but I feel disappointed in the system. They said the criteria they would take students on would be based on their grades, if they are already enrolled, and if they live in the district. However, the deciscion they made catered to first time students, and transfer students, I feel it is so they can receive more tuition money. It has confused me so, as I thought my career choice was certain and I was on my way, but now I feel as though I have to start all over again. Any suggestions?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Indeed, it sounds as though you are U.S. based. I don't know what information the college gave you about all the relevant issues, including exact selection criteria used for the radiology program ( here we tend to speak, by the way of Radiography / radiographers for the people with technical qualifications to take X-rays, etc., and Radiologists refers to people with a full MD medical degree who then specialize in the interpretation of such images ). So I'm not entirely clear which course you were heading for --- radiology would surely need a medical pre-qualification ?
Anyhow, some colleges require qualifications other than pure exam marks, especially if they use some form of interview in the selection process. So that might have been part of the program. Why would they suggest that you remain in college to take classes that aren't required for what you want ? Can't they give you an explanation of why your application failed, as only if you know the grounds for not being selected can you review whether it would be possible to qualify next time round. Also, see if there is a local source of advice about these issues ( including whether there are alternative similar health-care careers open to you with the qualifications you have, to consider as alternaives ) --- advice from a neutral source, one which would not profit by some of the decisions you might make.
But if the college led you to expect pretty certain access to the course you were aiming at, if you followed their advice, they could be at fault, legally as well as morally, but you'd need to see a local lawyer about that, as it'd involve knowledge of broad U.S. as well as local legal issues.
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