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Oct. 5th, 2010

10:05 am - Ah, crap

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So by the end of this year, I'll have 103 points left to finish my degree. Of this, I have to do three 300-level papers (totalling 60 points since they changed the BA requirements so all papers are worth 20 damnit), and that leaves at least 2 more papers, one of which can be 100-level.

As usual I had no trouble choosing courses for the main trimesters of the year. But the summer one is a dearth of interesting things. I don't want my degree to drag on forever, and the summer trimester is valuable in that it lets me fill in those gaps. This year I'm doing basic Economics.

Next year, I'm doing two 300-level papers, one SPOL, one CRIM. Over summer I'm doing 200-level Writing for Business *vomit* since it's about the only thing left on there that's interesting.

That will leave me with 43 points left to finish my degree. That's two 20-point courses - and three points.

*headdesk*

This happened because I took 100-level economics, which is only worth 15 points because it's not in Humanities. I didn't notice this at the time, and now I feel like an idiot because it's going to take another two full years to finish my degree.

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From:rivet
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Are there small elective you can take to fill in the credits? When I ran into that I took random 'sports' classes like flamenco dance and ballroom.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I haven't found anything like that yet, but it's almost time for my annual chat with the head of Humanities, so I might ask while I'm at it.
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From:helianthas
Date:October 5th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure how things work at your school/in NZ, but when folks at my program were 1 credit (out of 60) shy from graduating, they were able to write a paper or do an independent study instead of taking a whole 4 credit class. Some schools also give credits for "life experience." Also, could you take any transfer credits? i.e., a class at another school that your school will give you credit for?
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From:richdrich
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Would they let you move up to the next stage even if you haven't formally graduated?

Also, given your job "writing for business" will either be trivial or a very misguided course.
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From:khaybee
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Hah! I'm signed up for economics over the summer, too! (Along with accounting, negotiations, and leading change). I'm taking Economics, Organisation and Markets which is 500-level, but we can have economic discussions. My class comes with a weekly tutorial, so I'm hoping to trudge through it.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
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I've just discovered that mine is a 4-week pressure-cooker type course in which we do 6 hours of lectures over 3 days a week, then it's over.

Which is kind of nice. ;-)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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crap indeed! They really should have methods in place for the people that get so close. It might even be worth contacting people about postgrad stuff to see whether they can overlap the beginning of postgrad courses with the undergrad course you take to cover the 3 remainder points.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Seconding this, especially if they can manage some fudging when it comes to honours (cause let's face it, you're a shoe-in if you want to do an honours year)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Last time I spoke with the head of department about this stuff, I came away with the impression that if I did honours and did well in it, I could likely skip Masters and go straight to PhD. So it might be worth bringing up at the next chat.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 4th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
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My partner did this (or rather he started off on a master's scholarship and then converted it to a PHD scholarship when the thesis proved too big and unwieldly)
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From:opheliastorn
Date:October 5th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
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My friend at Massey has weaselled his way into finishing his undergrad and part-timing his Master's at the same time, though I'm not sure how relevant it is for you. Though, from comments here it at least looks like unis generally do allow some leeway!
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From:rynhaiiro
Date:October 5th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
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Ya'know they do at Vic, according to my friend Fearnley.

Go talk to them - they do let people graduate if they are a minor amount of points under.
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From:pythia
Date:October 4th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm in the same boat, pretty much. It's frustrating to say the least. I thought i'd be able to get it out of the way with summer school, but ahahaha no. Canty is only running what seems like about 30 summer courses, none of which are English. (Or anything else that would be vaguely useful to me.)
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