Don’t Ignore Your Back Burner


Often it seems we push things to the back burner. Usually, these are items from our “to do” list that either we don’t particularly want to do, they aren’t particularly time-sensitive, or perhaps both. We all have done it. We have procrastinated getting certain things done. Eventually, the simmering pot will begin to boil.

I have a favorite student who will be a senior this year. He has an item on his back burner, simmering away for the past three years. Now that he is on campus for the fall semester that pot is beginning to bubble a little more. In January, the pot will be boiling! I suppose that is when he  will pay attention.

At this point, you may be wondering, what has he been avoiding that is going to boil over? He has avoided transferring his dual enrollment credit from his high school into the university. Dual enrollment refers to high school students taking college courses. It involves being enrolled in two separate, academically related institutions at the same time. High school students will enroll and complete these courses prior to their graduation. The credit can apply toward high school and college graduation requirements.

My student took an Intro to Psychology course offered by his local community college. He paid extra for the advantage of the dual enrollment course. If transferred, it would appear as college credit. In this particular case, it would satisfy a general education course requirement. However, as my student enters his senior year on campus, he has still not transferred the credit. As his advisor during his first two years on campus, we discussed this course several times. I reminded him over and over that he needed to transfer the credit to the university. Also, he avoided taking Psych 100 (or any other suitable general education course), so that his transfer credit could be used.

After two years of being my assigned student, he changed his major and is officially working with another advisor on campus. However, since we had a rapport, he will occasionally stop in to ask for my advice. The one piece of advice he has not taken: “Get that dual enrollment credit transferred!” At this point, he will probably be scrambling in the last hour to get the credit transferred. When the registrar’s office tells him he needs one more general education course to graduate, he might realize that the pot is boiling over. He is a Dean’s List student. On all accounts, this should not be a difficult thing for him to do, but he has been and is procrastinating. He will not like being told that he is ineligible to graduate. Although it’s a little snarky, I would love to say, “I told you so…” Instead, I will just chuckle to myself and shake my head. After all, he is one of my favorites.

My point is, if you have taken Dual Enrollment courses (or have AP credit) from high school, don’t wait to get them on your college record. Transfer them to your school today! It will not happen without action on your part. For Advanced Placement (AP) courses, you must take the AP Test and score high enough to count as college credit. In both cases, just taking the class is not sufficient. You took these courses in high school to serve a purpose while in college, right? Then, put them to use! However, if you haven’t completed this task, start the process now before the semester gets ahead of you. Four years go quickly. If you put it off too long, your back burner will be boiling over too. You can thank me later.

The author comes clean: Colligate Café has gone under construction for a new look. In the process, there were some technical difficulties which needed resolving. I delayed. Otherwise this post would have been posted weeks ago. My pot was boiling too. It happens to all of us.

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