Wednesday, February 15, 2012
You Don't Need a Patron Saint, You Need a Nerd
I could use a all-purpose patron saint.
I have recently returned to school to obtain my college education and earn my degree in nursing.
My difficulties started the first day. English, the one subject that I thought I would do well in, in going right straight down the toilet. Our teacher wants us to work exclusively with the computer and the internet. Nothing could have frightened me more, except the fires of Hell, of course. I am all but computer illiterate, having confidence only in the simplest of tasks.
I already have a 60 in English. My teacher said I didn't save my paper in rich text format. Huh?
When I ask her show me something on the computer, she becomes visibly agitated and states that I must learn to use the computer, or I simply won't succeed in college.
Now, due to heightened anxiety, the narrative thesis statement, outline, and bulleted list looms large before me. The assignment was assigned Friday, are due Monday. This Monday. Help!
Oops. I hope it all turned out well for you, as I missed your saintly deadline. We can always look to the saints for help.
Your teacher is correct. Your professors can't hand hold you through the rest of your college career. They call it a college "career" for a reason. You are going to be doing it for some time to come, and to succeed at it, you'll have to approach it as the job that it is.
Get a grip. Computers are SO EASY to use now. Everything you'll need to change file formats is practically self explanatory. Have someone show you that. Computers: what was once actually rocket science, is now child's play.
I'll do it.
Here's how you change file formats. When you save your document, under the bar that asks what you'd like to call the file is another bar that allows you to change formats. Click on the little arrow and a list of choices will appear. Click on the one your teacher wants. The computer will do the rest.
I just don't think you need a saint for that. You might need a sixth grader.
That's not to say that you won't need, or don't need Heavenly help. I suggest St. Catherine of Sienna, who spent much of her career writing letters to people telling them to get their act together.