Saturday, March 22, 2014

An Academic Win at the National University of Cordoba

Friday March 21st, 2014 brought a huge victory for me, but I’m jumping ahead. So let’s go back to February 3rd, 2014.

It was my first day as a student at the psychology school within the National University of Cordoba (UNC). I didn’t know a single soul here and yet it was more crowded than a Ricky Martin concert.

Two and a half weeks later, I took and passed my first exam with a grade of 4, which suffice it to say is the grade you get when you’ve passed by the skin of your teeth. However, I give myself kudos because it’s not easy reading, studying, and understanding an academic textbook that’s written in a language that you’re not accustomed to reading.

A week and a half later, we had to hand in a term paper, which I mostly did, but the other two people in my group helped to some degree. I got a grade of 7 on the term paper, which at the university is equivalent to a B in the U.S.

Two weeks after that, I took the second test, which some would consider a final exam for the term if you got a 7 or higher on the first and second exam. Unfortunately, I got a 2 on the second exam and you need a 4 to start what’s considered year one of the psychology degree program. Obviously, I was bummed because I had busted my butt off studying hours on end.

Fortunately, we were given a second chance to make-up the test that had the lowest score. So I crammed for the exam and took it again two days later. After 48 grueling hours of waiting quite impatiently, I got my test score.

It was a 4!!!!!

So with the 1st exam with a score of a 4, the 2nd exam with a score of a 4, and the term paper of with a score of 7, I am now able to enroll in year one psychology courses beginning April 1st. As a bonus, I also get a student bus pass, a lunch card which allows me to eat at the college cafeteria for practically nothing, and access to the gym. I can also check out books from the library, and I also get dental benefits and other health benefits.

Because I scored a 4 on both exams and not a 7 on each, I still have to take a final exam for the first pre-college course I just took and pass it before the end of the year. I get 6 chances throughout the year to retake this final exam until I pass it. It’s basically the first and second exam put together. If I fail to do this, (but I WON’T fail), I won’t be able to take the exam for the year one psychology courses at the end of the year.

So I still have a lot of work to do. Aside from my year one course workload, I’ll also have to tackle that final exam in order for my other coursework to count.

So what would have happened if I hadn’t gotten a 4 on the second exam? I would have been unable to register for any courses other than an extensive version of the pre-college course that I just finished taking. This would have set me back a year, which at 36 is a huge loss.

All in all, I think I did really well, and on top of that, I made some incredible new friends along the way.

I have two weeks before the new term starts and I’m going to enjoy every single moment of that free time.

I’m going to take this spare time to turn my published LGBT suspense novel, Hunter’s Vendetta, into a web novel, which you’re welcome to read and follow at:

There’s also a trip I’ll be taking to the province of San Juan in Argentina (not Puerto Rico) soon. It’s going to be very interesting and I promise to update the blog with photos and videos of that experience once I return from San Juan.


  1. Congrats! Happy to see you make friends and that working hard is paying off for you! Love you :)

    1. Thank you Kim! Congrats to you as well on your marriage :-) Miss you. Love you!