College after 40 causes school daze SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


October 09, 1992|By KATAHY SUTPHIN

When I returned to college this fall, I knew as a 40-something, full-time student who had been out of college for years that I would be challenged.

I didn't realize how challenged until the first day of Math 105 class when my instructor, Doogie (not his real name), covered three chapters in our intermediate algebra text in an hour and 15 minutes.

Doogie had his back to the class as he wrote examples on the chalkboard while he was explaining such concepts as the foil method of factoring trinomials and saying things like -- "You remember this, don't you?"

Although a few things seemed vaguely familiar, I was in a daze. Doogie couldn't see me shaking my head "No" and I was too overwhelmed to ask an intelligent question.

When I got home from school that day, I rushed to my college catalog to double-check that I truly needed this class as a prerequisite for a required statistics course. I did.

I found little comfort in the fact that I had studied algebra a few decades ago and had passed, because any memories of this stuff were buried deep.

That evening I begged my 16-year-old daughter for algebraic assistance, and together we waded through my first night's homework while I rubbed the erasers off five pencils.

The homework is still challenging and time-consuming, but I'm finding I need my daughter's help less and I am understanding more. I'm also leaving fewer eraser rubbings on the kitchen table.

And miracles do happen -- I scored 100 on my first exam. But there's no need to worry that this small success will go to my head -- our math class started word problems this week.

Congratulations to 9-month-old Austin Gosnell, who was the winner in the Mount Airy Area Jaycees Best Baby Photo Contest held last weekend at the Mount Airy Fall Festival.

The photo of Austin, who is the son of Brett and Kim Gosnell of Mount Airy, brought in $91.31 in "penny votes" during the festival. The baby will receive a $50 savings bond from the Jaycees.

About 50 baby photographs were entered in the contest, and Jaycees chairwoman Ruth Muller said it was a "bootee to bootee" race Saturday between photos of Austin and 17-month-old Joshua Ryan Carty Ford. The contest raised more than $365 for the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens.

Each of the 629 students who attend Mount Airy Middle Schoohas a daily reminder that the members of their school's Parent Teacher Organization want them to have a successful school year.

Assignment books to be used with three-ring binders were presented to each student during the second week of school, says principal Larry Barnes.

Students are asked to use the books, which represent a gift of about $1,000 from the PTO, for the entire school year. Mr. Barnes said the effectiveness of the books will be evaluated at the end of the year.

"The whole effort is to increase organization skills and to help them get their work in on time," he said.

Hanford Wagner of Mount Airy won a beautifubutterfly-embroidered quilt handmade by the Mount Airy Senior Center quilting team. The quilt was on display at the Mount Airy Fall Festival last weekend.

Other lucky winners in the local senior center's raffle drawing Oct. 4 were Brenda Burton, who won a cozy afghan, and Rosalee Brightwell, who took home a country ham donated by Wagners' Mount Airy Locker Co.

"It was a good fund-raiser," said Mr. Shank. He said the proceeds will be used at the new senior center.

Mount Airy's Senior Center continues to be housed in the upstairs auditorium of Calvary United Methodist Church while the new facility is under construction on Ridge Avenue.

Saturday Night Dance season at Mount Airy's American LegioProspect Road will continue Saturday when Post 191 hosts the "South 40 Band."

The adults-only event will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 per person.

A new feature this season will be a door prize at each dance. Six steaks were awarded at September's successful dance, which 197 people attended.

Post 191's popular "Roasts" will begin Oct. 17 with a fried chicken and ham dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a country dance at 9 p.m. Dinner tickets are $7 per person. Tickets to the dance, featuring the music of Paul Ledford, are $5 per person.

For information, call 829-9161.

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