This past week I have been so frustrated with the University of South Alabama. I transferred here this past August, and I was able to register for 300 level English classes. I had already completed EH 102 and several literature classes. I did not have to take EH 101 because I made a 3 on the AP English Exam. The community college I transferred from accepted it, and everything was great. Until, I was told I could not apply for candidacy until I had taken EH 101 or taken the Clep test. My 3 was not enough, they will only accept a 4 or 5. Being the determined person I am, I would not accept this. I have passed all my English classes with an A, and I am currently in a 400 level course. I have also passed all the state examinations. Therefore, I contacted my English teacher, and he got the Head of Freshman Composition to write a letter on my behalf.
The State Board of Education does not require me to have both EH 101 and 102; however, South will still not accept my score or the request from the English Dept. I think this is absolutely ridiculous. How can a school let someone take 400 level English classes without EH 101? They should have realized this mistake when I first applied. This system is so corrupt, and it definitely does not make sense. Obviously, I am highly qualified in English, and I personally do not think I should have to retake a test to get out of it. Almost all universities accept a 3 on the AP English exam, and South accepts 3s for all AP exams except the English one. Although I am quite frustrated, I have quickly realized that my attitude is quite important, and the way I respond to certain situations can either help or hurt me. I think this is something to think about. As teachers, we are always going to find ourselves in difficult and unfair situations. We have to choose to keep a positive attitude and stay strong, even though we will be suffering under the system's corrupt bureaucracy.