Look at this cute notebook I found at Walmart's when I was shopping for school supplies with my son. I couldn't resist a puppy who looked like Blondie, wearing glasses and napping on a pile of books. I figured since I am going back to school myself, I could buy it as a treat.
My class will be starting soon. I've received both my textbooks in the mail. I bought them used online from Amazon at a significant savings.
Next week I'm going to meet with my professor to talk about the discussion portion of the class. I was surprised, when I emailed him, how difficult it was to admit that I have a hearing loss. I decided it was important to be up front about it because I don't want to have my professor lower his expectations of me. If I don't understand something, it may be my hearing to blame rather than my intellect or a lack of interest.
I hope we can figure out a way for me to signal him if I need a repeat of something I missed. I don't want to slow the group discussion down, but if I'm going to be judged on how much I participate, I need to be able to keep up with the others. Naturally, I hope this will just be an occasional need. If it turns out otherwise, I may have to request accommodations. For now, I want to see how I do first. One thing I know is that after each class, I'm going to be as pooped out as that puppy on the notebook from all the listening.