I did it. I finally pulled the trigger. I have enrolled in a class at Mesa Community College. It is TEC 111, or “Clothing Construction”. I’ve been thinking about enrolling in a college class for quite a few years now, and I have actually enrolled several times both at ASU and MCC. Each time I chickened out, or decided that my schedule is too busy, or it’s too expensive, or it’s not really a class I want to waste my time on. This year things changed however, when the Feenster, the baby of our family, headed off to all day kindergarten, taking most of my excuses with her.
I already have a degree from BYU but I have been dissatisfied with it for many years now. I’ve even referred to it as a “stupid degree” on more than one occasion. You see, when I went to college I had a major problem that caused me to make a few pretty lame decisions. My problem was this; I was 18 years old.
I rushed through school as fast as I could, choosing a degree that I thought would be “marketable”. Which turned out to be true if I wanted to work as a grunt in the mental health profession. It turns out I didn’t really like doing that. Weird, right?
Now, after a few years I feel like I know myself a little bit better and I might be ready for college. Before I enrolled I did some deep internal digging to figure out what classes might be the most interesting and engaging for me. I applied and was accepted to the ASU art department to study jewelry design, was accepted, even talked to a college advisor, and then withdrew. Then I applied to the ASU anthropology department, was accepted, poured over the catalog and dreamed about which required study abroad course I would take (Geoff could deal with the kids for 3 weeks), and then I withdrew. Before you get too impressed just remember that ASU has a 95% acceptance rate. Next, I enrolled in a pottery class at Chandler/Gilbert community college and eventually withdrew.
I took a year or so off from enrolling in classes, it was exhausting, and dug even deeper to figure out what would light the intellectual fire in Kristen J. What were some of my goals and dreams in life? Here are a few: I would like to figure out a cure for cancer, end world hunger, and be a key player in negotiating peace in the Middle East.
Finally, after many hours of meditation I found the answer deep within me. All that I really felt that was missing in my life was a decent pair of jeans. I have looked for many years and I have never found them. I have found jeans that are too “hooker-ish” with their 2 inch zipper flies and I have found jeans that are too “mom-ish” with their 12 inch zipper flies.
I have found jeans that are too tight and binding that make you want to scream and run out of the room after you’ve been wearing them for about an hour. I have also found jeans that are loose and comfortable but make you look like you are carrying a load around in your pants. None of these jeans have worked for me.
Now, I have heard tales of the perfect jeans that go by names like “True Religion”, or “7” and I have even taken a look at some of them. I’ll admit they certainly are fine looking pants, if you like big white threads running all over your behind, but they have one huge thing wrong with them…their price tag. I don’t care how perfect the pants are, once they goes over the $40 mark they have knocked themselves off the list.
After all of this I’ve decided that I what I really wanted was to learn to sew and alter clothing, and construct my own patterns for me and the rest of the women caught in fashion limbo. I’ve decided that the best way to accomplish this is enrolling in the fashion design program at MCC, at least until I get bored with it. I’m about halfway through my first semester and I love it even though most of my fellow students are young enough to be my children if I got pregnant at a very young and tragic age.