-the program is made up of 70 students. 5 of these students are male. The majority are women in their mid to late twenties. I know this because in all the conversations we have they reference “well I did that in my early twenties.” with a well meaning but still dismissive wave of the hand. There is also a fair amount of women in their thirties, forties, and even a few in their fifties. None of them name their ages and and always laugh nervously when they’re asked if they are part time or full time. They explain part time because of their kids, family, job etc. They always say this half apologetically, like me this past year when anyone asked me “oh and what do you do?” I’m glad I’m doing this now and not later in life. The vast amount of engagement rings glittering through the cafeteria continue to make me jealous, despite the fact that I don’t want to get married right now.

-The first day two wallets and one purse was stolen from the main classroom where ladies were leaving them about, slung over and under chairs haphazardly, as they went to the bathroom or to get coffee from the cafeteria. These ladies clearly didn’t go to Medford high. The girls who has things stolen were also wearing their best Free People sundresses and sporting their gigantic diamond studs, go figure. They are obviously very upset by the thefts but are also lavishing in the attention. I notice this as a detriment to small, private, schools. Oh the individual attention to those in distress. Life’s hard, I think to myself. “Get thee a helmet and don’t leave your stuff unattended.”