Apparently competence in the workplace is a thing of the past, especially regarding community college advisers. Now, I tend to plan things out on my own, look over the paperwork required, double check my own work and that method has served me well in the past. However, in returning to school after a four year absence, I decided it may be best to swallow my pride and consult with an Academic Adviser in July of 2012.
She looks through what I've taken, my degree requirements and made me a nice little sheet of what I've taken and what's still required. For the social science requirement, I noticed the Abnormal Psych class I had taken wasn't in the 'degree requirement' column for Social Sciences, which the adviser assured me that it wouldn't be an issue.
However, three weeks into my Spring semester I decide to check with another adviser today before submitting my graduation petition. She looks over my papers, tells me it's all good and I'm on my way. Only because I was talking to a friend that works the info desk did the adviser run down the stairs and catch me, saying that I'm missing a Social Science class and that the Abnormal Psych class wouldn't cut it. So now not only is it too late to drop my Natural Science class for a full refund, but I also have to take a class during the summer semester in order to petition for my graduation. In other words, I'm having to spend $500 extra dollars that I didn't need to because of someone else's careless error?
And, of course, I didn't save the sheet from the 2012 session assuming that they'd have it in my records which apparently isn't so. Fuck you Moraine Valley. Fuck you in the eye.
tl;dr: Always save paperwork from community colleges.