I finally did it. I committed to finishing school and getting my Bachelor’s degree. On June 2, 2009 I will be a college graduate with a degree in Visual Communications: Web/Interactive Specialization from Platt College. This was by far the biggest life decision I have made in quite some time. One of the biggest sacrifices I am am making to finally graduate is time. From now until June 2, 2009 I will be in school Monday through Thursday from 5:45-9:45 with my only breaks being major holidays and a ten day break December 22 through January 2. While it may not seem much, this will be on top of my regular job. I will leave work each day at 3:30 and have to drive straight out to Ontario for class. This doesn’t leave a lot of extra hours in the day for much of anything else.
With the sacrifice of time I lose time spent with family and friends. Since I will be gone Monday through Thursday from 6:00AM until roughly 11:30PM I will not be seeing much of anyone during the week. While I know this will put some strain on my marriage and friendships I know that those around me love me and support me and that we can work through these times. While this is a major sacrifice it is also a major investment. The time I spend now will be made up when I have a good paying job in the web design industry allowing me to better provide for myself and Misty and our children (When we have them).
Last night was the first night of class and I must say that I was really impressed. The class sizes are very small which is great for questions, interaction, one on one, etc. I don’t think there are more than 15 people in my English class and since it’s not RCC the class won’t be cancelled! My teacher is really cool. She seems to really care about students learning and being successful, which is something I never got at RCC, OCC, or FJC. The staff at Platt really seems to care about it’s students and helping them reach their goal of graduating. She also seems to focus a lot on understanding and making sure students grasp what she is teaching so that they don’t fall behind. I will have English 10 times over the next five weeks and will be finished with college English on January 2, 2007.
Tonight I start Art History which counts for my humanities units. I’m not sure what it covers, but I’m going to make the most of it. This is perhaps the class I was least excited about (next to math). I figure it should be easy though, I just hope there isn’t a ton of reading involved. This class will also end on January 2, so I am really going to have to bust my ass over the next couple of months. My goal is to graduate with honors. I want to finally show myself and everyone else that I can follow through with school and do my best.
The other cool thing I forgot to mention regarding school is that all of the classes pertain directly to my major. Even though they are general ed. My English class teaches the usual stuff, but it focuses on career related stuff as well (resumes, cover letters, etc.).
I probably won’t be on the computer much during the week so if you message me and I don’t get back to you don’t take it personal. I’ll try and be good about checking my stuff, but a lot of my focus will be on Misty in my free time since I know my time away will be hardest on her. I’m still hoping to bank on a laptop at some point in the future so hopefully I can hammer out stuff like e-mail, Myspace, etc. on my breaks at school if I get a laptop.