It’s Never What You Expect, Is It?


Well, this was an odd day, to say the least…

It was to be my first day of school, and I was up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to be ready to make my appearance at 9:30. My “normal” school day will be from 9 am to 2 pm or so, but today I was slated for “Orientation”, which entailed signing the final contract, having my courses activated online, and learning how to log-in to the system.

I was there early, having had a nice “short” walk to somewhere for a change. Unfortunately, the director of the school was not there, my contract could not be found, and my courses could not be activated. I can’t log-in and do assignments, either, but I wasn’t expecting to be doing any actual work today, anyway.

I stayed for just under two hours before Jeff, the IT Guy, decided I might just as well go home and wait for a phone call. I did manage to get the outline for my first course, which is HTML Basics, and it’s about as basic as a course can get, I think. Three “lessons”, practical lectures, and web pages to create for each lesson’s assignment. I’ve gone through all the lessons, and done the practical lessons and web pages for Lesson 1. I can’t finish it, because there is an online quiz to do once I log-in.

I still have yet to receive a call from the director, but will go to school for 9 am tomorrow, whether I hear from her or not. I must say, this is the first time I showed up for school and a teacher was off playing hookey…

So I’ve decided to be what my peers in high school would have called a “Browner” (short for “Brown-Noser”; ewwww.) and work ahead in all the practicals and web page assignments, and see what happens from there. I’d say wish me luck, but this first course is embarrassingly “basic”, so I just want to get through it and go on to something interesting.

My course outline until August 31, 2007, when I will have all my certifications, is:

HTML Basics
Fundamentals of JavaScript
Dreamweaver Lvl 1
Dreamweaver Lvl 2
Flash Basics
Flash Experience
Adobe Illustrator
Fundamentals of JavaScript
(yes, I know this is here twice, and I don’t know why either,
but they are two different course lengths)
Web Design Lvl 1
Project Management Fundamentals
Marketing and Sales
Business Economics
Business Correspondence Lvl 2
Business Essentials
Business in the Electronic Age
Business Financial Management
Business Planning
Human Resource Management

This made-to-order conglomeration that we put together is called the Web/Graphics/Communication Mediums course. I’m not certain what we’ll call me when all is said and done, but I’m happy with the curriculum.

I’m really looking forward to the business and marketing courses, which are waiting for textbooks to ship, apparently, so it may be a few weeks before I can get to any of those.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with code…

2 Replies to “It’s Never What You Expect, Is It?”

  1. Oooooh, I’m so envious! Well, I will be once you’re all set and get to actually start. I went to school and got a spiffy graphic design degree a few years ago, and it was SO MUCH FUNNER to be an adult student than it ever was to be a kid or teen student. Only they didn’t teach me grammer, apparantly. Hope your AWOL teacher shows up and puts you to work tomorrow!

  2. The director didn’t show – but her assistant fixed me up. My “teacher” is God Knows Where; I just upload everything to him (the teacher, not God …and hopefully, he’s not AWOL – either of them).

    Flash is a lot of fun. I’m pretty okay with it already, but added it to the list to prove it – LOL! I kind of figured that taking these courses at a legit school would somehow cut down on the swearing experienced when “Teaching Oneself.” Nope.

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