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Mar. 7th, 2006 | 10:46 am

If you already know about this, don't worry about it, but I know some people still don't (or don't know the story behind it), so I'm here to say that I'm transferring out of the Art Institute of Dallas at the end of this quarter. Here's the deal... when I was looking for a school originally, I was attracted to AID's 3D Animation program, not because of what it was, but because of all the great courses it came with (among them being three classes directly dedicated to traditional animation, which I really would like to do at some point, if even just for myself). I figured I could put up with the 3D stuff long enough to get all the cool stuff I wanted out of the program.

First year? Brilliant. So many awesome courses, everything I'd wanted, and not a whiff of 3D dealings in any of them. Second year. WHOLE OTHER STORY ENTIRELY. That's when the 3D stuff came to pass. It started in (somewhat) gradually, 3D type classes mixed with non-3D. First quarter of this new year of 2005, I failed something for the first time in my stay there, and it was the 3D stuff. I failed things *every quarter after*. I should have known something wasn't right, but my mindset that only a loser would stop, and that 'real adults' finish everything they start, no matter how ridiculous it ends up being, showed me no option but to continue. Not only that, but I wasn't really seeing the whole picture; nothing except what I had right before me. "Gotta do this so I can get my degree" was all I could think of, and nothing really past that.

By this quater, I was feeling run-down in a really big way. I had no motivation for anything that I was doing, considering just about *all* the classes were now immersed in the 3D part of things. I hated 3D. I wasn't good at it, and I definitely didn't have enough interest to learn to be.

Doesn't this sound a little strange? Well, apparently it did to someone else... I went and talked to one of my teachers from my first year about it, and she asked me why I was persuing this 3D arts degree so doggedly if I hated it, and it was doing this to me every single quarter? I had a long think about it, and thought "You know what? She's right. Why *am* I doing this? I don't want a degree in 3D arts, I never did. I've gotten what I wanted out of this program, but now I'm pushing for, and spending an assload of money on a degree I don't even plan on using... double-you tee eff?" And so, after much soul-searching, here I am. And that is how it happened.

If it sounds like I'm dropping out of school, don't worry. one of the first things I'm going to look into when I get to Australia in July is the nearby schools with programs in Graphic Design. Might as well get a degree in something I *want* to do, right? =o)

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Logical Girl Pretty Smarmy

From: darksasami
Date: Mar. 7th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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That seems to work out really well. Congratulations on figuring out that you're in the wrong place! That can be a really hard thing to do.

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Timmo Warner

From: timmowarner
Date: Mar. 7th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like you did the best thing. And you mentioned that you really learned a lot in the parts that you enjoyed!

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From: greenphoenix
Date: Mar. 16th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
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I jumped between a couple of different computer science majors while I was in school. It's important to do what makes you happy!

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From: unnatural_lump
Date: May. 8th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
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