Done with Algebra Class!

Last night I finished my fifth course at AIO – Algebra, and I’m glad to put that one behind me. The other classes I’ve had kept me busy, but this was the first one that really gave me a hard time. My brain just isn’t wired for numbers. Luckily, my lovely wife was there to help me understand some of the concepts, and I think I ended up pulling out a B for the course, which for me is astounding.

Tomorrow, I start College Math 1, which runs for six weeks, so I’m at the halfway point in this numeric quagmire. After that, it looks like I have Desktop Video 1, so I’ll be getting back to funner material.

It’s very slow going, only being able to take one class at a time,but with working full time, and family commitments, this is all I can realistically handle. It’s going to take me quite a few more years to get my degree, which is a BA in Interactive Media and Web Design, but it beats the alternative, which is spinning my wheels for the rest of my life.

Back to School – Week 1

I’ve finished up my first week of school at Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, and got everything turned in.  So far, it’s been pretty easy, but next week I start my first project.  It’s a basic Computer Literacy class to start out with, but the format for research, discussion, and interaction with other students is pretty cool.  Books are mostly in digital format, so I save some money there, and I’ve gotten the Adobe CS5 Suite and Microsoft Office 2010 as part of my class materials.

CS5 has some real advances over my previous version of Photoshop, CS3.  I was surprised by hiw much they’ve added.  And for productivity, Office 2010 is pretty amazing.  I’ve been using Google Docs for a while now, and didn’t think I needed Office, but seeing the tools in Outlook and OneNote have me thinking in new ways.  Very powerful stuff!

Week one went down smoothly, and didn’t stress me out at all in addition to working full time.  So far, I’m enjoying it and feeling like I’m doing something worthwhile, so I’m feeling very good about it.