Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Should I stay or should I go?

I'm taking a college animation class in the evenings. Because I work full time and have a life, I decided to take the course as an audit. I paid the same amount of money as everyone else and I paid with my own money. The only difference is I'm not going for a grade.

I've audited several college courses since I've gotten my degree – just wanted to take the class and didn't care about a grade. Not only do I not need the credit, I don't want the anxiety of taking a quiz or being graded any more. I simply want to learn. So my animation course is for a software I was familiar with, but wanted more hands on experience. (One can never be too ready for the unexpected).

The software has quite a learning curve and I couldn't nail it on my own. So a college level course is the way to go. And I've definitely gotten my $266 worth. (pretty reasonable for a semester). I've learned what I needed to be able to put the software on my resume and to be able to use it for work.

Here's my dilemma - the course is now at a place where the credit students are working on a huge project. I am not. The class is no longer a learning session, but merely an open lab with the professor. I'm totally cool with that - as the project needs this type of time and assistance from her. But for me auditing and not creating the final project for a grade, I think my time in the class has run its course. One other fellow auditor announced his last day was on Monday. His work is conflicting and he told me he's not learning much more as-is.

Don't get me wrong - in no way am I a quitter. I just don't have anything to do there anymore. And getting home at 9:15 on Mondays and Wednesdays is really getting old. But I also really enjoy the class and the instructor. So it is really easy to just say "I'm done for the semester" and leave. We have nine more classes left this semester, so I do feel as if I'm "quitting". But sitting around in school is a waste of my time now that I've gotten what I needed out of the class. Should I stay or should I go? I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

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