Today, I started classes...well, my one class. We all grabbed the handouts conveniently waiting for us on the table and then sat and waited for class to start. People came and went from the classroom, I think some people used it as a shortcut...no sure. Then class began, and we had people from student management come and talk to us again just to reiterate all the stuff they covered last week and make sure we knew up from down and such things.
Ok. That out of the way, actual class finally began and our teacher started. Why is it, that the moment it becomes inconvenient and a little too obvious, that is the precise moment my bladder decides that it wants to eliminate all the fluids I've consumed thus far that morning? It has got to be related to the law that the moment your hands are full or you're digging in the dirt, or doing the dishes, whatever it is that your hands are not available, that is when your nose will start to itch like mad, creating all sorts of interesting alternatives and funny facial expressions. (ok, tangent over...back to class...)
So, I sat there for over an hour, taking notes, and just soaking it all in! Sigh...I'm not much of a student unless the subject interests me!! And considering I left everything behind to move out here where I know noone in order to pursue this course of study, well, yes, I would say this subject interests me!! We did cover topics I had covered in previous courses, but already, class 1, the beginning of the beginning, we've already gone into more details, more technical considerations, and the brain's got to be working already to get this done! Keeewl.
Of course, we can't talk about photography without going over supplies. The list of supplies for the class is over a page long. Yes, it is. Luckily for my starving wallet, not all of it is completely essential right away. Yes, I will need to get most of this stuff over the course of the class, however, not all at once! And luckily, I already had some supplies, like a film camera with complete manual control! I would think that most students also already have one, but apparently, that ain't the case. I also already have film and slide sleeves...tripod....lenses for the camera....good,good. But having that stuff, I still had to go out and purchase an almost obscene amount of stuff that I will need to process and print, not to mention the textbooks! Ah, yes, textbooks. It's kinda funny, you go to a bookstore, whether Barnes and Nobles, Borders or smaller private bookshops, and most of the time, for a brand new book, you may spend $20-$30 for a hardback...generally speaking. There are the exceptions but generally, yeah, that's about the price. Then, textbooks always cost at least double, if not triple that. Why is that? Is it some sort of textbook conspiracy? These textbook authors hanging out in musty libraries and underground caves scheming how they can get more money for their books???? hmmmm....Anyway, for the almost obscene of money I spent on supplies, nearly half of that was for the textbooks (2 of them) and paper to print on. So, all in all, these supplies I just got should last me quite a long time.
Let's see, what else?? Well, I will have to write papers, 3 papers actually. Critiques....each one should be maybe a page to page and a half long, double spaced! And I get to say what I like and don't like without having anyone back me up on it! It's my opinion, my critique!! :) oh boy! I think me likes!! (see, I'm starting already...)