I’m in my fifth and final year of university and I’m just so ready to be done with school. I’m tired of taking classes I don’t like, I’m tired of working on projects I hate, I’m tired of being forced to attend workshops where you just sit there and work on your own project by yourself (I can totally do that at home)…
I’m in a digital arts degree. In the first year it totally made sense for us to have to take a wide variety of classes (photography, film making, web design, programming, and 3D modeling). It gave us the opportunity to experiment and decide what we like and what we’re good at.
In my opinion, a good university would start out broad like that, and then allow you to specialize by the time you get to your final year. By now, I know what I’m good at, I know what I like, and I know what I don’t like. In my three years at this university, I have learned a few things:
- I still love web design.
- Filmmaking lectures make me fall asleep.
- I HATE HATE HATE 3D modeling and animation. I never want to see it again.
And yet, in my third year, I’m still having to take a variety of pre-determined classes: digital effects (which combines filmmaking and 3D modeling), video game design, and managers & organizations. I feel like if my school were truly vocational, they would allow me to pick my area of expertise by my final year. Let me pick my classes! Let me take classes I actually like!
But instead, I’m forced to take classes I ABSOLUTELY DESPISE.
To be fair, my video game design class wouldn’t be half bad if:
- I hadn’t already taken a video game design class 3 years ago.
- The teacher didn’t hate every single popular video game in the world.
Seriously. My teacher is anti-mainstream video games, anti-popular video games, anti-conventional video games. So he basically says a big “fuck you” to all the millions of people who love anything that’s popular. I feel like he shouldn’t be allowed to teach a video game class if he hates all the popular video games in the world. >_<
I’m just so ready to be done with school. I don’t feel like I’ve learned anything useful in all my years here. In the classes I actually liked (programming, web design, etc.), I enjoyed them but I didn’t actually learn anything because I was already at a more advanced level than the classes. In the classes I didn’t like, sure I may have learned a few things, but I also learned that I hate those subjects and never want to touch them again.
I’m just ready to move on and get started on the next phase of my life!