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Back to School

A few months ago I mentioned my plans to go back to school, and today was finally the first day of classes for my program.

The late start in the semester wasn’t something I originally planned, but knowing that I wouldn’t be able to take any extended vacations once I was enrolled in classes meant that for me it just worked out better to skip half the semester and be a part-time student this term. Fortunately the school and program I’m enrolled in offers classes in 8 week chunks instead of the standard one class for an entire semester.

Other than my first class being much shorter than anticipated (it’s supposed to be 4 hours one night a week, and we were dismissed after just an hour), so far I’d say it’s off to a good start.

Preparing for the “big first day” was a little strange, since I graduated with my first degree 7 years ago and haven’t been back in a classroom since.

I knew I’d need the basics as far as bringing along my textbook and some form of taking notes, but wasn’t sure if anyone still writes with pen and paper in the classroom, or if I needed to bring my laptop to not stick out like a sore thumb. After much internal debate, I decided on a compromise of sorts and brought along my iPad (which has several methods for me to take notes) as well as the traditional pen and notebook.

Since the class was relatively short, and more of an introduction to the course rather than anything seriously noteworthy, I decided to just take notes the old-fashioned way and was happy to see that all of my classmates did likewise.

Outside of packing my backpack– which I learned was pretty much unnecessary for the few things I had with me and will just toss everything in my big purse going forward– I faced the issue of trying to choose the perfect “first day of school” outfit, or just wearing the first thing that caught my attention while getting dressed in the morning.

Laziness won out, and I looked pretty much the same as I do every single other day of the week, but I did spend a few minutes working on something that was more of a joke than anything to remember this momentous day: The obligatory “First Day” sign and photo of the student. Since several of my friends on Facebook have children that are now of school-going age, I noticed this little trend around August, and wanted to join in on the fun.

Using my whiteboard from my office, I wrote out some fun facts about myself and then attempted to take a picture that would be worth posting. And learned that trying to take a picture of yourself while holding an object is extremely difficult. I wasn’t able to get one of the whole board and my face (at least not one where I’m not making a silly face or look cross-eyed), but below are a couple of the “best,” or at least ones that didn’t completely suck.

As far as the “facts” I listed, I tried to keep them somewhat true, and also funny (hopefully), but I did exaggerate a little with one. If you can read my writing, congrats for having very, very good eyesight. 🙂

This was with the front facing camera, which explains the blurriness... but not sure about the rotation.

This was with the front facing camera, which explains the blurriness… but not sure about the rotation.

Take 2... or maybe 50?

Take 2… or maybe 50?

Probably the best of the bunch. And I apologize for them being sideways, but need to get back to doing homework instead of taking more time to edit photos. :)

Probably the best of the bunch. And I apologize for them being sideways, but need to get back to doing homework instead of taking more time to edit photos. :)

 

 

 

 

 

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