Thirty three years ago my high school guidance counselor informed me I wasn’t smart enough to go to college and pursue my desire of being a teacher. I was just a kid then and believed that adults, particularly those who were teachers, police and the like, could be trusted and so I closed the door on that particular dream.
Fast forward to last Thursday. I entered a college classroom for my first class towards a degree in film (documentary) and writing. There I sat with a dozen other students in front of the newest MAC computer with sophisticated editing software. And I couldn’t figure out how to turn the damn thing on. Suppressing the urge to run from the room I asked the kid, and yes I believe I am almost old enough to be his grandmother, what I needed to do. Thankfully he didn’t laugh at me.
Then this tall, bearded young man entered the room and introduced himself as the professor. Since when did they allow teenagers teach college courses? He gave us a brief history of his background and experience and I felt a little better when I figured out he was only 10 years younger than me and just had one of those baby faces.
We went over the syllabus and I am hoping that I wasn’t sitting there with my mouth open. I am not afraid of the work – I think I can handle it and am really looking forward to learning new things. However he did describe a couple of tools that will make our lives easier which is why I am wondering if I was slack jawed.
First is an external hard drive. I kind of had an idea what that was but he went on to say the memory on it should be at least 500 gigs and ideally 2 terabytes. Do you know how big 2 terabytes is? Neither do I.
The second is a pen that get this – records audio. So there you are furiously writing notes and you realize, crap I missed what he said. Well you write a question mark there, click the pen and then carry on. Later, as you are reviewing your notes, you click on the question mark and that audio portion you missed will play again! I think that is freakin’ amazing! So much so I can barely wrap my head around it.
I am sure I will have more college adventures to post here.
I wanted to give a puppy update. They are all doing great – gaining weight and growing like weeds. Mom has it all figured out and is actually gaining weight as I feed her three times a day – you burn a lot of calories nursing 6 hungry puppies. Another week and their eyes should be opened!