"Go into this class thinking it is the hardest thing you will ever have to do, and then it won't be all that bad. You will come out of this class so proud of all your hard work and dedication.Just remember that it will become slightly more enjoyable as the weeks go by"-Amazing advice given to me when I told a buddy I was enrolled in EDM310.
I was warned by several people WHATEVER YOU DO...DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. NINE HOURS A WEEK. No joke. I really feared this class going into it and as I sit and type this, I think I am fearing the unknown. Even the syllabus is intimidating to read. I am not sure what types of projects are up a head but deep down inside I am honestly to fearful to even read on further than the first page!
In high school I took one computer class. I would say it was more of a "typewriting" class than anything else. I became a beast at typing on the keyboard. I went from staring down at the keyboard with each finger slowing pressing the keys to memorizing everything with my eyes closed. After graduating high school, I left that campus feeling pretty confident about my skills with computers. It wasn't until I was enrolled in CIS 150 where my confidence went from a 10 to a -10. That class just about killed me. I became so frustrated with how the grading process went, the online courses crashed my computer several times. Me and that class ended on bitter terms after receiving my first failed grade in the history of my 13 years as a student. Devastating. I heard from others how well they did and that they passed with flying colors. It remains a mystery today why I couldn't get a grip and pull it all together. Once when I heard EDM310 was ALL online/computer-generated, the feelings of computers crashing and poor time management (on my behalf) set in pretty quickly. Since taking the CIS 150 class a year and a half ago, my time management skills have change for the better. This semester is the busiest time of year for me so having EDM 310 along side me will propose a challenge but it needs to be done regardless. So challenge accepted!
I guess the biggest question of all is simply "how can it all be done?!" With a reminder from previous students, the answer is simple. IT CAN BE DONE. People take this class and pass it all of the time. I guarantee I am not the only one in this situation of "fear of the unknown." I have new classmates to meet that will be in my group and we can all help each other!
From what I have gathered after the first week of this class, is that it all boils down to independence. It is 100% my responsibility to get all things done, turned in one time, and with a smiling face at the end of my day. I can see now that it will be a project based course, not quiz/test based. It will take some getting used to. At the end of it, EDM310 will be very beneficial for my jobs in the future.