So I started the animation program at Loyalist just two weeks ago and I know I'm in the right place.
Last year I experienced Professors who said things like "Its just trial and error!" when asked how to do something, teachers who got mad at students for taking down notes on something they promised to explain and didn't and teachers who had such a bias they belittle their students in front of everyone.
This year I feel like my teachers actually speak to me like there is a person sitting in front of them. I got a little discouraged when I wasn't immediately good at box modelling (because I get easily discouraged when I don't do it perfectly the first time around) and without me even telling him I was discouraged one of my teachers bent crouched down beside my workstation and was like "Your probably one of those people who panics when you don't get it right the first time huh? Really, don't worry about it, the important thing is to not drop it when your feeling discouraged, this is your first time modeling I assume? So no matter what it wont be perfect." He went on to essentially tell me that what I had done already was already a huge step because it was my first time ever. I left feeling like I hadn't completely bombed a class like how I used to feel sometimes when I'd come back from class last year.
Not to say I didn't have some awesome professors last year (My 2D teacher was amazing) but I feel like a student and not a number anymore and lemme tell ya. Does that ever feel liberating.
Hopefully pretty soon I'll be able to have some pics of the things we've been working on up once we begin to have more and more complete assignments but I just gotta say I'm having a lot of fun.
(It also kinda sweetens the deal to think that we got Ipad air's with our tuition, so I'll probably be uploading short animations and paintings I do on it soon!)
I'm still slowly overcoming the obstacle of making friends, its going a little slowly, and I worry about it sometimes because I haven't fallen into a group quite yet, but I guess its a lot like box modeling, I can't expect to be good at it first try, so its probably gunna take some time.
Long story short: Going to a school where teachers know my name and help without being asked feels nice. When I ask for help I'm not sighed at, or have the feeling like this is just a job for them. And that attitude makes me think I'm going into something that's not just going to be my job.
Reading: Harry Potter Series (I waited so long..)
Drinking: Coke...this is a bad combination...