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Well it's a "go"

It seems I have been accepted to Collins College School of Graphic Art and Design in Tempe Arizona to begin classes in October 2007
*cue hyperventilating.
It's not so much the going to school part, that I'm not worried about...
(Well except maybe having to take Algebra again after 25 years... I had to take it twice the first time around in High School, math it NOT my strong suit.)
The class load is massive for Visual Arts/Graphic Design - Game Art (My Major)
In a nutshell it's like taking all the Graphic Art and Visual Art and Web Design Classes combined with all the 3d Studio Max Concept Art/Storyboarding and Game Design classes all rolled into one hefty degree.
4 years worth of school crammed into two and a half years.

I really want to go to this school, they are rated WAY WAY up there for graphic art and design schools and would look UBER nice on a resume.
Not to mention there is job placement for life for alumni... nice bonus.

Downsides...
I will definitely miss y-con this year.. poopers I've never missed one before but I'll live (gotta transfer my hotel reservations to Carolyn....)
I am struggling with financial aide... My divorce shot my credit score all to hell five years ago and while I am bringing it back up again, it's still once of those things banks don't like so getting loans (EVEN FEDERAL ONES are being declined... Wah)
No Pell grants for me since I made 26,0000+ last year and they give a shit I will have to give up that nice paycheck to go back to school (so I can get better paycheck and not have to suck dick in health care customer service anymore)
One Loan Application looks semi promising so my fingers are crossed there. I want to get as much aid and loans as possible so I don't have to work more than a few hours a week (Food and rent money) because that class load is HEFTY and I really want to focus on good grades.

Upsides....
It's a major step in the right direction for me career wise... I'd like to have that degree in my hand BEFORE I'm hitting the big 40 which is too close for comfort.
I need a secure job in a technical industry because I know damn well in a year or two my current job will be outsourced to an Indian Call Center in Calcutta.
All Customer Service jobs are heading there, fact of life sadly I need to prepare for that inevitability.

So Yes, I *AM* going back to school, it's just the OMGINEEDMONEYPANICPANICPANIC left.

O_o

So that's where I've been for the past 2 weeks.... stressing, going through interviews with the college and getting loan and scholarship applications filled out, checking out apartments in Tempe, getting things scoped out and prepared for a major life upheaval...

To Do list:
Get off my God Damn Temp Disability and get back to work! I want my Doctor to release me already! I need MONEY
Get Commissions Finished
Get Script Finished for Iris Print's Kellie to Edit and Get it to Zel...
Call off all future commitments after that list is cleared
Panic until I am actually sitting in Tempe and going to first class... because I know me...
I'm anal retentive and must have everything organized...
I am MONK. WAH!

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sharona1x2
Jan. 28th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!! You're going to do so well, I know it. You're one VERY motivated person. You're attitude is great, and that helps so much.
I'll miss seeing you at Yaoi Con, but it's for such a great reason. Best of luck to you, D!

Get Commissions Finished

Is it too late to throw a commission idea at you? I have this huge project I'm working on for 2007, and I had you in mind for one of the pictures. (It's a Heero/Duo anime crossover series.) I'll certainly understand if you don't have time. ^_~
fablespinner
Jan. 28th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Not too late at all... what are you after? I can get it done in the next week or so more than likely.
masakocha
Jan. 28th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
CONGRATS on the acceptance~!! Sounds so exciting!

(tho, Arizona? o_O; That conjures up images of desert and cacti;;;)
beechan2
Jan. 28th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Kudos and good luck in classes! Oy ow, algebra, blech. Math was my worst subject too growing up, and still very much is.

But you catch on to computer programs pretty damn quickly, so I think you'll be a-okay there ^_^!

*shakes some makeshift pompoms and cheers for ya*

~~Bee
kehrli
Jan. 28th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
We'll miss seeing you there!

Thinking about how even more extra rad your art is going to be after taking all these classes makes it hard for me to feel too bad, though! :)

Here's hoping you can get a scholarship or a loan that won't hurt too much on the percentage rate end of things.
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karadin
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
hey this is so cool, I know it will be tough, but my mom went back to school at forty and got a masters, and within ten years she had her dream job of running a university press, working with all the authors she wanted to. I would love to go back to school, so good luck.
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halcyon_grey
Jan. 28th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, hurray for you! Congrats on getting in to your art school. I waiting to hear from my writing school I'm trying to get in so I know how you must have felt. I love that your dedicating yourself to graphic design, I hope it opens a lot of doors for you. We need more yaoi fans making it big and spreading the boy's love.

Good luck and happy drawing.
haydenthorne
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
SWEET! Good job, girlie! :D I'll miss you at the Yaoicon, but, hey, this be your future calling.
tammylee
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful!
I'm sure you will rawk the program and come out of it with mucho awesomeness under your belt!

I'm going for a degree soon too for the same reason... I want a degree before I hit forty. I still don't have the confidence to go for art but I may finish a comp. sci. degree. (But omg! The math! *weep*)

Too bad about ycon!! I missed last year but I was really going to try to get down there this year.

*sends you goodluck vibes for loans and such*
ashkitty
Jan. 28th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
oh, yay!! I'm so proud of you!! The money stuff is SO stressful, and isn't $26K in southern California like, practically below the poverty line? And if nothing else maybe your parents can co-sign for you. (Maybe not, I mean, mine won't just because they don't believe in it, but it's an option.)

But yay! Again! I'm glad you're doing this, it sounds like a great step for you. :)
suzu
Jan. 28th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
twillery
Jan. 28th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Break a leg in Arizona!^^
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anoniemouse
Jan. 29th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Hmm it will be weird not seeing you at con *but* I'm so excited for you!! You have fun getting that degree you hear! ;)

~fluffy strawberry blond mouse
mmariep2
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
I'm so very glad that this new change in your life will be a step in a direction that you want! Good luck with this too. Going back to school after a long "break" will be a bit difficult I imagine, but I have every confidence that you'll get through everything beautifully. You're such a talented artist after all. *hugs*
caerfree
Jan. 31st, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
That is fan-freakin' tastick! I'm excited for you! Wow. This will hopefully be a huge metamorphosis for you. Outstanding. I know you will do wonderfully. I'm very sad not to see you at con. However, do you plan on having a booth there or is that caput? Let me know if you need any help or if you're planning that still. Otherwise, I hope to read more about this in the future!

*hugs*

You rock. Good luck!
fablespinner
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
Well I'm gonna see if I can still do the con, just leave SUNDAY evening so I home in time for a decent night's sleep. Fly in Thursday like Normal and rather than leaving Tuesday Morning, I fly out Sunday Night after Con closes.

I can't miss one man, I've never missed one! Waaaah!
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