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Post by skyledragon on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:04 am

Trying to decide about school. Trying to juggle time that my husband or I will be home with the kids will be tough. Who else has kids on the forum?

Racking up more student loans when I may not be able to make the schooling worth it (getting the job I want).

I'm also worried about driving to draper, for health and gas reasons. One thing I'm looking at is using the front runner to get up to school (I live in utah county). Would have to take a bus to get close to the school from the station and then foot it from there. It's doable I think...

Anyway just lots of thoughts going through my head.

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Post by skyledragon on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:18 am

lol then again maybe taking mass transit won't work. Says there is a 30 min wait between when the front runner gets to the station and the bus to get close to the school arrives. Makes my commute 1.5 hours. *facepalm

EDIT: And the bus doesn't run after about 8:30...so much for mass transit! lol ok end rant.

I really am trying to make this work not find reasons to not go.
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Post by ccchesley on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:56 am

I totally feel you on a lot of these issues, (except for the kids and husband thing). Take it from a girl who is giving blood for tuition, it's not easy making this kind of decision. You're obviously very talented, and the great thing about the art field is that your skills are often more important than your degree. If I were you, I'd spend the next few months really pulling together a strong blog and demo reel/portfolio and start applying for internships, if you do decide to continue your education look into independent studies and online courses. I think the teachers here would love to see you continue your education, for your own benefit, just remember it's all for your career. If you can accomplish that through other means, than take the chance.

this is all just advice, as far as commuting I know a lot of people in the animation department have helped me with that in the past and have offered to help me in the future for when I move. Public transportation is hard, although not impossible.

please know we all got your back here and whatever you do, it'll be worth it.
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Post by skyledragon on Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:06 pm

Thanks Chesley. I have been doing some online tutorials the last couple weeks. They just take longer for me I think, and I hate not being able to ask direct questions. But I can also concentrate on what is interesting for me.

I think I could still use a few more classes under my belt to help me get to where I can figure things out easier. But where this next semester is coming up fast I may have to wait anyway.

Thanks for the input and understanding. Just needed to vent my frustrations! Working hard for something makes it more valuable Smile
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Post by Sudi on Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:24 pm

nevr say u cant amie your a very talented artist u never can give up as an artist true it is scary but remeber u do art cuase u love it stop worrying becuase worrying about not getting a job will hold u back.
yeah u need to know your abililitys and make sure improve enough to be able to get a job ,which is not impossible from somone talented like you.
just work you ahrdest i honeslty dont know how hard it is to deal with this frustration apart from kids and husband its killing me even though im single but bobbi told me one thing last week and i feel much better now,do your art cuase u enjoy it not becuase u feel like if u wont do it you wont get a job. sorry for typos XD
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Post by serbus on Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:22 am

My opinion is that if you're this far in you might as well go all the way. I honestly don't think you'll have much trouble finding a job once you're done with school. The worst part about dropping out would be that all the progress you've made so far will be for naught. If you're feeling overwhelmed I see no issue with reducing your course load next term and taking it easy. Especially if that helps you balance work, family, and your general well being for a little while.
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Post by skyledragon on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:24 am

Thanks guys. I know I'm stressing about this way too much. There is no right or wrong here. And I hadn't looked at it as a waste of what classes I've had so far. I'll see what I can work out.
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Post by serbus on Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:18 am

I don't really mean that it's a waste; you still take your skills and make practical use of it, but the classes are so expensive and lengthening the time you're in school only makes it more frustrating (I've been at it for 10+ years...). If you decide to come back later some of those classes may no longer be part of the degree, or your degree specs may change and you'll need to take additional classes. Also I vaguely recall an announcement saying that students who stay enrolled won't have their tuition raise next year. I'm not entirely sure about that though.
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Post by skyledragon on Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:35 am

That makes sense. I've done schooling on and off for the last ten years as well. More off than on. The last year and a half I was really focused and having fun (even with all the stress of finals). I realized something this morning. I'm scared that I won't succeed and it will all be for nothing. But it isn't nothing because I'm growing and learning. Just hate that the cost is so much! I'd just go to UVU (just but I'd have to start all over Sad
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Post by serbus on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:10 am

Lol. That's pretty much my same story down to the T. My therapist is always saying that when I'm done I'll look back on my college days with nostalgia and I'm all like, "I sure hope I never miss this".

The hardest part is just sticking through it I guess. Its ok to break down sometimes. School's overwhelming and its built to be that way, but you have family and friends there to support you and you don't have to feel like you're doing it alone.
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Post by skyledragon on Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:20 am

Exactly Very Happy
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Post by skyledragon on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:29 am

Well I got the readmission process started. A bit scared and excited :S
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Post by ccchesley on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:58 am

being scared is normal. lol
I'm sure you'll be coming back to a very warm welcome though and like I said before. We got your back.
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Post by skyledragon on Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:58 am

Well at the moment school at the art institute might be out for me. My student loans will be running out soon so I would end up owing the school $30k (if I actually got my bachelors) and would be $410/month. Hoping I can just take the core classes I need and see if student loans would cover those at least.

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Post by serbus on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:10 pm

If you still have general eds Id say take them at the community college (of course make sure they transfer first). The cost is closer to $450 to $600 a class there. There's also nothing wrong with trying to test out of a few classes too.
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Post by skyledragon on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:15 pm

Trying to figure something like that out. Worst case I'll just keep learning at home. I'm frustrated but not down for the count. Crazy how much school can cost!
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