As mentioned in a previous post a few days ago,Â I am not a student and I am not starting a course this academic year, but I do have several friends who are students and are starting courses this year and it appears to have triggered off some sort of jealousy and bitterness about the fact that Iâ€™m not starting anything new (not even an NVQ in going-to-work).Â Although Iâ€™m sure that this longing, jealous, self pitying feeling will rapidly evaporate around December or at the latest around Easter once the exams and deadlines start to fall from the sky, Iâ€™ve decided to take a different approach and write my own course outline to try and finally get to grips with my programming that I talk so much about learning.
Starting tomorrow is my module in fundamental C++, using the made-available-online â€śTeach Yourself C++ in 21 Daysâ€ť which I hope will do roughly what it says on the tin, and in a few weeks time I will also be starting to grapple a little more with Action Script 2.0, although I havenâ€™t found a decent course text for this yet.Â Iâ€™m also taking some secondary modules in Photoshop, something that Iâ€™ve been neglecting for far too long, and Game Design Mechanics and Theory (which will be a nice excuse to play some old games whilst playing very close attention to how exactly they work).Â Also, even though it has no real connection to programming, I might even throw in a little Dutch vocabulary, depending on how ambitious I feel.Â I always feel guilty when I meet my girlfriendâ€™s family and my Dutch has not improved since the last time Iâ€™ve seen them.
I intend to keep a running record on how well this works out for me.Â Iâ€™m fascinated by how I will put time aside to learn something, such as the majority of my law course, but seemingly only if Iâ€™ve paid an inordinate amount of money and I have someone with some sort of vague authority suggesting that it might be a good idea to hand something in.Â If I can manage to motivate myself to learn this under my own steam, then the world is my oyster, or study-appropriate-metaphor-thatâ€™s-not-an-oyster.
The first update on this venture should land at some point on Friday, so if you see nothing around about that time, feel free to assume that the experiment has failed or been otherwise postponed.
Sadly enough, I actually intended to start this course at â€śHing Universityâ€ť last week, but the lecturer was indisposed because he had forgotten his keys, thus locking himself out of the lecture theatre.