Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Me and a Bunch of Dudes

I started my class last night and I am pretty excited about it. I am learning something completely new and way out of my comfort zone. I am going back to school for web design. My first class was a computer science course for HTML/XHTML. There were no pre-requisites for the course so it was a prefect one to take first as I am extremely technology challenged (hence that is why I am going back to school). Thankfully they are starting from the basics like talking about how the internet started and defining all of these crazy letters (http, html, LAN, WAN). I had a mild panic attack when our instructor told us we have to "zip" our files. I have no idea what that is. I have my work cut out for me but I am pretty stoked to be learning all of this cool new stuff.

My blog post yesterday was all about my fears about being the oldest one in class, not knowing if I would fit in, or if I would even remember how to be a student. What I didn't worry about was being the only women in class. The class started and when I looked around I realized I was in the middle of a huge sausage fest. Even worse, they were all techno dudes or at least that is the conclusion I made when I was eavesdropping. I was relieved when I saw two more women come into class. Phew, I am glad I am not the only one!

I am not going to lie.....I am overwhelmed, even after the first day of class. Somehow I need to excel in school while working full-time, raising my kids, training for a marathon, and all during our hockey season. I am not willing to give anything up so I am choosing the lose my mind route. I am really lucky that I have tons of supportive people in my life and I know I can be successful at all of the above. Until I have these certifications......please ignore the crazy lady (me).


Megsie said...

I don't know how to zip my drives either. We have an assessment in the Reading Department called:

The Woodcock Johnson.

You. Are. Welcome.

Carly said...

I would mot be able to make it through that assignment without getting kicked out of class! How was your first class?

Amanda L said...

Hahaha! I am usually one of the older ones in my classes too. I have a professor named Babcock..yeah, same issue and the name is fitting :-/ well the last part of usually is.

TNTcoach Ken said...

You're going to do great! Once you get all your files zipped remember to encrypt them before placing them in the cloud.............. LOL

Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

You can do it! (in a Rob Schneider voice)

I recently went back to school as a well for a similar degree. And I work full time. And I've got 2 kids. We are crazy, but it will be good in the end!

Carolina John said...

Ah, web design? Welcome to the dark side. So you're going to be taking a bunch of graphic design classes? I work as a web developer for IBM, but I can't create a new jpg if you put a gun to my head. But I do use HTML and every other basic web language every day, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need a better explanation of anything, even zipping files.

Windows already has zipped folder handling built in now - in the past we needed a program called WinZip to do it. Now you just right click on the files, and choose "add to zip" and it will create a file with a .zip extension that contains all of the files you need to send. It does compression and combines several files into one zip file, so you only have one thing to email or upload. Not too difficult.

Diana said...

Good luck with school~ you sure have a full plate!

As long as you do your very best every day~ you'll be great!

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I love reading your blogs! They make me laugh and initially put me in a good mood.  I enjoyed reading your post about being the only female in your one class. I remember when I attended a gym class at Ridgewater College that dealt with different sporting events and exercise techniques. On my first day of being in gym class, I noticed that it was all males that were dressed in shorts and t-shirts and ready for class. I immediately began to panic because I did not want to be the only female in this gym class full of men (even though some of them were pretty cute)! We didn’t do much that day in the class but go over the syllabus and ask any questions that we had. I felt embarrassed to ask if I was the only female in the class, so I waited until class was over until I went to ask the professor. The professor assured me that there were a few other females that had initially signed up for the class, which made me feel a bit relieved. It was if a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders! I texted a friend of mine after class was over and convinced her to drop one of her classes so she could take gym class with me. Good thing I convinced her because the other supposed females dropped the class and it was only my friend and I in this gym class with all of these males. Total sausage fest for sure! It really wasn’t that bad of a class, even though I wish a few more females would have been in the class to even it out a bit. Also, I felt as if we were at a disadvantage because there were 20 males and 2 females in the class, so every sport that was introduced was always very competitive and painful!

I too, am thankful my professor’s last name was not Woodcock or I don’t think I would have ever survived! I’m not sure how you can be in a class with a teacher with the last name Woodcock. It is definitely worth a few laughs every time that word is even said; I mean it has “WOOD” and “COCK” in it. How can that name even be taken seriously?!  Good luck! I look forward to reading more posts about your teacher!