It is a surreal experience returning to school after a 5-year absence. If you think about it, you spend the majority of your life to a certain point in an educational environment.....so when I graduated from college, I remember the transition to the world of working full-time being particularly tough. But coming back to school feels very natural....as if I left a few months ago, and I've just returned from a long summer break.
Particularly for me, tonight was a small triumph. It took me a long time to realize how much I loved learning, and by the time I appreciated this fact about myself, I was finishing my senior thesis. I began to tell friends in lower grade levels, half-joking, to "do anything necessary to stay in school as long as possible - fail thesis if you have to". This, of course, was humorous considering that failing a class was never an option in my game plan. But by the time I knew I didn't want to leave, I had to, and I've missed school ever since.
So, tonight was the first class of my first higher education course in 5 years, and I have a feeling that it will be my favorite class this semester. The course is loosely titled Materials and Methods; we will be studying all manner of building materials, their properties, and how they react in various design situations. Projects include two 18"x18"x18" "cubes", constructed with materials of our choosing, and a large case study of a building of our choosing. My brain is already churning with ideas and my hands are itching to start using power tools again....fortunately, this course will open the doors to both!