I Get My Sheepskin

After all these years, I’m finally getting a college degree. I am graduating from the University of Oregon with a double major in Art and Digital Arts. I might have gotten a degree a long time ago, if I hadn’t wasted my youth chasing rainbows and making an ass out of myself in general.

The downside to this is that I will lose my job at the University, because it’s classified as a “student job”. I will also lose my medical insurance. It’s not going to be fun to be looking for a job in the middle of a recession. I am working on an online portfolio, which seems to be the way to go in my line of work (graphic design) nowadays.

At the UO, I was what they call a “non-traditional student”, which is a polite way of saying “old fart”. The other students were nice to me, but the age difference made it hard for me to form close friendships. My age was a disadvantage to me in other ways. I just took a letterpress class. It was interesting and fun in a lot of ways, but it was also a lot of work. We only had two weeks to work on our final projects. Many of the students pulled all-nighters and put together beautiful projects. I am simply too old to pull all-nighters. My project looked somewhat feeble compared to my classmates’ work.

All in all, though, college was a good experience, and I am a better person for having gone through it.

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