Today I dropped a course. The course was Digital Tools, a very useful course for any Art Major, but it just didn’t work for me. I was excited at the beginning to learn a new software, and to explore graphic arts. I really wanted to learn these new tools to create Art in a new medium, and also to use the software to manipulate my images for the website and other promotional materials. Learning Photoshop, as the most common tool for this, was my goal in taking Digital Tools, and I hoped it would make me a better artist.
Challenges are always good, and this one was a challenge! But it soon because too stressful. I don’t feel any need to give excuses or to say ‘well maybe I’ll take it again another time’ — no, it just really wasn’t for me. Basically, it wasn’t meeting my educational needs, and I couldn’t see myself doing graphic arts over painting or sculpture. After the first week, I was no longer enthusiastic about the course.
So rather than struggle unnecessarily, or muddle my way through the course, I decided to cut my losses (time and money of course) and to stop by the registrar this morning to drop the course. It was a decision I made today and then decided to go through with it. No fanfare, no tears, but also no refund! Missed the deadline for that.
There is nothing wrong, in my mind, with extricating myself from a situation which wasn’t working for me. No reason whatsoever to continue to do something which was not giving me joy. I’d rather concentrate on what I enjoy and get pleasure from. So now I can concentrate on my other classes and keep moving in a positive direction.