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Back to School

It’s been close to a decade since I last attended a class at a facility of higher education. In fact, it’s been such a long time that the institution that I went to doesn’t exist in the same fashion – Kwantlen University College is now Kwantlen Polytechnic University (less College I guess).

Well, tonight will mark the first night of my first class at Langara College.


Langara College at Night – courtesy of Cara

Having hummed and hawwed about going back to school for quite some time, and then never really clearly understood what I exactly wanted to take, I’m quite happy that I finally decided to bite the bullet.

On numerous occasions I’ve mentioned how I’d like to become more proficient at web design and development. Although I wish I would have stuck to the process of being self-taught (I used to hand-code my Geocities site back in the day), I gave up after a year or two and simply forgot what I knew. Anywho, having talked to a few people and looked around online I ended up determining that taking the Web Publisher Certificate program was the best route for me.


Code, Lots of Code – courtesy of -ant!

As I’ll be taking the slow and easy route, I figure it will take me about a year and half to a full two years to complete the program, but I’m okay with that – similar to dipping your feet into the water to check the temperature and then slowly getting in. And depending on how it goes, I may take other courses/classes/programs of interest if the opportunity were to present itself.

So what do you think? Something you might be interested in for yourself? What stands in your way if you’re interested?

All I know is that I’ve got “first day of school” jitters. And I’m not unhappy about it.

Categories: Self

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  1. Good for you, Chris!

    I’ve been looking at taking some part-time courses for quite some time. There are so many things I’m interested in, but I’m always concerned that they aren’t particularly ‘useful.’

    • Thanks for stopping by Kelli! And who cares if what you take is useful or not? If it's something you would enjoy I say you should go for it!

  2. Congratulations on taking the plunge into the world of Continuing Education! 🙂 I am sure you will make lots of new friends, plus you can always impress everyone with your hockey knowledge and how awesome the Canucks fanbase is in the land of twitter.

    I looked at that program a while back, I just wish i could win the lottery just so I did not have to worry about money, I would go back to school and take lots and lots of different programs. I actually enjoy going back to school and learning things that I like to learn. I might be making myself go back come September, still trying to figure out finances first.

    bets of luck!

    • Thanks Aidan! I'm not sure about the making a lot of new friends as I'm usually quite shy in person (just wish online Chris could blend with real-life Chris), but definitely looking to have some fun converting all those who don't already cheer for the Canucks.

      And money was also a consideration for me too, but sat down with Marnie and figured out that continuing my education would be a good thing – so we extended our line of credit.

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