It has been running through my head that I should go to college, and it has also been recommended to me by a few people.
Today it ran through my head that I should take a run up to the local college that offers web design and talk to someone there about going to school. I skimmed through the courses, and then through some of the financial aid information. They talked about some of their scholarships and how one can get up to $10,000 a year. That got me thinking, exactly how much does it cost to go to this school, and exactly how much is it going to help?
I talked to my friend, who is currently going to a major design school in south Florida, and she told me it’s not all about the education, it’s also about building your portfolio.
Now, if you are reading this, you know I am pretty decent with my design skills. I may not be the head of a large or famous design firm, but I do have my share of skills and knowledge. None of that was school taught, either, there are fifteen or so books on my bookshelf that are textbooks to me, with myself being the teacher. So, why exactly would I pay thousands of dollars to educate myself on certain topics, when I can just spend a few hundred dollars on some more books that can provide me with the same education? I use the term, “same,” loosely, too. It may be the same topics, but I think I can get a better grasp, and probably deeper understanding of certain things from dedicated books and the internet.
Then, it would just be my portfolio. That is in the works as I type, one site is nearing completion with a few others in the brainstorming stage. With that, I believe I may just be set to at least begin freelancing, because landing a design job here in Ocala will take some time.