||[Dec. 18th, 2007|01:19 pm]
Okay, I just HAVE to post this.|
As you all probably know, I am a student at the Art Institute of Dallas. This past term I had two classes with the same teacher, Mr. Eudy. Great guy, fantastic teacher, absolutely no complaints whatsoever about his abilities.
In one of the classes, 3D Visualization (which is an advanced 3DsMax class,) we had a variety of assignments. Now, to pass the class, you have to do the assignments, of course, you have to post tutorials of how you are doing the assignments on our forum, critique other people's posts, then at the end turn in a disk of your completed assignments and a PDF compilation of your forum thread.
Well, going into this class, I could tell I simply was not ready. It had been almost 4 years since I had a Max class, and the guy who taught it was a total spazz. I learned almost NOTHING from that guy.
So I get into this class and Mr. Eudy is just zooming along, and the class is staying right up there with him, meanwhile I'm sitting here just trying to get the program to run. I felt like a Neanderthal Man, suddenly unfrozen in the 21st century, staring in awe and fear at all the blinking lights.
So I hire a classmate to tutor me, and she did a fine job; well worth the money, no question.
Well, despite this, by the last week of school I feel like I have learned just enough to be able to TAKE this class. Not actually PASS the class, but confident enough to take it over and do well.
I only managed to complete TWO of the dozen assignments we had, and only posted tutorials for one and half of another. I didn't bother critiquing anyone...I mean, who the hell am I to throw stones?
I didn't even show up for the last class, which put me well over the allowed number of absences, thus an automatic fail. I didn't complete my thread or compile it. I didn't turn in my final disk. I just totally dropped the ball. I sent him an e-mail, explaining that I didn't feel I was ready to pass this class. I didn't want to be in the same position when I had to take the next Max class, so I felt it was better in the long term to just flunk this class and take it over.
Lo and behold, I got my final grades today. He gave me B. I did almost NONE of the work, I turned in NONE of the assignments, I did almost NONE of the forum posts, I skipped the last day, I even sent a mail BEGGING him to flunk me....and I got a B.
Now, the other class he taught, which I actually worked really hard on, completed the assignments to the best of my ability, did the tutorials, did the critiques, handed in the final project and the PDF compilation with four part harmony and stuff like that, and got a C+.
And so here I am. Bitching that I DIDN'T flunk a class.
Thankyew...thankyew...I'm here all week. Try the chicken parmesan and don't forget to tip your wait staff!