I have been a student my whole life. I started going to school when I was 2 or 3, up until I graduated from college last year. Being a student--studying, writing essays, having tests--is all that I know. When I finally had to contribute to the society, I chose to go back to school to teach. I have to relearn things that I have forgotten and learn things that I cared less enough to pay attention to in class--moral education and art.
If you know me, you'll know how much I love school. I had a wish to remain a student for the rest of my life. I thought that school is out-of-reach now that I am married and needed to have a real job. I thought that I have to wait for years before I can step into the classroom and be a student again. I was wrong! I went to class yesterday.
Obviously, I am not a good photographer, yet.
I signed up for a month-long class through the Dixie State College community education program. I am learning basic photography. I am soooooooooooooo happy!!! It was strange to be in class again, but the excitement was so strong. I love it. I love to be in the class. I love to sit back and listen to my lecturer. I love to stare at people unabashedly arguing with the teacher, knowing that I would never have the guts to even raise my hand and give comments.
One thing I hate about the first day of class is teachers ALWAYS asked us to introduce ourselves, knowing that they won't even remember our names anyways. What is worse is after you say your foreign name out loud, people stare and stare because they are thinking, "What planet does she come from?"
Nevertheless, I manage to be, once again, one of the smart ones in class for knowing what ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are. I researched them before attending the class. I am so proud of myself for being so well-prepared even though there's no grade in this class.
I am learning a lot about cameras, not just how to snap a picture, but the lighting, exposure, angles, posing, and everything else that helps you take, not just good, but excellent pictures. I am so glad that I have to will to go in-depth in this field. Hopefully, I can be an outstanding photographer one day.