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Grad school has started, and I have now been to all my classes. So far, so good. Document Design uses the exact same books as my Advanced Tech Writing class, and the prof seems to run the class in a very similar manner to my ATW prof. Given that my prof is rather well-known in the field, methinks my ATW prof borrowed pages from her playbook, and I think that's awesome. It makes the DD class much more accessible to me. Book Editing will be fine, I think. It's a blended course (undergrads and grads), and I was flabbergasted to find out that it's a senior-level class for the undergrads and their first introduction to learning editing marks. I have to remind myself that I'm one of the very few tech comm people in the room, and just because the editing class was the second class of my program doesn't mean it's that way for everyone.

My elective this quarter was going to be FrameMaker but having been to the class now I'm seriously considering dropping it. Turns out my previous FrameMaker experience still puts me ahead of what's learned in the class. Not by much, but I looked at the syllabus, saw what we were learning, and said, "Yeah, I've done this. All of this." There's only one piece of the syllabus I can honestly say I can't do, and that's creating a Table of Contents, but we're only learning that at the end of the quarter, and sticking through the whole class for something I could Google my way through means I'm probably going to be bored.

This, however, leads to a problem: With the FrameMaker class, I'm at full-time status. Without it, I'm not. But I don't want to spend valuable time (and money) in a class that's not going to teach me anything substantial. If it were a new version of FrameMaker, I'd stick it out, but it's not. It's the same one I learned on. It's the same one I wrote a tutorial on. I had assumed that what I knew was pretty basic, and it turns out that it's not. I'm probably intermediate on the program now.

I've e-mailed my advisor for help, because while there are other electives I could take, they're all bunched under one number, and the course catalog doesn't describe them individually, and the descriptions of the courses in the Add/Drop area don't give me anything to go on. I have an independent study idea, but I'm not sure if, a) it'll fly or b) my advisor will have time to keep tabs on me for it. I've just got to wait and see what he says.

If I have to stick through the FM class, so be it. I can do it. But I'd rather not. I've worked really hard to get to the level where I can literally pick and choose what I study, and I don't want to be stuck in a repeat.

And now I feel like I've bogged down this entry with the sad face stuff, so let me say this: Things are good right now. I put in for a job that I know I'll freaking LOVE if I get it, and we haven't gotten lost the whole week. I also now have a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style, and that will make me happy for YEARS.

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