Overall my feelings about college are somewhat negative. The Sydney campus of QANTM is still relatively new, and it shows. Of all the lecturers/tutors I had this trimester, one was genuinely good, two were competent, one was less than adequate and one should never be allowed in a classroom again. And, of course, the only one who was genuinely good ended up leaving halfway through the trimester. So far the quality of teach has done little to inspire confidence.
Furthermore, I've been very disappointed by the college's failure to go through with the promises/threats that were made on orientation day regarding attendance and behaviour. If the college had been serious about carrying out its policies, then less than half of the class would have made it through to the end of the first trimester - leaving only those who are actually serious about learning. To my utter frustration, the college seems more concerned with helping students pass, rather than actually *teaching* them - driven, no doubt, by a hunger for tuition fees.
But that doesn't mean that college is without its merits. The course itself is quite well structured, and most of our teachers are more than happy to work with us one-on-one if we're having any trubles. Some of the material we've covered has been genuinely enjoyable, as well as informative. Plus some of my fellow students are a pleasure to work with.
Hopefully the second trimester will be an improvement. If not, I may have to consider other options. At least my scholarship means that I'm not actually paying for this tripe.
One of our final assessments for this trimester was to shoot a short film in groups, and then individually edit the footage together. For our group, I was writer and director (as well as editor), and here's what I put together:
I'm now a week into my three-week holiday, following the completion of my first Trimester of college. I think it's time for some reflection.