Before deciding to finally enroll into McFatter Technical School, I have already had a few experiences with college. Graduated fresh out of high school, I spent hundreds of dollars on university applications. I applied to really prestigious schools (knowing very well how little opportunity I had to get in), to public colleges and to private ones out of state. Name it, and I applied. My goal was simply to get into a school as far away from Florida as possible, where I could study to become a journalist that knew four to five languages. I wanted to double major on journalism and modern languages. What I didn’t foresee when I was spending all this money and visualizing myself spending all these years and money on those majors, was that I have a BIG commitment issue, and that this beautiful plan was bound to fail.
Fast-forward to where I am today, it took me three universities, three different cities, two continents and 30k in student dept to finally come to the conclusion I knew all along: conventional college is not for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe education to be the most powerful weapon one can have. I will always encourage anyone that can afford to go to college to do so, because it is an enriching opportunity that will also open a lot of professional doors in the future. However, I do stand strong in the idea of college or university not being necessary for certain careers, which is why I ended up going to McFatter. I was months behind with my plans on developing a reel for my portfolio, as well as months behind in knowledge altogether. For this, I decided to look into a tech college. Usually a technical education focuses more on the hands-on aspects of the career, allowing ADD people like me to take advantage of the time given and explore as much as possible without distractions or maximum procrastination. These careers get right to the point, and are usually completed in less than one year. Of course, my months of trial in the other universities plus the 10 months I spent at McFatter probably result close to the 4 years I would have spent in one university alone. The difference is that I am not going to be carrying a 100k debt on my back as I enter the workforce.
My experience in McFatter was very pleasant. I was there to learn and that I definitely did a lot of. The course I decided to take, Multimedia Design, is a compilation of all the multimedia tools that are relevant today. It is a lot of self-teaching, but also with hands-on guidance, which prepares you for how real life workforce is. This course covered the essentials of photography, graphic design, a little bit of animation, a little bit of coding, and video and audio editing. In my case, I knew what I wanted to focus more since the beginning: videography. However, I thought it would only serve me well to be able to know at least the basics of every multimedia job in case I changed my mind in the future, or someone offered me a good amount of money for an easy job. Now, as I am wrapping up this 10 month course, I find myself to be very grateful of making this decision. It was an intense, painful, frustrating, fun and very independent experience, and I think that everyone that is finding themselves in a position similar to mine should give this course a try!