Let the games begin…

Well, it’s official. Those forms that I was filling out have been filed, reviewed and approved by the government. I’m going back to school. I’m going to be learning fancy things like graphic design, animation, video and the mysteries behind web pages and how to build them. I will be a full-time student as of January 5, 2015. I’m excited. I’m terrified. I know I can do this.

The coolest thing is that after being unemployed for longer than I care to dwell upon, the provincial government is helping me do this. They will be paying for my tuition and some of my living expenses. I will have to get a part-time job to supplement, and I may be asking “do you want fries with that?”, but it will be worth it. A wonderful friend told me this evening to “breathe deeply… you are smart enough to do this.” It’s awesome to have support of my friends. They, and my cats, have helped me get through the last year of mind-numbing uncertainty.

The other cool thing is the sheer speed in which things happened. Our provincial government is not always the most popular amongst the general consensus. My forms were sent on Christmas Eve Eve and arrived mid-morning (probably) on Christmas Eve day. Odds are, the office closed at noon or mid-afternoon. Then there was Christmas, Boxing Day and the weekend. By mid-afternoon on Monday, December 29, my forms had been reviewed, processed and numbers were run by me. I panicked, but by Tuesday the 30th, I knew I could do this and (in the immortal words of Jean Luc Picard) I said “make it so.” Well, I didn’t actually say that, would have been awfully pretentious, no? But I digress… Tomorrow I sign the papers before all the offices close for New Years eve/Day/the weekend, and I start school on Monday.  When you break it down, I was approved within 24-26 hours of my forms being filed, and that include a holiday in the middle of those hours. Pretty impressive, I must say…

The closer we got to Christmas, I was convinced this wasn’t going to happen – thanks to a career consultant and a government official in my corner, it is.