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A few hours later I received another email. This one stated, “Sorry, you don’t qualify for financial aid.”
Fortunately I do not have to depend upon an educational institution to teach me what I want to know. Geeks have been rolling their own education for decades now so I’m in good company. Lots of helpful materials have been produced for my field of interest.
Therefore, while I will continue to work toward resolving the financial aid issues I’ve already taken the first steps toward teaching myself.
I’ve enrolled in a (very) basic HTML class that is offered as an email course. It is only a few days long but will give me some more pegs to hang my knowledge on in the future.
I’ve also ordered two used books from Amazon: Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML and Head First Web Design. I will need to work my way through the HTML book before starting on the web design one but since they only had a single copy in very good condition left I went ahead and purchased it.
Total cost with shipping: $11.07.
I chose them because I have heard some really great things about this series. Years ago I used their book on Java to write some simple games that Katie and I played so I have some experience with their learning method. Once I work my way through those two books I will determine my next step in the learning process.
Some of my favorite geeks (this includes you Lyle!) never graduated high school, much less college. Many others are denied a formal education because of legal status (illegal immigrants, etc.), youthful mistakes (that’s me!) or other issues (mostly financial) that bar the doors of higher education. The ones that don’t let this stop them from learning are true champions!
Who knows? Perhaps things worked out this way so that I could demonstrate that you don’t need to go to college to learn or so I can demonstrate how to get a geeky education on the cheap.
Who cares! I’m not letting it stop me – and that is the important thing.
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