I have given the better part of 20 years of my life to learning and teaching photography.
I am one of the fortunate few, who, has a job I enjoy, relish and am constantly challenged by.
Over this time frame I have watched some massive changes technologically that have happened to education, photography and culture generally. I am still amazed by these changes. I am still enthusiastic about photography, learning, creativity, I feel the technological changes have made photography and education exciting and a challenge.
Other than the technological changes, it has been this way since 1987, when I took my first tentative steps, at the ripe old age of 22, toward gaining an education focused on photography.
What I fail to understand; and have never understood, is the prevailing attitude amongst many students, that school is a chore and we as educators are simply here to give them, the students, a hard time, by making them work. A recent facebook discussion I read is one of several that often occurs, spasmodically throughout the year.
Photography is a lifestyle, NOT a career. A one two or 3 year course gives you a piece of paper, but not much else. What a photography or any creative course for that matter, ultimately gives you is encouragement to move forward, the opportunity to make mistakes in an environment when making mistakes is part of the process. Lot's of fun on the way hopefully, a network of friends who can be drawn upon down the tracks to further your photographic/creative career, and a lifetime of memories, hopefully good ones.
If you are not working hard on your course, or continually looking towards the next lot of holidays, then you need to ask yourself. "Why am I doing this, course?" Chances are if you have this attitude now, you won't make it in your chosen field anyway, because there are plenty of people prepared to go that extra mile to succeed in their chosen field, regardless of the perceived losses to social life or time and energies.