This week wrapped up my first month in the Building Construction Technology curriculum at my local college of applied technology. Here are a few takeaways from my return to college:
- Construction school is kind of like Lord of the Flies, in that whoever holds the tools commands authority. Tools are power; you gotta bring your own.
- Leftover drywall screws in your pockets wreak havoc on laundry.
- Sawdust is surprisingly good for oily hair.
- Knowing how things are made makes everything look different.
- Overalls = awesome.
- Lots of men really like to talk about woodworking, which is 10 X better than sports.
- Pink is not popular in the woodshop wardrobe. Blue. Everything is blue.
- Students at the college for applied technology get a discount at AT&T. I just saved $120 for my cell phone plan this year.
- A little confidence goes a long way. We won’t get to the plumbing unit for another trimester or two, but I’m so jacked up on self-reliance that I spent the morning snaking out our kitchen sink. Nothing I have learned in the first month has prepared me to snake a plumbing line as sclerotic as ours was this morning, but there’s no way I could go to school tomorrow and admit to calling a plumber.
- School is fun when you choose it for yourself. I’m writing this on Sunday evening, and I’m looking forward to Monday morning.