Fast forward to my returning to Oswego, to everyone's surprise, including my own. Since graduating, I've been somewhat adrift. I've been judging forensics, but that happens at most on Saturdays; there are Friday tournaments, but I have a prior commitment on Fridays. I took a couple of jewelry-related classes from Rio Grande, and went so far as to ask GIA for a distance-learning catalog. I sort of considered taking the classes when I got the first catalog, but I ended up not for whatever reason.
Last week something snapped, and on Monday I did something I had promised myself I wouldn't until the economy got better. I'm not willing to discuss what right now, but in waiting for it to resolve, I decided to look into GIA again. That I had just received the 2011 catalog in the mail wasn't the catalyst, but it didn't hurt.
Today, with Andy's blessing, I signed up for one of the 100-level distance learning courses. I had a choice between colored stones and diamonds, and I opted for colored stones. There is a 30-day full-tuition refund guarantee if I end up not liking it, and it is a required course in the sequence for a graduate gemologist. If it goes well I will also enroll in the 100-level diamond course, possibly consecutively but possibly concurrently.
I've done online distance-education before in preparation for returning to Oswego, so I know I can do it. The course is designed to take at most three months but, unlike my online theatre class, I can do it more quickly if I want to. Likewise with the 100-level diamond course. I don't know if I'll update about the course(s), but I figured I should mention them now in case I do start journalizing about them.