Welcome to the final part of the Attending Audio School series: the reward. As promised, this will be
the happiest part of this blog series. I started with the bad news, so let me tell you the good news.
Here are just some of the rewards of attending audio school:
Sense of Accomplishment: you’ve got the ability to deliver a finished essay, project or assignment; be proud of yourself for completing the program.
Distinction: you’re now a member of a small percentage of people who have attended school and graduated.
Acquired New Skills and Knowledge: you now know how to do all those things you knew you didn’t know how to do before audio school. In my case, I was always frustrated by how my mixes turned out before. I would spend days tweaking only to have a lackluster mix. Now I work much faster and the finished product sounds professional.
Learned to Educate Yourself: you can read, write, think, hear, and analyze with greater precision and power.
All these rewards make you extremely valuable in the marketplace regardless of the state of the economy. These are personal skills and attributes that make you a better person, which Jim Rohn says are key: “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.” .
This past spring my wife graduated from teacher’s college. At convocation, the honorary doctorate recipient, Avis Glaze, gave a speech about education in which she said,
“Initiative, perseverance, and honesty are characteristics business leaders desire from graduates; technical skill can easily be learned.”
Just by graduating you’ve shown you’ve got those three characteristics (assuming you didn’t plagiarize your way through audio school). Initiative because you applied to the program, you got down to work on your assignments, you contributed to group projects. Perseverance because you finished your work and made it through the final exam. Honesty because you handed in your own work and kept your eyes on your exam paper.
You’ve got a head-start on technical skill compared to people who graduate from more theoretical degrees. Just remember that it’s who you have become not what you know that is the greater reward of your education.
Cheers! Here's to you, audio grad.