There's actually not a lot of updated documents on there, since I've been more accustomed with using USBs to save my work and all that. What I did find interesting and worth browsing through was my 2011 folder. That was the year in which I did IT, and wow.
Can you get excited from looking at your old assignments? I did. In fact, I kinda felt a bit embarrassed, because although I may openly admit it here, I'm usually not a fan of making it extremely public. It didn't seem like it at the time, but in looking back now, I've realised that all of my assignments that I ever did in IT were anime related. If it wasn't a flash animation about and anime idea that I thought of and painstaking drawn, coloured and animated, it was a coding assignment based on an interactive anime game that I had come up with. Even my practice coding programs were based off animes!
I think the only assignment that I did in IT that wasn't based on anime was my video assignment...
Though, in thinking back, I think that was probably the first and last year I ever included anime across my school assignments. I remember doing Romeo x Juliet for English when we were studying Romeo and Juliet and its various adaptions. In fact, I used Romeo x Juliet again for one of my Religion and Philosophy assignments (don't ask me how that managed to occur, but I have proof).
Browsing through my IT assignments made me realise how much I had enjoyed, and still do enjoy IT. In my head, I know that it's not something that I should really be pursuing; after all, it was the one subject that almost made me pull an all-nighter (I've only ever pulled one all-nighter, and that was due to a group assignment) for what was meant to be an individual assignment. I know from experience that it really requires a lot of work, talent and dedication. Funnily enough, you spend most of your time fixing the program rather than actually doing the assignment.
But, at the same time, despite all the effort, tears, and stress that I endured for that one year of IT, I just can't forget the feeling of absolute satisfaction after I completed anything in IT. It just felt so rewarding to see something that you thought of and created to actually work in front of your eyes. And other peoples for that matter, but I honestly couldn't care less about that.
That year was the only year that I ever did IT; the year before that I took Textiles and Design, and the year after I took up Commerce.
Do I regret not taking IT? I think so. To a certain extent, I think this is probably one of the reasons why I subconsciously put so much effort into the layout of this website. If you think about it, it's as if I'm trying to reestablish the long lost (well, at least academically) connection that I used to have with IT as a subject.
But would I take IT in the higher levels of education? Probably not. The thing about IT is that it's a constantly changing field. If you leave it academically for a few years, the subject essentially leaves you behind. Besides, you've got to face reality: even if I was to pick it up again, my skills are completely basic. In the grand scheme of things, I'm really not that great at IT; because of having only studied it so long ago in my junior years, my skills are too basic and few. Definitely too far behind to ever think about catching up with the current IT stage.
If I had a choice, would I had swapped out Textiles and Commerce to do IT? Hmm, I don't think so either. After all, it wasn't as though I didn't have a choice. I was the one who decided to only take IT for a single year.
So, overall, what am I getting at? I don't know. I feel that I'm always conflicted between what I want in my head and what I want in my heart. I know that I must choose what I want in my head, but sometimes, revisiting moments like this makes me reflect on what I have had to sacrifice in order to get to where I stand today.
But everybody makes sacrifices in order to live. You can't always choose to follow your heart, no matter how impressive that concept is. Eventually, something will drive you, force you to make a sacrifice or a compromise. Maybe they won't be significant enough for you to look back on and label them as a "regret". But all the same, sacrifices are made.