Hi all, First of all thank you for taking the time to come into my little thread here. I'm extremely excited for my one year program which will allow me to enter the field of graphic design / web development / new media industry. Upon my graduation I will be receiving a Certificate of Senior Management. Here are a few questions which I need help with! Program Matrix: http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/6415smcert#courses 1.) I haven't really designed before, but with creative ideas from event planning and marketing events, I believe that I can excel in the designing market with my creative juices. Will the program I am in do you think it will be sufficient enough to help me land a career in this field? 2.) I'm planning on getting a tablet, but I'm not sure when would be a good time. I have added a program matrix to my post above for your convenience. Would you guys recommend getting one as soon as I can or is there a particular semester which I should wait for? 3.) I've read that free lancing is suited for some, but not for many. If you are currently working for a design agency or any type of work which is in the design field, are you currently doing a couple side projects on your own time for other clients as well? If so, what's your schedule like? When would you recommend a person such as myself to start free-lancing and accepting other projects on the side upon graduation? Should I gain some experience at an agency before moving to the freelance career? 4.) I'm going to be using my MBP for school assignments while during school hours I'll be using a Mac Pro (atleast I'm pretty positive). I'm thinking of getting a portable external HD for my convenience. Do you think that it would be a good idea for me to purchase one at this time? Please keep in mind that I am thinking of using the external HD for other purposes as well. 5.) With my uMBP posted in my signature, would you recommend upgrading to 4GB of RAM? I'm thinking of either doing a 6GB of RAM or max it out at 8GB. 6.) I noticed my program is lacking Adobe InDesign. Is this a program I should consider looking to divulge some time into? Is it harder for someone who is relatively new to the design industry to understand, or is it something that anyone should be able to pick and really understand easily? I know this was quite a long post, but any of your help and feedback would be great!!! Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to reading your responses.