And lo, the strike did happen and the first semester was...weird. We're well into the second semester and things have settled down into a routine. Dirty tricks are continuing to be learned in AutoCAD, and my Photoshop and InDesign skills are coming along nicely. I'm not using Illustrator nearly as much as I thought I would, but I'm sure that will come along as well. I'm currently working on an assignment that requires some photographs of a material or technology, and my immediate response was "Woohoo, camera time!"
While there certainly was no requirement for original photography, it's kinda fun for me to do it and it gets around having to give photo credits when I'm using my own work.
Here is my work perch, lit by Hue lighting. I don't really work like this, but that's mostly because I would need more Hue bulbs.