My avatar is an iconesque version of Blaziken`s face/mask.
I know what you mean, due to chaging I have an extra 2 semesters added to my time in college. Thankfully all my gen.eds will be out of the way so no big deal.
I got into animating when I was roughly 10 (started with Pivot) and got into Flash roughly around 12/13 if I recall. So... About 5 years on and off. I have mastered sprite animating, and am working on my drawing abilities (I can't draw to save my life) so I can move on to other mediums. Also 3D is in my future hopefully. I'll gladly show some things I've made when I feel a piece of work is suitable for it!