This just puts trust in a new player that they are trading with an admin. Even though they aren't.
I personally see trading as NOT a joke. This might be me though. Just caught up with you on a different call.
Like Marki says, I wouldn't hesitate to jump right into the practical hands-on stuff before you formally learn the theory behind it all in a classroom. You can learn so much by yourself right now, at your own computer, for free. If you become familiar with the basic ideas of programming and learn the mindset that comes with it right now, the introductory computer science courses will be some of the easiest A's you've ever gotten.