Tuesday, 24 August 2004, 15:26:19 EDT

A couple of weeks ago I decided that I really need to attend classes again so that I can get finished with school. I went through all the motions to get financial aid and was approved. However, when I tried to register last week I was informed that I needed to reapply for admission since I had not taken classes in so long. I was quite sure that I would not be able to register for this semester and was resigned to starting school again next semester. Well, yesterday a co-worker asked a friend in the registrar's office if there was anything they could do to speed my application along. When I got in to work this morning I was informed that I could register for classes. So, I sat down and looked at all of my options. I could either work towards finishing my associate degree in computer science or work towards another degree. I have been at this metaphorical crossroad for a while now and today I chose the road I will travel. First I investigated changing my major to information technology; I decided that I will not go that route, even though it would be the easiest, because I do not like the curriculum. I just can not take any curriculum seriously when one of the classes focuses on how to write a resume and dress for an interview. I also wrote off the english major as I don't feel that will do me much good in my career. This left me with two options, continuing the computer science degree in which I would have to transfer in order to get my bachelor's degree or I could choose to get a bachelor degree in mathematics. I decided on the latter. It is going to be a long hard journey but I am committed now. Play time is over and I need to get on with things. I believe that if I work hard enough I can attain this degree by the end of Summer 2006. It will mean late nights of work as I am not proficient in math but in the end I will have accomplished something. It will also mean that personal projects are going to advance even slower for me as I will have to focus all of my extra time, or at least as much of it as sanity allows, on school work.


Good Luck! :)

Posted by Jacky on Monday, 30 August 2004, 13:10:57 EDT.

Mathematics, huh? I never really pictured you as going into a degree so structured, but I guess its better than languishing with a degree that will take years to finish.

Still...why mathematics, exactly? IT is closer to what you have been taught; you could have always done a concentration in coding and migrated over to software development after you graduated.

Posted by Jonathan G. on Monday, 30 August 2004, 22:09:26 EDT.

I thought that I explained why I will not go through the IT curriculum in the post. Also, the mathematics degree will require tweleve hours of upper level CS courses and the type of programming (graphics) I really want to do requires a lot of math. So, this is better all around.

Posted by James Sumners on Tuesday, 31 August 2004, 7:43:00 EDT.