I feel I should explain why I haven’t posted at all this week. Towards the end of the summer I decided to return to school (BYU) to finish my undergraduate degree in Computer Science. I only had two semesters left, so the idea of finishing in eight months was appealing, but the set of classes I need to take this semester has proved more time-consuming than I expected. In other words, I feel like I’m spending every waking hour on class projects and homework.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the classes are covering very interesting topics and I’m learning a lot, but I don’t expect the situation to change until finals are over.
For those of you who read on a regular basis, I apologize. I really enjoy blogging, and have missed posting more regularly, but school is the top priority at the moment. For the next several months, posts will be few and far between.
See you in April!
Good luck with your studies! Hopefully from time to time you’ll find a way back to post something. :)
Good luck this semester, Dan. Well, every semester, I suppose, but in the spirit of current-incity (currentness? contemporariness? nowhood?), I’ll just say good luck *this* semester — makes it more sincere or something. I think. Anyway, yeah, break a leg. ;)
Thanks, I appreciate it.
How long has it been since you were there? Is it infinitely better (or worse) being married? Don’t setting up keystroke logs in the labs, k? ;)
It’s been about 5 years since I was there, so it took a bit of getting used to. It is much better being married. It’s nice not to be distracted by the whole dating scene.
Don’t worry, I don’t have time to do any nefarious things like that ;)
Do you have to commute to get to class or is it a local extension? The commute can contribute to your exhaustion as well.
I do have a commute, but I take the bus so I’m able to work while I’m commuting.
That’s fantastic, Dan! Well, not that you are not posting, but that you have decided to finish your degree. Good luck (not that you need it) and we’ll see you when you can.
Congratulations on going back to school! But you will indeed be missed.
Thanks for the well wishes.
How hard was it to make the decision to go back to school?
I’m currently a ‘working man’ with an IT college diploma, but I have hopes to take a university degree in journalism at some point in time. The thing I’m concerned about is the whole transition from the working world back to the academic world and the timing. Did you draw a line in the sand and say this is when I’ll go back or was it more of something that came about because of opportunity? Is this something that has been in the works for a while?
Kevin: I had planned to get my degree eventually, and as I looked at my options with doing night classes and/or transferring to different schools, it became clear to me that the best option was to go back full time to finish. Things just fell into place when I began to investigate the process of returning, so that made it easier to take the plunge back into the world of academia.
When I started working full time, I started going to school part-time. At the time, it seemed like I had been becoming worse of a student anyway. But when I decided to go back full time, it was amazing. I was a much better student. Granted, it was the first time I had even not worked and gone to school, but I did much better than expected and retained more information (whereas before, all info would be sucked from the brain as I left the Final).
This is the first time since 1994 that I’ve gone to school full-time and not worked at all, so I understand what you mean. I feel like I’m a better student, but I didn’t follow the recommendation to limit the number of concurrent CS classes taken in a single semester. I believe that’s why I’ve been (and continue to be) so dang busy.
I didn’t take a lot of classes my first semester back, but the ones I did were pretty tough. I think I had CS 462, EE 451 (intense – Even the teacher admitted it was about 3 classes), Stat 321 and CS 324. Anyway, good luck.
Thanks. Your schedule sounds similar to mine, with just one more class added in for good measure, but so far I’ve been able to manage. I hope that remains the case.
in your business did you get to see Wallace and Grommett?
I did, thanks to an invitation from Jason and I enjoyed it. If anyone hasn’t seen it, I recommend going.
Can you just make a new post about something, just so I won’t have to keep seeing the same top post everyday I come here? Lol. I come here just about everyday to see if there is anything new…
Please update. I am so addicted to your site. I come here daily.
Why God!! Why !! Why Us?
Congrats! I always say the first thing I would do with disposable income (if I every have some) will be go back to school. Keep up the good work. Thank you for the entertainment and new found knowledge here amidst a tangled web.
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