What’s Happening Next Term
At this point, my plans for the fall term are up in the air. I really wanted to take at least 3 classes, but I would have to get all my classes online. My fiance has started going to nursing school at Kaplan College, and she will need to use the car. We only have one vehicle right, and one income, mine. I have to be very strategic about my class selection.
Her schooling takes priority over mine, as she is in an accelerated program, and she is very likely to get a decent paying job at the completion of her studies. I had promised that I would support her during this journey by taking care of the bills and leaving her alone when she studies
I started school, because I need to improve myself as well. My first couple go-rounds at school yielded lackluster results. Mostly because my heart wasn’t in it. I’m on this warpath to computer programming greatness! I am very excited about the possibilities. In my research, I discovered that it can be helpful to have a higher level of math knowledge under my belt.
Unfortunately, I did rather poorly on the Math Compass exam. This left me only the option to take basic math to start. I’m not about that life. I don’t want to waste time or money on a basic math class when I know I can do better and test out of it. I will be using the time between now and about early October to beef up my math skills so I can take the Compass again. I want to ultimately get to at least Calc-2. Engineering has been on my radar for quite some time now. I would be looking into graduate programs for that step. That would require way more math than I know now.
I bought a college math prep book from Half-Price Books over the weekend. The content is a little too basic, but still very helpful. I have been using Khan Academy also, but I wanted a learning method that kept me offline. I get distracted by the internet WAY too easily. I think 7-8 weeks of studying for an hour or so a day will have me plenty prepared for the placement test in the Fall.
My perspective class schedule should include an intro to Web Development class. I should be able to do pretty well in that class, because I have been learning web dev on my own for a couple years now. However, I really hope it does challenge me to grow. I want to get better. I had a Visual Basic class on my schedule, but I’m not sure if I can do it, because I have to go to campus for part of it. Finally, I am currently waitlisted for an intro to Linux class. I am hella excited about that class. I really want to get to know Linux better. I think it would make me quite a valued programmer.
I will let you all know what I finally decide upon in a couple weeks.