Back On Track

[Editor’s note: For purposes of contextual coherence, it may be useful to know that this post originally appeared on the self-coded, PHP-based version of the synthetik.org homepage before being folded into this blog. -KM]

There is only one word for an occasion such as this: W00T!

I am officially scheduled for classes at Murray State! I spoke to my academic advisor Thursday morning, threw together a schedule during a break at work, and was registered for classes by noon. After the debacle that ensued in January, I’m substantially relieved that there weren’t any snags this time around. I’m tremendously eager to get back into the swing of things, and I’ve taken on a whole new attitude toward college. If only I had felt this way when I was still eighteen years old. I think I just had some more growing up to do.The-road-to-success

Anyway, I know you’re all just dying to know what classes I’ll be taking. Trust me, they aren’t all that exciting. To tell the truth, I’ve already taken most of them at least once before, with less than favorable results. I have my EverQuest addiction to blame for that. I am comforted, however, by the prospect that I will be mostly done taking “general studies” classes by the end of this year.

I decided to get things rolling as soon as possible by signing up for HUM 212 (Humanities in the Modern World: Diversity) this summer. Starting June 1st, I’ll be diving in to my third attempt at Humanities. Perhaps since it will only be a six-week class, I’ll be able to maintain interest long enough to ace it this time around.

For the fall I’ve slated five classes totaling 17 credit hours:

  • CSC 301 (Foundations of Computer Science I) – The next step in the path toward my major. I’m really looking forward to this one.
  • MAT 250 (Calculus I) – This will be my third attempt, since mathematics has never been a strong subject for me.
  • JPN 105 (Introduction to Japanese Culture) – I came out with a D the first time I took this and I know I can do better. I really enjoyed this class despite not doing so well in it. It probably would have helped if I had turned in all the assignments.
  • PSY 180 (General Psychology) – This is a university studies elective that I’ve taken twice. The first time, I withdrew from the class before I could fail it. The second time, I took home a D. Once again, I know I can do better.
  • CSC 199 (Introduction to Information Technology) – I took the CLEP test for this class when I was a Junior in High School and passed with 97%. Fortunately, I never actually turned in my test for credit at MSU, though I still technically could (I think?). CLEPing out of it wouldn’t raise my GPA or my total credit hours, and since I need the GPA boost, I’ve decided to take the actual class. I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult, given that I should already possess most of the knowledge needed to pass it. In reality, I’ve most likely forgotten a great deal more than I would wish to admit.

The Computer Science program has changed significantly even in my three year absence. Most of the general math classes have been ripped out and replaced with math classes that a computer scientist would actually use.

Another interesting addition to the program is the “thread of emphasis.” From what I remember from my advisor’s explanation, CSC majors can now choose to focus their studies on certain aspects of computer science such as application development, net-centric technology, graphical (game) development, or database development.

I find myself unable to pick any one thread at this point in time. My desire leans toward game development. My talent leans toward net-centric technology. My practicality leans toward application development. It looks like I really need to search my heart to find my calling, and hopefully through taking more classes, I’ll be able to make a confident decision.