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  • Matriculating Into Columbia University, Moving to New York

    I have the proud distinction of being able to say that I have been accepted to Columbia University (yeah, that Columbia...the Ivy League one) and will be finishing up my degree there. I'm still in shock that it's actually happened, that I get to fulfill my lifelong dream of attending an Ivy League institution...and Columbia at that which is IMO the coolest of the Ivies, namely due to its location in Manhattan. I have busted my ass over the past year in my studies, and it's great to see...
  • Another Semester Done, Summertime Is Here

    Spring semester at UNCC has ended, and compared to previous semesters, this one was quite the crusher to say the least, even though it was only 15 credit hours. My GPA for the semester was a 3.53, so I’ll make Dean’s List again, but I was a bit disappointed by one particular B in my Chemistry lab…the TA said I was extremely close to an A, but that there would be no curve. My most surprising comeback story was Calculus I; bear in mind I haven’t had a college level math class in about a decade, so...
  • One Month’s Worth of Sleepless Nights To Go Please

    Spring semester at UNCC has gotten off to a roaring start; I can’t believe it’s already been 6 weeks. I had to do some schedule adjusting…trust me, my course load is not to be envied at 16 hours: General Chemistry 2 (with lab), General Biology 2 (with lab), Calculus, Japanese, and I’m TA’ing for a deductive logic professor. The labs are what absolutely kill me each week since they are three classroom hours + lab reports + quizzes, exams, and papers…all for one...
  • I'm Drowning in Paper, So I Bought a Tablet

    So another semester has drawn to a close…this semester was my first full one; I did 17 hours and I can say one thing for certain: It’s a lot easier to focus at age 30 than it was at 18, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Finals were pretty gruesome, but overall it was a successful semester, and I’ve loaded myself up with 18 hours for Spring. One thing I learned about myself is that at some point, I stopped being able to do consecutive nights of 4 hours of sleep…I paid dearly for...
  • One Semester Down, Six To Go

    My career transformation is 1/7th complete, tack on 6 credit hours to my official transcript...unfortunately 6 hours is the max you can take during a summer session but it was certainly better than nothing. Classes went well, and I'm actually glad I decided to do a summer session since it allowed me to get back into the swing of things as well as get to know the UNCC campus. The real pain begins tomorrow when I start a 17 hour load for fall semester. I did not choose 17 hours by choice; in order...
  • So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

    I've been a software developer for almost 7 years now. To say I've had a good run at it would be an understatement (both financially and via life satisfaction)...I have no college degree, and learned most of my trade both on the job and in my spare time. Computers are one of the few fields where you can rise quickly through pure hard work and dedication without the requirement of a degree. With the proliferation of online communities and blogging, getting networked in to make even more of...

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