In my second post on this blog, I talked about possibly going back for a second degree. Usually, when I talk about doing something like that, the lazy side takes over, and I simply let it fade away. For instance, about a year ago, I had just reread Glory Road and decided that I needed to learn fencing.
Sure, I know that I’m not likely to get into a swordfight in this day and age, but it just seemed to me at the time that a man needs to know how to do things like that. So I looked into the Birmingham Fencing Club. Surprisingly, fencing is a reasonably affordable pastime. If you’re willing to pay a little more than what most health clubs charge a month, you can learn how to artfully impale someone with a sharp weapon.
Now I know what you’re thinking: how hard is it to impale someone with a sharp weapon? Not very. But can you do it artfully?
Anyway, I don’t have a great deal of disposable income, especially if the charges are recurring, so that dream faded out. At least for now…
Last year, I also really got into writing a novel. I had played with the idea before, but had never written out more than 3 or 4 pages. But this last time, I actually wrote 23,000 words (which would translate to around 90 pages in a novel). I’m really kind of proud of that. I usually don’t stick with things that long. That being said, I still didn’t stick with it. I developed some writer’s block and walked away from it.
Anyway, when I first wrote about possibly going back to school, I was afraid that I might be doing the same thing… talking big, but not following through. But the more I thought about it and looked into it, the more it made sense.
My company will actually reimburse me for 100% of the tuition and books every year. If I go back to UAB, which is where I got my first bachelor’s degree, then I only need 10 classes to get a degree in Information Systems. So there were many reasons to go back, and very few to not.
Therefore, I’m proud to say that I’m a student, once more. I’ve already been admitted, and I’m registered for the summer semester. My first class starts on the 31st, and I’ve already gotten the book, too. We’re going to be learning C#, which is an extremely useful and relevant programming language right now.
Anyway, it will be a little tough with 2 kids at home, but I think we can swing it. If things go as planned, I should be done by December of ’08!