In preparation for starting graduate studies for my MS in the fall, I thought it might behoove me to take a few more undergraduate courses over the summer. I’ve got my eye on a few statistics and discrete math classes that, while technically not required as prerequisites, would refresh and solidify some of the stuff I haven’t done in more than a decade.
But I can’t register for summer classes, because I’m graduating in two months.
I thought it might be as simple as flipping a bit somewhere that says
coming back for more classes, but I was wrong. It turns out that I need to apply for undergraduate readmission as a non-degree-seeking student. For the fall. For the same semester that I am applying for graduate admissions.
I want to give you money. Please get your heads out of your asses.
In other, related news …
I’m hitting more and more walls with some of my projects. I simply don’t have the requisite knowledge base to continue work—some of it is just way, way over my head. I think I know what it is that I don’t know, and I’ve been working on drawing a learning path to get there.
Both of the paths for two very different projects are things I wouldn’t learn without another 2 or 3 years of graduate school. And not because of scheduling, but because I have a heckuva lot to learn just to get to the point where I can take that final step. I’m working on digging around on the Internet and teaching myself what I need to know, but I’m hitting a wall with most research papers behind pay-for-access publications.
This is profoundly frustrating.
Up until now in my life, I was okay with all of the stuff I didn’t know. I knew I’d get there eventually, and I didn’t have an immediate need for the knowledge anyway. And, frankly, it was all nebulous enough that I couldn’t really be bothered to care about it. But now I have a need, and I can see the goal, but sweet baby Obama is it proving to be a real pain in the ass to get there.
I’m a web guy. I want information to be free. It’s not.