Heading Back To School, Finishing Up My Degree

After a long round of thinking about the future, my short and long term goals, and my overall level of happiness, I've decided to finally head back to school to finish up my degree. For those of you who don't know, I dropped out of college my sophomore year to pursue my present career track in software development which at the time (the .com boom) was one of the better decisions I've ever made. I've always considered myself a student of life itself and love learning, so the logical progression of things was always to head back to school at some point and obtain my 4 year degree. That time is most definitely now more than ever as A) I'm not getting any younger and B) better now than later when it'll be even tougher given other life constraints.

I've been accepted to the local university here in Charlotte and will be starting up classes in mid-May. Initially I'll be doing a light course load (8 hours) since I will be of course working fulltime in parallel. I'm going back in declared as my original major: Biochemistry. At this point in my career, I don't feel that a computer science degree would do me much good, and my true passion has always been one for the science disciplines. I may also minor in something a little off the beaten path like music theory since that's my other true passion, but at this point I'm taking it one step at a time so as to avoid any type of burnout. If all goes to plan I'll obtain my degree in about 2.5 years (or as little as 2 if I bust my ass). My goal is to move on to UNC-Chapel Hill once I get the basics knocked out here in Charlotte.

I do have plans for myself after that, and there is a decent chance that it will not involve computers, at least not in the sense of writing software for them, however that's a discussion outside the realm of this post. One of my dreams has always been to attend medical school, so I'll leave it at that. It seems like a long ways off though, and no doubt intentions will change between now and then as they always do. I would never fully leave the software realm, and at the very least a degree will open up new doors within the software/IT realm that are unavailable to me sans degree. For me it's all about grabbing life by the horns and achieving all the goals that I know I'm capable of, and giving new doors an opportunity to present themselves.

The silence has been deafening around here lately, but for the most part things have been alright. We still don't know what's up with my Mother's health, and my dog has gone through yet another round of scariness (he's been diagnosed with kidney disease now, but it's manageable via special diet). My new condo is slated to be done sometime in early summer, which is the next major milestone in my life: The thoughts of finally owning my own place are amazing! Until next time.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008 12:04 PM
# Keyvan Nayyeri said:

Good luck with that, Jayson :-)

Your success and happiness makes us happy, too :-)

Saturday, March 8, 2008 12:15 PM