Back to School: A Journo Returns for a CompSci Degree
I hate poseurs.
I hate “social media experts.” I hate giggling idiots trying to make money off the Internet when they have no idea how any of its applications actually work. I hate tech groupies. I hate tech scenesters.
I also hate hypocrites.
So I’m going back to college.
Starting in 29 days, I’ll be sitting down for eight hours a week to study object-oriented programming. I started trying to learn Python by reading the O’Reilly book, but that method wasn’t cutting it. I was highly motivated, but I wasn’t making the time, I didn’t understand some of the basics, and I didn’t have any structure to my study. I decided the best way to learn how to be a computer programmer was to do hard time, a.k.a., enroll in an associate’s degree program for computer science applications and development.
And that’s what I did. Tuition’s paid, classes are registered for, time off work is approved.
I realized I’m far too passionate about the Internet and technology to know as little as I do about computer programming. I’ve been on the fringes of a culture and a profession that both fascinate me, but I’ve essentially been just like the “groupies” I say I despise.
No more groupie-ism. Time to learn; time to do.
If there’s a subject you’ve been wanting to learn more about, I hope this post serves to encourage you. At most colleges, the fall semester starts in about one month; tuition at a community college can run around $100 or less per class. What’s your excuse?