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November 24, 2003

4 the Hard Way

It won't be long before I finally get my degree. The realization that CompTIA's Security+ cert equates to a few more credits in the college course bank has caught my attention this evening. I've been looking around to see what would be the next step. Certainly, finishing the Ethics exam is the sure route, but after that....?

I submitted a course plan to Excelsior. It was approved. I called them about the Security+ exam and found that I *can* substitute this for the Network+ exam I had intended to take. This was the good news. The bad news was: the Network+ would have duplicated previous credit (Networking Essentials from the MCSE). This has me questioning the "plan"...

For me, this is the hardest part of getting that dang degree (well, this and finding the money for books and tests). I have the ability. I'm willing to put in the effort to study. Knowing which step to take next is the hard part. I don't want to waste my time duplicating previous efforts. I've already done that. I have over 155 semester hours and I'm still only in my senior year! I still need another 30 semester hours to get a BS/CIS. And the biggest kick in the head is that I've been going to college off and on since September 1978.

I just finished forking out a goodly sum of moola to "enroll"... This is supposed to provide me with an Academic Advisor for one year. At the end of that year, I'll have to pay another fee (about 450 clams) to continue my enrollment. Naturally, I'm trying to finish this "year" within a year to avoid the annual fee. If I can do that, I can then use that money to pay the graduation fee (about 450 smackers).

Somebody call the whaaaaaambulance... I know, I know. But, it feels good to vent every now and then. There's no use in demanding that the Advisor actually advise me... They don't know. They're Human Resource type people. They don't really know more than what the book says regarding the specifics of test X versus test Y. So, like it or not, it's on my shoulders to plot the course of my education. Perhaps that's part of the plan (the Big Life Plan)....?

I wish I had more foresight/maturity in my younger years. I would have graduated in 1982. I would have had a different degree, but...I would have graduated. I should have jumped through whatever hoops I needed to in order to stay in school. I should have kissed whatever ass I had to kiss to find a way to pay for it. Now I'm jumping through many more hoops with stiffer legs. I was more nimble then. But, my mind was more inflexible.

Oh well... things always happen for a reason (even if we don't know what that reason might be). There must have been some purpose to my detour into the Army. Perhaps there's another (or same) reason I took another detour into the Chemistry field. And here I am - doing 4 the hard way...on the 25+ year plan.

I bet there's a version of me in a parallel universe bitching blogging about the frustrations of being a computer geek with a Bachelor's in Social Work...

Posted by BlueWolf on November 24, 2003 07:38 PM