Education

School Is Fast Approaching

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So school starts two weeks from tomorrow.

And I mean school for me, in case you were wondering.

Long story that’s been told elsewhere summarized:

  • Covid-19 Shutdown of my industry
  • Buy Out Package
  • My wife explaining to me that it’s time to do those things I’ve dreamed about turning into a career
  • Back to University

The intention at the outside is to follow a science degree with an education degree and spend my remaining professional years as a high school science and math teacher. That’s evolved a bit, but the basic premise is still the same.

This year, with things back to normal I’m looking for the full university experience, less the keg parties and drunken weekends. I’m going to Homecoming, I’ve got a dozen places picked out on campus to explore, I’m going to join at least one club (maybe two – it’s hard to choose), and participate in as many on-campus events and demonstrations as I can (guerilla film making strikes me as fun). This on top of what I think is going to be the toughest academic year of the four for me.

That’s partly by design, though. I’m putting a couple of really difficult third-year courses into this year to lighten next year a bit and be able to set things up so fourth year can be almost all about the thesis.

Did I mention I’m a Physics major?

This term, with my addition, that means four Physics courses at once: Dynamics, Computational Methods, Relativity, and Mathematical Methods. The last one is as much Math course as Physics, maybe more, but it’s math that’s directly applicable to what comes later.

I do need to be careful not to overcommit. Standard wisdom is that to be successful in university, you should expect to devote about 10 hours per week to each course. At five courses, that means a 50-hour academic work week. I’m likely to push that over 60 because at my age, with my specific goals, it’s not enough just to be successful. I have to do well, and I have to get things right the first time. Yes, I’m allowed to have bad days here and there and I can certainly blow an assignment or exam once in a while, but things have to even out to a couple of letter grades better than the minimum I need for consideration for Teacher’s College.

This year should be a lot of fun, though, and I’m looking forward to a lot of new stuff.

Stay safe and be well, everyone.

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