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Thursday, September 29, 2005

 

I'm dying here

I'm approaching the cusp of total breakdown; I simply don't have time to try to stay caught up in all my classes. The combination of both Calculus 1 and Discrete Math is not working out; I spend all the time trying to understand one of them, and by the time I do there isn't enough time to catch up in the other one.

In short there simply isn't enough time in the day for me to work through two courses of this difficulty; math does not come easy to me.

At this point I'm probably going to drop Discrete and take it again some other time in the future when I can handle it. The problem is that it fits prominently in the CS course progression, especially the co-op progression.

The co-op progression is fairly tightly locked up. I'm going to try to meet with some supposedly important person tommorow to find out if I can drop my course load from 5 per semester to 4 per semester, and throw out a core course, destroy my course progression, and still stay in the co-op program.

If I can, great. I'll just deal with the messed up progression in the future, perhaps by simply delaying the whole thing by one semester and shoving in easy courses around discrete for one semester.

If not, well, I'll have to drop out of co-op and go for a regular degree; much more flexibility there. Who knows, maybe I could get summer jobs at NITI again.

I know what you're going to say, "That's nothing, two low level math courses and you're already overwhelmed." I've never absorbed math as readily as most other people. It is depressing.

Ugh, stupid Blogger spell checker isn't working in Firefox again.

Comments:
You are not dumb so I'm sure you can actually handle these courses. But I warn you, if you think you need to drop down to 4 classes in first term, you are going to have a rough few years ahead of you. I suspect a large part of your problem is living at home. I'm serious ... I bet you spend at least a couple hours a day commuting. That's a big chunk of a day.

Also, because you don't live on or near campus, I would suspect you're not doing your homework around any of your classmates. It helps immensely to be able to discuss problems with other people in your classes or get help when you're stuck. I am absolutely not suggesting you cheat since I abhor cheating, but it really helps to be able to discuss assignments with others as you're doing them. You should see if you can join a study group or hang out with some classmates to do your assignments before you give up. It will be more fun too. :)
 
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