With a few weeks of the summer term done, I feel like sharing my thoughts on my courses thus far. I am taking two courses, calculus & analytical geometry and java programming. Calculus & analytical geometry is a challenge for me because it is presenting advanced mathematics in an online-only format. Sometimes, it is easy and just review, but there are other times when entirely new definitions and theorems are shown to me for the first time. I really like applications problems because they help me remember ways to approach a variety of situations mathematically.
I remember when I was riding through downtown Nashville during the Spring semester and I was estimating the hypotenuse of skyscrapers based on given positions at ground level. Now, I am wondering about the time intervals when I can perform a super in given positions in Ultra Street Fighter IV and how I can best defend against a variety of attacks from different characters in given attack positions. Thinking about mathematical concepts keeps my mind clear.
During the break between the spring and summer terms, I studied C# on lynda.com. With that and some knowledge of C as well as C++, Java programming has been mostly familiar with it being a part of the C family of languages. Some parts of this programming language are distinctly different from the others, so I need to better familiarize myself with certain features for this course. Making simple programs with it is, as someone might guess, simple. I have some ideas about how to make a web application with Java.
Besides that, I am narrowing my choices of a university to attend. My major might change, but it shall at least be related to computer science with choices such as information technology, electrical engineering, or software engineering. Next, minoring in philosophy has become a goal that makes sense to me as a good choice. Critical thinking is an important skill to have and one ethics course, alone, greatly increased my apprehension of abstract thought. Another reason why it is a good choice is because higher education has standards of decency that discourage foul behavior which means that discussions about important issues shall be treated with care. This is very appealing, to me, because that means that even the least acceptable arguments shall still be respectful to philosophers and they shall be scrutinized for the logical qualities of their statements and arguments.
Another thing is online learning. I have studied in about half a dozen online courses for college credit and I consider myself as part of a generation that is changing the way humanity learns. Instead of only brick and mortar classes, online courses offer a different, and often more challenging, way to study. edX is partnering with Arizona State University to offer new college students a path to starting higher education online.
This is awesome because improvements are sure to come to online learning platforms. I would like to continue as a part of that. I am not interested in partying. I am going to college to learn. There are advantages to brick and mortar campuses like meeting people, but I would like online learning to advance to a state in which I can meet with people digitally in a way comparable to in person. I intend to continue giving potential for that.
That is all, for now.