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Reflecting on 2018: The Big Switch

2018 was not a great year. A lot of work and not much to show for it.

Upper-division engineering courses are no joke. I lowered my expectations for non-academic achievements and still failed my goals. And it turns out all my work is probably for nothing.

The whole tale starts with the Old Dominion University-Virginia Community College System pitch: you can get your BS in engineering 100% online by first getting your AS through the community college, which will cover all your lower-division courses and guarantee you admission into the ODU engineering program. Except, just kidding, there are a couple classes you have to take in-person (you're not a stay-at-home parent, are you?). And, just kidding, your AS program doesn't actually cover all of the prerequisites, or even offer all of the prerequisites (you're willing to travel across the state to take one class, right?). But you won't be told this until you're two and a half semesters into your upper-division classes in a course that you shouldn't even have been allowed to enroll in and are now failing because you don't have the prerequisites.

So if I ever want to finish the engineering program that I'm in, I'll need to take another year off to commute over the mountains to a different community college. Fortunately, Stephanie's new work situation can accommodate this. But if I'm going to be taking classes in-person anyway, I might as well see what the other options are: options I couldn't even consider when I started this journey because of Stephanie's work schedule.

At the local campus, there's a 12-week CompTIA A+ certification program. And I'm going to go for it. Because at this point I would rather have a $40k career this year than a $80k career that's been 'three years from now' for the past six years. (Not that $80k was really the goal, but it was a nice light to have at the end of a very dark tunnel.)

Things I'm Glad I Watched/Read

  • The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star 3.5/5 - significantly better than the main series
  • Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine 4/5
  • Arabella and the Battle of Venus 4/5
  • Avengers: Infinity War 3/5
  • Cells at Work! 3.5/5
  • The Court Jester 3/5
  • Ferdinand 3.5/5
  • Game Night 3/5
  • GJ-bu 3/5
  • The Incredibles 2 3.5/5
  • Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World 3/5
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas 4.5/5
  • My Hero Academia 4.5/5
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie 4/5
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story 3/5
  • Thor: Ragnarok 3/5
  • Upgrade 3/5 in the "good, but I never want to see it again" category
  • Your Name (Kimi no Wa) 4.5/5 - Saw in in January and it remained the best movie I'd seen all year until The Man Who Invented Christmas a few weeks ago