November 9, 2006

Dropping OS, hurray?

I've thought it over thoroughly and in about 6 hours I'll be walking over to the registrar's office to withdraw from Operating Systems. With seven assignments pending, a final exam to study for, and only 4 weeks on the calendar, I've decided it's not worth the effort, after all, it's too much work and too little time. But here's the catch. You see, at Sacred Heart College Junior College one needs to have completed and passed the Operating Systems class in order to graduate with an associates degree in Network Administration + Computer Technician. Therefore, I'll only be able to graduate from SHCJC with a Technician degree, which isn't much really. And so I'm thinking of not even applying for graduation now that I've realized the worth of a diploma (from an associates degree) and the Belizean perception of it. According to two influential superiors, whose identities must be kept undisclosed, a diploma for an associates degree is in fact dispensable unless one plans to pursue their career immediately after 6th form. For some extraneous reasons, Belizeans tend to give it a status beyond what it's actually worth, that there piece of paper. Now, I know better than to listen to only one side of the tale, but it does make sense to some degree (It's all about degrees today). It's actually very easy to transfer to any university to further my education once the proof is presented in the form of grades and other attributes. All they want to see is how far you are in your field, and how good the grades on your transcript are. Some people see it as just the first two years of getting a bachelors, much like how it's perceived at in the U.S. So now you know that you can get into UB with or without that single document, no strings attached. Just a refresh, if it wasn't obvious the first time around, I'm dropping OS because I don't want it to affect my GPA, in which case may result in diminished chances of me getting a scholarship or financial aid, yada,yada... I could go on with this forever, I got the graphs, I got the equations. The point is, no diploma, no problem (not that I'm not getting one). I've got much at stake with nothing to gain, and if you love me enough and prefer to see me live every moment of life like it was the last, then you wouldn't want to see me get drained out these last few weeks and you'd see no controversy behind what I'll be doing today. Contrary to what Caleb says, I believe it's the best choice I can make. Now to shed the light to my peeps. I know my mom is going to give that look again, but then she'll forget about it just like the time when I didn't take any CXCs.

3 comments:

DannyMaldito said...

Hey Leo,

Huge decision and very important too. However, if you feel its too much to complete in a limited time span don't fool urself. I'd do the same... I believe you did a smart thing, I just hope that its something you don't regret. It makes no sense you try doing all those assignments in a hurry and doing a shitty job on it won't help. Like you said, you want to keep ur GPA, Keep it!

Gabrielle said...

From 'the previously mentioned', to be someone you have to have something to show for it. If you believe that you have the power enough to rise above the worlds expectations then you are a special someone, so either make the change and be a leader or get with the program and be a follower like the rest of us.

(do you have to ask) Beth said...

Ok Leo, I screwed up my blog... I am in the process of recreating it.. with a different name...but End of the Street was prefectly me.
bummer.....
Any idea for a new name?