[sf-perl] McS worth it?
woof at danlo.com
Wed Jul 23 18:03:48 PDT 2008
>>> My goals? Hard to say, the top goal right now is finding the right
>>> "woman" before I'm over the hill, kids and the rest of that.
>> Um... then forget about a CS degree.
> Good point. Being in grad school is pretty antithetical to having a
> life. At least, this is true of Ph.D. programs; I'm not sure about McS.
The McS courses at Colorado State Univ. are meant for people who work, which is
why there isn't a research component to an McS. The adviser who answered my
initial inquiry said that a lot of people like me fall into the McS category. I
can do one course a semester until I finish all the classes. I think the
duration would be 3 years or longer. I'll be sure to check this out when I talk
to "sample" students the advisor sends me.
> And of course doing anything that's fun but not lucrative can make it
> harder to raise kids... depending. Do you want to own a house in the
> Bay Area? Do you need to send them to private college and/or
> secondary schools? How many kids are we talking about? These are big
> lifestyle decisions, with lots of financial ramifications. You might
> actually want to sit down and talk to a financial advisor, or at least
> run some rough numbers yourself.
I've talked with a financial advisor and I'm doing good. As for kids that would
be somewhat chance + negotiation. A home? no. The bay area has a couple of
earthquake faults, so I don't believe buying a home is a good idea.
> PS: I was going to write a long post dissuading you from going back
> to school, but I see that your goal is not just to be a great
> programmer and make money. Your goal is to do cutting-edge research.
> In that case, my advice doesn't really apply.
Well, it is not always cutting edge research. Twitter, memcached, mysql, isn't
cutting edge research, but those projects made a significant impacted on the
community. Growth is good :).
> Just some thoughts; I definitely don't have all the answers. Good
> luck on your quest!
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