What to do, what to do?
I need to register for another semester. But fall is a notoriously busy time, what with being strapped onto a freight train to Christmas beginning the day after Labor Day, so I need to choose carefully. I need some writing classes (because they’re required) but all of the classes available involve research and at least 3 papers. Not just work, but a SHITLOAD of work. So, I’m considering two possible options. My degree program requires two computer-related courses. I took one last year, so I have one more to go. One that looks interesting is titled “Introduction to Algorithms and Problem-Solving”. Really, it’s a math class, but there are no listed pre-requisites, so I might squeak through it relatively unscathed. After all, I can always use some more techniques in problem-solving, right? I have problems all the time! The “algorithm” part raises a red flag, but the “Introduction” is reassuring. See, the thing I like about a math class is that while I really have no talent for math, taking a math class involves showing up, studying and doing the classwork, taking a few tests, et voila. No projects, no research, no writer’s block, no looming deadlines…all of this is very appealing. Still, it’s math.
My other option is to take an elective, since I still need some credits. I’m thinking history. There are many classes which interest me, so my dilemma here is:
Class focusing on subject about which I know little or nothing? More interesting, but more work. OR
Class on US History, either 1900-1945, or 1945 to present day. About 20th century American history, I know a (comparative, when one considers that algorithms are on the table) SHITLOAD, so I could get a class out of the way, with little effort, but I probably wouldn’t learn much. And there’d probably be a damn research paper, too.
I have an advisor, but does she advise me? She does not. She tells me which classes I need and when and in which order I can take them, information which I can and do obtain myself with periodic degree progress audits that I can do online. If I asked her “which one should I take? Seriously, ADVISE me here”, she’d say something like “well, I think you have to consider your options and weigh your alternatives and make the decision that’s best for you at this particular juncture.” Not just unhelpful obfuscation but a SHITLOAD of unhelpful obfuscation. This is why I come to you, beloved and esteemed readers. Please comment and tell me which class you think I should take, and why.