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I’ve received lots of praise and pats-on-the-back for my acceptance into Grad School here at UofT for Computer Science.
However, there’s another side of the coin. While I was still mulling the decision, I mentioned it to a few people here and there, and sometimes I got a strange look…like I’d agreed to have a lobotomy, or take experimental medication or something.
Believe it or not, I’m still getting it from time to time. It’s strange.
At one point, I posted my Grad School status on Twitter, and got back the response “Don’t! It’s a trap!” Trap? Really? Have aliens taken over the school? Am I unwittingly joining some bizarre cult? Am I going to get pushed down an empty elevator shaft on my first day? Awful hazing rituals? What’s going on?
What’s wrong with Grad School? I’ve asked a few people this question, and gotten the following (paraphrased) responses:
Here are my responses, in defense of Grad School – they’re numbered to correspond.
Have I missed any reasons for not going to Grad School? Do my rebuttals miss something entirely? It’s a bit of a moot point now – I’ve already accepted the offer. But if there are any interesting reasons that I missed, I’d love to hear them.
Well, it’s official. Today, I handed in my acceptance form for Graduate Studies here at the University of Toronto in the Computer Science Department!
Now I just need to keep my cGPA above 3.2…
Assuming that I get my B.Sc. without incident (because who knows, maybe the University will fight me for it…citing missing courses, insufficient credits, etc. I’ve checked all of this with New College and the Drama/CS departments, but I’ve been here too long not to be ready for bureaucratic tom-foolery…), I think I’ve got an interesting year or so ahead of me.
This summer is already looking quite busy, but here’s what I’m looking forward to next year:
I’ve been leafing through the Graduate course calendar, looking for courses that sound good and fulfill my breadth requirement. Here are the courses I’ve underlined as “interesting”. Note that I haven’t checked the timetable at all to see if these conflict with one another. They just sound interesting:
I’m also looking into the possibility of hopping (back) over to the Computer Engineering Department to see if I can take ECE568H1 – Computer Security. My general dislike for engineering courses notwithstanding, this still sounds like an interesting possibility.
(Note to self: the word “notwithstanding” just felt right to put there, but is that correct usage? I have no idea…)
Well, it’s no surprise – a Master’s student is expected to produce a paper in order to graduate. I have absolutely no idea what I’ll be doing my thesis on, but the number of possibilities is exciting.
It’d be nice to somehow merge Drama and Computer Science into a thesis – and I think it’d be an appropriate finale for my career here at UofT. It’s something to mull over while I have time, anyhow.
OLM is going up in the fall. Whether or not I work on it this summer, as a TA, I’ll probably be using the software to mark and return student code. “Eating one’s own dog-food” might be appropriate here – though I prefer, “eating the sandwich I just helped to make”.
A lot of my friends from the Drama department are either graduating in June, or staying on for one more year. A bunch who are graduating are staying in the city, and the prospect of doing some work with them outside of school is exciting.
We’re all very spoiled here at the UCDP – modest budget, multiple rehearsal spaces, etc… working on our own stuff outside of school might be a very humbling experience. Humbling as in, rehearsing in alley ways or rooftops, and using an audience holding flashlights instead of our own lighting grid. Cool.
This one is still in the works. Some buddies of mine from highschool (who are also my roommates) are looking to buy some property in, or around downtown Toronto.
This may sound ambitious, foolhardy, and naive, but we’re serious, and a lot of legwork has already been done in order to get this moving.
Ideal scenario? Next year, I’ll be living in a big house with my highschool buddies. And isn’t that living the dream?
Anyhow, as I was saying, my Grad school papers are in, so my brain is going to put that on the backburner for a while. Now I have to focus on my CSC301 midterm for this Wednesday, and an evidentiary analysis on CIA/JFK Assassination links for INI304.