So it looks like I need 3 undergraduate classes to get admitted to the PhD program. It’s kinda crazy but I wasn’t even remotely upset, in fact I was expecting a lot worse. I’m actually excited to take these courses, really really excited. The classes are pretty easy and stuff I can already do, but it’s just not on paper as a checked box yet.
With that said, I will be hopefully taking at least one course next year starting in Feb, 2017. I also need to start working on renewing my CCIE and studying for the written again.. challenging but doable. Soon enough I’ll get my 10 years in and can be an emeritus and no longer have to worry about it.
I’ve been pondering this for a while, but I think I’m going to start progress on a book. I’m not going to reveal what it is, it’s a bit of a surprise but I will say it combines many of my talents and knowledge areas. My expectation is it to be an evergreen book so it can be used for a while and not just end up as a paper weight. I think at this point I will self publish but I’m not 100% sure yet
Lastly I wanted to thank John Sonmez at Simple Programmer for being the inspiration for me to start progress on my book!
So I’ve decided to apply formally to UMBC. After talking with a few people, I got a lot more information and feel very good about my chances as well as better about the whole process.
Here’s what I’ve done today:
- Submitted a GRE waiver form along with my resume and my unofficial transcripts.
- Asked 2 of my bosses and a third company I’ve worked with for letters of recommendation.
The GRE waiver will exempt me from the GRE tests for the fact that I’m fortunate enough to not require financial assistance since my job is paying everything. Also thankfully I did very well in my undergrad so my GPA is above the requirements for the GRE waiver.
One tiny step closer.. once the GRE waiver is approved/denied that will give me direction on what to do next.
So it’s my long time dream to start and get my PhD in computer science so I can continue life teaching and doing research. I spoke with one of the top professors at UMD yesterday in the ISR department and it was quite an experience and wealth of knowledge. I had no idea what I had to do to even be considered, but now at least I have direction:
- Take and get good scores on the GRE exam, study for a few weeks
- Get college Transcripts
- Research and speak to a professor on there research
- Get 3 letters of recommendation from managers, teachers, etc.
- Work on writing statement of purpose
- Apply formally to UMD or UMBC