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A Challenge
November 12, 2003 — 7:10 pm

Well, I’ve been setting my sights lately on how to bump up my income. After much wrangling, I finally came to the conclusion that I will ultimately have to improve myself in some way. You know, make myself a bit more marketable. So, starting in January, I will begin classes to achieve a CCNP (cisco) certification. This, in itself, should do the trick in boosting my disposable income.

That decision gave me some peace. But then I thought, why should I be satisfied with just a Cisco certification? What I really want, what I need, is a challenge. The last monumental challenge to which I was subjected was the 64 week Chinese Mandarin course at the Defense Language Institute. But, that was over 4 years ago. So, while perusing the catalogue for the local community college I asked myself one question.

What would be the most challenging degree program I could ever hope to pursue?

The answer came quickly enough. Mathematics. I’ve always performed poorly in Mathematics. But, does it have to be that way? Am I destined to never understand what Math is all about? Is it, as Barbie says, hard? I guess I’m about to find out.

While I’m taking classes for the Cisco certification, I will be taking math courses on alternating days. I will start with the lowest of the low, Developmental Math I, and then simply progress through the ranks until I receive my degree. One good thing, I have all my General Ed out of the way so, I can concentrate solely on Math. I figure it will take about a year and a half.

At least I won’t have to hire a Math tutor for our home schooled daughters now.

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