Archive for August, 2008

Day 1 and 50 Days later

Today brings a double-whammy in the “Life of Joe” category.  After languishing in the realm of Post-Secondary-Degree-land, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and enrolled in a Post-Post-Secondary-Degree program.

In other words, I’m getting my Master’s.  I’m a freshly minted student in the Executive Master’s in Technology Management Program at the School of Engineering at Penn, also known as EMTM.  I’ll end up with an MSE, but since the program is co-sponsored by The Wharton School, there’s a decidedly business slant to the curriculum.

Case in point, my first two classes as said fresh-mint-student: Decision Models and Statistics.

I spend the last half of today going through Math Boot Camp.  I have to say, the Prof. was terrific, extremely engaging and personable, and surprisingly attuned to his audience of “haven’t done college match since…well…college” students.

I have to say, I came away with a better understanding of Derivatives and Integrals than I did with two semesters of Undergraduate Calculus!  Take that, Math Department!

So that’s the Day 1.  What’s with the Day 50 you ask?

Well, today also marks the 50th day since I decided to quit smoking; the 50th SMOKE-FREE Day!

And the crowd goes wild!

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