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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3 Responses to “Day 1 and 50 Days later”


  1. 1 Janice August 19, 2008 at 21:29 pm

    Congrats on both counts! Great news all around!

  2. 2 Dave August 20, 2008 at 9:51 am

    That is kick ass. Quitting smoking is no easy feat. I’m imagining getting the EMTM degree will be a lot harder. Rock on!

  3. 3 guamaniac August 20, 2008 at 21:10 pm

    Thanks @Dave and @Janice. It is amazing when I really sit down and think about it. After day 2 of EMTM, I’m finding my strongest urges to smoke are during breaks between particularly “dense” classes! That tells me I’m not out of the “Addiction Woods” yet!


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