July 5th, 2007

duke-school

Storm and School

Storm's a'coming'. There is a lot of wind and a little bit of rain. There will be more rain soon; I can tell. I am sitting here in front of my open window, and the air smells like wet spring. The leaves are shaking and my wind chimes are... well... chiming.

I found out today that I got an A- in my database class. I'm satisfied with that. Two classes out of the way.

I suffered some major stress at the beginning of the week, because my professor called me and asked all kinds of questions about my course project. Apparently he didn't think I'd done all of the work myself. Which is very distressing, because I not only did it, but I worked very hard on it! The thing is that, since I DID have nothing to hide, I didn't really understand what he was asking or why at first. So I didn't defend myself as well as I probably could have.

I figure that the main reason he thought I might not have done it is because it was so darn awesome. I think after some conversations he came to accept that the work was mine. I'll admit that I did borrow the initial premise from my Requirements class, but all of the modeling, diagramming, code, and normalizing was my own work.

My research papers need more citations. I don't really understand what I'm supposed to be citing though, when I'm just narrating the basic theories of data storage. I got almost all of my information from my book and from lectures and class discussions! And some random web searches, often other professors' notes online. But there aren't a lot of "scholarly" discussions on basic modeling principles.

Anyway, the class is done and my grade starts with "A", even if it ends in a "-". Good enough.

I'm taking two months off now, so I don't have to stress about school during my European vacation in august. Then I'll take my next class starting in september.

I'm debating about what I want to take though. I'm wondering if this degree is really right for me. The university offers a couple of different degrees. I'm enrolled in this one, but I'm realizing it has a high database concentration. I liked learning more details about DB design this term, but I don't want to spend lots more classes on it. I thought the degree was going to be more software-y.

I could switch to this degree instead, with an emphasis in software engineering. The first degree sounded more technical and less business-oriented, which is why I chose it. But I'm not all that keen on DBA stuff. The second one might have a more classes that interest me.

I don't know. I have to talk to my adviser soon, and maybe she'll have some advice. Also I need to make sure my two classes would transfer smoothly, although I'm pretty sure that'd be no problem.