Update 2 :: I need sleep edition

Posted by Alex on May 4, 2015

On Thursday my son, Tobias, will be one month old.

The days are getting longer but the weeks are getting shorter!
I’ve been neglecting this platform, but haven’t forgotten about it.
At Uni, exams times are approaching, I’ll be posting all of my revision notes on the blog - to keep me honest and keep everything searchable.

In the time between posts I’ve been crazy busy. Juggling Uni with work and having a son, while still doing pet projects for my own learning. A while back a few friends and I started something called overtime, It’s a very exciting project - www.overtime.nz. I also joined an ARMA 3 Clan called SOCOMD, I’m rewriting the website and blog they use on my own time, and they’re very pleased with what I’ve done so far. Check it out at www.socomd.azurewebsites.net. Another very cool project.

I’ve been doing what I can to get to uni and lectures, but frankly I haven’t been very successful in that regard. I’m handing in assignments on time and have passed all my tests and stuff so far, so it’s not an unsalvageable semester, but it is a very tight wire that i’m walking on. With luck and effort I’ll do well, but the more I attend uni, the less I feel like it’s actually helping me.

I’m still working at Spark Ventures, I’m also involved with Summer of Tech this year. Both are awesome opportunities for me in regards to career prospects.

The flipside of having a child now is that I’ll be seeking full time work in, around or slightly before August. I’m undecided if I’ll stay with Spark or if I’ll throw in with Summer of Tech, either options are really good.

Thats why Uni is such a conundrum for me. I want to get as much done as I can before that August cut off, but by the same token, I’ve got a job, every week of full time uni over full time work represents significant loss of earnings for me, at a time where I want to be earning as much for my boy as I can.

Compounding that is the fact that I feel like I’ve lost the faith with the CS department here. The stuff I’m learning right now just doesn’t feel relevant, the most useful paper I’ve done so far at Uni is still a stage 1 paper that taught basic html and css. I can’t help but feel like the purpose of going to uni was to get a job, and now that I’ve done that, why am I still giving these people money for what is essentially learnings that are irrelevant at best and outdated at worst.

I don’t know.

I’ve got some stuff to work through I think. I’ll be glad to see the end of full time study later this year. Of course once I start working full time, I’ll study part time and get my degree done eventually. But is there any reason to let it weigh on my mind and my time as heavily as it does right now?

I don’t know. I guess time will tell.