I realize I only just started working full time 6 months ago right out of undergraduate, but today marks yet another milestone in my life/career. Today was the day I found myself back at the university taking a graduate level class towards my Master’s degree. Education has always been one of the most important things in my life growing up and to not get a Master’s degree would have been a failure to myself. I took a break from class for a semester, and while I’ve learned a lot working in industry I had that feeling of unfinished business in the back of my head.
Right now I’m not officially enrolled as a graduate student, because it’s been a hectic few months just getting settled into the working life. Putting together a grad school application for last fall or even this spring semester would’ve been extremely difficult on top of other personal loose ends I had to tie up. Luckily, the university offers the option of taking classes as a “non-degree” student which is what I am considered right now. One can take up to three classes outside a degree to apply towards the future and I graduated with two extra classes. My plan then is to get my application in for next fall and apply my three classes to that program. To do that though, I need to take the GRE’s next month on top of this class and some pretty aggressive deadlines at work hahaha. Not impossible, but it’ll be a test of my efficiency with time.
If all goes according to plan, I will have my Master’s in Computer Engineering with a specialization in software within 3 years from Boston University. I picked that program because I feel like it will compliment my existing abilities rather nicely. A dream of mine is to be a full stack engineer, to have a working knowledge of everything from the electrical signals all the way up to high level software constructs. I’m going to accomplish that with my BS in EE, job in CE, and MSCE focusing on software. It’s going to be a long journey, but it will be worth it in the end to have that level of understanding.