I AM DONE WITH SCHOOL

A record of all the college courses and tests I've taken from 2007 to 2017.

I AM DONE WITH SCHOOL

Since having graduated with an MS in CS from Cornell Tech, I’ve taken a total of 89 college-level courses starting from 2010.

To provide context, that’s about 30% more than the average master’s student will take, including undergrad courses.

Anyways, I value transparency and I could care less about formal education at this point, so here’s a record of all the courses and tests I’ve been through since 2007.

Courses

Course Name Course # Grade Semester Year School
Conversations in the Studio CS 5091 PASS Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Connective Media Systems and Tech INFO 5302 A+ Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Design Thinking NBAY 5180 A- Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Leadership for Studio NBAY 6700 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Women in Leadership NBAY 6130 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
HCI and Design CS 5682 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Product Management CS 5093 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Privacy in the Digital Age CS 5436 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Startup Studio CS 5999 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Conversations in the Studio CS 5091 PASS Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Security and Privacy Concepts in the Wild CS 5435 C Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Business for Tech NBAY 5500 B Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Intro to iOS Development CS 2048 AUDIT Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Physical Computing CS 5422 A- Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Startup Systems Design and Engineering CS 5356 A- Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Product Studio CS 5999 A Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Startup Ideas CS 5092 A Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Leadership for Studio NBAY 6700 A Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Special Topics: Cryptography CSC 395 B+ Spring 2016 Hampton University
Software Design and Development II CSC 405 B- Spring 2016 Hampton University
Organization of Programming Languages CSC 308 B Spring 2016 Hampton University
Intro to Computers CSC 120 A- Spring 2016 Hampton University
Intro to Physics II with Calculus PHY 204 A Spring 2016 Hampton University
Software Design and Development I CSC 404 B- Fall 2015 Hampton University
Mathematical Foundations CSC 510 B- Fall 2015 Hampton University
Intro to Physics II Lab PHY 216 B Fall 2015 Hampton University
Operating Systems I CSC 301 A- Fall 2015 Hampton University
Senior Seminar CSC 425 A Fall 2015 Hampton University
Databases CSC 570 A Fall 2015 Hampton University
Elementary Linear Algebra MAT 208 B+ Spring 2015 Hampton University
Computer Organization II CSC 205 B Spring 2015 Hampton University
Technical Communication ENG 218 A+ Spring 2015 Hampton University
C++ Unix Programming CSC 210 A Spring 2015 Hampton University
Data Structures II CSC 252 A Spring 2015 Hampton University
Special Topics: Web and Mobile Apps CSC 395 A Spring 2015 Hampton University
General Biology with Lab BIO 103 PASS Fall 2014 Hampton University
Humanities I HUM 201 CLEP Fall 2014 Hampton University
Humanities II HUM 202 CLEP Fall 2014 Hampton University
Computer Organization I CSC 204 C+ Fall 2014 Hampton University
Data Structures I CSC 251 C Fall 2014 Hampton University
Intro to Physics I Lab PHY 215 B+ Fall 2014 Hampton University
Probability & Stats MAT 305 B Fall 2014 Hampton University
Basic Research Topics in CSC: Python Programming CSC 291 A+ Fall 2014 Hampton University
Discrete Structures CSC 215 A Fall 2014 Hampton University
Intro to Physics I with Calculus PHY 203 A Fall 2014 Hampton University
Written Communication I ENG 101 CLEP Spring 2014 Hampton University
Written Communication II ENG 102 CLEP Spring 2014 Hampton University
Calculus I MAT 151 A+ Spring 2014 Hampton University
Aerobic Swimming PED 133 A+ Spring 2014 Hampton University
Beginning Swimming PED 134 A+ Spring 2014 Hampton University
Computer Programming I CSC 151 A- Spring 2014 Hampton University
World Civilizations II HIS 106 A- Spring 2014 Hampton University
Oral Communication COM 103 A Spring 2014 Hampton University
Health Education HEA 200 A Spring 2014 Hampton University
Calculus II MATH 212 C Summer 2014 Old Dominion University
Computer Programming II CSC 152 A- Summer 2014 Hampton University
Business Etiquette Seminar BUS PASS Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
ESM 1A - Single Variable Calculus MAT FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
NatSciLab Unit Computer Science I CS FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
General Biology/Neuroscience I BIO FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
General Environmental Science I ENV FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
General Computer Science I CS DROP Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
Computer Architecture CS DROP Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
German A1.1 GER B- Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
NatSciLab Unit Biology/Neuroscience I BIO B Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
NatSciLab Unit Programming in Python I CS A Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
AB Calculus AP C+ Spring 2013 Maury High School
US Government & Politics AP B+ Spring 2013 Maury High School
Macroeonomics AP B+ Spring 2013 Maury High School
Physics B AP B- Spring 2013 Maury High School
Microeconomics AP B Spring 2013 Maury High School
English Literature AP A Spring 2013 Maury High School
Introduction to Computing (C++) CSC 110 B Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
Astronomy II NAS 132 B Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
Introduction to Sociology SOC 201 AUDIT Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
Introduction to Philosophy I PHI 101 A Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
AB Calculus AP DROP Spring 2012 John Hopkins CTY Online
AB Calculus AP DROP Spring 2012 Maury High School
Environmental Science AP A- Spring 2012 Maury High School
Spanish Language & Culture AP A- Spring 2012 Maury High School
Psychology AP A Spring 2012 Maury High School
Biology AP A Spring 2012 Maury High School
Techniques for Wildlife Field Research SFS 3570 B+ Summer 2012 Boston University - School for Field Studies
Statistics AP B- Spring 2011 Maury High School
European History AP A- Spring 2011 Maury High School
Calculus MAT 130 AUDIT Summer 2011 Hampton University
General Zoology BIO 220 A- Summer 2011 Hampton University
Principles of Accounting I ACC 211 B Summer 2010 Tidewater Community College
College Algebra MTH 158 A Summer 2010 Tidewater Community College

Test Scores

Test Year Month Scores
GRE - Analytical Writing 2015 11 4.5 80%
GRE - Quantitative Reasoning 2015 11 152 48%
GRE - Verbal Reasoning 2015 11 155 67%
CLEP - Humanities 2014 9 Total Score - 51(?), Recommended Score - 50 Pass
CLEP - College Composition 2014 4 Total Score - 63, Recommended Score - 50 Pass
General Biology with Lab 2014 4 Tested out Pass
AP - AB Calculus 2013 5 15 Fail
AP - English Literature 2013 5 45 Pass
AP - Macroeconomics 2013 5 15 Fail
AP - Spanish Language & Culture 2013 5 45 Pass
AP - US Government & Politics 2013 5 25 Fail
SAT - Critical Reading 2013 1 680, 94% 94%
SAT - Mathematics 2013 1 640, 83% 83%
SAT - Writing 2013 1 730, 98% 98%
SAT - Overall 2013 1 2050 92%
AP - Biology 2012 5 25, Fail Fail
AP - Environmental Science 2012 5 35, Pass Pass
AP - Psychology 2012 5 35, Pass Pass
AP - Psychology 2012 5 35, Pass Pass
SOL - Reading 2012 5 509, Pass/Advanced Pass/Advanced
SOL - Virginia & US History 2012 5 479, Pass/Proficient Pass/Proficient
SOL - Writing 2012 5 586, Pass/Advanced Pass/Advanced
SAT Subject Test - Spanish Literature 2011 11 670 43%ile
AP - European History 2011 5 35 Pass
AP - Statistics 2011 5 25 Fail
PSAT - Critical Reading 2011 5 56 76%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT - Mathematics 2011 5 62 85%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT - Overall 2011 5 178 87%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT - Writing Skills 2011 5 60 88%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT - Critical Reading 2010 5 57 88%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT - Mathematics 2010 5 53 75%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT - Overall 2010 5 168 79%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT - Writing Skills 2010 5 58 92%%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT - Critical Reading 2009 5 54 84%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT - Mathematics 2009 5 55 84%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT - Overall 2009 5 168 80%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT - Writing Skills 2009 5 59 94%ile compared to high school sophomores
SOL - Biology 2009 5 3850 - 452 Pass/Proficient
SOL - Civics & Economics 2009 5 3840 - 557 Pass/Advanced
SOL - Geometry 2009 5 4345 - 534 Pass/Advanced
SOL - Grade 8 Reading 2009 5 4245 - 544 Pass/Advanced
SOL - Grade 8 Writing 2009 5 4648 - 483 Pass/Proficient
Educational Records Bureau CTP3 - Level 4, Form 1 - Quantitative Ability 2009 3 2950 95%ile, 8 Stanine
Educational Records Bureau CTP3 - Level 4, Form 1 - Quantitative Ability 2009 3 2345 90%ile, 8 Stanine
Educational Records Bureau CTP3 - Level 4, Form 1 - Reading Comprehension 2009 3 2845 90%ile, 8 Stanine
SAT - Critical Reading 2009 1 440 28%ile compared to high school seniors
SAT - Mathematics 2009 1 480 38%ile compared to high school seniors
SAT - Writing 2009 1 560 71%ile compared to high school seniors
ITBS - Communication Skills 2007 5 76% National Percentile Not Identified as Gifted
ITBS - Social Studies 2007 5 89% National Percentile Identified as Gifted

People are usually impressed that I, as a female minority, was able to graduate with a MS in CS from an Ivy League school by the age of 21.

However, what most people don’t realize is that for the most part, I feel the current education system is deeply flawed.

In fact, the only reason I rushed through the whole thing is simply because I couldn’t wait to get it over with.

Both my parents are educators so school has always been a big deal for me but I’ve never bought in to the whole “college” lifestyle and I’m glad I’m done with formal education for good.

AND THANKFULLY, my parents and I have never had to take a single loan out either.

A few reasons I feel the current education system is terribly flawed include

  • the piss poor salary of teachers in the public school system
  • the randomness/luck that is the admissions process for “elite” colleges
  • the high number of incompetent people lucky enough to get accepted to such colleges and are able to ride off that branding for a while
  • “legacy” anything
  • privileged folks not understanding why “affirmative action” is needed
  • the ridiculous amount of money that is required to get a “good” education that has led to student debt being at an all-time high
  • the lack of accountability from schools to help students find a job
  • the abundance of non-profit schools and shitty coding bootcamp programs that are taking advantage of hopeful but “poor unfortunate souls”

TLDR;

How I think most people feel after they owe a shit ton of money for a degree that wasn’t really worth much.

Poor Unfortunate Souls