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Back to School

BCIT

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on my site; the reason I’ve been off the grid is mostly because I started school at the beginning of September at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology). I’m currently in the CST (Computer Systems Technology) program at BCIT. This program takes 2 years to complete and at the end of it, I get a diploma. Once I have a diploma, there are a few options that I could pursue. I could stay at BCIT for another 2 years and complete a degree or I could transfer to a University and finish my degree there. Yet another thing I could do is start working with my degree. After a few years or working, if I wanted to upgrade my skills, I could go back to school or if I felt like I was doing well, I could stay working. My main goal is to find a flexible job that allows me to continue climbing at the level that I’m at. Right now, I’ve been training about 3 days a week. I do about 3 hours of homework each day and on the weekends a bit more. BCIT is the most intense program I’ve been in. In high school, I didn’t do homework and I still got a high B average. The analogy that they keep repeating here is “It’s like trying to drink through a fire hose”. In most Universities, the maximum credits you can take per semester are around 15, I’m taking 28. I’m taking 8 courses but 2 of them are a lot easier than the other 6 because it’s only an hour a week. The other 6 courses are 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week. Each week, there’s a scheduled lab in which you have to complete the lab work. On top of that, there are roughly 4 assignments that each take about 2 weeks to do. For each lecture week, I have to read about a chapter in each course. In total, I read 4 chapters a week, then try to do the labs, work on my assignments and try to climb. That whole last paragraph was probably just a big brain dump but that’s what it feels like. I’m constantly doing work and I’ve almost completely stopped gaming. Last week, I had my midterms and I think they went pretty well. The highlight of midterms was getting 100% in Math!! An upcoming even is the Seattle Bouldering Challenge which is on the November 21st. I can’t wait, it’s the best competition of Fall and it’s a great way to stay motivated.

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