A whole lotta gator (Private)

I’ve had yet another change of scenery since my last blog. I am now living in Gainesville, and I will explain that later in this blog; although I think most people already know why I am here now.

Some time in mid February, I decided to reapply for the PhD in Computational Science program at FSU and apply for the MS in Space Studies at UND for fall. Unfortunately, I kind of hit some dead ends. I didn’t get the letters of recommendation in time for the UND. The FSU department told me they didn’t think I was a serious applicant, and said they would consider my application after Julie got accepted into FSU law. Julie got accepted into both UF and FSU law. I informed the FSU department of Julie’s acceptance, but I never heard back from them. My application was neither accepted nor denied; I just never received an answer. I eventually got an email from FSU admissions saying that the department never made a decision about my application, and my application was just canceled. The whole situation was pretty confusing to me. When they accepted me for Fall 2009 admission, and I canceled my admission, they told me that I could be readmitted. When I applied for readmission, they tell me I’m not a serious applicant, and didn’t even bother to give me a yes or no. The whole thing left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and perhaps this department wasn’t the one I should be involved with anyway.

Anyway, Julie was accepted into both UF and FSU, and since UF is a better law school, Julie ended up transferring to UF law. Julie and I have been in Gainesville for about a month. I contacted UWF and asked about their online MS in Mathematical Sciences, which I applied for admission for January. I still haven’t gotten an answer from them yet. I decided that I am going to work on a masters degree in math part time at night, while working full time during the day. If all goes according to plan, I will finish soon after Julie finishes her law degree. Once Julie finishes her law degree and I finish my MS in math, I can then apply to PhD programs while Julie works. I haven’t entirely decided exactly what I want to focus on in my PhD program, but probably something related to computational mathematics or computational statistics. I think I will make a better informed decision about that into my MS degree, but I think I will probably end up into Biostatistics, given my interest in biomedical informatics.

Now to talk about work… I told my supervisor half a month beforehand that Julie and I were moving to Gainesville. I told them I was exploring my options but offered to work remotely. I was actually expecting to have to look for somewhere else to work, but instead had a meeting with the director. He offered for me to work remotely and to move me away from automation if I wanted. I accepted to work remotely in automation until the end of the year, and then decide what to do after that. I have been working remotely from home while in Gainesville. I got the fastest Internet speed that Cox offers. I am also taking Calculus 3 and Differential Equations at Santa Fe College at night. I didn’t take those courses as an undergrad, but I need them to be admitted into the MS in Math. So, now my schedule has been pulling myself out of bed around 6:30AM, I work from 7:00AM until about 3:00PM. On Mondays through Thursdays, I leave home around 5:00PM for my classes, which start at 5:30PM. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I get home around 7:00PM. Tuesdays, I get home around 8:30PM. I work on homework and studying before and after class. It has been pretty exhausting, but I will get used to it. It takes hard work to achieve what you want. Even though I am in Gainesville now instead of Jacksonville, I am still not so happy with work, and I would like to find something better that is more related to my interests and treats their employees better. Unfortunately, Gainesville doesn’t really seem to have much to offer, so I’ve been keeping a low profile at work. I applied for a Java Developer position at Santa Fe College. I got three excellent letters of recommendation, and I think I would be perfect for the job: I have been using Java for about 6 years, and I have worked in a college setting for about 6 years. Unfortunately, I have not heard anything from them yet.