As you all know, I’m taking advantage of the relative scarcity of work for me to do in the lead-up to my thesis defense by auditing a number of undergraduate courses in subjects which I have always found interesting/necessary, but never had time/opportunity to take.
I had initially wanted to take macroeconomics, computer science and creative writing. I was compelled, unfortunately, to not take creative writing on the ground that, as I could only audit it, I wouldn’t be given any feedback, so there was little point. So macroeconomics and computer science it was.
Macroeconomics has been disappointing thus far. It is well-taught, but frankly, being an introductory course, it is so elementary that I find myself constantly bored out of my head during each lecture. I am still considering enrolling in a Master’s program for employment reasons, but it’s looking less and less likely.
My Java course, on the other hand, has proved to be absolutely amazing. For a physicist, I know shamefully little of programming*, so each day is a revelation. Plus, it has this lovely creative problem-solving aspect, which has been so sorely missed from my physics courses of late. And I am, perhaps unsurprisingly, quite adept at thinking like a computer.
In any case, I’m amused that my courses each turned out to be pretty much the precise opposite of what I had been expecting.
*I’ve only ever worked on one project that involved numerical modelling. My professor insisted that I would ‘learn it as I go,’ except I’m afraid that that did not work at all.