matthewninja today: Slack Bot & Grad School
It feels strange when you spend all day working, yet end the day feeling like there’s so much more to do. I put my head down for over 12 hours today, but I barely ticked off half of the items on my to-do list. Screen Time on my phone shows that I only looked at my phone for 45 minutes–far lower than typical. I didn’t really procrastinate at all. I can’t reacall opening reddit or Instagram even once. Still, I made some nice progress on my PharoJS Slack Bot.
PJS-Express Slack Bot 🤖
Grad School Decisions 🎓
Over the past few months, I’ve explored the option of pursuing graduate studies. I learned that I enjoy research and self-learning in Computer Science. But, the opportunity cost is a factor that perhaps could make grad studies impractical. My pre-requisites for a graduate program are that I must be able to take it as a part-time student and that it’s in a subject that I’m highly interested in. I started seriously looking into programs last month. I found two programs at U of T that piqued my interest.
Firstly, U of T offers a research-based M.Sc in Computer Science. It’s also offered in a part-time format, so I would be able to reduce the opportunity cost by working full-time and completing the program over an extended timeline. It looked perfect! But the application deadline was in November. So, by the time I started seriously looking, it was already too late. I would have to wait for another year.
Second, U of T offers a course-based M.Eng in Computer Engineering. The courses looked extremely interesting and the application deadline is March 15. This could work out! I would be able to attend the prestigious U of T part-time while advancing my career! There are two catches, however. One: Because this is a course-based program, it would close the door to potential Ph.D. programs in the future. Two: the program is Engineering studies and not Computer Science. Computer Engineering and CS are very closely related, but I’m definitely a Computer Scientist before I’m an Engineer. I’m still going to apply, as I don’t need to make a decision yet.
I’ve known for a while that I want to start working when I finish my B.Sc in April. I have an incredible job lined up and I’m uber excited to start my career. Amazingly, my future employer will even pay for my tuition (pending approval)! Because Ryerson’s M.Sc is only offered in the full-time format, I hadn’t considered Ryerson’s graduate program to be a possibility. However, I learned something amazing last week! Essentially, if I were enrolled in Ryerson’s full-time M.Sc, nobody would ever ask me if I was working a job. I can complete the program at my own pace as if I were a part-time student. Amazing! 🙌
So, Ryerson is now my top choice. It was an easy decision given all the benefits of this path.
- I would get to remain at Ryerson, a school that I’ve grown very fond of over the course of my undergraduate degree 🏫
- I’ll be able to remain under the supervision of my current Thesis advisor, Dr. David Mason 👌
- I can complete it on an extended timeline while holding a full-time job 💼
- It will (hopefully) be free 🤑
- I’ll have the opportunity to teach courses. I love teaching and have been tutoring for years 👨🏫
I sent in my application to Ryerson today. Now I wait.