I just got done migrating my site to oneyearbachelor.com. I won’t be maintaining the blog here going forward. Please head over to the above URL to continue following along as I pursue a bachelor’s degree in under a year. Thank you for following so far and I hope to see you there!
I didn’t make the rapid progress I made earlier on because of all the time it took to research and write papers for English Comp. Luckily, I just submitted my final paper, so I can go right back to flying through other courses. Still, I’m proud of knocking out what equates to the first year of a bachelor’s degree in 36 days. Here’s where I’m at so far in terms of credits and dollars:
3.0 Digital Marketing & Advertising – Study.com – Free
3.0 English Composition – Straighterline – $79
3.0 College Algebra – ALEKS – $19.95
3.0 Intro to Sociology – Straighterline – $49 + $31.31 Textbook
2.0 Ethics – The Institutes – Free
3.0 American Government – Straighterline – $49 + $109.56 Textbook
3.0 Intro to Religions – Straighterline – $49 + $87.71 Textbook
3.0 Intermediate Algebra – ALEKS – Free
3.0 Trigonometry – ALEKS – Free
3.0 Principles of Management – Saylor – $25
0.0 Beginning Algebra – ALEKS – Free
0.0 Personal Finance – Study.com – Free
Courses in Progress
3.0 Microeconomics – Straighterline – Progress 33%
2.0 Cybersecurity 101 – TEEX – Progress 33%
Additional Subscriptions/Fees – $74
$25 ProctorU Fee
$49 Monthly Straighterline Fee – January
29.0 Credits Complete, 5 Credits in Progress, $573.53 Spent
Last night I reviewed the marks and comments on my argumentative paper draft. (I had to do this on my wife’s Windows computer because I couldn’t make it happen on my Mac) The grader graded it 84/100 and gave some very thoughtful comments and edits. I made quite a few changes and resubmitted the paper for my final grade. I got a 98/100. I wish I’d have figured out the Windows vs. Mac thing a while ago. =)
One more paper, a 750-word research paper, and I’m finally done with English Comp I. Unfortunately, I didn’t get home until about 7:30pm and have to work this Saturday. Also, I have Saturday dinner and Sunday Super Bowl plans this weekend, but I won’t let that keep me from getting more credits.
Last night I knocked out my draft of my argumentative paper. I chose to write on movie piracy. The gist is that it’s less detrimental than music piracy, only effects “recently released movies” (no effect on box-office sales), and can actually help smaller independent movies carve out market share against the blockbuster films. Basically the only big losers in movie piracy are blockbuster DVDS and paid-streaming of blockbuster movies.
The longest/hardest part of the assignment was finding and reading three relevant sources and making sure not to commit any MLA faux pas in my works cited. It’s 2017. Surely a hyperlink to your source should suffice, just saying. The rest of the paper came quickly and easily.
I decided to submit this one as a draft to hopefully identify any major issues before I submit the paper for a final grade.
One more paper and I’m done with English Comp I.
I took a couple more exams in Microeconomics last night. It’s probably the second most difficult course I’ve attempted after statistics. It’s hard to commit graphs of Average Total Cost and Marginal Cost, etc. to memory. I understand most of the concepts, but when they ask a question about what happens to this cost when this product is diminishing, it makes cobwebs in my head burn trying to conceptualize it.
This is not a course I can imagine anyone blitzing through in a day or two. It takes lots of studying and reading.
I just keep plugging away. One or two exams a day, every day. It’ll be done before I know it.
Yesterday I discovered Study.com’s mobile app. Since I need to knock out free two courses this month to take advantage of my scholarship, I signed up for Digital Marketing (Business 309). I easily knocked out the 59 quizzes in a little time before work and during my lunch break.
I took and passed the closed-book final with an 83% in about 40 minutes after work. All I have left to do is a PowerPoint presentation and I’m done with this class. The class could easily be tackled by anyone with a little marketing and PowerPoint experience in one day on the weekend.
I happily stopped studying to make dinner and spend time with my family. After dinner, I started to write my argumentative paper for English Comp I. I have to reference three scholarly sources for this paper for a potential grade of 100 out of 1000 for the course? This is soul-sucking. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry. I know it’s a general education requirement for pretty much everyone seeking a bachelor’s degree, but this course requires so much effort for so few points toward the final grade.
Ugggghh. OK, I’m done complaining. I know, it needs to be done. I’ll get it done this week then turn off my Straighterline subscription before I’m charged for February.
Last night before dinner I knocked out my persuasive essay. Another 750 word assignment, this time worth 50 points out of an overall 1,000. I chose to write mine on President Trump using an anecdotal fallacy when he said that Mexico is sending us rapists who are bringing drugs and crime into the United States. This quote was a softball for a paper on fallacies. It was almost too easy.
Also, I got my grade back on my personal narrative submission – 92.5%. I don’t know if it’s because I work on a Mac, but either there is no feedback on any of these papers or I can’t see it. I’ll need to look into that, because I’d like to know what I could have done better. Tonight, more writing. Only two papers to go. One is 750 words, and one is 800.