2/6/17 – Moving to oneyearbachelor.com !

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!

2/5/17 – Sunday Progress Update

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:

Completed courses

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

2/4/17 – Argumentative Final Submission

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.

2/3/17 – Movie Piracy Draft

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.

2/2/17 – More Microeconomics

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.

2/1/17 – Last Day of the Month and Reading Scholarly Papers

Today was the last day of the month. Outside the business world that may not be a big deal, but in the business world, specifically the car business, the last day of the month is like the final green on Sunday, the Super Bowl, and Christmas Eve, times ten, plus steroids. 

Many managers pull their hair out and stay until all hours of the night on the last day of the month. I’d argue that with a proactive nature, hard work, and preparation, a manager can accomplish their goals and not stay at work until 11:59pm closing out the month. 

That doesn’t mean you don’t have to work extra hard, but for example, I stayed about 20 minutes late then drove home listening to music with the windows down and the satisfaction of knowing that the team and I worked as hard as we possibly could. Staying late on the last day of the month seems to me to be reactive and a sign of procrastination when it comes to decision-making. 

Make the tough choices as they come up throughout the month, don’t stack them up on your desk to be decided when your back is against the wall on the last day of the month. 

After dinner, I read and took some notes on my three scholarly sources for my argumentative paper. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. 

Also, I logged into study.com and it looks like they are giving me credit for Digital Marketing 309 without submitting a PowerPoint. I went ahead and submitted it to ACE – we’ll see. 

1/31/17 – There’s a Study.com app? + More. Long. Soul-Sucking. English. Composition.

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.