Imma run two RTX 2080s in SLI and call it an RTX 4326400.
So i learned today the intel i386 series CPUs often lacked a floating point unit and many motherboards included a socket for a math coprocessor.
Technically that means at one point intel sold 0.5 core processors XD
So this weekend I met my mom in memphis.
Given that we were so close to Mississippi, I decided to take a visit there.
I can confirm Mississippi is boring.
Of course, all I did was cross the border and stop at a wendys, so that might be a signifcant reason.
But now I can at least say i've been to Mississippi.
The second choice:
Today I stopped by breifly to see my academic advisor to look at new majors. This wasn't to actually pick a new major, it was a 10-minute session to see if switching to EE is viable.
Bad news: not really. The degree is structured at our school such that EE majors start taking their 200 level classes Sophomore year, and the 300 and 400 level classes their junior year, with their capstone project their senior year. Meaning the only way for me to get an EE degree at this rate would be to pay SIUCs tuition out of pocket for a year. I could not just "go light" and take a couple of hard math and physics classes at a community college for a year while working. Taking out student loans would be the only way to go here.
But it's not all bad news. There is another choice:
SIUe (SIUs satellite campus only 20 miles from saint Louis) has industrial engineering as a degree. Its kind of a business and engineering degree mixed, and it has a lower salary than a straight EE degree, but a much higher starting salary than my current major. In fact because of my current classes, my senior capstone project is already marked as "completed" in degree works. It would also require no additional years of schooling for me, as long as I knocked out a 100 level physiology and anthropology class this summer instead of getting an internship.
After doing some research, industrial engineers typically work as managers in factories, or in logistics/supply chain management. Some can even work in finance, or even technical work with the right certifications. I also found out Disney world is one of the largest employers in the united states of industrial engineers because they need people who can optimize lines on rides and crowds. Never would have known that.
Industrial engineers also learn business and management skills, so these could come in handy if I ever do choose to go the business route.
I will be visiting my academic advisor again in a couple of weeks to schedule summer classes, but I am glad to get a degree that isn't (from my view) totally useless now.
the big "push" for me is the fact that I will FINALLY live near a city! I can do stuff like attend meetups, visit scrapyards, and join in hackathons. All stuff I could never do at SIUC.
I, I thought this was a joke. Its not:
This is a 100% REAL course you can take, at the university of texas, in memeology.
I spent the first 20 minuted reading the course and I still think this is straight up satire but no, its real.
Edit: the course is also VERY outdated with the most recent references from 2012. At that point you might as well call this a degree in "the history of memes".
Revised Schedule completed.
Now for some reason i'm really stupid when it comes to math and physics. If I Just had to take one or two "hard" science classes when I started out in 2017 at Schoolcraft, I would have passed everything then transferred my credits to an in-state school. I basically learn by practicing a problem 50 billion times until I get it right. This is VERY time consuming. Once I get into my EE major, I think I would love the classes. We are doing things like designing circuits onto PCBs, programming microcontrollers in assembly, and doing RF signal research. To me, all that stuff sounds awesome and like things I would love to learn about. The Math and physics just kill it for me.
Why Was I even considering switching degrees? Because, having a formal EE degree will open up many more doors for me. I like both business, and engineering, but if I choose EET I will be forced to just go the business route (which comes with risk). Not to mention blown over 100K of my parents money for no reason. If I had a straight EE degree, I would gain the skills needed to build equipment for the computer recycling industry, which I do see as happening in the coming decades.
Back to how I am going to execute this:
Summer of 2020:
I a going to try to make Calc 2 over the summer. This is gonna be a bitch. I'll only take a single class, so this will help to lighten my load.
Class count: 1
Transfer my Calc 2 Credit to Schoolcraft, and take Calc 3. I will also enroll in Physics for engineers 1 this semester.
Class count: 2
Take my final math class, differential equations along with physics for engineers 2. I will also take an intro to biology class, leaving me with three classes that semester.
Class count: 3
Fall to spring of 2021, I will work a part-time job, maybe even at a scrap yard. I already know the recycling industry super well, so this won't be a problem for me.
That will leave me with 17 classes to complete when I go back to SIUC (assuming everything transfers). I will have only 42 credit hours left to complete, so I can choose to either complete my degree in 3 semesters, or be a part-time student for 4 semesters.
Be careful with engineering and your GPA. The idea of engineering is nice as it seems like you can get a job anywhere instantly but you are held to a higher standard than something like CS. Places like Nvidia, Tesla, Google, NASA, and so on have brutal GPA requirements. They won't even read your resume if you have a 3.5 or lower or in some cases a 3.7 GPA.
THIS is why I can't decide to switch majors or not:
Right now, I am 4/5 done with my major. To go back and redo the classes required for a formal Electrical Engineering degree would require me to basically start over. I would be back to only being done with ~25% of my degree. In fact as I continue to do research, all the classes I am currently taking this semester are essentially useless for an EE degree. I could just drop out of school right now if my decision was to switch to EE, and have to start over.
Because I had some classes that transferred from UofM, I am really more of a first semester Senior than a sophomore. Very few people decide to entirely switch majors senior year for something completely different.
Have you spoken to the Student Union or counselors? Are you sure that you can't carry over the majority of classes? You might do research online, but the counselor or even the post-grad program will say that your "unusable" courses are worth the same as another course. For example, most veterinary schools put Calc 1 as a requirement for application, but applied calculus is allowed as a cover for the majority of applicants.
If you can, please read all of this. It would mean a lot.
I've been thinking of something. Something very important. Something that could extend my graduation date even further. I just don't want to get a totally useless degree.
If you didn't know, my current degree is "electrical engineering technology". A rather meaningless degree few employers recognize. And the ones that do will have you on a technician job, not doing any of the actual R&D work.
A few months ago, I started designing PCBs in altium designer. I have also been playing around with fusion360 making more and more complex parts. Why? Because I felt like it. That's why.
I love designing products in software. No longer do I have to wait for parts to come in or attempt to fabricate something for my projects. I can just change the part in software, and now the change has been made.
Today I asked my prof if we will be working on anything like this, in his own words, he said "you're in the wrong major kid. The EE guys do that stuff".
So far, I have been in school for three years. If everything had gone according to plan, I would have graduated by may of 2021. Of course, that didn't happen. I failed a year at UofM dearborn, extending my graduation date to 2022.
I am very lucky in that my entire college education is funded by my parents, but no money comes without strings. In this case, they are only willing to pay for 5 years to get a bachelor's, and 7 years to get a masters. If I slack off or drop years, It's up to me to make up the difference.
If I want to transition back to EE, I would need to make up the difference myself by taking more classes. What I would likely do is spend $10K of my own money (all my cash I currently have) on going to schoolcraft community college to pick up my hard sciences class. Things like calculus ii, iii, diffy Qs, and chemistry. This would take one school year, and I would live at home. I might even be able to have a part time job. Then, i would transfer my course credits back to SIU, and dive right into my EE major for two years, and graduate in May of 2023.
Many of the very successful business owners DO have a prestiegeous degree. The degree offers then networking and connection opportunities that are not available in EET. I would get this by pursuing higher education.
But is it worth it? I have been thinking about this for a week. At this point, the decision I make is a dice roll.
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I would recommend going for what you love. If EE is what you're looking for, just bite the bullet and take the courses and consider what you've done as fallback in case something doesn't work out.
Ask your student union if the course credits will apply towards your changed major. I would not count the higher degree as being the sole reason for success as ownership isn't the be-all of status.
Paying off college can be a bitch, but let's hope for College for All before costs that more out of control. Have you also looked into external work-study? Maybe there's a company in your area that does EE R&D and you could ask them for an internship on weeknights or weekends.
Yes. Why? You're not paying for most of the bill anyway. You're already significantly ahead financially compared to other students, so then all we have to look at is time. It's only an extra year, to get into something you'd rather be doing. That's nothing. It'll fly by, especially if it's what you enjoy.
If you're just upgrading, I see absolutely no reason why you can't have a part time job. I went to school full time AND worked full time. Many do.
Just make sure you don't get a useless degree. I had an ex that went to UBC for 4 or 5 years, at $50k/year (she was a US citizen) for a Linguistics degree. What does she do now? Works at a nonprofit, which she could have gotten into with any degree (or, really, none at all) not related to what she went to school for at all, because there isn't anything you can really do with her degree.
Do you have access to anyone who's doing EE (either students or teachers) to discuss it with? Switching to a course that you will enjoy more, and that leads better into the areas that you want to go into in the future, is probably a good idea, but do make sure that you're actually going to enjoy the whole course and not just one aspect of it.
It's also worth considering that (at least for software jobs in the UK, but I think it applies more broadly) many companies are prepared to hire someone with any technical degree, as long as they can show that they're willing and able to learn, and are actually interested in doing so. Certainly there will be some jobs that will only hire people with EE degrees, but I don't think they will all be like that, and once you get experience at one you could then go on to work at any of the others.
I don't intend this post to sway you either way, just to give you more things to factor into your decision.