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May 31, 2021

Resuming Pace: I Shall Not Be Pursuing a Second Bachelor's Degree

On May the 5th, 2021, I used a strong position deciding my pursuit of a second Bachelor’s degree: my choice was the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC, link), but I decided to resume my Master’s program, by itself. 


Let me explain with Scripture: the Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Matthew, specifically.


In ancient times, records of a man called Jesus the Christ were written. Among these records was a Gospel, According to Matthew, of Jesus Christ. According to legend, Jesus Christ stated, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth (KJV, Matthew 5:5, link).” Jesus the Christ was saying those who are submissive shall inherit the earth rather than those who are brash. 


In my attempt at starting a second Bachelor’s program, I eventually realized I had been too pushy: I wanted the May 19th start date, and I wanted the admission process expedited, I wanted ease of access between majors, I wanted advantages to the application process because of what UMGC (I was granted an application fee waiver). 


But this was not submissive: even though the admissions representatives agreed to work on my behalf ,rapidly, they became increasingly burdened with those rapid requests. With a decision, I was faced: go into that program simply using people, or take a step back and count my blessings. After a little while, I called my UMGC point of contact, and I declined to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree with her university, at this time.


Instead, I shall resume my Master of Science in Computer Science program at the Johns Hopkins University in the Fall of 2021. I shall explain this.


Reconsidering my Johns Hopkins University application with the same rigor I reviewed my UMGC application, I realized my desire to learn from university guides rather than strong demand to get into the program probably earned me a place at this great institution. In my application essay, I did express my history of successes in academia, but my main focus is stretching my limits to their optimized realizations. This cannot be accomplished brashly; discipline requires ranking and filing. 


Therefore, on August 30, 2021, I shall resume climbing the stairs where the wisdom of God and man and the foolishness of God and man might be understood with great rigor rather than quit.

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