brandon_scott (brandon_scott) wrote,

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For the life you deserve

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.
—Ayn Rand (Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982)
Finals are next week, I'm going into them with 100% in 2 classes and a low 90 in the other (I'll get that number tonight). Currently I'm still maintaining that 3.96 cumulative GPA. After that, just one more quarter... and after that, just two more years!

In November I'll earn my AS in Computer Networking Systems before continuing on to my BS in Information Security Systems. Before I talk about the classes I'll be taking for my BS, here's a quick recap of my schooling journey through ITT Tech "higher" education:

TB133Strategies for the Technical ProfessionalA
TB143Introduction to Personal ComputersA
GE127College Mathematics IB+
GE192College Mathematics IIA
GE184Problem SolvingTR
GE117Composition ITR
GE217Composition IIA
GE347Group DynamicsA
IT103Operating SystemsA
IT104Intro to Computer ProgrammingA
IT109Microsoft Desktop Operating SystemsA
IT116Intermediate ProgrammingA
IT220Network Standards and ProtocolsA
IT221Microsoft Network Operating Systems IA
IT222Microsoft Network Operating Systems IIA
IT250Linux Operating SystemsA
IT260Network Application Services and Security(A)
IT302Linux System Administration(A)
IT320WAN Technology and Application(B)
IT321Network Technology and Service Integration
IT203Database Development
TB332Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development
IT331Network Development Capstone Project

The last couple classes with the ( ) around the grade are the classes that I'm currently in and my projected grade in them (the WAN class is all Cisco based). The TR designates transfer credit from my time at CSUN. So far I've been taking 3 classes at a time (they're all 4 unit classes) for a 12 unit workload. But in order to graduate when I want to, I'm going to have to take 4 classes this quarter. So in addition to my portfolio and capstone classes, I'm going to be squeezing in a little VoIP and SQL... fun.

But now lets look at some of the awesome classes I'll be taking for my BS!

EC311Intro to Project Management
EG371Research Methods
EG372Written Analysis
EG351Social Psychology
EG452Economics and Change
EG462Contemporary World Culture
EG481Environmental Issues
IS311Internetworking Infrastructure and Operations
IS312Information Security Essentials
IS314Security Architecture of Common IT Platforms
IS315IS Risk Management and Intrusion Detection
IS316Fundamentals of Network Security, Firewalls and VPNs
IS317Hacker Techniques, Tools and Incident Handling
IS318IS Perspective on Intranet, Internet & E-Commerce Infrastructure
IS411Security Policies and Implementation Issues
IS421E-Commerce Legal and Security Issues
IS413Auditing E-Commerce Systems and IT Infrastructure
IS414User Authentication Systems and Role-Based Security
IS415System Forensics Investigation and Response
IS416Securing Windows Platforms and Applications
IS418Securing Linux Platforms and Applications
IS417Capstone Project

Now I want you to pull out your transcripts and comment with the classes you (took | are taking | will be taking), no need to post grades if you don't want to. But I am curious who names some of these courses: Hacker Techniques, really? Anyways, what classes make up a degree in Theatre or Photography or Telecommunications or International Tax Law?

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