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Just over a year in, some reflections

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I thought I would add some thoughts now that I have one semester left for my masters degree (hopefully two of them).

1. I am way dumber than I thought I was smart. Previous entries list my undergrad stats if you're interested. I have worked harder in the last sixteen months than I ever have, and have probably just begun to discover what I don't know.

2. Since I'm not on the PhD track I have enjoyed the lack of stress from prelims or qualifiers, and this has enabled me to do a lot of exploring and reflection on the vast subject of mathematics. I'm glad I've had that luxury. It's nice to see the landscape before picking a subject to dissect.

3. Grades are funny, and seem to have a much more (inflationary) subjective content in graduate classes. In an odd way this gives motivation to continue the struggle, as if the prof. is saying, "Hey, we know this is hard stuff, and that you are working hard. Even if you haven't done that great on performance measures, you should keep it up." Hopefully it isn't that I have someone paying the bill.

4. I haven't been on a thesis option, but that might have been a good idea. I did manage to do a topics/reading course with a prof. and went through the process of writing and rewriting a block of (relatively difficult at the time) problems/exercises to complete correctness. This was a great learning experience and I highly recommend it.


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Keep up the hard work! You are certainly an inspiration.

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I hope everything is working out for you!

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Entering college is a good time to look into future paths: I’m looking for Master's in Health Services Administration program which can help me learn to develop health services administration strategies and policies that deliver the desired business results across all levels and functions of an healthcare organization.

I've done a lot of research in schools/careers/colleges in Chesapeake Virginia

there are a few different kinds of areas I think I would be interested in looking into: I'm interested in health services organizations/hospitals/pharmaceutical/… More are found here @ http://www.strayer.edu/program/master-health-services-administration

Suggestions and the reasons behind will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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