15 OCT 2018

I have to get working on the edits that my publisher sent over so the book can get republished through them, but I can’t find the time. Since my injury, I’ve still been going to work, just in a different capacity. On top of that, I have to go to physical therapy three times a week. Luckily, physical therapy isn’t all that demanding, but it’s very time-consuming. It also doesn’t help that I work 6-7 days per week and typically get two days off… Not a whole lot of free time to do much with.

I haven’t so much as worked on Frigid Nights in over a week. I’d love to have the time to do anything with it, even write a quick 200 words just so some progress is made but I may have to sneak that into my lunch break today at work since I’m writing here this morning. I want to get that damn story done! I want it finished so I can move on to editing and revising and eventually getting it out into the world.

Another thing that’s been consuming a lot of my time is I started taking classes through EdX, a free online website where you can take classes in a variety of subjects from schools all over the world, including Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. There are so many different courses that there’s really something for everyone in almost any subject. You can take them for free or you pay a small fee and can get a verified certificate that is awarded to you for completing the course with a satisfactory grade that includes the class and the university the class was provided from. You’re taking real college courses for the knowledge, not for the credits, although some specialties can actually be used towards college credits. You can get professional certificates in subjects and they started a MicroMasters program but it’s a lot more classes and I’m not one for many business classes. But check it out, there’s a bunch of knowledge out there for free if you want it. You can “audit” the course where you get all the information for free or when you get the verified option, you get the assignments and a final grade along with a certificate from that university.

The certificate I’m pursuing is the Essentials of Cybersecurity from the University of Washington. What made me choose that is I was interested in attending Boston University for a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity to help with my career and because computers are only going to become more influential to our society so it may be another career option much later down the road or help with my current one. But, before I jumped into a graduate program I wanted to be sure I liked the subject and material so I took a free class on EdX and eventually decided to pursue the certificate through that platform. I may go to BU to get the graduate certificate, but I have some student loan debt to pay off before then XD.

There are plenty of sites out there for people who want to continue learning but realize how much of scam artists universities have become. With how much tuition has skyrocketed and the “need” for college degrees has become more of a necessity like a high school diploma was, universities have not only pushed this need but also took complete advantage of it. So, if you’d like the information without the “knock you on your ass” price tag, sites like Edx, Coursera, and Udemy might be for you. Always keep learning.

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