True, it is nonsense. But it is important nonsense.
- Professor Ludwig Wittgenstein On His Life's Work,
(Quoted on the title page of The Consultants' Handbook)
MY TRANSCRIPTI've put my Winona State University transcript online ordered by date in HTML format and a shorter version of it in text format. I've also added scores to each class (in the HTML version) which signify my opinions on how much work a class required, how difficult a class was, and how important a class was (I define work, difficult, and important at the top of the transcript).
MY MAJORS AND MINORSIn 1994 I graduated from Chippewa Falls high school and moved to Winona Minnesota where I became a freshman at Winona State University (WSU). I immediately chose Computer Science as my primary major (there had never been any doubt about that). After taking Calculus 2 during my first quarter there, I decided to make Mathematics my secondary major.
However, I enjoyed taking College Physics 1 (in 3rd quarter of 1st year) so much that I decided to change my Math major into a Math minor and get a Physics major instead. I sometimes feel a tinge of regret because I really do enjoy math, but I enjoy learning physics even more. I made no further changes in my choice of majors.
I also love Philosophy. I value critical thinking and intelligent thought above almost everything else. Because I enjoy Philosophy so much I planned my courses so that I got a Philosophy minor.
I graduated magna cum laude in 4 years ending on May 1998. That's actually more of an organizational accomplishment than an intellectual one. As long as a person gets the necessary grades (usually a C or better in major courses and a passing grade in non-major courses) and plans ahead at least a year in advance, there shouldn't be any problem graduating in 4 years. To get two almost completely unrelated majors completed in 4 years required that I plan ahead 2 years in advance. At any given point in time after my 2nd quarter there, I knew exactly what courses I would be taking for the next two years (and in what quarters I was going to take them). The exception to that rule was in the very last quarter of the last year I was there. I had scheduling problems with EVERY class I wanted to take! One class overlapped another class, forcing me to take 2 other classes because the one class satisfied two requirements. Then, two of the classes I wanted were cancelled and another course was full. It was a difficult time, but I eventually got everything more or less straightened out. Except for that last quarter, I never had a single scheduling problem!