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November 26th, 2007 (10:41 am)
current mood: grumpy

I just heard back from the registrar, pointing out that, no, I don't have enough credits to graduate this semester. I double-checked, and she was right; I need one more elective. ("Elective" in the sense of "any CS course", not "left-handed pedantry".)

Time to go check the course schedule for Spring.

Grump.

On the plus side, I've got a solution to something that's been bugging me for a while. Back in 2005, I wanted to take the graduate programming languages course, but the graduate coordinator told me I needed the undergrad course first. So I registered for that; but, at the first class, I found that it was far below my level. Among other things, the instructor (not professor) said that we would learn about recursion, even though we'd almost never need it—he said that he'd been programming for 20 years, and used it only a few times. (By comparison, I learned recursion the same year he started programming; I use it frequently, and consider it one of the basic essentials of programming.) So I went back to the graduate coordinator and explained, and he let me take the graduate course after all, with the understanding that, if I couldn't hack it, I'd have to go back to the undergraduate course.

Unfortunately, I forgot I needed to drop the undergraduate course...until I saw my grades at the end of the quarter. The money wasted is bad enough (about $800); but, not surprisingly, I also got an F. Considering that the rest of my grades are all As, this pulls down my GPA noticeably.

But, while I was talking to the person at the registrar's office, I remembered this problem and asked about it; she said, oh, sure, she could exclude that from my GPA. So it'll stay on my transcript, but at least it'll still say 4.0 at the bottom.

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Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
"Oh, one more thing..."
miracle

Yeah, that sucks. That's why I don't have an undergraduate CS degree; the hour after my last final, they told me I needed 2 freshmen level math courses (which I had placed out of, and used as prereqs for other courses I had already taken)...augh.

Soon, soon.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Re: "Oh, one more thing..."

Well, this one is my own fault; somehow I miscounted. I think I must've counted the one undergrad prereq course I took. The woman at the registrar's office said I could ask to have that one counted (and I have), but she says the answer is usually no.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: "Oh, one more thing..."

Don't tell your prof that you need another semester, or he'll start dragging his feet on the thesis approval again.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: "Oh, one more thing..."

Heh. Well, he's already committed to show up at 2:30 tomorrow; after that, once he signs the thesis, I'll be done with him.

Anyway, it's not really an option. I had to tell the graduate coordinator (to ask whether I could count that undergrad course as one of my electives), and he's on my committee.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)

Argh.

I wonder if a polite letter might get you a refund, too?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Worth a try

I suppose it's possible. I'm not optimistic about the chances, but it can't hurt to ask.

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