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Sunday, August 21, 2005

I need a small amount of advice 

I am starting to have the sinking feeling that my grad program is not what I hoped it would be.

The rigor of two major courses, Econometrics (first passage: "this book is design to give students without a background in calculus or linear algebra an introduction to econometric methods") and Microeconomic Theory (first two weeks: partial derivatives) look to be about the same as the courses I took as an undergrad. When I met with the grad advisor prior to my trip, he waved Mathematical Economics saying "if you've already taken calc 3 and linear algebra, you'll be bored out of your mind in this course".

So here is the crux of my problem: if I'm not learning a lot, what is the point? What is my opportunity cost here? Clearly I didn't set the job market on fire, so if I withdrawal, I will have nothing to do as far as I can tell. It will be a major pain in the ass to withdrawal, and the program takes a year so at worst I've lost a year (and a not insubstantial amount of money). I will gain a credential, but what is the degree really worth it if I don't gain many more skills and it's from UCD?

I probably should have looked into these books before I left. I could have cancelled my trip (different from the one poster Paul mentioned a few weeks ago, obviously [just a note to conspiracy nuts]) and would have had more time to sort this out. Maybe I'm just antsy after my trip, being back in Denver and all that goes with that. The first day of classes is tomorrow. I'll update this on Wednesday.

So, to all of you who have enjoyed my hilarious posting, please offer me your sage-like wisdom. Especially those readers who don't generally comment. Or else depressive Miguel might return, and you know the quality of the blogging that results from that: suck city.

-Miguel Sanchez  23:36 EST | |

About us:

This weblog is an ongoing, if periodic, effort by several friends to stay in touch, in reading material, and in ideas.

Lucky Luciano is a former Italian Stallion real estate hustler and Benedict Arnold CEO turned shady lawyer-to-be. He lives in Denver.

Ben is a Paramedic and would-be philantropist who lives in Denver. He knows everything about nothing.

Fuzzy Dunlop lives in Manhattan. He is more than capable of standing up to the stresses of a high crime urban environment.

Jess is a teacher. But have YOU given her an apple? No, you haven't. You should be ashamed of yourself. This crazy feminist currently rests her copy of Awakening in Jersey City.

Matt is a pariah, iconoclast, and professor of gambling living in Oakland.

Miguel Sanchez is not Lionel Hutz.

Daddy Brooklyn lives in Brooklyn. He hates Republicans, though he wouldn't mind being ensconced in the landed elite of New York City.

Paul just smoked my eyelids and punched my cigarette.

Ziggy Stardust has no past.

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