I wrote code for the first time since last summer, and with coding, comes some fairly hard choices what to do with myself after the summer. I’ve burned a lot of bridges over the last year, burned them very well indeed. College, over the past year, has been a complete loss.
I’ve been on time and in class for less than ten days out of ~130 of the two semesters gone, and I have zero idea of what the content of the year gone has been, although from those days that I have been in, it doesn’t seem ridiculous advanced; call any difficulty to be that of quantity, not quality.
Now, the choices:
- Write the last year off as a loss to depression, scrape up ~€1300 between now and Hallowe’en. I have some web work to finish, and could probably canvas more, so this isn’t as ridiculous as proposition as it seems.
- Cut my loss, admit academic defeat, and seek work in Galway. I’m passably good at Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and design, and I plan to move back to Galway for the summer anyway come May.
There isn’t an easy choice either way. Sligo is soul-crushingly boring, completely lacks in any social outlet for an introvert who doesn’t like pubs, and has marginally fewer amenities than, say, an arbitrary square kilometre of the Mojave Desert; the course material at college is shallow, full of gaping holes (see: my rants about the math from last September) and irrelevant crud, but it is a foundation I still absolutely need if I am going to do any work with code.
On the other hand, Sligo is a ridiculously beautiful county with plenty of outdoor activities.
There’s an excellent resource in Galway in the form of 091 Labs and its eclectic cadre of unwashed nerds, but that isn’t a substitute for Real Learning™.
In short, Sligo doesn’t have a lot that I want, but it has everything I need.