Monday, May 07, 2007

Going back to school..?

Lately, I've been thinking of going back to school for further study in a field other than computer / engineering related. Probably I am running into a so-called "3rd year salaryman crisis" as one of my friends at my last work described.

Last time when I visited my University, looking at the people with backpacks and books running around campus for classes made me think "geez... I don't want to go thru this again. Thank god I am out of school!"

I don't know what has happened to me since then.. maybe it's my desire to know more about economics / finance / business. I always thought those things were somewhat useless or could be learned better in a real world, but something has changed. Maybe it's books that I've read lately. But the bigger thing is that I finally realized that to be a better "engineering architect businessman" I have to know more about other sides - not just how to program multi-thread applications in object oriented ways using C++ in Linux. Also people who know both engineering and other stuff, both of them quite well, are in high demands, as there are just handful of them.

Oh well... I don't know if I can really go back to school, as there are things I will surely lose for something that is not 100% predictable. I have to begin my own analysis on opportunity costs of going back to school. And plus, I don't know if my marks in undergrad is good enough for getting me into some of the well-known, good schools. Plus..... this is sad facts, going to school is costing a lot!

Will I view it as a pure expense, or an investment? That, I have to do more investigations and analysis.

By the way, the schools that I wish to go to..
- London School of Economics (LSE) : I don't know.. I just have some fantasy about that school.
- Columbia University : NYC!
- Univ of Chicago : where "Freakonomics" authour teaches at!
- Univ of Toronto : hometown school. easier to get together with family and friends. plus tuition is the lowest among all as I am a Canadian.

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