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One Game a Month

There is this great album from Rifti Beats called DRAGON BALL LOFI. Unsurprisingly, it combines two of my favorite interests: lofi hip hop and Dragon Ball Z. Bruce Faulconer’s score for the series was already legendary with so many great pieces, but this album modernizes many tracks to make them easy lofi hip hop beats to study/relax to.

The track I have been listening to the most is “Piccolo Trains Gohan”. The best part is when lines from the English dub are woven in and Piccolo says, “You’ll laugh at your fears when you find out who you really are.” That song is extremely motivational. In fact, DBZ’s greatest appeal to me when I was a kid was that same motivation. The show’s core idea was that its characters grow stronger through training and emotional development. Watching Dragon Ball Z made you believe that anything was possible through hard work.

As a kid, I must have practiced the Kamehameha a thousand times but was never able to shoot an energy beam out of my palms. However, the shows lesson that hard work can make you stronger is something I have always carried with me.

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How to Get a Computer Science Degree in Less Than a Year

My diploma arrived in the mail this week. I tore open the thick cardboard envelope, pulled out the piece of paper inside, and looked at my accomplishment. I was now a college graduate. CoVID-19 made the event rather anticlimactic, but I was still excited since I was able to finish my degree in less than a year.

Last year, I decided to enroll at Western Governors University. WGU is a non-profit online-only school with many bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. I chose computer science. One of the best features of WGU is that students are not beholden to a traditional pace. You sign up for a standard semester’s worth of classes, and once you finish those, you can move on to the next class. Pass that one and you can add another. Repeat until you have finished your degree. Best of all, students pay a flat fee per semester regardless of whether you take four classes or fourteen.

I transferred into WGU with 30 credit hours, so I still had to take 90 credit hours which I finished in less than 9 months. At that pace, finishing a full 120 credit hour program would have been doable in less than a year. Several students have finished their degrees in a single six-month term. My path to success was simple: