The Never Ending Java Saga

I thought I was done.

Two semesters of clawing and scraping my way through Betty Fryer’s Java classes, wishing feverishly that it would end and having my GPA toppled by getting a B in each class (even though I think Betty was being kind); I’m pretty sure she was glad to get rid of such a wretched student.  For some reason I was living with the delusion that I would never have to write another piece of java code again; I could not have been more mistaken.

You can imagine how I felt a half hour into the Data Structures class when it dawned on me that I was staring down the barrel of another fifteen weeks of writing utterly incomprehensible code that looks like Urdu to me… complete and total panic.  The concepts are easy;  I can sit through a three hour whiteboard lecture, take copious notes and understand everything the professor is saying.   But when it comes to writing the code something gets completely lost in the translation.  I have often wondered if this is some sort of weird learning disability that has yet to be identified or a broken neuron somewhere that’s keeping me from connecting the dots.

As soon as the class was over I double checked the Sage Advisor to make sure this was a requirement; it was.  I checked to see if any community colleges were having the course; surely a two year school had to have an easier Data Structures class than a four year school!  There was nothing to be had. I fretted and stewed for three days before finally coming to the realization that there was no way to get out of the class and that I had better suck it up and deal with it.

It has been a bumpy road, but I am almost halfway through the class.  I advertised for a tutor on Craig’s list and found a patient  PhD student who helped me through a big midterm project. I never miss a class, pay strict attention to the professor and am hoping to claw my way through the remaining classes without denting my pretty decent GPA too badly.

Wish me luck.



  1. November 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Hang in there. If it makes you feel any better, programming never really clicked with me either.

  2. Trudy said,

    December 10, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Now that I know this will work without tht “url” thing … here goes:

    I know something about you that words could not describe. I know this just by knowing you. There are no mountains you can not climb – there is not a concept that will tip-toe by you, once you focus your gaze on it. I have sat in your “spot” in the living room and had all of your energy swirl around me – and knew by looking at the stack of completely confusing mags by my side – that somewhere in that stack most likely lies the secret– of the URL.

    You will tackle your course like everything else – and succeed!

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