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Friday, April 18

A Personal Milestone

Well, I finally did it. This past weekend, I completed my coursework for my Masters of Science in Information Technology at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), in the Graduate School of Management and Technology's Executive Program. It's taken me since then to recover. Well, actually, doing my taxes also had an impact, as well.

Technology Project Team Members at XMIT Captstone Course

My project team - me, Victor Rodriguez, Donna Kulla,
Chris Beccles, and Paul Fagan.

I will walk on May 17 at the Comcast Center on the University of Maryland campus. "Walk" is the quaint term for graduating -- I had never noticed the term until recently. I'll have to make it to the site by 7:00 AM for the 9:00 AM graduation ceremony. I guess they want to make sure you really deserve the degree.

Eighteen months of work seem to have gone by so quickly and consumed most of my non-working hours. Fortunately, my wife and kids kept me focused on this goal. Now, I feel as if I have a new kind of freedom. No more assignment deadlines, no calendar marked up with weekend classes, payment dates and rendezvous with project teammates.

Actually, I will miss my Saturday classes. I never missed one of them, even though they started at 8:30 in the morning. I enjoyed the camaraderie with my classmates, a diverse group of professionals who enjoyed ribbing each other as much as studying together. We've set up a Yahoo group so that we can keep track of each other.

I now can undertake some other kinds of projects and goals. Learning about technology has become part of my daily work routine, writing is back as an exploratory intellectual endeavor and work at the OAS offers plenty of opportunities.

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