Learning stuff: School update, RHCSA, and All Things Open.

I haven’t posted in a while. Let’s fix that!

The last time I wrote about going back to school was January 2013. Since then, I’ve mostly enjoyed the classes I’ve been taking (exceptions: “College Math for Business”, and “Oceanus”), but was lacking clarity on exactly how much work I had to finish my degree. Even 18 months after starting, my transfers hadn’t been processed yet, which made it difficult to know how much work I had had ahead of me.

Thankfully, my advisor was recently replaced, and things have gotten a lot better: my transfers are done, and I’ve gotten valuable feedback on my degree materials. I now know that I have 7 more classes to take.

At work, I recently spent a week in training for the Red Hat Certified Administrator (RHCSA) certification, and I’m set to take the test on Thursday. I’ve felt comfortable as a Linux user for quite a while, but it feels like the right time to get a deeper understanding. My workplace recently standardized on Red Hat, so I also wanted to get a better feel for the Red Hat-specific technology and ecosystem. The RHCSA class seemed like a good way to achieve both goals.

Next month, I’ll be at All Things Open in Raleigh, NC. Three of the four tracks are likely to be useful for me (developer, operations, and open data and government), so I’m looking forward to some agonizing choices.