There is so much that I thought I could just learn on my own, by myself, without help or assistance. That is simply not the case. There are things in life that higher education can help with, make it easier to digest.
Python is one of those things. I have about three or four python certificates, but they weren't functionally usable to me until I recently began learning from Georgia Tech.
It's part of a larger learning scenario, as I have an educational system now in place that has a few good solid courses from GT, but then it's on to MIT and Harvard. Not just because of the reputation those institutions bring, but because I need help, and it's never chickenshit to ask for it.
I also have some VR and AR programming courses from UC San Diego in the mix there, because I've made no secret about what I want to do with the next two decades or so. Artificial Intelligence is the next phase of what I want to immerse myself in. I've never shaken the rockslide that was William Gibson's Neuromancer, and the whole idea is now becoming much more a reality than it was 20 years ago.
It cannot be said that my time at the University of Alaska-Anchorage was a waste, because that was the first time I learned about the Internet, in fact, I lost a Lotus 1-2-3 course because I was spending too much time dicking around on the net with lynx because I was utterly astounded that I could communicate with other college students in China in a matter of moments. I even found the Megadeth website, and UIUC was just coming up with Mosaic, unbeknownst to me. We didn't have it yet. I would not discover a graphical web for another six months or so.
While it would be great to say that I am fulfilled where I am, I'm not. It is a means to an end at the moment, and I know that it is time to pick up and move for real into the direction I am meant to go. There is so much I want to know and understand, so much to play with and get into the guts of that sometimes it makes me antsy.
I took the liberty or re-naming two of my sections because I was playing around with the 100 and 365 days of code, and now I am saying "screw the days, just code and learn". Rei is happening, and I have already begun on what will probably be a crappy prototype, but until I get it up and running, I won't rightfully know what I'm up against.
That's where we are.
Learning and doing.