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I AM DONE WITH SCHOOL

A record of all the college courses and tests I’ve taken from 2007 to 2017.

Since having graduated with an MS in CS from Cornell Tech, I’ve taken a total of 89 college-level courses starting from 2010.

To provide context, that’s about 30% more than the average master’s student will take, including undergrad courses.

Anyways, I value transparency and I could care less about formal education at this point, so here’s a record of all the courses and tests I’ve been through since 2007.

Courses

Course Name Course # Grade Semester Year School
Conversations in the Studio CS 5091 PASS Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Connective Media Systems and Tech INFO 5302 A+ Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Design Thinking NBAY 5180 A- Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Leadership for Studio NBAY 6700 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Women in Leadership NBAY 6130 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
HCI and Design CS 5682 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Product Management CS 5093 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Privacy in the Digital Age CS 5436 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Startup Studio CS 5999 A Spring 2017 Cornell Tech
Conversations in the Studio CS 5091 PASS Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Security and Privacy Concepts in the Wild CS 5435 C Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Business for Tech NBAY 5500 B Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Intro to iOS Development CS 2048 AUDIT Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Physical Computing CS 5422 A- Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Startup Systems Design and Engineering CS 5356 A- Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Product Studio CS 5999 A Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Startup Ideas CS 5092 A Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Leadership for Studio NBAY 6700 A Fall 2016 Cornell Tech
Special Topics: Cryptography CSC 395 B+ Spring 2016 Hampton University
Software Design and Development II CSC 405 B- Spring 2016 Hampton University
Organization of Programming Languages CSC 308 B Spring 2016 Hampton University
Intro to Computers CSC 120 A- Spring 2016 Hampton University
Intro to Physics II with Calculus PHY 204 A Spring 2016 Hampton University
Software Design and Development I CSC 404 B- Fall 2015 Hampton University
Mathematical Foundations CSC 510 B- Fall 2015 Hampton University
Intro to Physics II Lab PHY 216 B Fall 2015 Hampton University
Operating Systems I CSC 301 A- Fall 2015 Hampton University
Senior Seminar CSC 425 A Fall 2015 Hampton University
Databases CSC 570 A Fall 2015 Hampton University
Elementary Linear Algebra MAT 208 B+ Spring 2015 Hampton University
Computer Organization II CSC 205 B Spring 2015 Hampton University
Technical Communication ENG 218 A+ Spring 2015 Hampton University
C++ Unix Programming CSC 210 A Spring 2015 Hampton University
Data Structures II CSC 252 A Spring 2015 Hampton University
Special Topics: Web and Mobile Apps CSC 395 A Spring 2015 Hampton University
General Biology with Lab BIO 103 PASS Fall 2014 Hampton University
Humanities I HUM 201 CLEP Fall 2014 Hampton University
Humanities II HUM 202 CLEP Fall 2014 Hampton University
Computer Organization I CSC 204 C+ Fall 2014 Hampton University
Data Structures I CSC 251 C Fall 2014 Hampton University
Intro to Physics I Lab PHY 215 B+ Fall 2014 Hampton University
Probability & Stats MAT 305 B Fall 2014 Hampton University
Basic Research Topics in CSC: Python Programming CSC 291 A+ Fall 2014 Hampton University
Discrete Structures CSC 215 A Fall 2014 Hampton University
Intro to Physics I with Calculus PHY 203 A Fall 2014 Hampton University
Written Communication I ENG 101 CLEP Spring 2014 Hampton University
Written Communication II ENG 102 CLEP Spring 2014 Hampton University
Calculus I MAT 151 A+ Spring 2014 Hampton University
Aerobic Swimming PED 133 A+ Spring 2014 Hampton University
Beginning Swimming PED 134 A+ Spring 2014 Hampton University
Computer Programming I CSC 151 A- Spring 2014 Hampton University
World Civilizations II HIS 106 A- Spring 2014 Hampton University
Oral Communication COM 103 A Spring 2014 Hampton University
Health Education HEA 200 A Spring 2014 Hampton University
Calculus II MATH 212 C Summer 2014 Old Dominion University
Computer Programming II CSC 152 A- Summer 2014 Hampton University
Business Etiquette Seminar BUS PASS Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
ESM 1A – Single Variable Calculus MAT FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
NatSciLab Unit Computer Science I CS FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
General Biology/Neuroscience I BIO FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
General Environmental Science I ENV FAIL Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
General Computer Science I CS DROP Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
Computer Architecture CS DROP Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
German A1.1 GER B- Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
NatSciLab Unit Biology/Neuroscience I BIO B Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
NatSciLab Unit Programming in Python I CS A Fall 2013 Jacobs University Bremen
AB Calculus AP C+ Spring 2013 Maury High School
US Government & Politics AP B+ Spring 2013 Maury High School
Macroeonomics AP B+ Spring 2013 Maury High School
Physics B AP B- Spring 2013 Maury High School
Microeconomics AP B Spring 2013 Maury High School
English Literature AP A Spring 2013 Maury High School
Introduction to Computing (C++) CSC 110 B Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
Astronomy II NAS 132 B Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
Introduction to Sociology SOC 201 AUDIT Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
Introduction to Philosophy I PHI 101 A Summer 2013 Tidewater Community College
AB Calculus AP DROP Spring 2012 John Hopkins CTY Online
AB Calculus AP DROP Spring 2012 Maury High School
Environmental Science AP A- Spring 2012 Maury High School
Spanish Language & Culture AP A- Spring 2012 Maury High School
Psychology AP A Spring 2012 Maury High School
Biology AP A Spring 2012 Maury High School
Techniques for Wildlife Field Research SFS 3570 B+ Summer 2012 Boston University – School for Field Studies
Statistics AP B- Spring 2011 Maury High School
European History AP A- Spring 2011 Maury High School
Calculus MAT 130 AUDIT Summer 2011 Hampton University
General Zoology BIO 220 A- Summer 2011 Hampton University
Principles of Accounting I ACC 211 B Summer 2010 Tidewater Community College
College Algebra MTH 158 A Summer 2010 Tidewater Community College

Test Scores

Test Year Month Scores
GRE – Analytical Writing 2015 11 4.5 80%
GRE – Quantitative Reasoning 2015 11 152 48%
GRE – Verbal Reasoning 2015 11 155 67%
CLEP – Humanities 2014 9 Total Score – 51(?), Recommended Score – 50 Pass
CLEP – College Composition 2014 4 Total Score – 63, Recommended Score – 50 Pass
General Biology with Lab 2014 4 Tested out Pass
AP – AB Calculus 2013 5 1/5 Fail
AP – English Literature 2013 5 4/5 Pass
AP – Macroeconomics 2013 5 1/5 Fail
AP – Spanish Language & Culture 2013 5 4/5 Pass
AP – US Government & Politics 2013 5 2/5 Fail
SAT – Critical Reading 2013 1 680, 94% 94%
SAT – Mathematics 2013 1 640, 83% 83%
SAT – Writing 2013 1 730, 98% 98%
SAT – Overall 2013 1 2050 92%
AP – Biology 2012 5 2/5, Fail Fail
AP – Environmental Science 2012 5 3/5, Pass Pass
AP – Psychology 2012 5 3/5, Pass Pass
AP – Psychology 2012 5 3/5, Pass Pass
SOL – Reading 2012 5 509, Pass/Advanced Pass/Advanced
SOL – Virginia & US History 2012 5 479, Pass/Proficient Pass/Proficient
SOL – Writing 2012 5 586, Pass/Advanced Pass/Advanced
SAT Subject Test – Spanish Literature 2011 11 670 43%ile
AP – European History 2011 5 3/5 Pass
AP – Statistics 2011 5 2/5 Fail
PSAT – Critical Reading 2011 5 56 76%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT – Mathematics 2011 5 62 85%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT – Overall 2011 5 178 87%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT – Writing Skills 2011 5 60 88%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT – Critical Reading 2010 5 57 88%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT – Mathematics 2010 5 53 75%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT – Overall 2010 5 168 79%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT – Writing Skills 2010 5 58 92%%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT – Critical Reading 2009 5 54 84%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT – Mathematics 2009 5 55 84%ile compared to high school sophomores
PSAT – Overall 2009 5 168 80%ile compared to high school juniors
PSAT – Writing Skills 2009 5 59 94%ile compared to high school sophomores
SOL – Biology 2009 5 38/50 – 452 Pass/Proficient
SOL – Civics & Economics 2009 5 38/40 – 557 Pass/Advanced
SOL – Geometry 2009 5 43/45 – 534 Pass/Advanced
SOL – Grade 8 Reading 2009 5 42/45 – 544 Pass/Advanced
SOL – Grade 8 Writing 2009 5 46/48 – 483 Pass/Proficient
Educational Records Bureau CTP3 – Level 4, Form 1 – Quantitative Ability 2009 3 29/50 95%ile, 8 Stanine
Educational Records Bureau CTP3 – Level 4, Form 1 – Quantitative Ability 2009 3 23/45 90%ile, 8 Stanine
Educational Records Bureau CTP3 – Level 4, Form 1 – Reading Comprehension 2009 3 28/45 90%ile, 8 Stanine
SAT – Critical Reading 2009 1 440 28%ile compared to high school seniors
SAT – Mathematics 2009 1 480 38%ile compared to high school seniors
SAT – Writing 2009 1 560 71%ile compared to high school seniors
ITBS – Communication Skills 2007 5 76% National Percentile Not Identified as Gifted
ITBS – Social Studies 2007 5 89% National Percentile Identified as Gifted

People are usually impressed that I, as a female minority, was able to graduate with a MS in CS from an Ivy League school by the age of 21.

However, what most people don’t realize is that for the most part, I feel the current education system is deeply flawed.

In fact, the only reason I rushed through the whole thing is simply because I couldn’t wait to get it over with.

Both my parents are educators so school has always been a big deal for me but I’ve never bought in to the whole “college” lifestyle and I’m glad I’m done with formal education for good.

AND THANKFULLY, my parents and I have never had to take a single loan out either.

A few reasons I feel the current education system is terribly flawed include

  • the piss poor salary of teachers in the public school system
  • the randomness/luck that is the admissions process for “elite” colleges
  • the high number of incompetent people lucky enough to get accepted to such colleges and are able to ride off that branding for a while
  • “legacy” anything
  • privileged folks not understanding why “affirmative action” is needed
  • the ridiculous amount of money that is required to get a “good” education that has led to student debt being at an all-time high
  • the lack of accountability from schools to help students find a job
  • the abundance of for-profit schools and shitty coding bootcamp programs that are taking advantage of hopeful but “poor unfortunate souls”

TLDR;

How I think most people feel after they owe a shit ton of money for a degree that wasn’t really worth much.

By Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel is a software engineer specializing in UI development on the Customer Acquisition Team at Slack where her mission is to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.

She has been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Hampton University and a Masters in Computer Science from Cornell Tech.

Outside of Slack, Frances is an Executive Director of Techqueria, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves the largest community of Latinx in Tech in the US.

She also supports Code Nation as a member of their Bay Area Leadership Council and the Latino Community Foundation as a member of their Latinos in Tech Giving Circle.