Jeremy J. Jones – Stranded in Thought

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year, and a question

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jeremy @ 10:16 am

Well, it’s the First of January, yet again. While this is a time fore reflection and finding focus, and while I could write for months about what today means, this is not the point of this post. However, I do wish a happy new year to anyone reading (and even those who aren’t).

About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with my friend (and another former professor – I see a trend) Steve Ersinghaus about my education and writing goals, and he helped me find focus and clarity. I thank him for that.

Having needed to take the year off from school, much to my chagrin, I’ve since become a bit lost. (Anyone reading my scant few posts over the past months could attest to this.) I’ve earned an Associate degree, but have waffled quite a bit on where to focus myself for a Baccalaureate. Talking about it with Steve allowed me to remember more clearly. I want to write (fiction for love, nonfiction for money), and I want to have an impact on the world. Big dreams, but achievable.

So the area where it seems I can make the most impact, and one that is synergistic with my skills is New Media. Not only is this simply the way the world is going, it’s fascinating and overwhelming at the same time. So it seems that to achieve my goals, I should either major in the Humanities and minor in Computer Science, or vice versa. Once that’s achieved, I can worry about an advanced degree, but not before.

Now I’m looking at programs at Rhode Island College, where I’m already accepted, as well as Providence College, and Brown University, all of which are within ten miles of my home – a huge benefit for a working adult.

So, to my question. I ask that any who read this give me their comments as to my thinking. I’ll welcome all information. Comments are on.

So what do you think? Am I right, in that New Media is the right area to focus in to make the most impact on the world from a fiction standpoint? If so, do my degree plans seem the right way to go? Or am I way off base, and an adjustment is needed?

Copyright © 2009 Jeremy J. Jones



  1. Jeremy,

    New media is a large umbrella–robotics, commerce, literature, publishing, engineering, anything dealing relying upon digital systems.

    Comment by steve — January 1, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  2. Interesting point, Steve. I am excessively vague. My interests are literature and publishing, and unforeseen directions in those areas.

    Comment by Jeremy — January 2, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

  3. I want to post a comment I received from a friend via a personal message. I won’t name him. However, I want to have his comments here to stimulate discussion, as he made some great suggestions.

    “I don’t if the computer science would do much – a driver doesn’t need to be a mechanic to be good driver. I’d favor whatever would help you write your best content. That could be a nonfiction area (biology for science writing, political science for political writing, etc.); or something more closely related to something creative (music for a poet, theater for a screenwriter, philosophy for an existentialist – whatever’s going to trigger the right state of mind).

    In my opinion, the personal qualities of professors and the environments of the departments are more important than the subject areas. A class with a perfect syllabus will only do so much good if the prof’s a dud and the students don’t connect, but an off-the-mark class will very much help if the prof lights your imagination and your peers keep you going – you can always learn whatever facts you need later.

    My suggestion: Hang out on campuses if you can. Wander around until you feel like you’ve found your people (tribes cluster) and you see profs you’d like to know. I’m totally serious – I wandered around downtown Boise one time listening for my kind of music, looking for my kind of people, until I knew I found a place with my kind of food. I’m really not kidding – we’re old enough to recognize “home” when we see it….”

    Comment by Jeremy — January 2, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

  4. Glad to see you are writing again! New Media is definitely the way to promote yourself these days, especially on a limited budget as it can spread virally. You have a knack for computers and a Computer Science degree would probably be a worthwhile investment of your time. There is probably no one right choice. As long as you stay interested and passionate about what you’re doing the rest will take care of itself.

    Comment by Kevin C — January 4, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  5. Wow, quite varied comments. Thanks, all. Unfortunately, I have not yet found a clear direction, though I am heavily leaning toward a History major and a minor in C.S.

    Comment by Jeremy — January 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

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