Astronomy to the Rescue
Perhaps the single biggest factor in delaying the inevitable decision to abandon my quest for a PhD. was the allure of astronomy. During the first semester I took my first astronomy course (Astronomy 212 – The Planets) with a very weird instructor named Bram Boroson. (When you think of the awkward, nerdy, creepy stereotype of a professor, you’re on the right track. I don’t mean any offense, but he really needed some help in the pedagogy department.) Anyway, despite his idiosyncrasies, I really enjoyed the course material of the class. So for the following semester, I took the next course offered: Astronomy 211 – Intro To Astronomy. Yes, I did take my astronomy courses out of order. But they covered different topics at essentially the same level – 211 was not a prerequisite to 212. Intro To Astronomy was where I met Dr. Layden.