Regarding the application process:
1. After applying online, I recommend getting any and all college/university transcripts sent to OSU as soon as possible. Without the transcripts, nothing moves forward.
2. Once I requested transcripts from previous universities, the transcription services were quick to notify me when they sent them off (within a day). But it took a few weeks for OSU’s application portal to show receipt of transcripts. One, mailed from the university rather than sent electronically due to technical reasons, didn’t appear until, about a month later, I sent an email to OSU’s Admission Office to ask about it. They remedied the situation quickly. In retrospect, I wish I’d sent off that email sooner.
3. I’d start reviewing for the ALEKS math placement test right after applying (or before).
Regardless of your prior math classes that met requirements for admission, all incoming accepted students take ALEKS to verify that they have enough math knowledge to understand discrete mathematics. There’s a minimum ALEKS score you need to get to start the CS program, essentially past “college” algebra.
What it looks like when it’s run:
I’m going through Think Python, by Allen Downey, for the time being, likely until classes begin for me at the end of the month.
Thank you, Dr. Downey, for making it available free online.
3-17-2021 Update: I’m finding I prefer aspects of the version of the document headed by Peter Wentworth, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python 3, compared to Downey. The Wentworth version has more thorough explanations and examples.
Finally finished this one.
I changed my website logo / ID to this.
This is the new background banner for my LinkedIn profile and Twitter account.
2-27-2021 Update: I’ve since removed it from my LinkedIn profile.