This is a bi-monthly blog post from Shawn Stevens, DJ at a Utah radio station and student of Stevens-Henager College. Follow his bi-monthly updates to gain insight into his experiences as a student.
I’ve always thought of myself as a logical kind of guy. I’m not like Plato or Aristotle, although I enjoy reading a good quote or two. But as a rule, I try to find the logic in a situation and do my best to resolve the issue in an effective way.
Over time we’ve all learned that the steps to effective problem solving include understanding the problem, knowing what stands between you and an effective resolution, deciding what you have the power to control or change, and deciding on the best course of action to get to the best possible resolution.
“The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.” –Plato
Lately I have found myself faced with many problems that are difficult to figure out. It’s hard to know where to even start. It’s as though I have landed in a foreign country and I’m trying to communicate but don’t speak the language. My current course in my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program is PRG103 – Logic Structures. We are exploring the various languages that programmers use to write the code for the computer programs that you and I use on a daily basis. Just like spoken languages, computer languages have many complex rules that govern the words and punctuation that need to be used to make the programs run without errors. I feel like I’m learning to write and speak all over again. I’ll be honest—this is challenging.
“The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet.” –Aristotle
Not one to accept defeat, I have decided to approach this problem logically. I know that I need to somehow learn the material because it stands between me and achieving my degree. I’m confident that if I work hard, I can accomplish my goal and master the programming language. I have the ability to seek help, and Stevens-Henager gives us the resources to get help. With that in mind, I have decided that the best course of action is to work with a tutor to better understand the complexities of programming logic. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Shawn Stevens is the Program Director and midday personality for the radio station K-Bull 93 FM (Cumulus Media) in Salt Lake City, “Utah’s New Country Leader.” Stevens has over 30 years’ experience in the radio broadcast industry, having worked in several major cities throughout the United States. He is a student of the Online department of Stevens-Henager College, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a Social Media Technology emphasis.