I have a PhD in Horribleness

No I don’t

This post is based on a NaBloPoMo prompt: If you could go back to school (for free) for a new degree, what would you want to study?

I tend to think that I have spent enough time in school and there is no way I am ever setting foot in a classroom again. But there are so many things I want to learn that I can’t discard this possibility entirely. The next time I decide to focus on a subject other than languages, though, it will probably be via distance learning e.g. MOOCs.

For fun

  • Cats: they’re awesome and I would like to know more about them. Not only would it satisfy my curiosity regarding my favourite animals, it would allow me to better understand and take care of my own don’t-tell-me-they’re-too-old-for-this-word kitties. They deserve it.
  • Nutrition: I seem to think more and more about taking cooking classes, but I am more concerned with balance and health than with taste. I mean, whatever I cook, it almost always tastes good, so I would need to focus on healthy cooking. Even if it tastes boring, I could just add some spices and voilà.
  • Programming: okay, maybe it wouldn’t be that fun depending on the level expected of me, but I had a lot of fun learning Python in a classroom and it will probably freeze in hell before I start learning PHP on my own. Classes would definitely help, provided the teacher isn’t a jackass.
  • Robotics: I don’t know, it just seems like an amazing way to express one’s creativity! Programming would definitely come in handy. Of course I would have to make a robotic cat and try to make it as cat-like as possible to try to fool my real cats into believing he was one of them. When do we start?

For work

  • Energy: it could be interesting for translation purposes, as well as to understand some of the issues related to my partner’s job. I am mostly interested in nuclear power and clean energies, but let’s face it: I am not an energy saver.
  • Environment: again, I am thinking of my job, but this is a subject I am really interested in. Studying the relationships between various environmental aspects can be fascinating – although, in a way, frightening. I would like to focus on marine ecosystems.
  • Law: this isn’t the most interesting subject to me, but I enjoy legal translation despite my lack of interest in law and could see myself getting a degree in law to become better at my job and make my CV more appealing to potential clients and employers.
  • Translation: you can never take too many translation classes! Well, if course, they would have to be specialised or I would get bored pretty fast, unless I took translation courses in a different language pair than the one I work with – say, German-French.
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