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title: Now
date: 2021-09-29
date: 2022-01-02
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description: "Find out what I am doing now: what I'm reading, what I'm working on in my free time, and where I'm at professionally."
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**You might also want to read:** [What is a "now page"?](https://nownownow.com/about)
## Recent academic and professional decisions
As of September 2021, I am taking a leave of absence from the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Smith College School for Social Work. Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, I will be working at a human service organization as a Program Evaluation Specialist.
Through AmeriCorps VISTA, I have been serving as the Program Evaluation Specialist at a large human service organization. I am returning to the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Smith College School for Social Work in September 2022.
I have been working toward a second bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science) at Thomas Edison State University (TESU). I am currently taking Data Structures (in C++), Database Management, and Software Engineering. I am also making use of credit recommendations from [ACE](https://www.acenet.edu/National-Guide/Pages/default.aspx) and NCCRS for coursework at non-collegiate providers (e.g., [Study.com](https://study.com/college/index.html)).
I plan to start the last two of my required classes (Computer Architecture and the liberal arts capstone) at TESU next month and apply for June 2022 graduation.
## In my free time
I am using [The Odin Project](https://www.theodinproject.com/about) and a Udemy course to continue learning web development. I'm also exploring computer programming with a few courses on edX, including [CS50](https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x).
I'm toying with the idea of writing publicly on [Write.as](https://ethan.writeas.com/) again. I only made it to Day 4 of the 100-day challenge, but I did end that last post with "I'm having fun writing posts as part of #100DaysToOffload!"
I'm also planning to update [the resources page](/resources/) (or create a separate page) with content related to civic technology, computational social science, and data science.
## What I'm reading
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# In previous months
## November 2021
* Between moving in January 2021 and summer coursework at Smith College, I had some months where I wasn't regularly volunteering as an EMT. I'm back to it as of late November 2021.
## December 2020
* I started participating in [#100DaysToOffload](https://100daystooffload.com/) on December 1. #100DaysToOffload "challenge[s] people to publish 100 posts on their **personal blog** in a year." I'm posting these entries to [Write.as,](https://ethan.writeas.com/) a blogging platform with its foundations in [free software](https://writefreely.org/) and [a respect for privacy.](https://write.as/principles)

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