I have started both of my study at the same time right after graduating high school and both are currently in second year out of four. English literature is one of my studies and the other is Computer Science. I am taking the CS course at the biggest university of Cambodia, Royal University of Phnom Penh, and the English course at Institute of Foreign Language which is also a part of the former university. So why did I do two studies? Actually, I had already had some experience on both fields before I started enrolling in the institutions. I was taking a part-time General English course at a school for 2 years when I was twelve and by the time I reached intermediate level, I quit and started to spend much of my free time browsing the Internet from then on. Computer has become one of my favorite subjects because of the Internet. I usually read through many threads in hacking or graphic discussion boards and have learned so much about computing, programming, and Photoshop designing. Getting knowledge of Computer skills is not the only thing I got at that time, all of the text I read is in English so I have been learning English from the Internet as well. Not only computer or English that I have used the Internet for, I also used internet to learn more in English about physics, earth science and astrophysics which are my other favorite subjects. However, I did not think of do an English literature degree but many of my friends was planning to study one, so I joined them, and unfortunately only 2 of my friends passed the entrance exam and are now studying with me. Also, my choice enrolling in CS was not well-thought either. It was because my friends all failed another entrance exam to get into a well-known institute for engineering and technology, and I was the only one who passed. I had no other choice but to apply into the university as my English course institute is also in the campus, so it is easier for me to get here and there between both places. These are the reasons that I did two degrees at the same time.
After spending 1 years studying both fields, I can say that I can handle the difficulties I have to face. I have wide understanding in computer subjects so mostly at CS class, I would not worry about failing any subjects related to computer except the additional 5 or 6 subjects that is included in the curriculum to improve general knowledge. Same goes for English class, but the only things I worry about is speaking. I am not good at speaking English like conversation, describing things, explaining things. That makes sense since I was only reading and writing on the Internet; I did not practice speaking much. Yeah, that is right, I have improved my writing and speaking so much between when I was studying in part-time class and when I am studying university class. The difference was far that I can see it for myself. The other difficulty is when I am assigned to do works by both studies. I sometimes have to bring up other subject to study in a different subject session just so I can complete my homework or assignment. I study from 1PM to 8:30PM so I have to arrange my time to have a group meeting for completing assignment; I even skipped some class to do that. The other problem is the time for me to do self-study is decreased. As I said, before starting university life, I had so much time to browse the Internet for the information I want to know, but now the subjects to study is too many that I cannot even divide my time to study other things. I also found out that University teaching pace is slower than I studying by my own. With Internet, I can learn what CS course introduces in one year, in approximately 3 months without having to travel from my home to school or doing any assignment. This cannot apply to English course, since It need practice to be good and CS subject can be practiced with my computer. I would recommend taking only one course and spend the rest of the time studying other things by your own, or involving in the society more.
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