First, please learn how to properly quote/cite email messages in a mailing
list discussion thread.
Sure I will, thank you for highlighting this.
Second, you've been given plenty of pointers already. If you lack the
initiative to follow up on those, read the curricula, take note of the
textbooks used in particular classes, etc., then you probably lack the
intiative to be successful in this endeavor.
No, you assumption is wrong.