Thursday, February 09, 2006

"Holy mackeroly, I'm surrounded by college students. What the heck am I doing here?"

This is a quote from a post by Tobie. As I was reading it, I started reminiscing back to my first college days, back in the Dark Ages. I was wandering aimlessly around the Quad, when I saw a sight that I cannot erase from my mind to this day.

A tall black man, tye-die shirt, dreadlocks, rollerskates, ghetto-blaster on shoulder, Magic Carpet Ride blasting out as he was whirling in circles in front of the Student Union.

That was the moment it hit me. Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.


Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

LOL, it's a whole different world, isn't it? A world you soon want to leave as far behind as possible...

February 09, 2006 5:48 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Really? Why is that?

February 09, 2006 6:06 PM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Well, once you get over the initial excitement, you (or at least I) become somewhat disenchanted with the academic world; not necessarily the possibilities, but the results and the atmosphere. You find yourself being limited by theory and by the competence or lack thereof of the people you associate with on campus. It simply becomes too small for you.

February 09, 2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

You know, to me it wasn't so much the academic aspects that I found so remarkably different, but the social ones.

Of course, *here he divulges his dark secret* my coursework was in computer engineering. It's hard to be "somewhat disenchanted" with Into to Electro-magnetic Fields and Digital Signal Processing.

Although I am surprised you feel that way, given that you are in New York, New York - Umbilicus Mundi

February 09, 2006 6:47 PM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Well, for me, it actually IS mostly the social aspect... My college is somewhat atypical with its academic rigor... But many of the courses are wimpy, and reflect what is much more generally the case on other campuses. Why didn't you like those courses?

February 09, 2006 7:07 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Oh, it wasn't that I didn't like the courses, it's just that there's not much of a discussion or philosophical aspect to them.

I must have taken a Stupid pill today, cause I can't figure out what you're saying. Are you saying you don't like the people in your school or that the coursework is too easy?

February 09, 2006 7:21 PM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

SOME of the coursewalk is not very challenging (i.e. one-sided with too many assumptions), and the people, although not that bad compared to city colleges and the like, are very immature and brainwashed. Unthinking.

February 09, 2006 7:53 PM  

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