[FoRK] Re: Confessions of an Engineering Washout
Tue Oct 11 10:13:52 PDT 2005
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Totally agreed about the true story behind that screed. It reads even
better as a tale of a smug kid with an overweening sense of
pre-entitlement, encountering a level where he'd actually have to do some
work, and being unable to cope. Some choice lines:
'Remember: Kern = real good at math and science.'
'I know what you're thinking, and you're wrong. She was as American as I
am. Spoke perfect colloquial English.'
These are the kids who threaten to sue my UCI TA friends, when they're
Hmmm... I wonder how he thinks an engineering degree is taught in China!
> It's called being in over your head... I felt like that at Caltech, but I
> was determined to graduate. After the shock of not being number one weared
> off, I decided that my goal was to graduate and hopefully learn CS in the
> process. I was frustrated that I had to spend so much time on
> mathemetician's math, and physicist's physics, that I didn't have the time
> to really dig into my CS courses (notorious time-sinks), which is why I was
> there in the first place.
> Also, having social problems with my House didn't help either...
> I would probably have gotten a better education at UT Austin, because I
> would have been able to digest what I was learning instead of desperately
> trying to keep up. On the other hand, sometimes I wonder if it would have
> been better or worse had I gone to MIT (I chose Caltech because of the
> financial aid...).
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