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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The college life, what a great thing. I've been working on a lot of independent research lately and mainly learning a lot about different things that really interest me. The bad part is that I think I've found something that interests me more than what I am currently studying in college. I got to thinking today: What if colleges offered courses geared more towards what I ultimately want to do in life, and what everyone else also wants - money. I feel as though I am wasting time and money sitting in a classroom this summer while I learn about something that has absolutely nothing to do with what I want in life, nor does it have anything to do with what I want to learn about. What if colleges offered degrees based around what a student wants to learn, and not what they think we should learn. Should I be sitting in a Biology class, learning about the human body when I really want to be a mechanical engineer? Should I have to take a pointless class on computer programming(which I'll probably never use) when I really want to learn about website developement and HTML codewriting? If I need a computer programming class I think that my school should offer a choice, and not make me take something that is pointless and outdated. I feel as though I'm being held back from my true potential from all of these pointless classes. I'm trying to understand the "well-rounded" education line that everyone tends to give me but I just can't see how that is effectively using my time. If I work for a mechanical engineering firm someday am I going to have to know how mylenation helps signal processes in neurons? Probably not. What about problem solving? Will I ever have to write a high level computer code that will take more time to write than it would for me to hand-solve the problem? I'd probably be fired if I wasted my time like this! So why is it that my college is teaching me how to "waste" my time with ineffective methods that would result in my termination in the work force? This completely blows my mind....


posted by Shawn @ SMB College Life @ 3:02 PM   2 comments
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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Yesterday was the great continuation of the summer "mini-retirement." I got to hang out with friends all day, lounge by the pool, and take the birthday girl out for some drinks. I may have gotten a little out of hand, but I was an awesome time. So far this has been the summer of my dreams. I guess the only way to make dreams come true is to take the first step towards them. That's all that I did and since that first step things have snowballed towards the summer that I dreamed of. The mixture of close friends, pool lounging and nights of drinking have given me the perfect break from the hectic life I was leading. I definitely want to get used to this!
posted by Shawn @ SMB College Life @ 10:54 AM   0 comments
Monday, May 28, 2007

I realized a few mistakes in my post from yesterday. I had a few drinks during the race, so I guess I wasn't all there when I made my post. I meant to say Marco Andretti, who is the 20 year old Indy car racer. Mario Andretti is Marco's grandfather and also one of the greatest Indy Car racers of all time. Also, yesterday I was really cheering for Danica Patrick. It would've been great if the FIRST race that she won was the Indy 500. I think she is a great competitor/athlete and it's great to see a woman driver on the track. Anyway, that was my studying, no worries, just doing what I like. I can really get used to that!
posted by Shawn @ SMB College Life @ 12:01 PM   0 comments
Sunday, May 27, 2007

I like to call this summer my "mini-retirement." I didn't make that up, but actually read the term in a great book that I've read in the past couple of weeks. I just needed a break from the fast pased world that I was creating. My whole family has been hard workers and I guess they all taught me to work hard in life for the things that I want. I wish they would have taught me how to work smart instead of hard! After this year, I fell pretty burnt out and tired of working hard. I also feel as though I really didn't get to enjoy the college life because I was working all the time or studying.....which really sucks. These are my college years and I want to enjoy every moment of them. I was also watching the Indy 500 today and found myself following Mario Andretti (20 year old Formula 1 driver). As I watched him race I couldn't help but think to myself, "Why can't that be me?" After hanging at my apartment for a while I tried to change my thinking and asked myself, "HOW can that be me?" See, the smart people are the ones that go out and do the things that they want to do and the hard working people (like me) find all sorts of obstacles to stick in their way so that it seems like they have to work hard to get what they want. My obstacle was school. I wanted to race ever since I can remember, and would probably be on a track somewhere right now had I not decided that I needed a "back up" plan first. I think it was just my way of throwing an obstacle infront of my path...
posted by Shawn @ SMB College Life @ 5:08 PM   0 comments
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Just talking....basically whats going on in my life today. Feel free to add anything going on in your life today. Hey, maybe we can help each other out on this site. College hasn't been that fun lately, and I feel as though I have lost my ambition to do better. Maybe someone else also feels this way.....
posted by Shawn @ SMB College Life @ 2:32 AM   0 comments
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