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Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by arg, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Master_Yoda77

    Master_Yoda77 Juggalo

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    Ozzman takes what I say way too seriously here. I mean, do most people get a degree in a subject that they absolutely, truly, fucking adore every second of the day? Like, what kind of sick, twisted fuck loves accounting?
     
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the entire 3 years of my maths degree. Maybe I'm just weird, though. A lot of people on the course at the same time as me did seem to be doing it for the prospects of a good job, rather than for the love of the subject.
     
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    You're also not going to be accepted to a top law firm with a computer sciences degree, so I don't take your point.

    I also think it's incredibly limiting for the sole purpose of higher education to be preparation for employment. The benefits of humanities educations are less tangible on an individual scale, but I think a populace with a better understanding of its cultural and ideological context is far more likely to move in a positive direction than one in which people are educated primarily by the mass media. Many people highly educated in a specific, practical or science based field - in my experience - are astonishingly uneducated otherwise.
     
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    Master_Yoda77 Juggalo

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    Like, it wasn't the subject matter that I didn't enjoy anymore, it was the whole experience of academia that I got fed up with. The rampant autism, bureaucratic nonsense, and the whole environment. My friend once put it best when he said that he was interested in pursuing a graduate degree until he realized that he had to actually converse with graduate students.
     
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    Internally Deformed Farseer of the Paranormal Abysm

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    You're not the first person I've heard profess a genuine enjoyment of mathematics. I still think you're being disingenuous though :p.
     
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    Internally Deformed Farseer of the Paranormal Abysm

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    Sounds like a conceited douche.

    Although I have to admit, going to the pub with a bunch of guys whose conversational technique is basically an oral form of Einherjar's posting sounds like my idea of a nightmare.
     
  7. Phylactery

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    Do you think I'd decide to be a maths teacher if I didn't genuinely enjoy the subject? There are a lot of other higher paying career paths I could have chosen you know. Probably less stressful as well.
     
  8. Master_Yoda77

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    Now imagine hanging out with multiple of them every fucking day for the rest of your life.

    I also realized that my heart wasn't in it anymore to be competitive in my field. How could I expect to succeed when there were others out there who were far more interested and dedicated to the subject than I was? Sure, I could keep up, but ultimately I knew that I would never be anywhere close to the top student in my class, or even close to a recognized name in my area of research, no matter how niche my dissertation was.
     
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    I don't know, couldn't you use maths in those careers too? Teaching does sound stressful though, I doubt I could cope with it.
     
  10. Elric of Melniboné

    Elric of Melniboné The White Wolf

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    Did anyone actually submit a song yet?
     
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    True. I think there's something a little deficient with obsessive personalities - almost like that absorption in one abstract field fills a void missing somewhere else. Still, you don't necessarily need to be the best at something to derive satisfaction from it - even the leaders of the field are probably miserable from comparing the feebleness of their impact to some previous thinker.

    Yeah.
     
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    My degree is in English. I do love reading the literature and discussing it in class, but usually only when it's an era that interests me. I cannot take another modern American lit class. I nearly burned my copy of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close because I fucking hated it so much.

    But give me the biggest, longest, fattest fucking epic poem written in a super specific writing style that contains hundreds of characters with no connection between them and I'm fucking ready to plow.
     
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    Either write the Great English Novel or stack shelves for the rest of my life.

    But seriously, no idea. I figure whatever career path I end up on will be the kind of job I have to find to know it actually exists.
     
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    That is exactly how I feel.
     
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    6 songs need moar
     
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    dwellerINTHEdark Curator of the mausoleum

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    But higher education is for the sole purpose of employment. Otherwise, the education system is completely fucked.
     
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    The higher education system has existed much longer than that particular point of view.
     
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    CiG "Brain haemorrhage is the cure!"

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    I don't really understand people that choose interest over market value. Seems like a drawback of most students being young and dumb, or maybe my interest in having money supersedes my interest in any one field.
     
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    Why get a degree at all when you can just watch a few Gene Simmons talks on youtube?
     

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