Thursday, March 13, 2008

Social sciences are hot only in Phds...

Social sciences are hot only in PHDs


I do not know from where to start my complaints. I enjoyed my university classes studying international conflict and its resolutions, microeconomics, and leftist sociology materials that of Marx and why the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
I love theory period.

But today while going to my way to the living room, uncle was watching some movie about the American civil war, he asked "the southerners won right?" I mumbled , feeling zero prepared . I did not know the answer , "you have studied that in Uni right?"

I shifted the topic somehow on the American Revolution and how they ousted the Britons, the truth is, I know nothing about the American civil war, and maybe I can say something regarding the 1960s civil unrest, that era is damn interesting, you got the environmentalists, feminists, and the Blacks vying for their rights. And after the 1960s, I can say that the 1970s had one of the coolest fashion styles, alright! Well, the later represents my own latest trend, that I am growing to be more girlier than ever and the fact that I enjoy politics not as a career but to study it and maybe do charity/non-profit work on the side of some actual career of mine. I have shocked myself that I am no where as serious to be part of that. Yes, lets talk about Kant over wine, sure I take him!

And yes, I remember learning about American foreign policy, and now I remember Nothing! Maybe yeah concepts but details, names, strategies, heck I am forgetting it all! And it was an ex-Michigan mayor who taught this class and I scored an A+!!!

I feel my degree was not at all sufficient, or maybe I am suffering from dementia. Its either this or that.

Oooof, and I do remember my economic class, as it was mandatory to take six of em, I remember one of the economic Professors telling us, "this is not an English or a Political Science class, you can not leave one day not studying and catch up with the next class and understand".
He might not be so true, but he has a point, with sciency or solid science degrees, I believe that they are far harder and need far more dedication to get at least a B. And social sciences do not exactly attract the smartest of all students, the girl who won the governor general award during my graduation was an ex-biology major. I must be mean, but I remember one of my sociology professors telling us how to calculate our marks to get our percentages!!!! I felt I was so in the wrong place especially as an ex-computer science major! Damn, my classmates used to ask me about math questions! What a wasted talent there, I am even forgetting my multiplications, its either the degree or that I am getting stupid , really stupid!

No specialization, dementia, with high-heels and girly obsessions, I feel shocked at the state I have reached. And still no carved career and I still feel I have nothing that of expertise or any solid skills to offer.
Oh, and I miss my visual art class, we drew naked people! It was the first time when I saw the holy- it - the penis, I literally thought balls were balls. Good education there I must admit! ;)

8 comments:

Abbas Hawazin said...

ha3 ha3 ha3 i was thinking of a comment but then i read the final lines and i forgot what i was writing.

how do you stand balls? they're so ugly.

Gilgamish said...

what what...what was the original comment?

Oh my god, that experience was gruesome, it was one of these moments....something i will tell my grandchildren :D was a long drama :D though i appreciate the eductional aspect of it, the biology diagrams do not show it all you know :D

oh i changed my place, i chose his backside :D :D yeah the butts are more universal than unisex :D :D

CMAR II said...

I literally thought balls were balls

Hilarious.

Incidentally, the North won. The US Constitution was amended to abolish slavery. General Grant eventually President.

nadia n said...

What is there to stand about balls, you just don't look at them- do you think girls go to bed dreaming of balls or something?

As for what this post is about, I don't know, I've had some very tough social science profs. The difference between humanities and sciences is that with the sciences or languages what you learn the next year builds on what you learned the year before, most humanities programs are all over the place and just let you take whatever you want, if you get into a program that's focused and take a bunch of things that are related to each other, it's not much of a problem. The question is whether you want to.

Regardless, I think our post-secondary education system is retarded. People are expected to have a degree even to have terrible jobs means a lot of people studying things they don't care about or need to know. I like theory, though, grounded in observation that's relevant to the world today, studying pure philosophy drives me nuts. I just don't think it's worth all the debt.

Gilgamish said...

"Regardless, I think our post-secondary education system is retarded. People are expected to have a degree even to have terrible jobs means a lot of people studying things they don't care about or need to know. I like theory, though, grounded in observation that's relevant to the world today, studying pure philosophy drives me nuts. I just don't think it's worth all the debt."

Yes, I agree it is retarded and I want to include high schools as well, and what makes it worse is the debt like you said.
I really think it depends on the person to make his degree worthwhile or not, and that is of course by aiding it, by other things such as personal initiatives, but who is that person, who is extremely disciplined?!

Oh, i am against studying philosophy as it, i think it should be accompanied by another degree, like math or even theology.

i dunno, a lot of social sc. grads graduate and feeling not all adequate especially canada is not all well generous with the job opportunities. i guess we just do our best and wait for the baby boomers finish their reign :D


" most humanities programs are all over the place and just let you take whatever you want,"

it needs a bit of repetition, we need to remember, though i appreciate the variety, it makes a well-rounded person even more diverse.
but common, there needs to be some prior specialization, even b4 thinking of that masters.

Cmar ii

Thank you for the info :) and welcome to my blog :)

nadia n said...

sorry i just saw this comment.

I really think it depends on the person to make his degree worthwhile or not, and that is of course by aiding it, by other things such as personal initiatives, but who is that person, who is extremely disciplined?!

hah, yes. and I mean obviously if you know you want to be a lawyer or a teacher that is a completely different matter. but it's the people being pushed into studying some random thing right out of high school at 17 when they have no idea what they want to do, or even if they want to study at all. i mean being an academic or researcher is totally admirable but so are electricians, and we really need those right now!

re: oppourtunities that is something i can go on and on about believe me. i blame the baby boomers too, but they can't live forever >:)

Anonymous said...

Hi, interesting blog, I just found it. One comment of your stood out to me:

"Oh, i am against studying philosophy as it, i think it should be accompanied by another degree, like math or even theology."

I studied economics, politics, and philosophy. I found that the philosophy was the most useful, both for work/career/income, and for life in general. A lot of what I learned from philosophy has made me more money and improved my life, whereas the other subjects had very little impact in that regard. When I talk to people who are ignorant about philosophy and important issues of knowledge, I really feel they're at a major disadvantage to someone who knows about it.

Philosophy is totally useless at getting you your first job (that's why it's a good idea to take other subjects that are more practical e.g. economics, law, medicine etc). However, IMO it has the most lasting beneficial impact on life if you study it properly and start to understand it.

I should point out that quite a few successful people are former philosophy students e.g. George Soros, Carl Icahn, Harrison Ford, Bruce Lee, Steve Martin (although he did say philosophy screwed him up for life, lol!). Ultimately success and achievement are down to personal qualities and determination much more than which degree you study.

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