My insignificant results make me feel insignificant in front of
- the suffocating body of previous, influential findings;
- the presentation sprinting towards me at 432563472325 miles per hour, all the way laughing at me because we are SO UNREADY.
And, SPSS just makes me feel insignificant overall with all its confusing tables and charts.
Until I got into psychology, never had the word “insignificant” become so meaningful in my life.
i suddenly had the craving for a jos louis.
i was taking notes on the “no-crossing branches constraint” for my syntax course, and all of a sudden, i had a faint impression of the taste of a jos louis in my mouth.
(well, actually, not in my mouth. the sensation of taste is experienced in your brain; we just think it’s in our mouth, because it seems logical to us that the sensation would be caused by whatever we just shoved into our oral cavity.
in any case, the fact that i tasted a cream-filled chocolate cake with a hardened milk chocolate shell without actually having such a delectable concoction in my mouth is proof enough that taste is an illusion by the brain.)
especially because i haven’t eaten a jos louis in years. (or maybe not especially so. perhaps time has made me miss it unconsciously.)
back to the wonderful world of mathematically describing the structure of sentences.
Today I discovered that engineering students who find their calling too difficult often switch to psychology.
Does that mean my department is full of students who don’t care to work hard enough to do what they originally wanted to do?
Of course, switching out because you really can’t handle the work is perfectly fine. I understand that engineering may be a lot more complicated than expected. And not all engineering students who switch end up in psych. That was just a generalization one of my classmates told me. But, switching because you don’t want to work is not okay. It is also not okay to think of the psych department as a dump of bird courses (although they would definitely be easier compared to the average engineering course).
I suppose I’m just frustrated because I met a lot of people from my psych courses today who are complete slackers, but still want to get a 4.0 GPA and go to med school. They skip lectures, they don’t read, and they rely on bell curving to save them. The most annoying part of it is that they actually are saved by bell curving (and possibly the luck of having overly lenient TAs). So while I actually earn my grade, they do nothing and still receive good marks.
Honestly. The system needs to change. It’s too easily corrupted.