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anonymous asked:

I remember reading about how you ditched the art studies and went into science. Were you good at bio/chem/maths before that? Why did you end up choosing bio? I'm sorry I'm just curious, I recently did a photography-related internship and am realizing that that's not what I wanna do but I'm so lost now, I've always been awful at all the science subjects and am not particularly interested in anything but I'll turn 21 soon and will have to choose something. I enjoy reading, hist/pol but money lol

Whew tbh I picked bio by eliminating all the subjects I liked even less. back then, I really felt like art was gonna be my whole life, like I spent so long envisioning this version of myself and when it didn’t work out, every alternative sounded so upsetting. But you’ll never know how you feel about a subject until you give it a solid chance. Biochem ended up being pretty cool, and maybe if I’d been brave enough to throw myself into an engineering program I’d learn to love it too.

You don’t have to be naturally good at or even fond of something to excel at it eventually. There’s a lot of chance involved in finding your true calling or whatever like depending on the professor/class/teaching attitude/study buddies/wildcard internship opportunities you happen to find, how much you enjoy learning something can vary SO much. Like I heard horrible things about organic chem but I had a new professor that year and it ended up being my favorite class series of college.

So anyway I guess just keep an open mind and don’t give up too easily once you decide on a path. As far as the whole “science and engineering = job” dogma goes, I’d say it’s true, but maybe it doesn’t hold as much weight as people might tell you. Having a B.A. in biochem essentially guarantees I’ll never have to work registers ever again if I don’t want to, but biology definitely doesn’t pay at this level. I still need either a decade of work experience or a phD / professional degree to build the kind of career I dream about - so honestly, the timeline to financial stability might be identical if i’d just stuck with architecture all along. The difference is that I feel better suited to this kind of work and more excited about the kind of opportunities in this field. I know plenty of engineers who have struggled with finding jobs (my parents among them). Education at the end of the day just prepares you for different kinds of jobs, not necessarily better or more fulfilling or more lucrative jobs.

Texting doesn’t ruin children’s grasp of the written language; it actually improves it. According to a study at Coventry University, school students who use “textisms” (shortening words, pissing all over the rules of grammar, etc.) tend to be better at spelling and grammar later on. This is because they’re literally playing around with language instead of simply memorizing a bunch of confusing rules so they can pass a test. This gives kids a chance to practice alternative ways of linking sounds and letters, which is way more effective than doing a million boring grammar exercises.

By consciously breaking the conventions of spelling and grammar, kids are engaging with them at a greater depth … and yeah, changing language itself in the process. Which is a good thing. In a world in which more and more people communicate through symbols on screens, textisms allow us to modify the meaning of words to convey ideas or emotions more accurately. Texting someone “Where are you?” doesn’t communicate urgency as well as “WHERE R U???????? >:O”

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