Before I begin, I would quickly like to apologize to all of my professors for the mental acrobatics I’m about to do in the jared’s galleria of jewelry that is historical and philosophical theory; mea culpa.
1. Paint them green, glue them back onto a tree, and pretend it’s still summer; denial is a happy place.
The recent Apple maps app flap has gotten quite a bit of attention in the news. It represents a big company making a (actually rather small) changeto their devices with massive ramifications for its users.
Every few months, I become a new person. Not all at once, and not in a “born again” sort of way. It’s a gradual transformation: over time, my thoughts, feelings, and attitudes about the world and how I fit into it seem to shift.
Information overload is a bit scary. There are so many new ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and opinions coming out every second that it seems impossible to keep up. I find this incredibly stressful; it makes me feel that for every second I’m not keeping up I’m slowly slipping behind.
1. Attend Russ Petricka’s step aerobics class- let’s face it, you wouldn’t last longer than ten minutes anyway.
If I took a quick survey in Sayles today (randomly sampled to prevent against bias, of course) I imagine that I would find most everyone on campus has been sick, is sick, or will soon be getting sick.
Protests abound in the Middle East, and for what? What has come of the past months of youth revolt and government tumult in the intersection of Asia, Africa, and Europe?
What is the basis of this country? After giving this any thought at all, many of you were likely confronted with certain buzzwords associated with the United States, at least by those who were raised here: Equality. Liberty. Freedom.
I’m sure that many of you have logged into campus computers since arriving back on campus, only to have a moment of panic when you couldn’t locate the GoPrint button to print that reading or paper. While I don’t know if many of you actually mourned the loss of GoPrint, what I do know is that we now have its successor, PaperCut, on all ITS-managed computers.
On some level, as much as we complain about the endless papers, the all-nighters, the last minute rewrites, the collapse in a heap by the end of 11th week praying to God that we never have to go through that again, we love it. The one thing that Carleton has taught us is that what really matters is the energy, excitement, and exuberance we bring to the tasks we do.
At the very end of the year – or, for that matter, six months from now – I am most likely not going to remember where deadweight loss can be found on a graph, what exactly is included in the theory of multiple intelligences, or how to calculate a test statistic. Introductory classes, I am convinced, are not for gleaning information. They are for learning and evaluating paradigms of thinking.