So I decided to follow up on my infamous “Oh the humanities” letter to my academic advisor:
It’s Xo once again, the ever-adoring fan of the academic advisement office at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I’d just like to update you on my summer as it has been so far since I received your fantastic insight into the only pedagogical path appropriate to me at this point in my life.
So far, I have taken the path of the wastrel. These past months have seen me experiment with various illegal substances and participate in violent (though hardly consequential, in my humble opinion) street crime, all while I gamble away my personal assets.
In anticipation of my next year of valuable instruction, especially in the humanities (oh them!), I’ve taken on cutting my body as an extracurricular. I find that it is an extremely intense form of expression. Cutting enthusiasts have advised me that I am a “natural” and that I should enter the pros—perhaps eventually compete in the World Championships.
I have shrugged off warnings from friends and family about my declining state of health and squalorous living conditions. I see no reason in their concern. After all, they’re the ones who suggested that I should have a say in the choice of coursework at university and that I should be free to pursue my education at a level comfortable for me. Ha! They were demonstrated to be wrong by your highly logical and considerate counseling; who are they to now dissuade me from a path that will lead to assured ruin among the outcasts of society?
Alright, so I haven’t actually been doing of the above mentioned, but instead trying to hold a job. The Office of Professional Development, or rather the whole of Georgia Tech, has been exceptionally unhelpful towards that end.
Though they are often lauded for their great co-op & internship programs, GT basically withholds opportunities from freshmen. Their website isn’t open to anyone below a certain number of credit-hours and the staff are just unhelpful. What, are you afraid your students might catch up to those at better schools? God forbid any of us should get a head start on this professional development thing.
I started a bit at a hedge fund, decided finance was not for me, and switched into a rewarding internship at Barnes & Noble, thanks in great part to a wonderful friend and mentor. Developing applications is pretty nice.
As an aside, I highly recommend the sandwiches from Financier Patisserie and burgers from Jimbo’s, if you’re ever around that corner in Midtown East. They’re good stuff.