I’m regretful that my first post about Georgia Tech is a critique, but I think that is my nature. Even with things I’m inherently thankful for, I seem to be good at ‘critiquing’ them.
With that disclaimer out of the way, a friend of mine texted me “what is on your mind?”. I impulsively responded, “I haven’t been thinking much”. The scary thing is it is absolutely true. I am in college, American higher education, and I have not been thinking much.
I have been living minute to minute, running around Tech binge this or that, without any deep and meaningful involvement (or even friendships) to show for it. While that will (hopefully!) be fixed once things slow down and I have time to breath and hang out with people, it raises more critical questions, like why have I not been thinking and is this supposed to be what college is like? One that I find particularly alarming is whether or not this is going to be what my entire college experience is like.
While Tech is a wonderful place, all of my classes are sheer repetition- math problems over and over (with low test averages, I might add), situations or case studies over and over in business classes, etc. No one is asking why is this important or how can it be applied.
I haven’t read a book (or even an Economist) since the summer, it has been quite difficult to dig into the Bible, etc (a lot of this is due to my own poor time management, granted, but there is also the more fundamental problem of Tech’s culture of being “do-ers”). Don’t get me wrong, I want to work hard, but I also think it is important to ask why is this work important and to stretch the expanses of your mind, and critically assess your own point of view.
Many students here seem to have a weak ability to think beyond what is surface level when it comes to such critical themes of philosophy, ethics, sociology, etc. While most colleges are slightly “hostile” towards the government and status quo, Georgia Tech is a huge research body for it.