I never realized how awesome mantis shrimp are. They can make the water around their limbs boil because they move so quickly. That means they can still kill their prey even if they miss them. Soooo awesome. Unfortunately, people actually eat these shrimp despite their violent temperament. In Hong Kong, they are actually called peeing shrimp. And yes, that is a direct translation from Cantonese to English. Crazy, right?
I laugh at those people who say college are the best years of your life. Right now, it feels like I’m still in high school but with more challenging classes. Sure, I’ve definitely experienced more than I did in high school. Do people really mature in college?
For the first time in 2+ years since we’ve talked, I stopped thinking about you, with the exception of today. I’ve finally accepted that we were never meant to stay friends forever, but I’ll always remember the good times.
Man, I’m so sick of unreliable people. I take that back. Please forgive the stupid little kid inside of me that’s being selfish and will not shut up. Okay, I realize I’m also at fault. I need to be more independent of others. But jeez, people. The easiest thing to do is to say you don’t have time. That’s cool. I understand that people are busy. Just don’t say you’ll do things if you never actually do.
In the first lecture of my psychology research methods class, the professor told us her ultimate goal was for us to critically think. This is one of the few classes I’ve taken in my three years in college that really wanted the students to analyze and question the validity of statements. In my experience, prerequisite classes, like general chemistry and organic chemistry, have required very little understanding of the material to receive in an A. It was all memorizing, not understanding. There was no questioning involved.
The U.S. is always complaining that we keep falling behind developmentally in comparison to other countries, so why don’t people look at the education system? From a young age, most children in the U.S. are required to take math courses, where we learn how to do the same step over and over again. They’re like drones. They’re not taught to think, “Could this be wrong?” They only learn that memorizing and regurgitating information will allow them to achieve. Unfortunately, I am one too. However, college has made me realize that if I don’t begin to ask questions, I won’t make it in my dream field. It makes me question if I’m up for working in research. Do I change my way of thinking? Or do I become yet another being that accepts most of everything without question? I’m going with the former. My ultimate goal in life is to help animals, and the only way I can make the largest impact is if I start asking questions.
I realize that I’ve gone off track a bit here, but I still support that people need to alter education if they want the U.S. to be the top in development. So here’s my question for you, America, do you want to be a drone or not?
I don’t know what my future job looks like, and it scares me. Even though I haven’t graduated college yet, I feel like I should know I want to do, but let’s be realistic. I probably won’t know by the time of graduation. It’s been hard since the majority of people in my major have all their dreams on set of being a veterinarian. I don’t feel like my path is headed that way. I’ve interned at multiple clinics to know that I’m not ready for it. I don’t think I’ll be prepared to take on working in a vet office as a vet, a vet tech, or even a vet assistant right out of college. Even if I wanted to go to vet school, I don’t have the average 3,000 hours of experience working under a vet. I’d have to take a few years off to gain experience as a vet tech or assistant. In addition, I want to know that that is exactly what I want to do in life before I even apply to vet school. Unfortunately, I haven’t had that light bulb go off in my head yet, and I don’t know if it ever will. All I know for sure is that I want to work with animals.
I’m currently looking into research involving dairy/beef cattle that will improve the conditions of the animals and the environment while maintaining/improving the efficiency of production. I feel like working specifically in the cattle production industry is the most direct way I can make a difference in bettering the lives of animals. I know there are a lot of misconceptions of the meat industry in the public, so I also wish to educate others and debunk myths of the meat industry.