beiatrix pedrasa. 19/f/nyc. multimedia artist, storyteller, internet princess, tv queen.
Tagged #hot boy #hot boys #boys #boy #british #music #art #programming #coding #programmer #code #program #based god #tybg #thank you based god #hot #tall #genius #coffee #tea #mug #mac #apple #laptop #comic #gif Posted on 19 April, 2014
:D hell yis!
Posted on 16 April, 2014
aw hello!! i’m going to write an obnoxious amount of text, but i hope it helps!
it’s definitely doable. it is even doable in 4 years (i know it, because i made a giant excel spreadsheet listing every course to take for the whole 4 years and it all fit)! however, attempting that really isn’t for everyone. so i would definitely talk to people (as you are!), do a lot of research, talk to advisors (your art advisor, double degree advisor, and a CS advisor), and soul-search. i’m gonna share my experience with you, but i definitely urge you to make your own decision as my perspective might be skewed! what works/doesn’t work for me might not necessarily be the same for you.
for one thing, both subjects are incredibly time-intensive. so you will definitely need to buff up your time management, and if it comes to it, sacrifice some things. (for me, that was a social life and the ballroom team. :( ) studio work, as i’m sure you know, takes a loooot of time, almost always more than expected. and with math/compsci, you really have to start assignments early, as soon as they’re given, because there will be mistakes made and concepts that take time to really sit and understand. if you’re good at time management, or know you can become good, then you can manage this workload.
the second thing is, if this double major is really what you want, if you choose this path you’re very much stuck in it (if you’re trying to do a 4-year stint like me). and you’re gonna have to be okay with that. once you pack in all the pre-requisite chains, core curriculum, academic requirements, art electives, and cs electives, etc., there is virtually no room to experiment in different fields. so that random course you wanted to take in like, italian food-tasting or aliens or koala breeding or trampoline engineering (half of those i made up), is not really an option anymore.
there are also some criticisms toward the CS curriculum here that i’ve certainly experienced as well as some of my peers, and it’s that the academia of it is not for everyone. you’re going to take calculus 1 and 2 and have nowhere to apply it to ever. eecs 203 is just dry and difficult. the entry-level programming class, eecs 183, is fun and manageable, but they spell out every function for you and have a specific way they want you to do the projects.
personally: i just realize that i know myself better now, and i operate better under a certain level of freedom. i can’t be boxed into a chain of courses that’s all spelled out for me. i realized i had more fun coding when i was making video games and self-learning [codecademy.com is amazeballs, and there are hella intersections to art with Processing and Arduino!]. so i decided to drop the double major, and what seems most plausible for me right now is doing the BA track in art, and doing a shit ton of academic electives in things i actually like and have control over. (like film classes! acting! tv production! creative writing! web programming! app development!) and i decided it was more important to spend my existence being happy than slaving over grades/$$$$. there is a point when you stop learning and become a robot for grades, which is where you want to check yo self before you wreck yo self (sorry).
i’m not trying to scare you away from CS, it is definitely a rewarding and fascinating field. it’s the field to be in right now! and CS and art have amazing intersections!! as an intellectual endeavor i highly recommend it. plus you are 900% guaranteed a job in the industry. the amount of jobs out there for CS majors is exponentially greater than the amount of people w CS degrees. you will be in demand. (i have a CS friend with a bunch of offers already and she hasn’t even graduated!) and taking CS here, along with attending those hack events and career fair things and hell, even landing an internship, will definitely prepare you for the ~professional~ world. it’s just that school and grades and academia aren’t for everyone. sitting in a library for 14 hours every day for a month to pass my calculus final is not my learning style. dicking with software, working as a computer consultant, and actually getting my hands dirty in coding is. (well, that’s with anything. you learn by doing!)
are you doing college in 4 or 5 years? are you doing CS through LSA or Engineering? those are things you might want to consider. if you are able financially/mentally to do this in 5 years (or even 6) you’re golden, it’ll definitely ease some of the stress/pressure, and maybe even grant you freedom to take other random fun courses.
if you pursue this track, i highly recommend looking at the CS course guide. they have recommendations as to which courses to take at the same time (for example eecs 203 and eecs 280 are often taken together), and which courses have heavier and lighter workloads. use the LSA course guide database to filter which courses cross over. you can cleverly plan out your classes so they fulfill multiple requirements. and definitely USE your advisors. it can be overwhelming to look at two to three websites and sets of requirements. (that’s a breakdown waiting to happen. at least for me.) talk to a proper adult!
again, what works for me won’t necessarily work for everyone, so talk to more people, do your research, look within your soul. think about what you really care about. it’s your life and your choice! and i wish you the best of luck!
if you have any other questions about college or anything, please don’t hesitate to ask! i’m only a year above you haha but i always do my best to help people and offer advice when i can. i can even email slides and project pdfs and things so you can get a feel for what they teach in some of these classes. cheers!
Tagged #chamblyd Posted on 15 April, 2014
What’s up internet chums. It’s time for real talk. Feelings under the cut:
Tagged #tw: depression #quarter life crisis #existential crisis #deep shit #life #college #relatable #blog #realizations #realization #WHOO #FINALLY #AIRED IT ALL OUT #articulate #feelings Posted on 13 April, 2014
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