Posts Tagged “university”

One Plus One Makes Three

The above title is the best newspaper headline for the birth of triplets ever. Seeing as this entry would be of sort of a random nature, I decided to give it a nice, random title. I also thought of it at lunch today for no reason – well there was a reason, but it would take a while to map out my entire thought process. Let’s just say it was random and leave it at that.

I spent most of the day today figuring out what the heck I’m going to do after this school year. I started looking through this giant Undergraduate Directory for the University of Ottawa just to get a feel for what I’d be up against in this battle of the decisions. I had no real particular reason for picking out the University of Ottawa catalogue instead of anything other one except that it was big – the catalogue, that is, not the university, although it is too – and would offer me a lot of choice. The University of Ottawa is a pretty major university, so I thought it might give me an idea of a good standard set of courses available, which it did. I looked through the areas on Psychology and read a bit of the descriptions. They sounded pretty interesting, and it looked like something I’d definitely be interested in. So I then proceeded to widen my search for universities, and then narrow them down. Sounds a bit defeating, but I decided…Continue Reading

Welcome to 2005!

It’s hard to believe that yet another year has gone by. So much has happened in even my short lifespan of 17 years that it’s hard to believe life has anything else to throw at us humans. With nature forming hurricanes and tsunamis and people basically just destroying themselves with terrorist and anti-terrorist attacks, it’s going to be pretty interesting to see what another year has to offer us.

My New Year’s resolution this year is to break my resolution. This is pretty much impossible to do, because to keep your resolution you must break it, but if you break it you haven’t kept it. It’s pretty confusing if you think about it long enough, but I’m going to try my best and keep this resolution…er, break it.

Perhaps a better resolution (a serious one) would be to figure out where I’m going in life. I have no direction as to a career or university course right now, so I probably should figure that out. I’m seriously considering working for a year to just get a handle on where I am. I need more time to find out what I’m interested in, and if I can make a few bucks while doing that, so much the better. My parents invested in an RESP (Registered Education Savings Program? I think that’s it) when I was born and have put away a few dollars ever since. I’m really not sure how much is in there, but it’ll at least take the edge…Continue Reading

Decisions, Decisions

I really have nothing to write about today. I exhausted everything yesterday, I suppose. Yesterday was also my deadline for deciding on what course strategy I would go for in college/university. I gave myself three pathways: psychology, accounting, or business leading into entrepreneurship.

So what did I decide? Well, I weighed the pros and cons of each. I put down everything I could think of, and I was honest about it, too. Have you ever stopped and wondered how much bias actually goes into the process? As you’re trying to make a logical, rational decision, your feelings are influencing every part of the process. “I don’t really need to put that one down.” “Nah, that one’s not really important.” The truth is, the factor might be important, but our feelings are leaning toward a certain option, so we subconsciously factor everything in to provide our most desirable result.

So, I tried not to let my feelings influence me at all during this process as best as I possibly could. I put down every pro and con I could think of, and then I weighed each one individually as a mark out of 10, with 10 being the most important. I then added up all the pros and all the cons for each of the three paths, and then divided the pros by the cons to come up with a nice ratio. Luckily, all my pros exceeded my cons. What I did later as well is I came up with the…Continue Reading

Overchoice

I read in a book somewhere about a term called “overchoice.” It basically said how in today’s society, we are all bombarded with so many choices that we become disoriented – not physically of course, but psychologically. I think I’m experiencing that right now.

I’ve been faced with the impending doom that I am going to have to make a major choice in my life about where I will go after high school. This choice probably wouldn’t be so impending if I had started thinking about it earlier, but I’ve tried not to as much as possible, to avoid facing the fact that I have absolutely no direction in life. There’s so many career choices, and so many college/university programs offered that will (hopefully) help equip you for those thousands of careers out there. Right now I haven’t even decided what I would lean towards in a university, let alone pick a university. I’m totally lost.

I’ve thought about a few things I’m good at and enjoy doing; I’ve had an idea in my mind about going for psychology. I enjoy helping people, and although I’ve noticed I have a tendency to push help on people even when they don’t want it, the fact that they would be coming to me for the help would kind of cancel that out. I also notice I have tendency to pick apart people (such as I just did with myself), and categorize them into certain groups while still maintaining that some people do…Continue Reading