So, scientists and mathmaticians.
what is the stupidest thing youve ever done?
Current Ph.D. candidate here. The stupidest thing I have done (in my career) was going for my Ph.D. It has delayed me from getting a decent paycheck, pigeon-holed me in regards to qualifications for jobs, consumed a huge amount of time and energy, and...here's the kicker...if I had entered the job market after my MS degree, I could probably already be at where I'll start once I graduate with the Ph.D.
ive fallen for it before but it never felt this bad
she didn't even seem sad when she broke up with me
she just lost her feeligns entirely
apparently kissing her in public and saying "calm down often" had been bothering her
but why didn't she just tell me while we were dating
why'd she have to ruin me
You're making a big assumption. But let's be honest here, even if you love your research project and are batshit crazy about science, a Ph.D. is a bitch to complete and is accompanied by the disadvantages listed.
>I didn't take my bachelor seriously. I would be in a much better position if I weren't so stupid back then.
Im also getting a PhD, id love to do some brain steroids but during the time i did it, i experienced heart problems to the point i thought i may die.
I accomplished more in one weekend than in two weeks of work without though...
Another big thing is the severe punishment you receive.
Be drunk half of the time, a burden for society and relatives and its okay.
But god forbid you do illegal stimulants to be able to do more (unpaid) work, then youre marked as criminal scum.
Passion doesn't matter much to your success if you make the wrong political choices along the way. You could still be made looking like a failure no matter how good you really are. They will just put puppets close to you looking like they succeeded where you failed. All to make you irrelevant ( and to piss you off, of course ).
You would need to be some kind of autist or assburger so those tactics don't work very well on you. A reasonably normal person would easily have been emotionally devastated by that tactic, probably even driven to criminality.
I fell for the pure maths meme from /sci/ two years ago, but now I'm starting to regret it, and a part of me wish I picked philosophy instead. The reason why I want to study philosophy is because its the purist purific area to study and is the foundation to all things.
I blame the philosophy majors and /lit/ for not coming to my rescue two days ago being the fact that I'm not interested in the content, but more, or so the level of purism; of how it could ultimately stroke that tiny egotistical penis of mine.
this again. enrolling in a post-bac to get my GPA bolstered to have a better shot at medschool.
>switching from medical technology B.S to Biology because Ecology driven Biology was the "easy way out"
All of them, dozens. I was addicted to drugs, but never stuck to any one drug for more than six months. Only drug I haven't tried is pcp.
Sometimes I wonder how much damage it did, how competent I could have been at math otherwise.
Once I assumed that Noetherian rings must have finite Krull dimension. My reasoning was that if a ring has infinite Krull dimension then it must have an infinite chain of prime ideals, so it's not Noetherian. The problem is that it doesn't necessarily have an infinite chain of prime ideals, it might just have finite chains of arbitrary length! That was certainly the stupidest thing I've ever done.
I was wheeling an older patient over to get an MRI. There's a bump in the floor near the examination room so I warned him about and we went over. It wasn't very hard but he seemed to be very quiet after that. By the time we got to the MRI room a minute later he was deathly white and had trouble breathing, vitals dropping rapidly. Turns out that one bump was all it took to burst an aneurysm in his aorta.
You beat me to this comment.
>didn't let me pass his gay ass course
Professors don't let you pass a course, you earn the right to pass a course. Stop being such a whiny bitch, grow a pair, and perform up to the level expected of you. If you can't do that, save yourself/your parents some money and go be cannon fodder in some foreign land.
I have no idea. I'd like to be a construction worker. And it's funny how you pass other courses with 5/5 grades but this course's exam was just something awful, irrelevant questions and all.
And I think he is really gay, he had a piercings in his ears and his shirt had a neckline. You wouldn't see that on a reichuniversität becouse he would be in a CONSENTRATION CAMP. And his assistant was a transexual. Really weak man with long hair. Sad.
If that is true, then tell yourself "I don't need this" and just drop the class. Life is too short for letting yourself be tossed around by people like that.
Just make sure that before dropping it you feel confident in showing your skills as you may have to if you won't be getting the certificate for that course.
Wasted 2 extra years finishing high school because "muh gaymes" were more important. Never studied my math decent during high school and now I lack a lot of the basic skills.
About to finish my last year of Applied CS and starting Computer Engineering next year, so I need to catch up on my math..
you mean "calm down" often otherwise in what context are you saying "calm down often"
I tell my girlfriend calm down or chill down like every 5 seconds and I'm in like kind of the same position
Because here (belgium) it hardly requires any math, just basic math, statistics, probability and some modulo which I did fine in.
Also there's a big difficulty gap between college and university whereas college = baby math and university = holy shit math (at least in cs)
Watch out. There are some serious career bureaucrats/asshats playing scientist out there now. These types will play endless political games forcing everyone around them to waste as much of their time as possible on pointless assignments/paperwork/meetings so that they don't discover that they're actually phonies. One clue is they don't really talk shop; another - all their colleagues work on material that's different enough that they cant really double check eachother. They don't really have a passion for the material (blank emotionless stare when the subject comes up, long delayed responses to obvious answers), which is odd considering they somehow got a phd in it. They'll go after you hard if they think you're on to them, and they could destroy you emotionally if you're not prepared.
My biggest mistake was trying to go-along-to-get-along with one of these, hope my passion for the science would get me through. It didn't and I am still paying the price.
If you encounter one, get out IMMEDIATELY, no matter the cost.
Well it could also be a person who is slowly getting sick and/or old and losing their sharp and just growing more and more afraid of not being accepted in his or her role any longer. Having gotten responsibilities but slowly being unable to take them on.
How do you tackle that situation? That got to be a real tough situation since no one involved would really want to talk about it.
Some years ago in 1st year, I said that the field with p^n elements is isomorphic (as a ring) to (Z/pZ)^n...
The teacher humiliated me in front of the whole class, everyone laughed at me
This was the stupidest thing I ever said
Chances are, if you had to ask her to be calm so often it became irritating, she was unstable. I don't know your situation but years of life and subtle observations have taught me patterns of human behavior.
She could probably do well with guidance through discussing with a good listener things that she doesn't understand that happen in her head. Someone like that probably needs security and positive reinforcement and a lot of it. Not saying you didnt, I don't know, but I do know some people that have loud as fuck personalities that often get told to calm down, and they hate that. Even if she does find what she needs, she probably won't stay with it for long, some people are like that. Like a firecracker, beautiful to watch, hard to hold.
It'll get better /sci/ guy.
Nope, not in this case. The prof is 40; right off the bat playing games to break me down - with no regard whatsover for morale or work quality. I didn't know the meaning of the word obfuscation until working there. It really changed my world view, and I discovered /pol/ soon after.
well no, i just say "calm down" a lot because when I was a kid my brothers would get angry very quickly, so it became a habit. so if people are being even a lil bit excited i end up saying it. i just really think she should have asked me about it before she broke up with me...
i'm still going to try to get her back. i'm going to ask her later today to go on a date tomorrow. say "if you start to have feelings for me again, we can continue dating and we'll both be happy. if by the end of the night you still don't have any feelings for me, then i'll stop bothering you forever."
i don't know if it will work, but i really want it to. i think i love her, still.
My worst mistake when comes to ladies... Chatting for too long without actually meeting. You don't know if you fit until you meet in person. The longer it takes until then the larger the expectations will be. The larger the expectations the higher the fall if it doesn't work out. You will be wasting a larger percent of your time and emotions on hopes and dreams just to have everything crash and burn when those expectations aren't met.
Not playing video games.
During my youth I wanted it but I was an overachiever. I worked hard, got to the best unis, got highest honors everywhere and I'm fine with that.
But when I see my buddies who had good times playing video games, to party, to do what teens do, I feel a little bit empty
Being a beast at math is not about the whole life, after all
As long as you had fun playing call of duty, don't worry about it
Probably would have had just as much or less fun awkwardly trying to fuck a girl than shooting up nazis with your friends
The experience took a massive toll, but I'm on the (long) road to recovery now. Hopefully posting about it here can help others avoid falling for the same trap. Wolves in sheep's clothing...
Just keep busy doing other things. Immerse in some computer game or your favourite hobby or spend time with your friends or travel or school or jobs. Just keep your mind on other things and you will find you will slowly get over her. I had a summer when I was totally in love with a girl and it went to shit. Then I had like 4 exams after the summer. I studied my ass off and nailed them all and it did help to get confidence back and also keeping my thoughts healthy.
Yes. Get real drunk and have crazy conversations on the internet in the afternoons :o) Just make damn sure you're anonymouse while doing it so it ain't on facebook or some other place which can come back and bite you ;o)
Love can be really strong, like a chemical drug but you will slowly get over her. Just try and spend your time working hard doing useful stuff - preferably things which usually increase both your confidence and your mood.
>tfw I fell for the theoretical physics meme
Learned a bunch of ivory tower QFT math and just now realized that it's completely useless in real life. I wish I invested all that time acquiring practical qualifications. Seriously, quantum physics is only good for pseudo-intellectual circlejerking.
well, be hardcore. Do not choose too much classes, it's useless : instead, choose 3/4 math class (the classics) and for each class fix a reachable schedule : the following was mine
1) do ALL the homework exercise as soon as you got it. Do at least5 exercises every day.
2) be sure you're able to prove all the interesting proofs very quick. If someone in the street asks you "hey, can you prove the Cauchy-Lipschitz theorem ? Or Picard's fixed point ? Or Rolle, or completeness of C[0,1] ?", you should be able to throw a simple proof on the board in less than 5 minutes. If you're not able to do it, then work it again until it's done.
Learning things this way will make you a machine and mathematics will become so much easier.
Yes that is the first reaction. But as someone else said, in your current state of mind that will probably be hard. Girls will start to notice you and become interested when you get your confidence and independence back up, not when you are desperate and begging.
Could be worse, you could have put your hand on him as you put him into the MRI and had that thing go off. Then it'd be more difficult to explain.
Anyway his illness killed him, move on.
I saw that post, but it didnt explain why the faculty members decided certain undergrades should go for a PhD right away. I'm doing a Bach in Chemistry now and would love to skip the Masters
Typically you must be an exceptional student in your BS program or demonstrate extraordinary aptitude to warrant an advisor deciding to take a chance on allowing you to forego your MS for a Ph.D.
I dropped out of maths to pursue engineering, but didn't have the high school prerequisites to do so, and now must face the fact that I may have to wait until next fall to attend school again since I won't be given equal consideration.
>never tried in school
>never brought work home, did it all in school
>didn't give any shits
>98% overall high school average
>24th in my class out of a couple hundred
>went to college for physics
>I'M GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD
>wtf am i going to do with this? i won't teach, i couldn't teach, i'm not built for it.
>well, i love music and have been playing and recording since i was 13
>switch major to music production
>switch major to music production
beat my stupid mistake, you can't.
>tfw never had this because was in a class with the British Mathmatical Olympiad National Champion and we got taught by a guy with a PhD in pure math
i was so shit compared to him I used to stress out over it like mad, but now we've gone out seperate ways things auddenly seem a million times easier
>i was so shit compared to him I used to stress out over it like mad, but now we've gone out seperate ways things auddenly seem a million times easier
this is so fucking fundamental on every thing in life, every time you fucking stress over competition with someone, once you get really good at it, you seem like a god to every other guy out there
always seek competition with guys that do things really good
>learning disabled in mathematics
>go to school at a school that requires calculus for it's biology program past the first year
I feel that I'm actually learning via this Khan academy stuff but I ended up joining the Navy after essentially panicking and wasting 1.5 years at college fucking up and being absurdly depressed and alone. I'll be shipping out on a four year intelligence contract in a few months, then I'll see about going back to school on the Navy's dime after I've powerleveled my mathematics.
I'll tell you this: staring at a midlevel calculus problem or chemistry problem featuring anything beyond pre-calc and bring essentially unable to function isn't fun.
Perhaps journalism and embedded reporting skills have been a better major choice. I'm sure I'll have to work for quite a while to untank my GPA in the Navy, but at least I have a bunch of AD medals and a very high SAT scoe to back me up.
>learning disabled in mathematics
What does this even mean? You either have a general learning disability, or you're just incompetent at math. And if you don't have a learning disability, incompetence in mathematics is not intrinsic but rather arises from thinking about mathematics in a fundamentally wrong way.
I don't understand this meme. What don't you like about 4chan?
>Doesn't attempt to fix what's not broken, same aesthetic since release.
>Anonymous (to an extent) posting,
>A culture that allows for everyone to join in on discussion and have their opinion considered.
It's an autismo's paradise.
You choose to spend your time on this website, for recreational purposes, if you were to never discover this website then you would have most likely spent your time doing another recreational activity. The same goes for people that blame their shortcomings on video games.
-in a very mathematical/technical field, assigning (and forcing me to mark) extremely long and time consuming written reports which cover overly complex/irrelevant subject matter (without covering the basics) citing students' inability to understand high school math.
-was generally more interested in strictly adhering to things like office hours than assigning work that could be performed and marked fairly.
-Errors that show a lack of understanding of first principles in work/presentations slated for publication by previous grad students and will not admit to the mistake - instead attempting (and failing) to explain the issue away. (This is not just something like forgetting to label an axis on a graph, although those errors were there also, which is particularly odd since students would be docked marks harshly for similar errors.)
-When challenged, cites inappropriateness of a student questioning a professor - slinks away.
-Moving the goal posts in terms of pay rate by forcing you to pay tuition for 4 semesters per year instead of the regular 2 in the first year.
-Rubbing in the fact that I am not eligible for top scholarships (I had decent grades, but not straight a's), like she didn't even look at my transcript when hiring me.
-general asshatery such as feigning ignorance when necessary, emailing me on holidays, ignoring my emails for long periods but demanding prompt replies for hers.
-demanding 40 hours per week attendance during summer when she herself is rarely in the office, no one else at the school is doing similar work, and the job can easily be done remotely.
just shit like that. it was fucking hell.
this post got me into the thread but I don't understand what's going on
You a student or an employee or both? And what benefits are gained for them for rekking your future and current use of time?
Becoming a mathmatician. I thought being good at math would land me any really good job, I sure was wrong