I am not going to lie to my audience. In fact, I rarely lie at all these days, unless of course it is to not offend a customer’s raving review of a beer I would sooner wash down the drain like a spider. Personally, I usually let the spiders do their thing, they take care of the majority of insects that you really don’t want in the house. Apparently, I used to lie as a child, because my mother cut out a cartoon of a spider Bill Clinton weaving a web with the word “lies” in it.
So I am not going to lie to you now when I tell you that I put most of my creativity into this blog post, but quotas will be quotas and I have to meet mine.
As a few of you may know, I am not by any means the most intelligent student in the SEL (Science and Engineering Library, in case you’re one of the seemingly many that don’t understand the acronym). In fact, I’d venture to say that some of the people that don’t know me may find me to be an obnoxious moron sometimes. I most certainly may be misinterpreted by people sitting around our engineering archipelago, but many of you know that I am usually just trying to alleviate some of that weight I mentioned so frequently in the article above.
One of the most inspiring things that began to happen to me occurred in the Spring 2016 semester. I was enrolled in the most sophisticated courses I had ever taken, and my workload was immense and trying. I do not by any means consider myself “smart.” In fact, I felt pretty good when Dr. Ferrar mentioned on Day 1 that he never got to where he was “by being the smartest person in the room, but I was always the hardest worker.” I spent countless hours reading textbooks, examples, and articles that encompassed whichever subject I was focused on at the moment. My hard work paid dividends.
I was actually doing very well in my courses. So well in fact, that I was appointed a “study group” leader in Mechanics of Solids. During crunch time in Dynamics and Thermo, people were coming to me for help with studying when they were stuck. How the hell did that happen? Certainly not because I was smarter than anyone in the room, I can tell you that as an absolute fact. I was dedicated to the material though, and I wanted to get smarter.
I didn’t want to just follow the process to get the right answer, I wanted to know why I was making certain relations between processes, variables, and equations. In fact, I still have the same mindset, and I’m sure that may perplex some of my wonderful classmates, “we got the answer already, what the hell is Tim still talking about this for?” I can’t blame them, even my closest peers must think I’m at least eccentric, to put it lightly.
In the end, it’s just because I feel stupid most of the time. Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m not saying that as a bad thing! It can be frustrating at times, but if you put forth the effort, you will surely be rewarded in the end. Pretty much, I wrote this blog specifally to leave you with this recent quote from r/engineeringstudents that I can’t find.
“If you don’t feel stupid, then you aren’t learning.”
Thanks for reading!