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I excelled in primary/secondary school education, but I didn’t exactly like it or hate it, it was more like meh, I had to do it. I was stronger in math and science than the arts/humanities though. But the only one that I can really say that I loved is my epistemology class in high school. I took the GCE ‘A’ levels and it was a new subject at the time, and I was the first batch. There were only 8 students in our tutorial class, and every lesson we tried and mostly failed to win our teacher in philosophical discussions lol. It was fun and sometimes nonsensical, and we got to pave the path for future batches of students, which was cool.

College was a totally different matter. I loved every minute of it. I studied infocomm engineering with a minor of communications/media/art/design, and I am working in the tech industry right now, mostly doing design but with a splash of programming sometimes.

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15 hours ago, jaistlyn said:

I excelled in primary/secondary school education, but I didn’t exactly like it or hate it, it was more like meh, I had to do it. I was stronger in math and science than the arts/humanities though. But the only one that I can really say that I loved is my epistemology class in high school. I took the GCE ‘A’ levels and it was a new subject at the time, and I was the first batch. There were only 8 students in our tutorial class, and every lesson we tried and mostly failed to win our teacher in philosophical discussions lol. It was fun and sometimes nonsensical, and we got to pave the path for future batches of students, which was cool.

College was a totally different matter. I loved every minute of it. I studied infocomm engineering with a minor of communications/media/art/design, and I am working in the tech industry right now, mostly doing design but with a splash of programming sometimes.

I was a problem childI! 

That kid who was always skipping class like "I know exactly what it takes to graduate and I'll do it, but not one thing more." High school got the worst of me for sure. I failed a journalism class like how even! I did, however, win a contest that only 20 students in my high school could win to get off school for a day and talk to an author who'd gone to our school. I'm particularly proud of that because I won the contest twice, once for me and once for my friend. 😂 I could always get the writing goodness done when I had to.

I also owe most of my big initial presence on Val to the fact that I accidentally took a Mechanical Drafting class in grade 9 where I had to use these 3D graphic generators. I was lost afffff but I got mad posts out.

Now college got a pretty dope me. I was ready to learn and build my writing ability, but still skipping exactly as much as they would let me.

I was excited to get to college for you because at this point, I had a philosophy teacher I would argue with so hard. And by the time I graduated we were just like having conversations the whole class period and the rest of the students would just stare like @_@ 

I used to leave class and hit up @supernal like HERE'S WHAT I LEARNED TODAY cause I was so excited about the class 😂

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16 hours ago, danzilla3 said:

I AM HERE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION!!!

My favorite was writing. Go figure, lol. Science was a close second. Math was dead last.

Word of course! I noticed I was never filling up my class notebooks, so I started from the front of my notebooks for notes for the class, then starting from the back of my notebook I was writing maaaad posts. 

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18 hours ago, amenities said:

What's your favorite academia?

Had to wait until a convenient time to type this up... LOL you didn't know what you were getting into.  

My favorite academia is communication and rhetoric studies. I discovered it early in my undergrad, and it's the area I got both BA and MA in. :3 There's a social science branch to Comm studies which is where we study things like, applied communication skills in the workplace, how do we talk about grief, how do we manage our identities and and mitigate identity threat in stressful situations, how has social media impacted the way we understand each other, how are social scripts created and invoked to create societal and individual behavioral codes and conformity.

The social science side is much fun, and in my MA tenure I was equally interested in both. I focused mainly on internet communities as a site for identity management and fulfilling belonging needs. But I consumed everything. 

(To be continued....)

 

 

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(Part 2/2)

But towards the end of my MA classes  I got more and more interested in the study of rhetoric. Now, most people hear rhetoric and either think of political speech, the way public figures are either inciting/inflammatory or disingenuous, and think that I must be learning how to be sleazy and deceptive. (*cough*my dad*cough*) Or they've got some basic exposure and think of Aristotle's classical writings: The proofs (Ethos, Pathos, Logos) or the types/occasions (Epideictic, Deliberative, Judicial).

Rhetoric is both of those things, and also so. much. more. I define it as something like, the study of how our messages, verbal or otherwise, contain and exert influence over each other especially in a way to manage identities, endorse beliefs, or negotiate power. Think of it as being very close to critical literacy, but with a much broader idea of what kinds of mediums to be critically literate of. (And thus, "critical studies" is often interchangeable with rhetorical studies, and gender and race studies are often closely affiliated.)  

So this is the field that lets me ask questions like, "Why is this new meme a thing and what is it effectually accomplishing?" "Is such-and-such show actually progressive or just an updated iteration of the same old problematic themes?" "Honestly, by what logic are the far right managing to appeal to people?" "Sure, we can easily say that being unapologetically gay/gender-queer in public is a subversive act, but how do subversive acts actually work to change the cultural beliefs?"

But also more creative/unique applications like, "How did Norwegian architects of welfare housing use architecture as a medium to express pro-socialism views?" (Someone in the class I'm auditing is studying this now)

Other fun opportunities: I had a professor who studied haunted tourism, a professor who studied comic books, etc. 

So some of you know/may recall from the chat thread that I recently applied for a PhD program. It's a rhetoric program and now you know what that means! 

And if you love talking about this shit, I love talking about this shit and am sorely lacking for conversation buddies. So consider this a very open door. 

Edited by Ace

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55 minutes ago, Ace said:

I focused mainly on internet communities as a site for identity management and fulfilling belonging needs.

Hmmmm some kinda ... Valucre degree 

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