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I have to be honest: I’ve often not taken other disciplines seriously because I’ve always seen physics as the “purest” science there is. That means I would disregard biology, chemistry, geology, and social science, as well as the arts and humanities at large. I think the two other fields which I did have a certain affinity too was mathematics and computer science, since they were about rigorous logic. Other than that, I found the other fields mildly interesting at best, but never something to take too seriously.
When we learn new concepts in class, I think we tend to focus on what we’re taught, confining ourselves to the scenarios that were introduced in class. To be fair, that’s not a bad strategy, since most professors are only going to test the material that was explicitly seen in class. As such, there’s an implicit sort of agreement that students are not going to see any “surprises” on the test (not the euphemism).
It’s not exactly a secret that I don’t like how mathematics is done in secondary four and five. I feel like the mathematics course for those not pursuing a career in STEM isn’t exactly the best use of a student’s time, because the curriculum doesn’t give students the full picture.
When you know how to do something, it can often be repetitive and tedious to continue practicing. After all, you know exactly what you need to do, so why should you do more of it? This is something I’ve frequently asked myself, particularly when I’m in the middle of doing strength work after a run. I know I have to do it, but it’s not exactly easy to go and actually commit that time every single day. Likewise, many of us know that we aren’t giving our eyes the proper rest before sleep (and we probably aren’t sleeping enough), yet we stop ourselves from going and doing the thing we know we should.