I am going to deviate from our blogs standard of operation and ask a question not related to a science article. My question is regarding the final project we have been working on for the past 3-4 weeks. I would, by no stretch of the imagination, call myself a scholarly writer. Putting words to paper has always been a weakness of mine. However, this project has attempted, whether successful or not, to help break some of my bad habits. Thanks to my project group members I have been able to see, understand, and incorporate several different types of writing. I feel this will have a beneficial influence on me in the rest of my academic career. My question is what other people think of the processes involved with this final project, do you think they have helped you in the long run? I ask because I’m not sure if everything we did as a group had a helpful benefit to it. My group met a lot and on some occasions spent upwards to 11 or 15 hours with each other hammering out parts of the paper. Other times we would meet when we could, whether it was for 1 or 3 hours. I’m curious to know if other groups had the same experience and whether they thought more or less time focusing on the subject is beneficial. I know we will write about all of this in our reflective writing, but I was just curious about what other people thought of the project.
So recently Prof Myers said that it is not compulsory for us to talk about something which only smells scientific in this blog. And thus, I want to take this little time to invite you to do a little bit of reflection (as I reflect this upon myself).
As many of you may agree easily on this, I feel that there is a lot of work needs to be done in university, especially in this UW class (and maybe that’s why they gave it 4 credits). For instance in this class we need to post entries in our class blog, give comments, read articles, write essays, write reflections, and right now trying to get our project done given the limited time and energy. I am sure you guys are busy as well with other classes (which might be busier than UW) and perhaps (to be very honest) this class is not the 1st priority. And not to mention the extra curricular activities. But that’s okay. Everyone has a little different priority and I think every professor understands that.
Well oh well, I started to go off topic, but anyway, the thing that I really want to ask is this: how worthy is it to study in university? Let’s bear with me in doing engineering economic analysis for this. Let’s say we will finish our undergraduate program in 4 years, that means we (or rather, our parents) have to pay for that 4 year of tuition fee, which is not very cheap, especially in the US. And besides, we forgo the opportunity to do something else out there than ‘just’ being ‘imprisoned’ here in university for 4 years. But since we are all studying in GWU, I think we must justify/defend our decision to study in college. So, how does studying in the university outweigh all the costs?