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Getting pwned by computer science

Rualani

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So, essentially, I'm shrinking my lens of focus more and more to a few classes just to keep up. I'm not even keeping up on that front either.

My main question is, how do I know if programming is even viable for this brain of mine?

Or is it always the stoic answer? Try again, till success. Build upon your failure.
 

Tannhauser

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How long you been studying? And how did you pick CS in the first place?
 

Haim

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CS is very different from actual software development, make yourself a software to see what it really like.CS is finding solution for existing problem, finding your own new problem,questions and answers is much more interesting and useful.

With that said those are some attributes of my personality that I think are important for software development:
Laziness- a great motive to work hard in order to have less work, in other words efficiency.
Self learning/info finding-having good English reading and hearing is important for that, if developer doesn't need to learn something new he is doing something wrong.
Logic-you don't have to be good at math but have a logical mindset.
Creativity- being able to think, to make new ideas, not just remembering information such as algorithms.

(gained ability)Future and past simulation- to predict future trouble, how the user will behave, what the code will do, what caused that bug.
 

Blarraun

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Difficult to say exactly, not everyone is cut for CS. Perhaps it's time to question what got you into this mess in the first place. Was it your interest and passion about the subject? Were you programming or studying CS before you went to university(or whatever it is you went to)? What do you enjoy about it? What are the things you enjoy doing and feel naturally good at?

All of these are useful questions one might ask themselves.
 

Rualani

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How long you been studying? And how did you pick CS in the first place?
Last semester was CSCI 101 and now I’m doing CSCI 102, JAVA (SDEV), HTML.
Those are the classes that actually relate to my curriculum. So, studying for… 1.5 semesters?
I decided upon the major based on two sources. The attempt to find my personality via MBTI and my cousin. He went into CS starting out in an average curriculum via a 4- year than managed to transfer into one of the best engineering universities in this state. He managed to get a family going and finds his job rather rewarding. We get along on a special kind of level so I figured I could try…

With that said those are some attributes of my personality that I think are important for software development:
Laziness- a great motive to work hard in order to have less work, in other words efficiency.
Self learning/info finding-having good English reading and hearing is important for that, if developer doesn't need to learn something new he is doing something wrong.
Logic-you don't have to be good at math but have a logical mindset.
Creativity- being able to think, to make new ideas, not just remembering information such as algorithms.

(gained ability)Future and past simulation- to predict future trouble, how the user will behave, what the code will do, what caused that bug.
Tackling laziness is my number 1 priority atm. This changed into steps to improve my willpower, which in turn were just overall increases to life quality.
-Exercise
-Mindfulness Meditation
-Journaling
Habits I DID NOT HAVE going into this game and I’m trying to pick up.

These problems I’m talking aren’t fucking difficult. Maybe difficult is just some arrogant judgement I was making with no regards to reality. I don’t even know. I can’t even begin to pin down what’s going wrong!

Difficult to say exactly, not everyone is cut for CS. Perhaps it's time to question what got you into this mess in the first place. Was it your interest and passion about the subject? Were you programming or studying CS before you went to university (or whatever it is you went to)? What do you enjoy about it? What are the things you enjoy doing and feel naturally good at?

All of these are useful questions one might ask themselves.
The mess was a late start, and thinking I could do this all online with no support systems. Poor study habits. Lack of motivation. A mountain of personal bullshit so high, that I might have warped my identity to fit it. My counselors keep telling me I have connections, but whenever I try one it stops full on at ‘Too poor for a tutor, GG, LOL’.

As for interest and passion, I was really more interested in the humanistic and Neuroscience side of things. I jump around a lot with my interest, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten bored of looking up new things about neuroscience. Hmmm, that’s too specific. I like learning about why we do the ridiculous shit we do. I also like the idealism of the spread of information through technology. I think the more able to find their own way thanks to tech the better. A persons environment can seal their fate, so the more doors that they can open to see something new and possibly AMAZING, the better. Though, I’ve learned with age, there are some things that can never make up for the environment.

The problem is about what people ACTUALLY DO to figure out what they have a passion for. For me figuring out what I enjoy DOING simply has not occurred.

As for what I was doing before college, honestly I was drifting around doing god knows what. My solution thus far has been to not think about it. Either way, NOW I’m trying to move forwards with something, but I don’t really have any reference points to go off of.

I did have AP physics going for me. That stuff just made immediate sense to me. Then we had physics projects and the failure started up again, weooo. High School was a pretty bad period for me. Pare of me thinks that physics was the only class where we actually DID things. The rest was just talk talk, regurgitate. Ugh. Agh. EEGh. Not thinking about that either.



Uh, thanks for listening to all that… I don’t want anyone here to feel like they were supposed to have given me the answer I needed or anything… I just appreciate having people to bounce ideas off with…
 

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I completely relate to your post in every respect. CS is pwning the sh*t out of me. I'm getting straight A's, but I still feel like I'm getting my ass whipped. Going to extra help, TA office hours, tutoring, the works. It's murderous. And to top it all off, I would rate my interest in the subject at a 5 to 6/10. So not very high. Like you, I always found humanistic disciplines more interesting and fulfilling. But, those don't really pay much do they?:confused:

Story of my life. FML.
 

Blarraun

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As for interest and passion, I was really more interested in the humanistic and Neuroscience side of things.

The problem is about what people ACTUALLY DO to figure out what they have a passion for. For me figuring out what I enjoy DOING simply has not occurred.
I'm kind of similar with programming. I view it as a tool to express my humanistic interests and aid me in other topics. CS is very interesting as a field and I intermittently read and learn about it as a side-hobby, but it felt a lot like accounting when I was at the uni having to actually crack the optimisation, algorithms and theory of it myself.

I settled on committing to one thing which gives me a source of stability while leaving me free to actively pursue and expand on what I like.

So I'm not sure if you can keep going, but if you can, even if you don't love the subject itself, it links nicely with all other elements of this modern world and as a student, you have loads of time to experiment and find your way, as long as you get decent enough scores on exams/tests. And it's some kind of a backup plan, if all fails you can at least get a job with respectable income.

Perhaps this pragmatic (placeholder) solution would be something to consider (or already tried).
 

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So I'm not sure if you can keep going, but if you can, even if you don't love the subject itself, it links nicely with all other elements of this modern world and as a student, you have loads of time to experiment and find your way, as long as you get decent enough scores on exams/tests.
LOL. "loads of time."
 

Rualani

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I'm kind of similar with programming. I view it as a tool to express my humanistic interests and aid me in other topics. CS is very interesting as a field and I intermittently read and learn about it as a side-hobby, but it felt a lot like accounting when I was at the uni having to actually crack the optimisation, algorithms and theory of it myself.

I settled on committing to one thing which gives me a source of stability while leaving me free to actively pursue and expand on what I like.

So I'm not sure if you can keep going, but if you can, even if you don't love the subject itself, it links nicely with all other elements of this modern world and as a student, you have loads of time to experiment and find your way, as long as you get decent enough scores on exams/tests. And it's some kind of a backup plan, if all fails you can at least get a job with respectable income.

Perhaps this pragmatic (placeholder) solution would be something to consider (or already tried).
Yeah, that's, essentially, the plan right now. I think that if I was more heavily networked in with other people I would have been more stable. I also, should have cut it down to three classes since I have to work. Going full time while working to survive was a bad decision.

I completely relate to your post in every respect. CS is pwning the sh*t out of me. I'm getting straight A's, but I still feel like I'm getting my ass whipped. Going to extra help, TA office hours, tutoring, the works. It's murderous. And to top it all off, I would rate my interest in the subject at a 5 to 6/10. So not very high. Like you, I always found humanistic disciplines more interesting and fulfilling. But, those don't really pay much do they?


Story of my life. FML.
Well, gratz to your grades, at least. I think shit hit the fan sometime this semester and I don’t, exactly, know where. Trying to do JAVA and CS at the same time was probably the point where I screwed the pooch.
 
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