Ri An asked us to each name a medical condition observed in the film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. When it was my turn, I said “delusion”. Murmurs broke out in the class. Voices emerged and explained that delusion was not a medical condition, but a symptom. There was nothing else I had that hadn’t been said, so I admitted as such and passed the turn. I certainly did no favours to Sociology here in this NUS SC2211 tutorial class dominated by Nursing students.
Exam’s over; time to burn those notes!
A liberating experience surely, unless you have gone fully digital. Somehow sending bytes into recycle bins does not provide the same catharsis. But why do we want this release? Is this a rebuke of our education system? Is that a commentary on the modern appropriation of knowledge for the instrumental rationality of our productivity drives?
If so, I implore you to redirect your vengeance. Knowledge is worth keeping and passing on. And in Sociology (and Anthropology), the knowledge you gain is especially worth keeping and passing on. Their insights speak to individuals finding places within societies. Isn’t that what we do everyday, all our lives?
Do you want to sing, dance, juggle, draw, paint, or mime? Just do it, rock the street! Oh wait, you first need a license from the National Arts Council. If you find it tedious already, then too bad, no busking for you.
If not, are you ready?
“Too many careers; too few careers for me!” If this statement appeals to you – like me – try doing the Holland Code Career Test (or the RIASEC test)! This self-assessment will help you identify your preferences and by extension, suitable work environments. Remember: Answer based on your level of interest, not ability!
Here are brief descriptions of each type:
Five semesters in, I finally feel like I belong with Sociology. Much has to do with the way I constitute ideas. I don’t rush into asking questions, making judgments, or finding formulas. I prefer to tackle readings on a clean slate and allow them to settle into the subconscious, until it becomes necessary to link them together. Call it lazy – not entirely wrong – but this is my way of keeping an open mind.
The following list of recommendations is thus greatly conditioned by my own tastes, from module selection to curriculum to assessment to lecturing style. Not performance, though; my grades for these modules range from A+ to C. (!) As I don’t believe in pet topics or pet theorists, I am drawn rather unusually to more “methodological” modules. By this, I mean modules which contain an identity of their own that significantly stretches what I understand by Sociology.