Help! I need to go to college

ahumancondition's picture

In third grade I dissected owl pellets. Despite my usual enthusiasm for science, (I won the state science fair that year experimenting with the feeding habits of Lumbricus Terrestris (known to laymen as "earthworms")), I was deeply troubled- not so much by the pellet itself, after all, I handled the worms without so much as a murmur- but, as I now believe, by the concept of regurgitation. As my schooling progressed I was introduced to a more sophisticated form of pre-digestion: the textbook.

The difference between reading a textbook and reading the original treatises of, say, Thomas Jefferson is a bit like the difference between appreciating art and creating it. Reading a textbook will at best inform you of someone else


ahumancondition's picture

suggestions welcomed and encouraged.

Habit is the ballast that chains a dog to his vomit. - Samuel Beckett

Any thoughts?

RoaG's picture

You write beautifully. I'm

You write beautifully.

I'm in awe.

hol's picture


To critical thinkers.

Textbook does not equate the reading of the original text. Ditto.


marcelle42's picture

St. John's...

I have a friend who went to St. John's undergrad... she is now in the Public Policy grad school here, and just got a fellowship for someplace famous in London (don't know much about public policy schools, sorry I can't be more specific).

In any case, she seems to have loved it, and she's a very interesting person to talk to... it's a unique education.