All was pretty normal this Friday at three o’clock when the decolony began. We were meeting in the R&S Memorial Library this time, a cool change of setting if a little more closed off.
We had check-ins, in no particular order. People talked of their days, and mentioned what they wanted to bring to the discussion, get out of it.
Collin hooked up a coffee brewer (substance-free?)
Peter said something pretty interesting about neo-luddites. It (Peter) said that machines have been replacing people in the workforce since the industrial revolution, but now, the pace is so fast that people can’t adapt.
It left pretty dramatically after that but our discussions then turned to our careers.
Rodrigo mentioned how he left Computer Science when he realized how harmful most of the research was. He couldn’t live working under DARPA grants.
Nandita came from the other direction. She found Astrophysics too detached from the real world and moved to Engineering.
It was interesting to see how we all felt constrained in some way or another by our futures. I feel like the university only prepares us for one possibility, or a couple: getting jobs, getting guap, being ‘successful.’
It was nice to focus on the quality of our work, how we’d like to make the world different.
Around five, Jake came in and derailed us into the courtyard where we danced in celebration of Funky Friday. Hoops were involved.
We never really got a chance to check out but I would say everybody was relieved the week was over.
See you all next Friday from three to five.