But I'll link to it anyway, since I found it to be a useful construct to inspire thinking.
Time has flown. Y2K seems very recent and it was freaking 20 years ago. I was a sophomore in college. Taking interesting courses in public policy, economics, psychology. Serving in Student Congress. Working in a psychology lab. It was a busy time, but also one filled with hope and possibility.
But soon, I would become more realistic/pessimistic/jaded....or maybe it was lazy.
I was so burned out on school, that I didn't want to go to grad school until I felt called to do a specific something. My interests were and have continually been so varied that focusing on anything in particular seemed like a waste.
I worked in DC for a summer - I enjoyed the experience but learned how much governing was a team sport - you picked your Republican or Democrat side and modified your thinking and behavior accordingly.
City planning/economic development/government seemed the same in many ways - you compete with other cities for limited resources, luring companies into your town, where it may or may not be the best thing for the residents.
If I were in college today, what would my plans be? Hard to say that I would have done anything different, besides adding computer science and more math into the mix.
As I reflect toward the end of the year, because it takes a certain amount of calm and rest to think about the higher rungs of the hierarchy of needs, I have been thinking about purpose.
What I Like
- Mostly listed above - social sciences, ethics, philosophy
- Technology and math, not for its own sake but for advancing something else that I care about
- Watching something work that I made
- Standing up for others who aren't being listened to
What I'm Good At
- Problem solving/isolation - experimental design
- Thinking of things that can go wrong
- Moving things forward
- Chaos minimization
- Googling and trial and error
- Learning from the past
What I Can Get Paid For
- It's irritating that the best-paid jobs are largely BS and that the jobs that have the greatest positive impact on people are lower-paid.
What the World Needs
- Critical thinking
- Recognition of patterns
- Civic engagement
- Willingness to take a stand for principles
- Engaging education
No real common themes here, but perhaps I am blind.
- Writing about unintended consequences for public policies?
- Work on technology that makes education more engaging or otherwise promotes a healthy democracy?
- Run for office for the sole purpose of saying the things that need to be said, drawing from history?
- Organize some small groups for people who need connection?
- Work on technology and the underlying organization that helps people get resources they need to make their lives better - mental health services, in-home care, etc - any process that's difficult to navigate?