posted on Dec, 2 2008 @ 12:44 PM
Well, I have to say that I shared a similar experience as yours.
I wanted to get into filmmaking and was constantly going on about "Why do I need to know how to figure out the radius of blah, blah, blah." Then,
after I graduated and went to what was basically a vocational school for film, I was amazed at how often I used math to calculate focal lengths on
moving shots, formulas to figure out power to the lights, etc. I ended up working for a major film company and ended up having to deal with people on
marketing issues and interpreting market research results which included tons of statistical analysis. As I advanced I also had to deal with budgets,
financial projections, calculating pension and welfare costs, the list goes on and on. When I bought my first house the place was a disaster and I
had to redo the plumbing, the heating, the electrical and I definitely pulled out some of my old text books (this was before the internet btw). Later
in life I got into cooking and I could write a whole dissertation about the use of math and chemistry as it relates to making tasty eats.
Anyway, you say that you're not being taught to think outside the box, yet you are saying that you just want to learn things that are specific and
applicable to your intended field which seems contradictory to me. If you want to think outside the box think of a way to get the crap you have to
get done over with successfully without making yourself crazy.
My take on it is basically that problem solving is the key thing you want to be learning and you want to be able to problem solve across as many
disciplines as possible. That and diplomacy. Those two things will get you pretty far in my opinion.
There is absolutely know way to know what is useless information or not. Sure, you can make a guess at what interests you at the time, but this will
change to some degree or another.
As flawed as it is, I still feel that school can be utilized to do both these things if you look at it the right way.
Good luck and remember it will be over soon and there's a lot more yet to come.