Studying eng despite being "better" at humanities initially

Jun 2023 | Reading time: 1 min

This is a very half-baked thought, but here are some things I’ve learned from studying engineering despite being initially (as in during high school) much stronger in humanities-adjacent areas to start this off:

And my biggest takeaway is that being good at something does not imply you are very interested in it, and vice versa. Decorrelating performance from curiosity/learning did wonders for me.

On a less serious note, spending too much time doing physics/math (I’m in an engineering program known for shoving physics/math as its students in the first 2 years as a former engineering physics program) also has its downsides.

I’ve noticed my creative writing ability has gone down the drain, I sometimes can’t find the words for things, writing long-form is now painful (whereas I could just bang out essays before), and so on. Quite literally, every piece of long-form writing has just been a lab or design report. My writing lacks the character I feel like it used to have. Maybe they should really force engineering students to take (creative) writing courses, instead of ethics courses that are delivered with not quite the right tone.