19 Things BA Students Will Never Understand About BSc Degrees
There are a great many things that BA students will never understand about BSc degrees. We don’t have as much time to write them all down as you, though, so here are just a few of them.
1. Objectivity means there is no room for bullshit. At all.
But it’s cute that you think subjectivity is harder.
2. It’s absolutely not just about being “good with numbers.”
3. Or memorising formulae.
4. It’s about working your ass off.
And not leaving everything until reading week.
5. You have to actually know what’s going on.
You can’t just sit back and zone out in BSc lectures.
6. Because in the STEM world progress is cumulative.
If you fail ‘Intro to Probability’ then good luck with ‘Statistical Inference’, ‘Operational Research’ and ‘Regression Analysis’.
7. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t always just one correct answer.
If only. 😭
8. And when there is it’s usually a bitch to find.
9. If your handwriting is illegible, you’re screwed.
Try guessing a variable from context. Yeah, no.
10. We won’t always know we’ve made a mistake until the end of a question.
Typos can cost us half an exam.
11. The difficulty of building rigorous logical arguments and derivations from axiomatic and often abstract concepts.
But yeah, forcing yourself to have an opinion on everything must be tough.
12. STEM subjects are inherently activity-based.
So while there may not be much to read, there are probably a hundred pages of questions for every ten pages of lecture notes.
13. We don’t get to work when it suits us.
If my timetable says I have to be in the lab at 9am on Tuesday then dammit that’s where I have to be.
14. You can’t copy a friend’s answer. If your working is the same, you’ve cheated and it’s incredibly obvious.
15. Despite what you’ve heard, there are plenty of girls studying STEM subjects.
And they don’t all have the interpersonal skills of Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory.