Should you get out more? Is spending this amount of time on physics homework healthy? Here are some signs it’s time to leave the SEAS bubble.
Everyone knows engineering is tough, but sometimes it’s good to take breaks from class. Here are 30 signs that you’ve been hanging out with too many SEAS students for too long, and maybe it’s time to go outside the bubble.
1. You’ve said “I can’t [insert fun activity of choice] tonight. I have a pset” at least once this week.
2. You’ve gotten irrationally annoyed at a political CC confession because it used some really bad math to prove its point. 50% increase doesn’t mean what you think it means folks!
3. You’ve thought the words “I don’t get this, but I’ll just look at the recording later.” Bonus points if you never actually went back to look at the recording.
4. Sometimes you catch yourself calling your discussion posts psets.
5. You pull out notes from freshman year (or better, high school) to understand a physics concept in an upper-level class.
6. You considered going to grad school, but realized it would mean 6-8 more years of this nonsense, and decided firmly against it.
7. You’ve fostered a deep hatred for at least one member of the physics department. Sadistic rage was the only thing fueling you to work in that class.
8. You have gotten into debates as to if Piazza is great or terrible.
9. You’ve said something like “I could never work for a defense company, that’s so immoral.” Bonus points if you later revised your staunch anti-weapon stance when you got a paid Raytheon internship.
10. You’ve said the words “Why was there so much on the exam that we never covered in class?”
11. You didn’t flinch at the fact that you got below a 60% on an exam. Then you realized it’s actually for your global core class, and that a 60 won’t get rounded up to a B. Fuck!
12. You get genuinely excited talking about supply chains.
13. You feel strongly about CS and CS majors. Whether that’s a positive or negative feeling says a lot about you.
14. You’ve physically rolled your eyes when a humanities student complained about how much work they had.
15. You’ve taken on a programming project only to realize that it’s in a language you don’t know. Bonus points if you then shoddily self-taught the language and pretended you knew what you were doing.
16. You’ve come up with a really strange metaphor for a physics concept. You then taught it to your friends, and all of you used it so much that you completely forgot what the real theorem is called.
17. Your calculator has stored constants under c, g, h, q, and so on.
18. You habitually round pi to 3.
19. You’ve realized with horror that you haven’t been outdoors in over 72 hours.
20. On a Sunday night, you’ve realized you literally did nothing fun all weekend.
21. While writing out a proof by hand, you realized you don’t know how to spell any of the fancy math words.
20. You’ve unironically sent an engineering Instagram meme to your friend in the last week. Bonus points if it sparked a discussion as to how, actually, the joke just doesn’t take into account the fact that…
21. You were pressured into trying Soylent, and now it’s a pantry staple.
22. You tuck your hoodie strings into your hoodie on instinct.
23. You can’t help but optimize even the absolutely mundane aspects of your life. Don’t most people have Excel spreadsheets for every decision they make? No?
24. You watch welding videos on Tiktok.
25. You watch tech reviews on YouTube, despite not being in the market for a new phone/laptop/etc.
26. You have strong feelings about Elon Musk. Again, whether they’re positive or negative says a lot about you.
27. A t-shirt with Adidas pants, leggings, or sweats was your outfit more than three times this week.
28. You’ve checked Canvas at a wildly inappropriate time. For example, at a party, on a date, mid-conversation, or at dinner.
29. You’ve been asked to fix someone’s phone, computer, or website. Bonus points if your major has nothing to do with any of those things. Extra bonus points if you still somehow did it.
30. You’ve dropped a humanities class because you realized it would require you to have your Zoom camera on.
If you related to more than half of these points, I have some bad news: You’ve been in the SEAS bubble for too long.
From one holed-up engineering student to another: this is your sign to escape your room, and talk to a humanities person. Ask them how their day was. Listen to them explain whatever they’re learning in class right now. Maybe some philosophy?
Put away your psets and your internship apps. Write a poem. Go on a walk. It’s good for the soul.