January 27, 2010

Chemical engineering

Two days ago, I realized that perhaps I desired to study chemical engineering far more seriously than I thought, without even realizing it when I was younger.

When I completed the UPCAT application, you can put other course choices. Me being me, I only completed my first choice - Computer Science - and left the rest blank (coz that's the way I am - I want what I want). So UP went and told me, "dammit! choose 3 others! Ya ain't gettin' into Comp Sci just yet! It's a quota course, duh!"

So I chose English Studies, Communication Research and Chemical Engineering. I got in the English Studies program, of course. Perhaps I should've reversed that list. Put Chemical Engineering first and English Studies last. Perhaps had I gone to Chem Eng'g instead of English Studies, it would've made it easier for me to transfer to computer science eventually. It would've been the smarter choice for a stepping stone, but then I would've missed the fun days of being in CAL.

When it was time to transfer, I needed more math subjects than what I got from English Studies. Of course. Bugger.

Guess what? I applied for that Chemical Engineering course again and I got accepted. I also applied to so many other courses like BS Psychology, BS Business Administration, BS Economics, BS Nursing, and BA Broadcast Communication. I got accepted into all those courses.

But my mind works in crazy ways. I chose the course where the people were nice before, during and after the whole transfer application process. THAT'S why I got into Broadcast Communication. Maaaaan! Even back then, I was more concerned with how I was treated, not with seriously planning my future career or even what I was going to learn.

And you know what's even more fun to look back on?

I was actually accepted by De La Salle University for their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program! I remember being excited at getting accepted because most of my friends were heading to that university too. But UP was UP, so goodbye De La Salle University.

Some days I wonder if my desire to take up Computer Science really went away. I also wonder if I was just plain lazy and lacking in motivation. I could've gone for really serious courses. But all's that is water under the bridge.

Now we have our own business (without a BS in Business Administration or Economics). I deal a lot with people (without a BS in Psychology). Of course I didn't take those BS courses, but ended up dealing with a lot of b.s. in my work life.

And yet I find it interesting that chemical engineering became an option for me, not only once, but twice in my life.