My name is Jamie Colvin and I’m a transfer student here at SUNY Oswego studying Cognitive Science. My college career began at Jefferson Community College from which I received an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts...I know, so definitive right? Well my intentions were simply to get my general education credits out of the way then decide where I wanted to transfer, what I wanted to major in, and most importantly what I wanted to do with my life. As you can see I’ve covered first two, but I am here to tell you that I’m still working on the lattermost decision, even as a super-senior! Yikes! Actually I’m here to share with you how I came to choose CogSci. It began with an interest in philosophy. At JCC I took an introduction course in philosophy and I fell right in love with it. I never really had a grasp on the word philosophy; it was so obscure to me. In fact there were a lot of things in life I didn’t really have a grasp on. I wanted to learn and take in everything I didn’t understand. So when I read about Cognitive Science—an interdisciplinary study of the mind—I perked right up. Philosophy, anthropology, psychology, biology, linguistics, and wait, pump the brakes—computer science? I was a little nervous about that part because I didn’t know much about computer programming, but I did want to advance my skills in this tech savvy world we live in. Plus I’m all about embracing my fears and tackling the unknown. So I tried it and I loved it. I’m definitely more attuned to the top-down problem solving tactics that computer scientists often engage in.
To end on a more personal note, my other intentions for choosing Cognitive Science was to figure myself out, i.e., to delve into my own psyche. I was in for a treat. I’ve certainly become more aware of myself and self-identity as far as society is concerned. However, there’s still that sense of self that is a mystifying phenomenon. To get a taste of what I’m talking about, try asking yourself the next few questions. What is this source that is you? Is it your mind and/or body? Can you point to it? How does it feel to be you and what exactly are feelings?