Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Why I Am Here
I drifted through college undeclared for my first three semesters. At this point in my life, I was becoming more and more interested in exploring consciousness and mental possibilities on a personal level through meditation, yoga, and other techniques. This interest was becoming the focus of my life, and for a time I was quite sure that I had no direction in college and no interest in pursuing a life of academia or even in the workplace. I wanted to drop out and become a monk. (What fun does a monk have? Nun!) However, my parents persuaded me to continue college (as I had amassed a fair amount of debt by this point) so that I could get a good job to pay off said debt. It was then, in the middle of sophomore year while registering for classes, that I first noticed cognitive science. I read the description for Cog 266 - Brains, Minds, and Consciousness - and I was enthralled. I had not until then realized that Oswego offered a program focused primarily on the study of the mind from a scientific perspective. I thought that such study would nicely complement my interest in consciousness-exploration (as it has), and so it became an obvious choice as to what major I wanted to be.