Howdy. I call myself Alex Cautela and I am from Montclair, New Jersey. I am a freshman in DUS and I am incredibly passionate about music. I play guitar, I sing, and I write songs, and I plan to do that for the rest of my life. I am taking this course because every music-related course I wanted to take was full; additionally, this course fulfills my science requirement and it sounded like an intriguing and practical curriculum. I’m also passionate about becoming anintelligent and wise human being in all aspects of life. The best of both worlds, I guess. The great thing about this class is that I can learn relatively basic scientific concepts without having to deal with the minutia of molecular cell biology or something.
I was always fascinated by astronomy as a child. Mainly because it looked cool and the basic concepts hooked me. For example, I learned that black holes do not suck you in like a vacuum, but you fall in, that ‘time’ operates at different speeds in different parts of the universe (whatever that is), and that this whole ‘universe’ is bigger and older than we (humans) could begin to understand. (Aside: I had a really great astronomy teacher for an extracurricular class in second grade. Here is a link to his webpage.) However, I soon realized out that my brain does not work the kind of way required to be an astronomer. I’m more interested in philosophical thinking than scientific or mathematic understanding. Or maybe I just don’t want to put that much time into studying numbers and things.
(Image: My brain on science)
It’s just pretty boring and there are so many other things I’d rather do with my life–pursuits that I find more valuable. That’s why I’m not a science major. I still appreciate science and everything scientists do, but I feel like I can have a greater impact on the world doing what I love (i.e. music).