GorT’s eldest is a junior in high school and therefore we are knee-deep in the college search process including the SAT and ACT, picking a college, road trips to rule out (or in) various universities and the whole financial planning side of things. The college guidance department at her school and the resources they have made available have been nothing short of outstanding.
This past week, GorT and daughter took a day trip to a small university nearby that offers a broad set of degrees in the arts and sciences. She’s already been to 8+ schools so she is getting a pretty good sense of what she wants to look for in a school and we’ve determined that attending an information session and tour is key to finding out some of that. At this university, the senior who presented the information session – and did a very good job of doing so – periodically peppered in her own experiences with various aspects of the school’s offerings including studying abroad, internships and some of the course offerings. Early on, she introduced her major as “American Studies” and I believe she said she was pursuing an Art History minor. Later she mentioned two of the study abroad opportunities she took advantage of: a week or two long tripto Cuba to study the influence of Jazz in Salsa music and a semester in Jordan to study Arabic. Her coursework sounded equally as disjoint. I could not help myself but to begin thinking during the presentation, “Miss, what are you going to do with your life?” I do not begrudge or doubt that our civilization needs people with creative abilities and historical knowledge of such areas. But I wonder how she’s going to fit into the statistic that she touted that stated that the university’s graduates have a 93% “placement” success rate within six months – meaning that within six months of graduation, graduates are working full-time, enrolled in full-time graduated school or volunteering/working via AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps, etc. Well, maybe she’ll find something of the latter.
She didn’t connect on a personal level with my daughter who is interested in the sciences, specifically the medical or forensic science fields but nonetheless the presenter did a good job of conveying the information about the university. I hope she finds success, however she defines it, in her future as she graduates later this Spring.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.