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OMG: I'm an Arts student but I've worked jobs mostly in like CS and Engineering doing web dev type work, database stuff, design, etc. Also minoring in science. In my coop jobs people I replaced were always Systems Engineers or CS, but my resume qualified me for the job and I always received Outstanding. Anyway, the point of this OMG: in many of my arts classes (especially the English ones, and English is what I major in), I have met some of the DUMBEST people on this earth. Like to the point of me being surprised they can function as humans. How the hell do these people even exist? Like I'm talking about people who don' even know how to italicize text in a word document (that happened, and believe me it's just the tip of the iceberg). And not only are they dumb, but act super entitled about shit. Like how can they be here and then in the building across say in like MC you have people doing crazy ass quantitative analysis and object oriented programming? It boggles my mind...

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  1. Hooray for encouraging faculty stereotypes! Slow clap for OP

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  2. You seem pretty entitled yourself there, bud

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  3. The fact that you're using "object oriented programming" as an example of something "crazy ass" implies that you're not as well-versed in CS as you'd like to seem.

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    1. it can be crazy ass you fucknut. depends what you're developing.

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    2. Lmao. OOP is a fundamental concept in cs. Like 1 + 1. Try some actual programming and get back to us

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  4. Aren't you a lovely snowflake?

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  6. Speaking of dumb English majors, do you know what boggles my mind? The number of times you used "like," and the fact that you chose to start a sentence with "And."

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    1. OP here. What is this a fucking thesis paper? It's called the internet, or do you want me to sound like professor douchebag English major in everything I write ever. fuck you

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    2. Actually OP I noticed what 6 mentioned too. Just sayin'. Dial up the professor just a touch if you want to influence better but don't take what we're saying here personally. We're all just shooting the breeze.
      Truth be told I find OOP traits way more intuitive than where icons are in the latest version of Word or Excel. Endlessly frustrating.

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  7. My friend has met someone who doesn't even know how to use Google docs...

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  8. Love this post! I have seen it so many times in the workplace as well and very surprised how some people can function as humans.What I want to know is how they get into university or the workplace when admissions and human resources departments are so tough these days? Is it their cheerful outgoing personality? more sociable even though dumb?.

    How many very hard working serious people are having a tough go of it and then these people seem to be way ahead and having a great time? Maybe they talk a good game and present better?.

    Great topic and good research project. I've seen stuff that blows my mind as well and I don't mean to insult those who aren't in high tech or whatever, I'm just interested in how those that come across as totally inept in the basic skills of life are doing so well. Do we all have to dumb down to get that job? can't be.

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    1. You're terrible at writing.

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  9. As a past English major (I graduated a couple years back), I'll admit that there were a lot of very ignorant and unintelligent people who managed to get into this University. I'd hazard a guess that there are a lot in every faculty, including Computer Science and Engineering. University is a business and is now about the money; it doesn't matter who smart or gifted you are, everybody can come.

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    1. Especially now that university has become so focused on one or two areas. People who are generally not very bright, but good at one subject can do well in school, but are completely useless outside of it. I see this time and time again in my faculty (Mathematics).

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  10. For stupidity and entitlment in MC come to ACTSC 231 lectures

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    1. @10 oh please do elaborate (gets popcorn expectantly).

      @OP who do you think you're kowtowing to? They won't buy it. It's one thing to be self-effacing, but firstly you're generalizing against your own group, and secondly the stuff you mentioned going on in MC is hardly magic. Creative leaps can seem closer to that, but happen in every academic building on campus, requiring hard work as much or more than genius.

      By my post I'm also a possible example of Qui-Gon Jinn's saying (substituting post for speak).

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    2. People constantly talking. Asking questions too soon

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  11. "lol I'm an English Major but DAE think artsies are retarded?"
    I, Albert Einstein, agree with this post $100%

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  12. Just what roles were you replacing these systems engineers and CS peeps to do? There's many co-op positions with overlap between tech and English, especially any sort of digital design and technical writing.

    Even if you were doing straight up programming, then good for fucking you: you're a programmer majoring in English and minoring in science.

    But Why? Did you enter university with previous programming experience and decided to take English for shits and giggles? That's fine by me. You either enjoy English, are a certified genius-type, or are slumming around with the lowly arts kids because among us, you feel like an all powerful tech-god.

    Maybe you started out in CS or engineering and thought it wasn't for you? Why would that be? Can't be because you don't like programming - you seem to like it enough to take those kinds of co-op jobs specifically. Maybe computer-y courses just weren't doing it for you, or you just couldn't manage to do it for them. In which case, see "slumming," paragraph 3.

    English, as a department, has its faults. About a third of the profs I've had don't allow laptops in class. The English Society never seems to be open. In-class discussions must make profs feel like they're pulling teeth without the anesthetic.

    We also have this weird old school/new cool thing going on, with Chaucer and advertising, Plato and the Games Institute all existing under the ENGL code. That attracts a lot of different people and allows students to do very different things.

    So yes, we do get people hopeless with technology, because we can talk about it and use it, but it's not what English is about in its entirety. Someone can walk into my department, debate Derride vs Barthes, come out of school as a reclusive literary genius, and still not be able to italicize in Microsoft Word. Someone else can never read any Shakespeare, take tech-oriented co-ops and classes, then go on to create a million-dollar-earning freemium app. That flexibility is pretty awesome.

    Of course, others just want a degree and don't really give a shit how. Is that really unique English?

    We're all here with different skills for different reasons and going to different places.

    Deal with it without being a generalizing asshole, please.

    <3,
    A Fellow English Major

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    1. @12 okay this response has me physically salivating to have been in English, or at least hung out with you more. Reminds me of a saying something like "art is why we do business". Paints a gorgeous picture and thanks for this.

      -from someone quite good at math/business with awesome, close engineering friends (and math, and business friends)

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  13. There are idiots in all walks of life. ALL walks of life.

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