Memories of a bittersweet college experience

College was a shitshow of emotions.

Educationally, it was me switching from civil engineering to creative writing two years in. Romantically, it was me having a steady girlfriend for two years then exploring the world of infinite women at house parties and frat parties. Psychologically, it was me being anxious about school on the weekdays and letting loose on the weekends. Continue reading “Memories of a bittersweet college experience”

Education time should be 20-40x less than time spent

Two months before going to Chile in March 2016, I decided to learn conversational Spanish. I was only spending 10 days in the country and decided to dedicate an hour a day learning the language. That’s 60 days, so 60 hours. Given we’re only awake for about 16 hours of the day, this equals 4 days.

The fact that I didn’t learn conversational Spanish aside (I never carved out that hour on a daily basis), my approach was shit. I was taking on an all-or-nothing approach. Not only did I not have time for it, dedicating that much time was wasteful. If I planned on living in South America for years, the hour a day would have made sense, and I would have been motivated to do it. But I was only spending 2x less on education time (learning Spanish) than I was spending in the actual country.

This was a terribly unproductive approach. It was also wasteful in monetarily. I bought the Roseyta Stone course when I should have just use free online resources.

The point I’m getting at is this: Base the time you spend educating yourself on the time you’ll spend using that education. For instance, right now I’m in Buenos Aires for 30 days. So, from my experience, I should spend 40 times less that time learning the language. I would spend more time if I was living here indefinitely, but I’m only visiting.

Here’s the math… Continue reading “Education time should be 20-40x less than time spent”