Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Poem a Day

I was watching “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” last night, and they had this poem that must be the funniest, nerdiest poem ever. Here is the text of the poem.
(Warning: spoiler!)

I’m sure that I will always be
A lonely number like root three

The three is all that’s good and right,
Why must my three keep out of sight
Beneath the vicious square root sign,
I wish instead I were a nine

For nine could thwart this evil trick,
with just some quick arithmetic

I know I’ll never see the sun, as 1.7321
Such is my reality, a sad irrationality

When hark! What is this I see,
Another square root of a three

As quietly co-waltzing by,
Together now we multiply
To form a number we prefer,
Rejoicing as an integer

We break free from our mortal bonds
With the wave of magic wands

Our square root signs become unglued
Your love for me has been renewed


In other news, I am happy to report that I finally got over my panic attack from the other day. I had begun to doubt my choice for graduate school, wondering whether I might have overlooked something crucial. These doubts had led to a full-blown panic attack. Well, maybe not so dramatic but I was pretty worried. After two shots of tequila though, I was able to calm myself down and reason it out. In my now calmer state, I rationalized that at the time I sent my one acceptance letter (and a few “ No, thanks but thank you for your consideration”), I had already weighed all the factors and decided that this school would provide me with the best opportunities to achieve my goals. I think with this reassurance, I am a lot happier now.


Di Di said...

I think it's natural to feel a little bit of panic and second guessing after you decide on a graduate school because it's a huge commitment. But it sounds like you've picked your school for good reasons. Really there is no way to tell what kind of experience you will have, even when you visit a school in person. About 50% of what every program tells you is bullshit. You can't tell what people are really like, or how happy the grad students really are, or what the environment is like until you are actually in the program. I guarantee that the other schools you were considering have their own hidden problems and downsides. Since the process is always uncertain, you just have to look at the options and pick the one that seems right. You did that, so you made a good choice!

gridlock said...

You know when you go to this online forums and everyone seems to have a different opinion about a place? That is how ended up having all these doubts about my decision.
And you are absolutely right, Di Di. I had this experience last summer when I applied to two different REU programs. I got accepted into both and after much agonizing, decided to go with one, even though it was offering a lower stipend. For the month until the program started, I could not help thinking that maybe I had squandered a golden opportunity. Despite my doubts, the program turned out to be everything I had hoped for and I had the opportunity to work with some of the coolest people ever. This year, I applied for graduate school to the one school I had turned down. It is only when I visited the school that I realized how miserable I would have been going there.
I guess sometimes you just have to go with your 'gut feelings'.