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Reisverslag Lessons learned, bridges burned.
3 februari 2017
Lessons learned, bridges burned.
The most awesome thing about this entire place is that I'm learning how much ecology and paleobiology are intertwined. Although UniWien naturally is a more theoretical institution and Helicon is way more practical (although still pretty theoretical for mbo), the stuff we learn in Eco & wildlife is really coming though in providing a good foundation for understanding the more complex concepts and bigger amounts of theory they provide in university's (at least this one).
I mapped out an educational blueprint at Naturalis back in 2016, and since this week I found proof that that should indeed be the best route for my situation. First I’m finishing Eco & Wildlife at Helicon, gaining a good foundation on Ecology. After that I’ll continue in Archaeology at Saxion to learn the tools of the trade when it comes to excavation. (Although I'll simultaneously have to continue studying biology and ecology in an autodidactic manner.. It's a good thing I have Campbell's lying around back at home). At some point I should be able to combine the two study's to excel in paleontology.. Only time will tell how far I'll actually throw this stone and if other interests might shift the paradigm of priority or not, but it's really nice to finally have clear goal in mind. It's also really motivating to find out that the choice I made two years ago to get “at least some education” turned out to be a better choice than I ever thought it would. It basically resurrected a dream that I thought I had left dead and buried. “Rise from the grave, asshole!”
I'm really having a terrific time and I'm becoming more certain that I should be able to continue in this field. It'll take some years and hard work, but it’s going to happen. The finishing blow that snuffed my doubts towards my cognition and fears of limits in my ability to comprehend more complex stuff, was that I sort-of-not-really-but-somehow-a-little managed to apply a mathematical formula called the Shannon-Weaver index. One of the assignments during the two day lecture on Extinction and Fossil Record Analysis involved applying a very basic form of this ecological formula. Although it was a basic and relatively easy task, for the educational standard at uni, It was the first time I was confronted with more hardcore mathematics and prevailed in having at least some sort of comprehension of what was going on. It did took some repetitive explaining, and it took a little time, but I actually managed to apply it correctly.
Fair enough – not knowing where to stop, I made the mistake of multiplying beyond ∑, but the correct answers were there. I just multiplied the two totals to one number while I shouldn‘t have done that. Thinking too hard on relatively simple things proved to be a brick to the face once again. However, it did show me that I should be able to ‘get it’ after some (probably a lot of) practice. I’ll give it some more go’s during my internship, but the necessity of truly comprehending math like this is something for in the future. I have other fish to fry for now. The lesson here was that after that class I concluded that the only thing that might stand in my way is Discipline.. ‘’We meet again, old enemy…”
Anyway, enough with the diary. Below are some pictures of the experiences of the last two weeks and a video where I show how Amira 6.2 makes life easier and show ya’ll some cool stuff they have here at the university.
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16 februari 2017 22:08 | Door: Patsy
Wow, looks like a great place to be. I'm glad you are having such a good time there!!!