Thursday, February 12, 2004

The Ring

No, I'm not talking about the remake of that Japanese horror movie. Of course, I'm still talking about the Iron Ring that I'll be receiving next week. Many people wonder what's the deal with the ring.. It's just an iron (actually stainless steel now) ring that is worn on the little finger. I suppose that it is something that I have been looking forward to since entering this field of study, and feel that I definitely deserve a reminder of the pain I went through. My loyal readers would have endured through many of my late-night ramblings, incoherent speeches, and disgruntled commentaries about my experiences through the past few years. This is not to say that people in other faculties don't deserve to be reminded of their pain, nor is engineering *so much harder* than other disciplines. All I'm saying is that I am proud of what I have accomplished, and what better is to remind myself of my accomplishments and humility (I'll get to that in a second) by wearing a ring on my hand that will constantly remind me of that?

Now that we have gotten that cleared up, I shall expand a bit on the humility that I spoke off earlier. One thing that I have learned through my university career is that I don't know anything except for the fact that I know nothing. Entering university made me realize that the big illusion in high school where I thought I figured out the world is completely false, it almost shattered my dreams! Now I truly understand why there exist a need for post-graduate studies, and even post-doctoral studies. The truth of the matter is, we simply don't know half as much as we thought we knew. I really admire people in graduate studies - they have the passion and the intelligence to pursue pure knowledge, something I cannot say about myself. So this newly discovered humility shall be carried through the rest of my life, and again, the ring is going to remind me of that every time it clicks with the table as I work.

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