Archive for November, 2008

What’s up in Yale

Аз как я карам… хм. Дадоха ни ваканция заради деня на благодарността тази седмица и всички професори ни заръчаха да си работим по финалните проекти щото са до края на следващата седмица. 12 автопортрета по рисуване, програма, която чрез рекурсия да може да решава всички судокута, есе за философията на киберпространството по английски, задачи за упражнение по логика. Много е занимателно :Р

Тия дни си правих анализ на ученето тук

Рекурсията още не съм я изучил добре и затова много не ми върви програмата, но мисля да реша този проблем до края на седмицата. Computer Science не е само това, което съм си мислел че е (беше споменала нещо такова в някоя статия в блога си). Много от задачите изискват повече въображение от колкото човек би предположил. Мисля, че ще е трудно, но интересно приключение.

Английският семинар беше може би най-интересния ми предмет този курс. Не че не съм псувал професора докато съм дърпал целонощна за да си напиша есето за Пещерата и десетата книга на Платон, или рисърча по етиката на клонирането и ролята на интерпретацията във фотографията, та дори и за връзката между всичко това, кибер пространството и републиката на Аристотел или Макиавели, но беше интересно упражнение за това как да подходиш философски към толкова разнообразни теми, а също и да видиш как други хора са го правили.

Рисуването често е отегчително на моменти, но определено успях да разбера някои философски заключения свързани с него… мисля че ще пиша в блога затова тая зима.

Мисля че разбрах механиката на логиката, но дзена още не съм. Има един философ Grice, който мисля че ще ми помогне да го направя, но мисля да мина Алиса в страната на чудесата още веднъж дваж тая зима.

Уф. Гледала ли си видеото за “последната лекция” –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo . Линка мисля, че го видях на Додо на фейсбука.  Професора е нещо средно между Дисни и много готин пич и мисля че много ще ти хареса. Идеята, че “the walls that we hit on the way to our dreams are there to test how much we want to achieve our dreams” или нещо от сорта много ми хареса. В смисъл, мисля че започнах да разбирам за какво става въпрос.

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Tosheto on Education

It all started with Tosheto’s Facebook Status: Todor pravi generalen plan…za svineferma :D.

Lyd comment: Това е … вълнуващо 🙂 Виж това: http://lydblog.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/abitare/

Tosheto comment: Lyd spisanieto izglejda interesno naistina 🙂 mislq da si podarq za koelda edin abonament 🙂 … svinefermata se okaza po zabavna otkolkoto predpolagah…

Then Tosheto sent me a message:

prodyljenie na komentara:

Всъщност всичко се оказва по-забавно когато разбереш за какво всъщност става въпрос и понатрупаш знания по въпроса. Открих че колегите ми и аз включително заклеймяваме нещо, било то предмет, проект или друго, като глупаво или безсмислено най-вече защото не си оставяме време да вникнем в него. Или липсата на знания в дадена област не ни позволява да разберем друга.

С две думи съм назад с един проект и днес се зачудих защо не ми се занимава да го правя. Открих че причината е в лиспата ми на знания по един друг предмет, който трябваше да пренебрегна миналата година като карах 2 години за една и сега трябва да го наваксам… План за действие имам и си пожелавам успех.

Поздрави Лид 🙂

п.с. аз на 6ти дек се прибирам в Хс и може да се засечем :))

For college applicants only: Stan Bogdanov presents …

When: Monday, 3 p.m.

Where: my office

What:

1. my former student Stan Bogdanov lecturing on US college education 30-60 minutes in English

2. a discussion with Stan

My room cannot accomodate for everyone, so … people who wish to attend the lecture, please, tell me you’re coming by writing a comment below. The first 12 people will be accepted – the early bird gets the worm 🙂

For people who wish to talk to ME only … I’ll be available from 4.30 to 6, after the lecture.

Community colleges

An ambitious student, aiming at the best liberal arts colleges in the USA suggested that it might be a good idea to apply to community colleges as a safety route to American higher education. I am not sure if this is the best option for everyone.

Community colleges are inclusive (the opposite of exclusive), so it is easy to get in, even for students who did not stand out as academic achievers during high school – yes, even ones who had low grades. They were created to provide even socially disadvantaged people with access to education. This should give you a rough idea of the student body you might expect there: most naturally, the majority will not be the brightest in the world. You might expect a great number of mature and non-traditional students. A good number of community college students drop out as they do not come up to academic standards.

I don’t mean to say that these schools are full of stupid guys, but as there are many students who have enrolled for very pragmatic reasons – to learn some specific skills they need to earn their living, you could not hope for intellectualism, I suppose. Well, surely, there are many anti-intellectuals in the prestigious schools too, but they come from much more priviliged backgrounds – from better schools and better off families, which makes them better prepared for SATs, able to pay more, etc.

A great number of community college students do not live on campus as they live nearby and commute. I am not even sure how many of these schools actually have dorms. You cannot hope for the special out-of-class atmosphere of clubbing and attending artistic events you might expect at an average popular liberal arts school. At some of these schools, perhaps, there is nothing like community or community spirit – people just come and go and do not have time to make friends.

They are cheaper, but as most of them are public, they might turn out to be expensive for international students who may not be eligible for financial aid or educational loans.Still I have heard of a really generous women’s college.

As for the quality of teaching – I don’t know. I imagine public community college professors to be underpaid just like public school teachers. Yet, some websites say that professor positions at these colleges are competitive. I have not made further research.

You cannot hope to be taught by Nobel Laureates at these schools, but as an undergradute you are rarely taught by Nobel Laureates even at the most famous private colleges – just because these famous people do not care much about teaching undergraduates. Teachers who are not into big research tend to be better teachers because they are dedicated to teaching.

As for facilities, well, most of these schools are small and public, so they generally don’t have money to lavish on facilities. However, I know of a college who receives generous donations from dedicated citizens – their alumni, perhaps. Well, even the richest school cannot have that many facilities if they do not have so much space.

As for opportunities to transfer to a four-year college, you should be very careful as course offers are not ample and you might have trouble with other institutions recognizing credits, etc. Yet, I have had several students who successfully transfered from one of the best women’s two-year private colleges to other really nice four-year schools. However, you should know that financial aid for transfer students may not be as generous as it is for first-year applicants even at the most generous institutions.

I hope this helps. Here is the website of the American Association of Community Colleges.

US Financial docs: own business

If one of your parents is self-employed or owns a business or a farm, you’ll need to submit a Business/Farm Supplement. You’ll definitely need the help of an accountant. Good luck 🙂

FAQ

Some people like asking me the same questions over and over again. I will answer these just once.

Some people don’t like reading long document I wrote to cover all possible questions about specific docs like the school report, etc. , so they ask me long lists of little questions that have been already answered. Please, take time to read all the necessary documents. You’ll find detailed explanations on all kinds of questions like teacher phone numbers and e-mail addresses, for example.

I write these instructions because I don’t want to waste time to answer the same questions over and over again. That’s why I’ll be refusing to answer some questions 😛

Signatures

All signatures should be made with a good black pen, so that they could be clearly photocopied. So, signatures come first, and photocopying next. That’s what the Common App forms are made for: to make your and your teachers’ lives easier. You don’t have to sign every copy 🙂

As for signatures online – you just write your name – that’s the only thing you can do.