When I was younger, I would always listen to authority because I hated getting in trouble. There were times that adults (i.e. teachers mostly) would get mad at me for ridiculous things because I just didn’t know what to do in certain situations. This hurt my self-esteem when I was younger.
There were other kids that would get in trouble, but they didn’t care.
For example, I remember having a picture day my sophomore year of high school, and after getting my picture taken I went in the wrong direction to leave. I went up the steps and was going outside, and the guy working for the picture company was extremely ticked off. I still don’t get why. We weren’t hurting anyone, there were no signs I could notice, there were no lines or people in the way… What the heck is that guy’s problem?
I used to think that as an adult someday I would have an epiphany experience and just become an adult. No more kid-like behaviors or thoughts. In reality, I think that a lot of these adults who obsess over their authority never really grew up. And once they get that authority, they become despicable. Think Principle Skinner in The Simpsons.
While I never had that epiphany moment of feeling like an adult, around when I was 18 and went to college I started feeling like authority figures would talk to me as if I was an adult. Not always of course, but when I was in middle school and high school I was always talked down upon.
This also expands to learning knowledge, too. I believe that I am as intelligent as when I was 9 years old, it’s just that you learn the building blocks for subjects back then. Again, I thought that when I’d get older, I’d naturally become smarter.
I read an article that changed my perspective on life completely. And by change, it’s not necessarily good or bad, but what you can do with it.
It asks the question of whether time goes faster as you get older.
YES. Time is perceived to go faster as you get older. At 20 years old, you are half-way done through your life. And at 30, you are almost dead.
I first heard this at 18 years old. I felt really bad about it, because I think that I have 60 years left which is still a lot of time. But in reality, time is subjective. However, I think I utilized this information by having a life goal of not wasting my time on anything that is not enjoyable, or will not help my future.
This interview question stumps me. It’s just so hard to answer. I think back to the past 5 years…
I started college as a freshman, having almost no social skills. Or any skills in general. I was decent at math I guess. I would read a ton of articles and books in my senior year of high school on how to socialize with people, and I was able to start college on the right foot. I made a ton of mistakes, but overall I look back and think I was successful at making as many connections as I could with people. Academically, I proved myself by getting a solid GPA. I also was very active in my extracurricular activities.
I could not have EVER predicted what I am right now 5 years ago.
5 years before that (11-16ish) I didn’t do much except for study. It was really lame. I was very sensitive. And, it was like laying down in the sand and just letting the tidal wave of life going over me.
So when I get asked this question, I really hope that it’s the former rather than the latter, but it’s crazy to think I can predict even 5% of what my next 5 years are going to be like. I guess most people at my age would say marriage, kids, house?
Anyways, I can’t say this whole blog post to a recruiter. I would likely say that I’d want to hire and cultivate young talent in the big data field.