Thursday, December 27, 2018

John Fish series: "A Day in the Life of a Harvard Computer Science Student"

Harvard undergraduate student John Fish has a series of slick videos of his life at Harvard.  This one is called “A Day in the Life of a Harvard Computer Science Student”.

I would wonder how he can set up everything to film himself so professionally all day.  Life is planned out to the minute, even time to meditate.

The opening wakeup call is photogenic with its attention to little details, like making the bed, and pouring tea.

The math homework is already differential equations, which is pretty good for a freshman.

I wonder how far his dorm room is from the place where Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook on Feb. 4, 2004.

I certainly am impressed with the level of maturity of the best of today’s teens, compared to me as I started college in 1961.  Technology has widened the potential range of maturity of today’s “Gen Z” in the 16-24 age range.  The brain is supposed to be fully grown at age 25, as it has finished “pruning” and optimizing the skills it will need. That’s why if you are going to be good at music, chess, or coding, you need to start young, well before pruning.

I visited the campus in August, 2015 (picture).

In another video Fish says he grew up near Waterloo, Ontario.  I've noticed that "kids" who grow up in Canada are doing very well compared to most a lot of the US.  Look at actor Richard Harmon. Is having a better handle on inequality one of the reasons?
David Hogg will attend Harvard in the fall of 2019.

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