Saturday, 7 February 2009

Disposing of memories

Today I did a very difficult thing: I threw away my University Lecture notes.

It was all part of the Great Junk Room Clear-out. I had folders in there which I hadn’t looked at since the jubilant day of my final exam, five and a half years ago.

After I’d had stern words with myself, I conceded that I was unlikely to need them again: my career has led me down a path in which the finer points of Representation Theory are no longer of practical use. Besides this, my handwriting could justly be described as write-only; scrawling the notes helped the content stick in my memory during the exams, but it certainly doesn’t serve for archive purposes.

I must confess to flicking through the pages nostalgically before consigning them to the recycling bag. I have fond memories of the days when I understood those Theorems, Lemmas and Corollaries.

2 comments:

Benjol said...

I did the same several years ago. My parents were moving to a smaller house, and wanted to get rid of my junk. It didn't take me long to decide, there isn't much chance of me changing back from programming to mechanical engineering! However, I should at least have kept a list of the things that I had studied - as I can't even remember that now!

Benjol said...

I did the same several years ago. My parents were moving to a smaller house, and wanted to get rid of my junk. It didn't take me long to decide, there isn't much chance of me changing back from programming to mechanical engineering! However, I should at least have kept a list of the things that I had studied - as I can't even remember that now!

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