My bad, gotten into the late routine of not posting on time.
I’m currently reading this book called Investing: The Last Liberal Art by Robert Hagstrom. Sorry, I didn’t finish it yet
The main theme though is that through being well-versed in the foundations behind multiple fields, one can see common trends and thus become a better investor by applying these trends.
As of now, I enjoy his narration style where Hagstrom has a point to make, and uses anecdotes from history to make it more of a journey. I think if I finish this, perhaps it’ll inspire me to learn more generalities about common fields, not just for becoming better at seeing a bigger picture, but also for being more well-versed in conversation.
I’ll wrap up this review when I actually finish the book.
The main reason I’m writing this post today is because I’m taking up a new project. Being a terrible procrastinator, I realized that I have just under 3 weeks until the USABO, the biology olympiad. Since this test draws upon a massive field of knowledge, I’ve taken it upon myself to cover the entire 1250 pages of content in my textbook.
Clearly, this goal seems pretty absurd, but hear me out. My reading pace is ~2 hrs / 20 pages for in-depth, solid understanding and retention of content. Sometimes, this pace increases if the content is more basic, or slows down when the content is more complex. Seeing as I have already covered a 50 page section, this means that I have 1200 pages left for ~120 hours. Now, seeing as the next 20 days contain a total of 480 hours, it may be a bit extreme to believe that I can spend 1/4 of that time studying bio.
And honestly, you’re right. The idea is moreso of a aim incredibly high, hit as high as possible and then keep going. Can I find 6 hours a day to study bio? Doubtful, unless I convert many of my school hours to it (which I am considering…).
I know it’s unreasonable to expect too much seeing as there are individuals all over the country who have spent years preparing for this competition. In spite of this, I believe that a massive extended cram session should be enough to place in the top 10% to qualify for semifinals. I know for one, that even at my school, fewer than 1/10 of students cover the entire book when preparing for the test.
At the end of the day (3 weeks), even if I don’t qualify for the next level, should I execute this properly, I will learn an incredible amount of biology and have a solid basis of understanding for any future in biochemistry.
I just wanted to make this as an announcement…kind of an excuse as to why I won’t be reading as much in smaller books, because I’ll be expending all of my efforts on learning more in the sciences.
I will try to keep up with the posting schedule, as writing is another important goal to me. Forgive me for the next 3 weeks if I miss occasionally or if I become a bit too obsessive about this pursuit.
Thank you for understanding,