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Friday, September 16, 2011

What comes first: the nerd or the degree?

We love our ward. I haven't been in such a unique and wonderful ward since living in Berkeley, CA. And by unique, I mean diverse. I've always prided myself on being open-minded and with open arms towards anyone. I mean, I like everyone. And I hope they like me. Yes, some people get on my nerves...but I still like them. Usually.

Our ward has a bunch of young married couples and it has been fun making the rounds and having dinner/game nights.

But I digress. What is a nerd? Are you one? Better yet, am I one? I don't know. Should I be? David strongly claims that Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering are...the "cool" engineering degrees. Not to offend... haha. So, does this make him less of a nerd than, say, a chemical engineer? Or an electrical engineer, or worse, a computer engineer? Are you in a degree or were in a degree that is branded as nerdy? What say you of this stereotyping? And just for the record, I like nerds.

So what comes first: The nerd or the degree?

Back to the young couples. Little did I know that I branded myself when I said I loved Stargate. Does that make me a nerd? I also like Star Wars and Ender's Game. Never really got into Star Trek... These couples suggested I go to Dragon Con. Heard of it? I hadn't... and apparently it is THE BIGGEST convention out there for those who like mingling with Science and Fiction. And, luckily for us, it is housed in Atlanta.

That being said. We're not planning on going. 

These said couples have degrees in electrical and computer engineering.

That also being said, I like them. :) And I look forward to future game nights.

My brother, who in real life is really cool and NOT a nerd. Halloween 2005


Jennilyn said...

Ohhh, yes, many nerds here. We like Science Fiction, too, Scott Card style, Firefly/Serenity, never got into Stargate (didn't have tv when it came out), stopped reading McCafferty when her dragon stories got too sexy, yes George R.R. Martin until he started killing off everyone we cared about and we DID got to a world-con in Atlanta, loved it, but never did the costume thing, or the filk-singer stuff. You won't catch me at a Star Trek convention. It is a great conversation starter, but not the ultimate definer of who we are as a couple.

Rachel said...

Exactly how I feel. :)