NYU Poly

And for that matter:

  • RPI
  • WPI
  • MIT (Even though they don’t call themselves so…)
  • Probably a lot more…

is/are Polytechnic schools. Meanings, they are schools that train and teach in many engineering, technical and scientific fields of study, and have a high focus on these fields.

NYU Poly, filling out the application for it, asked me one question in particular that was really interesting.

How are you a ‘PolyThinker’?

Now…. I had trouble answering this question at first, so to help me come up with an answer, I decided to look it up. I came across this on there site:

PolyThinking Defined

  • noun
    1. an innate capacity of analysis or problem-solving characterized by a healthy suspicion of obvious or widely-held conclusions
    2. an act of thinking in parallel that optimizes how the brain processes information
  • verb
    1. to conceive of technological, scientific, mathematic, visual, and management approaches that illuminate deficiencies in existing approaches
    2. to make micro or macro advances in a field of study that have ripple effects in multiple fields

Well… I had come up with a nice, good answer to this question, and wanted to put it in… and well… There was a 500 character limit, the length of a status update on Facebook, 3.5 times the length of a tweet on Twitter. There is NO way I can answer this appropriately in such a short space. So of course, what do I do? Cut out plenty of it, and give a ‘good enough’ answer to it, and come on here to blog my full answer. 😀

A Polythinker is someone who has the innate capacity of problem-solving by being suspicious of widely held conclusions, and think in a parallel manner that optimizes the thought process. Whenever someone tells me that this is a fact, and that I should trust them on that case, I ask, “Why? Why is this true? Could you please prove it to me?” I solve problems the long way, and then make short-cuts after I realize that the widely-held conclusion is true or false. I think about problems in a multitude of ways, to conceive of a solution to them, and combine all the thoughts together to create the conclusion. I look at a problem with both how it would appear to an outside source viewing the intended end result, and of different ways of going about solving the problem. I then break apart how it is supposed to be, to find the branching ways of thoughts to see the fastest and most accurate way of solving said problem.

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