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Ask Nutty B!

By Bruce Wu

Nutty B is currently a graduate student at MIT that tries to give his 2 cents worth to his readers’ questions regarding anything and everything. Please e-mail him with whatever question you would like someone to listen to, and help him have an excuse to procrastinate at 3:00 a.m. Please send all questions to

Dear Nutty B,

Why it’s Nutty B! So glad to have you back!

I graduated last year and I’ve worked at my job for six months now. I have pretty much decided that I need to leave. The work is not challenging or interesting at all, essentially it’s just data entry. So while I’ve been trying to find jobs in rival companies, the job descriptions reminded me of exactly what I had just done for the last six months. Now I wonder if I should switch fields, even though I’m probably woefully unprepared for anything else. I really enjoyed the subject when I learned it at MIT, but I don’t know if the business world can make it as exciting. What should I do?

—Drone to Be

Dear Drone to Be,

Thank you, and yes, I am back. In fact, I was never gone, though I really thought I’d have got out of Hell (I mean this place) by now. But anyway, it is always nice to have old readers keeping in touch. Remember to re-sign up for the fan club!

It seems the problem is not where you work, but rather what you do. If you don’t like what you do, switching from one job to another of the same nature will be just like changing from one version of Microsoft to the next: it’s the same crap under a new name. Also, you wonder if you can apply the subjects you’ve learned at MIT to the business world? My answer to you, my friend, is that unless the business world needs nerdiness and social incompetence, they probably won’t do you any good.

You need to ask yourself what you really want to do for your career and if that is enough for you to abandon a job you already have. Sleeping on the streets while dreaming about being the next CEO of IBM is just not that practical. Sometimes you can pursue your interests as hobbies during your free time, in addition to your day job; that is, unless you are a grad student here, then you would just have no life.

Also, it is common to see that one’s job post-graduation is very different from one’s major in college. You should think the real value of your overpriced MIT education is not how fast you can solve equations or chug a pint of beer, but rather what tools you have acquired during your years here that can help you solve whatever problem you might encounter in life. It was not a fish TIM the Beaver handed you when you walked on that fine June day, it was a fishing rod that would help you get more of your own fish later on. Now, go fishing and make TIM the Beaver proud!

Dear Nutty B,

Men suck! How come men don’t like to make plans for the weekends? They always want to leave their weekends open. What’s up with that?

—Curious in Cambridge

Dear Curious in Cambridge,

We don’t suck, nor are we non-committal. In fact, we actually plan ahead, but we just haven’t mastered how to plan ahead to accommodate multiple people’s schedules yet. So quit complaining and whining and be considerate; learn to overlook that flaw in us as a species. How do you expect us to plan around the schedules of Gracie, Chrissy, and Tracy without their knowledge of each other’s existence, all while we’ve told our buddies that we would get trashed together every Friday and Saturday night?

Now that we’re are clear on the possible cause of your confusion, the good news is that perhaps the guy(s) you were talking about really just wants to make the weekend a week-end, a time when he/they can just chill and do nothing. I know I like to wake up at 13:00 on a fine Saturday, open a bottle of wine, and sip my day (I mean glass) away, without having to worry about planning any work or meeting anyone. Everyone is different, and that’s the only answer I can give you if you’re talking about men in general. If you are talking about a specific person, then perhaps you should let him know that it bothers you, and you two can communicate and figure out a compromise. Also, if it’s the latter case, feel free to ask me again in more detail, and I’ll get back to you soon; perhaps over dinner, on any weeknight?