step 3

In my first couple week of college, I felt there were so many free times so little classes and homework then I automatically assume that it’s going to be this way the rest of my year. I only took the first step and assume that college is not as hard as I thought it’s going to be, and I made up the rest of the story in my head. My experience provides a vivid example to Mr. Kahneman’s theory which is “what you say is all there is.” It was only the first month of the college, and I’m assuming it’s going to be the same as the first month. I continue to have the same mindset for a long period of time, and at the end of the year, I come to the realization that my academic skills don’t qualify my course schedule. At that point, it was too late to make any changes because It was way past add and drop period. Another fallacy that caused this disaster is the illusion of skills. Back in high school, if you went through it you will agree to my conclusion which is it does not require a tremendous amount of time skills and strategies to get good grades. I was doing fine in high school, not straight 4.0 but decent. Somehow this confidence starts to rise up from nowhere. I carefully think about where it came from, but I couldn’t. In Mr. Kahneman words, he indicates that “Overconfident professional sincerely believe they have the expertise, act as experts and looks like experts. You will have ti struggle to remind yourself that they may be in the grip of an illusion.” In my case, I assume that my mindset/ result made me believe that I’m the expert when it comes to school. However, the truth is, I suck at it.

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  1. I think you’ve chosen the right fallacies or thought-tendencies to analyze your experience, but both the sentences that carry the fallacies and the sentences that carry your experiences need to be much more fleshed out. A reader would be confused by your application WYSIATI without more explanation of the concept, more details about your experiences, and more explanation of how your experiences are an illustration of the WYSIATI concept.

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