To study, or not to study

Sitting quietly in the ancient McGill’s Schulich Engineering library, Macbeth’s To be, or not to be popped up in my mind. I was most likely inspired by the dust over my books to think of Shakespeare. This my own variation of it, the changes are in bold. Enjoy!

To study, or not to study: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The Equations and Theories of outrageous Mathematics,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of problems,
And by opposing solve them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The brain-ache and the thousand Natural shocks
That mind is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of engineers, what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this university,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes Calamity of so long study;
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of engineering,
The faculty‘s wrong, the proud artsman‘s contumely,
The pangs of despised programming, the professor’s delays,
The insolence of administration and the spurns of other faculties
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his Quietus make
With a course drop? Who would Fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after graduation,
The undiscover’d Country, from whose bourn
No Traveller returns, Puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus Conscience does make nerds of us all;
And thus the Native hue of study
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of fear,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their Currents turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. – Soft you now!
The fair Ada! Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my studies remember’d.

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