Thinking and Language Project

By Jessie Curneal

The Concept/Prototype

A prototype is my own imagined concept of what college is going to be like and I think college will be freeing, but also a little intimidating due to trying to become an independent person. I'll be able to make my own decisions free of judgement from others. I'll proabbly be making really close friends and studying a lot. In the end of college I hope to know what I'm doing with my life and be well prepared for it.

Problem Solving Methods

Trial and Error: Through trial and error I will be able to know how to manage my schedule and grow into an independent adult. With new profound freedom I will probably not make the smartest decisions at first, but overtime through trials I will know what is best for me and eliminate what is not. This could include finding the most efficient way to study, take notes, and to manage money on a budget.

Algorithms: One approach to finding the right college is to map out exactly what colleges that are near me then to find their prices. Then I would compare those prices hand in hand along with the prices of living there. After finding some colleges that are in my price range and not too far away from my family, I can then look into if they have good programs for what I want to major in. This process can be quite time consuming, but I will have less errors in finding the right college.

Heuristics: Finding the right college can be time consuming, but a quicker elimination process is to use heuristics. In which I would look at all the schools that have my interest of what I want to major in, instead of first looking for the schools near me and then looking at their prices. By doing that I have made the elimination process easier because now I will only be looking at the few bunch of schools that have a great program for what I want to major in. This does save time , but can recreate more errors than algorithms because I'm looking into only one aspect and figuring out the other logistics later.

Insight: In many aspects of life I hope to find that eureka moment where I have figured out a solution in my newly college life that could include how to efficiently study, or how to resolve an issue I might have with my housing situation.

Confirmation Bias

For my housing situation I will most likely be living in a dorm, where I will have room mates whom most likely lived a certain way that I didn't. Having a different set of mind of how the living quarters should be can cause some issues, in which everyone thinks that their way is best way. We all probably lived a certain way for majority of our lives and in human nature it is hard for us to quickly adapt to change. But once we look into the perspective of the other room mates then it can be easier to adapt to each other and possibly combine our different styles of organizing/sharing the room.

Fixation/Mental Set

In the past simply going to my parents to help me solve some of my problems would have worked, but being in college I have to think for my self. I can see myself going back to ask for my parents advice for the beggininng of college, but I would have to astray from that idea. Calling my parents for help will probably be my mental set whenever there is a situation, but if fixated on a thought I will simply have to continue that thought some other time or go somewhere to clear my thoughts.


Through out college I will have moments of having a gut feeling about a situation. That gut feeling can persuade me to act on that feeling or not. For example I could have a bad feeling about going to a party or a good feeling about taking a certain class that will help with my major. Without these sensations I would have to use more logic to try to make sense of what decisions to make during my journey in college.

Representative Heuristic

From the use of past experiences I will be able to help better or worsen my future choices. For example when choosing a school I may have heard that a certain school is really good for what I want to major in, but I can't know for sure; I'll kept it into consideration though. I won't let that piece of information primarily help my decision, but I'll use it as a reference to help eliminate my choices.

Availability Heuristic

Any advice that I receive preparing me for college is probably important, but more than likely I'll remember the more vivid advice of warnings than say where I would buy my textbooks. The more vivid advice are more memorable like for example someone stayed up all night studying and flunked all their semester exams or if a girl had too much to drink and went missing the next day. I just made those up, but it's easier to remember stories along those lines than something less extreme that has equal importance.


I can see myself having overconfidence in my abilities like managing time to study and hang out with friends. I might think that I have enough time to finish a project in time when I really don't or thinking that I took good enough notes to study over. In times like those it's better to be underconfident, so that I will trick myself into doing more work. The results of a test of me being underconfident will most likely be high than if I was overconfident on a test.

Belief Perseverance

Being a newly independent adult I might start thinking that I know everything there is to life, but in actuality I still have a lot of learning/growing to do. There will probably be times where I think I know what is best for me, but my parents will prove that it actually isn't. And since I would no longer be living with my parents I might have that you can't tell me what to do attitude and discredit what they have to say. But sometimes parents really do know what is best for you better than what you know yourself.


TCU would be the dream school, since it is close to my family and has a good journalism/ media arts program, but since it is a private school I can't get a scholarship. Therefore I will have to compensate for another school that has a good program for my needs and more importantly gives out scholarships.