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College--It's a circle.
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Posted 12/12/07
i honestly don't think it really matters which college you go to. in the end you'll end up in your "dream" job - whether that's through harvard or a community college.
sure the experience may be different and the ivys may be more recognized.. but that's not going to drastically change your life.

i won't say my numbers but i performed fairly well in high school.. but i'm not going to an ivy & i don't care. i realized that it would put my family in a financial crisis and i don't want to be sitting on a huge amount of debt when i get out of college.

sometimes the best-ranked university may not be the right college for you. i'm currently in the process of turning down the second best pharmacy program in the nation to go to a school that's ranked #45 because i think i'll do better in that environment.

sure, this acceptance process may be totally whack but you don't have to envy other people because they have more money than you. have fun at the best college for you =) best days of our lives.
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Posted 12/12/07

cbisram wrote:

boo hoo hoo


hard fucking core...
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29 / M / Monterey Park, CA
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Posted 12/12/07
i agree and disagree with the thread starter.

private schools, yes, will take the people with connections before the "lower" people, but state colleges and stuff are moderately good at giving equal opportunity. however, this equal opportunity is sometimes somewhat random.

i have friends who got into one UC, but were rejected from another and vice versa.

of course, there are those who take SAT classes (the rich & the parents who are willing to spend the money to boost their kid's scores). even those these kids usually get higher scores on their SAT doesn't necessarily mean that their actual school gpa is high.

theres also the fact that some schools are just harder/easier than others. actually, now that i think about it, there are many factors that decide a person's "opportunities."

you can't simply say that the rich have the advantage. a lot of my friends who go to UC's receive a lot of financial aid. sometimes more than they need (which is unfair).

i don't know. theres a lot to say about this subject, and i'm just rambling as i think of things to say.


anyways, there is seriously no substitute for hard work. if you work hard and you keep your eye on the prize, you will be able to accomplish what you want. of course, there are sometimes surprises in life that may not allow you to keep going on your planned course, but hard work is all that matters. a lazy ass rich kid may and probably will do pretty well in life, but to what extent? you know your personal limits, and you need to exploit them and work hard.
Posted 12/12/07
all i have to say is that college is really isnt that important at all. i mean we all go to college study hard and shit but more that half the people i know end up making money in life doing something other than what they went to college for. and ya i does seem to be like a endless cycle, someone with some influence gets off better than u even if u busted ur ass all of ur high school days and summer vacations trying to succeed. at a point it feels like whats the point. all i have to say is if ur smart and hard working u dont need a college or a degree to tell u that ur ready to make money in this world, all u need is some confidence determination and hard work.
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Posted 12/12/07
Not a cricle but spiral...
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Posted 12/12/07
4 more years left....how sad
Posted 1/3/08
This is what I've learn. If you want to open more doors of opportunity, get your degree even if it might not get you into the field that you wanted. A degree helps to get those high paying jobs. And man do I hate working these shitty jobs that pay no more than end's meat. So get a degree, even a liberal degree, so you could at least land a reasonable well paying job. Just suck it up and try to earn your degree. You could use your bachelor degree to work in different country. That's the best part about it I think. In the real world, things are different. It is about connections, how sly you are, experience and qualifications. The adult world is not so wonderful.

Also, there are times when you should appear less qualified also. This is something that's troubling to so professionals. Not landing a job that you are fully qualified for because you are over-qualify. Sigh.

Also, it helps to have industry certifications. For example, in the IT/IS fields, an A+ certification is the base line certification. In the end, it's all about hard work. So you better work hard so that you won't have to work hard later. Don't forget good ethics. It goes a long way even if it's a small return at first.

You guys don't feel to bad about it. Just try to get a degree if you can. Also, it helps if you have a defined goal to aim for.
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Posted 1/5/08
I think they look at grades and scores like that but if two people are equal they probably accept the one who has a rich family
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28 / F / from east africa-...
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Posted 1/5/08
what i'm taking an AP class right now, please don't tell me it's a waist of time.
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Posted 1/6/08
I'm going to COllege in 2008..
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27 / M / Philippines
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Posted 2/14/08
getting into college is easy... i got 90+ score in Sci,Math and Eng...in the Entrance exams.. my only problem is staying their.. college costs so much that i had to work to help my parents pay for the tuitions fee's.
Posted 5/11/08
It depends what college you apply for. The only reason I got into my college is because it has different branches and they (the branches) are open enrollment. I never took my sat's or any other tests like that, and I got accepted in a week. The good news is that I'll be transferring to the main campus this fall and all I have to do is sign up for classes.
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Posted 7/1/11
Don't discourage me, I'm going to college in the fall
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Posted 7/1/11
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a corrupt system. Most colleges/universities have the right to pick and choose who the want to admit into their schools... for the most part... there are some things that they aren't allowed to discriminate against. I briefly worked for my college's admissions office to help "recruit" potential students when I still in school, so I have some understanding of the way colleges determine admission. As I understand it, admission is based on a person's potential more so than on their achievements. Admittedly, potential is a very subjective attribute, and a common method of measuring potential is by looking at past achievements, creating a perception that achievement is all that matters. HOWEVER, potential is measured in a variety of ways including things such as your essay, your parents educational background, recommendations from teachers, coaches, community leaders, etc. and yes, even how much money your family makes. So a school that picks someone from a more affluent family than another from a less affluent family may seem messed up, but that's just the way the it works.

Also, don't discount your efforts in taking AP classes, getting a good GPA, doing extra curricular activities, etc. All the hard work and effort will mean something in the long run.

Oh, and the school I graduated from usually ranks in the top 10 schools in the US. I'm not going to say what school due to privacy issues and such.
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Posted 7/2/11
This is kind of a loaded question, you are going to get a wide range of answers. Just apply to a verity of colleges. The top colleges and community colleges. It's really hard to not get accepted to a community college. Just do some research into 2 and 4 year schools.

Also if you are referring to the United States try not to say "In America" when just talking about the United States. It's offensive to other counties in the Americas, both north and south.


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