freedom in college
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Posted 2/25/09
what is freedom in full-time college when you are:


1. choose between working part-time jobs which are hard to find and require experience and certifications in a college course and have no time to study or don't work and starve

2. have 5-8-9 subjects a semester with tons of assignments and tests and class from 8am-5pm


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and surrounded by people that still have a high school mentality
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I feel your pain. The only freedom we have is to choose what classes we want. Most of the people in college haven't matured sense high school. So its basically a bunch of older high schoolers, except this time with no parental restrictions and a society that is run by peers of like mind.
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It was the best time of my life... but I live in croatia, so it cant be compared to america and stuff what you are saying. After 18 subjects I had i high - school (per year) college was like field trip. (croatian high schools are very, very demanding and difficult to finish). Because of that high schoolers tend to be much more mature then in US, especially because you need excellent grades + incredible amount of knowledge to enter elite colleges. ( sometimes I think I was smarter at that time, then when I finished college :D)
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only north americans like to boast that college is the best time of your life
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It doesn't sound like you have any freedom in those scenarios. But if you live with your parents while going to college then you won't have to get a job, and if you made some preparations in high-school (AP/IB courses, post-secondary enrollment, etc) then you won't have as many classes to take (I'm assuming, I'm still not sure if those options only shorten the amount of years you need to earn a degree).
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in Canada i went to one of them 2-3 year diploma colleges full-time the programs require you to do 5-9 subjects a semester which means going to class 7-8 hours a day.
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Posted 2/25/09

Cuddlebuns wrote:

It doesn't sound like you have any freedom in those scenarios. But if you live with your parents while going to college then you won't have to get a job, and if you made some preparations in high-school (AP/IB courses, post-secondary enrollment, etc) then you won't have as many classes to take (I'm assuming, I'm still not sure if those options only shorten the amount of years you need to earn a degree).


Not necessarily, I commute to school and live at home with my parents and I still need to get a job to support my tuition costs and vehicle costs. I'm happy though because there is a good chance that by the end of March I will be employed in a pharmacy.

People in America just like saying college is the best time of your life because afterwards you have to reap the massive debt you accumulate in student loans, you have to be responsible for yourself and can't maintain the maturity level of a 15 year old, and you find yourself being subject to the authority of full time bosses and all the bills and taxes that come with adulthood.
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shinto-male wrote:

in Canada i went to one of them 2-3 year diploma colleges full-time the programs require you to do 5-9 subjects a semester which means going to class 7-8 hours a day.


Isn't that the point of those 2-3 year schools? To pack all of the work into a shorter amount of time instead of stretching it out over the years?
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College Is Still The Same As High-School For Me.
Nothings Changed.
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it's just the same...

pressure is actually good... well, if you can dwell with it...

come to think of it, it feels good that after all the hard damn

time and tiring works... it all pays of with a recognition of

having a high educational attainment... hahaiz...

but.. i do feel your pain... that's life...
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More work yet, more independence and more responsibility. Freedom isn't really the point of university, the point is to get the degree and learn to live without your parents.
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