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biscuitnote wrote:
I envy you your going to have a good job when you get out.


Tbh I already love this internship I already got going on and I'll be graduated this semester hopefully. If all goes according to plan I'll have a nice job with them on my way out. It's a nice career field certainly, I'm lucky I like this sort of shit. I'm that weird type of person that gets really excited when the ASM code works and a light flashes on a board.

Right now I'm cruising the forum and fixing bugs on an Aerospace System. It's a nice job, really. I just had a revelation just a few minutes ago and figured out a blasted bug with the data acquisition back end.

These sorts of fields take a lot of work. It's usually all outside of lecture though. They can tell you all about the concepts, but that shit won't make a damn penny's worth of sense to me until I am at home applying it while deciphering the concepts. Takes a lot of hours outside of class to learn that way.



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crazykaran94 wrote:

Seriously now. I think I made the mistake of going to a college that has too many students. Any of the class that a typical freshman would have to take is filled to the brim. For instance my general chemistry class boasts about 300 students, whereas my history or politics class may have about a 150. I'm not saying that college classes are supposed to be small but sometimes it can just be overkill.

Anytime one of my classes is approaching the end we get a slow buildup of students packing up their stuff before the professor has even ended the class. There are also times when I had classes that were so packed that you would have to get their 20 minutes before the actual class so that you can rush into the classroom and get a seat up front, otherwise you have to sit in the back and deal with people messing around on their phones and laptops, trying to make sense of what the professor is even saying.

Sorry that this post just turned into a rant. But I was just curious as to how other colleges are set up and whether or not there are other students that may have the same experience.


I don't think you made a mistake by going to a large university. There are a lot of advantages to going to a school where general ed class sizes tend to outnumber high school graduation ceremonies. Here are some things that I think make going to a big school worthwhile

A.) Flexibility.

Big schools offer general ed courses every semester, and as you move on to more advanced courses that are part of a "core" for your major's requirement, the larger the school the more often those courses can be taught. So suppose you need a course like Organic Chemistry, if it's an advanced course that is required as part of your chemistry major, a course like that might be taught once each semester. Smaller universities may only offer that course once a year, and sometimes once every two years.

Let's say perhaps you did not adequately prepare for Organic Chemistry because of life issues or whatever, since you are at a big university, it's not a huge deal, you can withdraw and try again the next semester. If you were at a small school, you might have been screwed out of two years.

B.) Changing Majors is easy

This relates back to big schools being flexible. Suppose you started your first two years of school wanting to major in chemistry. If for instance you lose interest in chemistry, or the core courses are too difficult, you can switch to another major without losing a lot of valuable time in the process, because the core courses for other popular majors are being taught every semester.

C.) Campus life

Big schools mean lots of people, and because almost everyone on campus is a student, that means you all share similar goals and aspirations, making it easier to meet up. I probably only knew four people in high school. In college my list tripled.

D.) Lots of bonus lectures for specialized topics.

Every now and then there might be a lecture for a topic that has some relationship to the major that you are studying. Maybe one day there is a lecture on Meiji era Japan being given in the History Department, or another day there is a lecture on Conditional Probability in the Math Department. These lectures aren't mandatory, but they are always there to attend if you want to experience something as it relates to your major. Sometimes they have free food and drinks after the lecture. Always a plus.

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PrinceJudar wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:
I envy you your going to have a good job when you get out.


Tbh I already love this internship I already got going on and I'll be graduated this semester hopefully. If all goes according to plan I'll have a nice job with them on my way out. It's a nice career field certainly, I'm lucky I like this sort of shit. I'm that weird type of person that gets really excited when the ASM code works and a light flashes on a board.

Right now I'm cruising the forum and fixing bugs on an Aerospace System. It's a nice job, really. I just had a revelation just a few minutes ago and figured out a blasted bug with the data acquisition back end.

These sorts of fields take a lot of work. It's usually all outside of lecture though. They can tell you all about the concepts, but that shit won't make a damn penny's worth of sense to me until I am at home applying it while deciphering the concepts. Takes a lot of hours outside of class to learn that way.





If I'm lucky il end up teaching English overseas you will probably be making six figures fairly soon.
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Right now I'm a graduate student, and the classes are quite small. As and undergraduate most of my classes were larger, but they were packed classrooms. I've never had one of those big lecture halls like you typically see in movies.
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Some of my freshman classes were large, but by the time I was a senior most of my classes were very small.

One of my senior classes only had one student other than me.
It was a once-per-year course required for both of us to graduate with our planned degree.
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