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Ah yes, rushing to do the 2 and 1/4 hours commute to uni because living on campus cost too much. You get there and during the lecture the head of your department reprimands us for not looking up the notes on the intranet before class. Only 25% did. Professors put up notes at 8am sharp on the day of the lecture. I've left my home before 7am and there's no online access via phone or otherwise on the underground and train so it is impossible to comply. When I got there, there's no time to find a free space in the computer lab to check before class.

In other unis fortunate to have 24 hours libraries students virtually end up living there. They had to be there early to claim their space for the day/night because everywhere get taken up.
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its whatever
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Hmm depends on your major and depends on your school.

I went to a somewhat expensive private university, but I got a good job out of school and now I go to graduate school for my master's degree at night time.
The professors are pretty nice and for the most part willing to help students during office hours. Most of the time, they just leave their doors open and you can walk in and pick their brains, they seem to enjoy doing so.

Rule of thumb, I've noticed the more a professor is focused on research the less they tend to give a damn about teaching. This is not always true, but I have dealt with some arrogant tenured professors who are just there to get funding for their projects. I have heard this is a much bigger problem in large research universities though.

As a grad student it is safe to say I don't sleep much

As an undergraduate I didn't have much of a social life to be honest. I was a mechanical engineering major and I think all of us spent all day and night studying in the library and only taking a break to go to the gym or eat something. Oh well, paid off in the end. As an American, I couldn't afford to enjoy my experience all that much, university is too expensive here and I'm not from a wealthy family, so I took as many classes as I could to graduate faster so I could get to paying off my loans asap.

Maybe you can join a club or two to keep busy and meet some friends on campus though. If you have the time it would definitely make it a much more enjoyable experience. Also if time permits and you are in a city enjoy the nightlife, might as well if you can afford to.


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Well, even my professor was talking about drinking a bottle of bleach, when half of his last class was on suicide watch. Sometimes, it's fun; other times, it's not. That's life, I guess.
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Everyone always talks about university being the best years of your life, I tend to disagree. As a graduate I am no longer broke and have more free time than in my undergraduate years
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Network like crazy.

You'd be surprised by when it comes to jobs it's not "what" you know but "who" you know.

I'm not saying don't study, but have fun too. In moderation.
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Network like crazy.

You'd be surprised by when it comes to jobs it's not "what" you know but "who" you know.

I'm not saying don't study, but have fun too. In moderation.

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Good advice.


Definitely not how I found my current job
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zangeif123 wrote:

Network like crazy.

You'd be surprised by when it comes to jobs it's not "what" you know but "who" you know.

I'm not saying don't study, but have fun too. In moderation.

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Good advice.


Definitely not how I found my current job

Yeah. I often say who you know is what gets you the job (or at least makes things a lot easier). But what you know / can do is what makes you keep it.

And makes sure your grades are high enough so that if one day, you want do post-graduate studies (masters degree or phd), the door isn't closed.
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It really depends on you, what you're studying, your course load and the school you attend. But it mostly boils down to just you.

What are you studying? Is this an area where you excel or will you be studying daily just to scrape by? How do you handle distractions (because if you live in a dorm, there will be many)? How do you handle being away from home for long periods of time? How do you handle living with others?

The one thing you'll learn as you enter adulthood is that you're not as weird as you thought you were. Before I went to college, I knew I could be kind of kooky. College taught me that there are a lot of very strange people out there and that I'm a very normal person.

Had a college professor once say "All a degree does is show a prospective employer just how much crap you're willing and able to put up with." Really couldn't have said it better myself.

Best advice I can give you is to not dismiss getting a government job. You might make less than your friends, but job security is worth it's weight in gold.
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Had a college professor once say "All a degree does is show a prospective employer just how much crap you're willing and able to put up with." Really couldn't have said it better myself.



For years I have refrained from posting what I really think of a college education, at least where young people hang out.

I wonder if I should...
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college is fairly uninteresting....all it is is a pit stop right before your life actually starts. And for me, all the supposed "fun' stuff about college passes me by since i am always either studying or working.
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For years I have refrained from posting what I really think of a college education, at least where young people hang out.

I wonder if I should...


I feel honesty is the best policy. No point in telling girls things like they'll one day marry a prince when, even taking into account the large Saudi Royal family, there's only a couple thousand princes among the 7 billion of us.

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I was wondering how is college life like? Do you have any interesting college stories?


If you're staying on campus, it's your first chance to be Independent, like you wanted to be in high school. Don't blow it.

(Some do, by joining frats/sororities, so they can hold on to their high-school years of surrounding themselves with Their Buds forever, and never having to develop individual responsibility or identity--
And then there are those with their own dorm rooms that we see in our college town every September, going to Target to figure out how to buy laundry detergent, spray cleaner and bedsheet sets for the first time...)

I was in a city college, and found myself learning how to buy theater tickets, go through an Amtrak/airport, or actually get a table in a restaurant for no reason except that you wanted to.

And that includes discovering for the first time stuff you WANT to learn, and how to make time to study it.
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What are you studying? Is this an area where you excel or will you be studying daily just to scrape by? How do you handle distractions (because if you live in a dorm, there will be many)? How do you handle being away from home for long periods of time? How do you handle living with others?
Best advice I can give you is to not dismiss getting a government job. You might make less than your friends, but job security is worth it's weight in gold.


I am still undecided on what exactly I want to study in college. However, I am considering studying computer science.
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General test rule: If you think you did well on a test, you bombed it, if you think you bombed a test, then you probably bombed it.
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General test rule: If you think you did well on a test, you bombed it, if you think you bombed a test, then you probably bombed it.


good advice, This also applies in Highschool
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