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Post Reply how is college life like? I am curious as a soon to be freshman
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Do not procrastinate. I did that a lot this semester and now I'm paying the price.
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TheGreatHoneyBun wrote:

Do not procrastinate. I did that a lot this semester and now I'm paying the price.


speaking of procrastination...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU
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I have several pieces of advice.

First, when looking at what degree to get pay attention to job outlook and forecasts. Sure, a history degree would be fun but there is crap employment opportunity and wages in that field. Likewise, engineering is a lot of hard work but will pay dividends. If you don't know what to do, get a degree in business or consider a technical education and certification. It won't be glamorous but will be practical.

Second, read the loan and grant fine print. Understand it. You are signing part of your life away when you take these.

Third, keep up with the classwork. Don't fall behind. Attend class even if all the professor does is show a slideshow of their vacation.

Fourth, stay in touch with professors and reliable classmates.

Fifth, get a good night's sleep before every test. You should already be keeping up with the classwork (see three) so all you need to do is have a clear head to properly recall the information.
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That all depends on you.
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Ravenstein wrote:

I have several pieces of advice.

First, when looking at what degree to get pay attention to job outlook and forecasts. Sure, a history degree would be fun but there is crap employment opportunity and wages in that field. Likewise, engineering is a lot of hard work but will pay dividends. If you don't know what to do, get a degree in business or consider a technical education and certification. It won't be glamorous but will be practical.

Second, read the loan and grant fine print. Understand it. You are signing part of your life away when you take these.

Third, keep up with the classwork. Don't fall behind. Attend class even if all the professor does is show a slideshow of their vacation.

Fourth, stay in touch with professors and reliable classmates.

Fifth, get a good night's sleep before every test. You should already be keeping up with the classwork (see three) so all you need to do is have a clear head to properly recall the information.


As for engineering I don’t know how it works there, but the unemployment for engineering undergraduates around here is REAL high. I got to the teaching carreer because the spectrum on long terms seems to pay off. On the short spam of time it seems a bad decision, but it was very conscious from my part to take the longer path. As for the rest it is good advice for general course in undergraduate process of picking up a diploma. Around here post-graduation and teaching course means a decent job. Not great, but decent. As for economics, in Brazil's context of higher education, the majority of courses are about economy and the unemployment is high because EVERYONE goes for it.

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namealreadytaken wrote:


TheGreatHoneyBun wrote:

Do not procrastinate. I did that a lot this semester and now I'm paying the price.


speaking of procrastination...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arj7oStGLkU
:p


Pretty much
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today I applied to colleges, wish me luck
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Here I am still wondering if I even want to go to college.
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Shudder: asking your parent(s) for advice. What do(es) he / she / they think?

Any idea what you want to do? A good two-year community college might be a viable alternative to being just another student ID number lost in an academic sea of humanity. My neighbor's 2 daughters are going this route rather than opting for MU-Columbia. They're both honor students at their HS now. I knew a guy when I went to MU here (1960's) who went this route who was paying his way. He fared fine. He had no issues transitioning into University coursework from a JC.

Vo-tech? Yeah, not as prestigious as a University decal one can plaster on their rear windshield, I suppose. Journeyman plumbers, electricians, HVAC repairmen pull down decent money. It is labor-intensive versus cerebral but debt accumulated learning a trade won't be as crushing and you can always fall back to it if the white-collar job you seek evaporates.

How about doing your own thing aka entrepreneur versus worker bee?

College debt: your school of choice: what is the hiring success ratio after graduation with a BS, MS? PhD? The job you successfully get had better be worth the debt you will accumulate with interest after attaining school experience and / or early adulthood.

According to trend predictor Gerald Celente (ignore his chicken little hysteria about the sky falling and metals' choice but do pay attention to his commentary re CEO power versus labor) we're in a global recession. Median family income here in the US has declined to 1999 levels. Most of the money generated (95%) since 2008 went to the fabled 1 per cent. Damn little went to stimulate labor participation / middle class standard of living which is presently on par with the 1970's.

Education, unless it has revamped itself recently / drastically since tech, is still following the Industrial Age, work for someone else, follow orders model instead of New Age, robotization, virtual reality model. For all the taxes begged, used to subsidize schools resistant to this change / aka stupidity staying wed to 1950's work ethic model choice the US still can't win / place / show globally. That said, how much of your future earnings do you want use paying off a poor life / ill-prepared university choice?

Many of my business friends did great. The most successful were the ones that broke from the worker bee mold and took a risk / started their own business.

Many posts above gave good advice. I hope they attain their goals via higher education.

Anime that, with some exceptions, that accurately depicts college life off-campus: The Tatami Galaxy. Looking back at my co-existence with a monolithic institution of higher education.....yeah, should be a HS pre-graduation viewing requirement.
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Kira0309 wrote:

Depends.

Grad school sucked. No life. Slave to the school. Will to live slowly slipping away.



I'm constantly wishing I could visit the past version of myself so I could just punch him in the face when he thought that it would be a good idea to go to grad school....I'm so over it.


Ya I took my masters and ran out the door. Couldn't take it anymore. Just not worth it these days. Employers care more about experience than education these days anyways
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What is a good number of colleges to apply to?
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I'll keep it simple.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, make friends, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, do lots of auxilary work that you will never use in your field, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, intoxication, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, girls, and I forgot to mention its alot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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CrunchyR0llSucks wrote:

I'll keep it simple.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, make friends, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, do lots of auxilary work that you will never use in your field, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, intoxication, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, girls, and I forgot to mention its alot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Girls? What's a girl? Basically never saw one in my engineering classes. Sometimes it felt like I went to an all male college or something
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CrunchyR0llSucks wrote:

I'll keep it simple.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, make friends, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, do lots of auxilary work that you will never use in your field, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, intoxication, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, girls, and I forgot to mention its alot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Oo, intoxication! That sounds so COOL when you're a little frustrated kid in high school without an ID!
Just like girls did, back when you still had hormones!

(Anyone out of college, remember how you were so excited to get that first driver's license in high school?
And now that you're a commuter with a job, traffic rushes and a turnpike-transmitter on your windshield, you think, "Big f***in' DEAL!! "?)
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Kira0309 wrote:


amaj12 wrote:


Kira0309 wrote:

Depends.

Grad school sucked. No life. Slave to the school. Will to live slowly slipping away.



I'm constantly wishing I could visit the past version of myself so I could just punch him in the face when he thought that it would be a good idea to go to grad school....I'm so over it.


Ya I took my masters and ran out the door. Couldn't take it anymore. Just not worth it these days. Employers care more about experience than education these days anyways


That's exactly what I'm going to do in June. The stress is unreal, the workload is ridiculous, and the pay is just stupid bad.
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