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Re: School

Postby ptozzi » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:14 pm

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics is the worst class ever. It's probably just the professor. Curveballs thrown on every exam and he's a harsh grader too. Really wish I could have got into the section with the professor who wrote the textbook.
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Re: School

Postby aliencomingin » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:03 am

Last exam for the year tomorrow yay! now I just need to write a personal statement on why I want to transfer courses. In other news I quit my shitty job, looking for a less shitty job now yay!
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Re: School

Postby Stolsdos » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:49 pm

Wow! College got a lot easier when I decided to go to sleep at a normal time. (Previously going to bed at 4:30am wake up at 6:30am)
I got a 63 on my first calc exam to a 95 on this one.
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Re: School

Postby popcorn » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:25 am

Columbia ED application is out.

Now commences the 45-day gray zone where I have no idea whether or not my dreams are coming true. Getting chick-fil-a for all my revisers and recommendations tomorrow morning. You guys should also know that I was asked for a list of print and web sources I read frequently, so I listed care-tags.org, a 'fledgling international fashion, design, and culture discussion board.' I provided monkey's 'Antwerp Six' thread as 'exemplary content'.

Also, I should've began earlier. Like, a year earlier. My junior friend who helped me with my revisions (she's #2 in her class to a math prodigy and is looking at Penn predominantly) has already read a book on writing quality college apps. I thought this was peculiar until I asked my friend Rakib, who had apparently done the same, and my friend Krishna, who only got 10 pages into his. I'm truly overdressed and under-prepared.

@mc-lunar apparently they'll either offer me an alumni interview or they won't, depending on if they have one in the area. My brother got an interview, though, so I'm hoping for the same. I can use it. :*)
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Re: School

Postby thephfactor » Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:19 am

Things are going okay. Think imma cop a English minor. I think it's kinda fucked up that I'm more excited about maybe doing an English minor than I've ever been about my majors.
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Re: School

Postby mc-lunar » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:08 pm

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Re: School

Postby bird.in.flight » Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:02 pm

HEY EXAMINERS
YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE GREAT?
GIVING US THE DATA SHEET WE NEED TO DO 80% OF THE EXAM AT THE START
RATHER THAN 1 HOUR AND 40 MINUTES INTO THE EXAM
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Re: School

Postby Noah » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:30 pm

In HS right now, grades suck. I'm working on making them better and they are in fact going up but slowly. I hope I can get them to an acceptable level by the end of this year.
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Re: School

Postby bird.in.flight » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:29 am

bird.in.flight wrote:HEY EXAMINERS
YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE GREAT?
GIVING US THE DATA SHEET WE NEED TO DO 80% OF THE EXAM AT THE START
RATHER THAN 1 HOUR AND 40 MINUTES INTO THE EXAM


woohoo, we're getting a retest
i mean, this now means i have 4 exams in as many days, but considering how badly i did yesterday i'm more than happy to be able to resit the exam

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Re: School

Postby thephfactor » Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:32 pm

thephfactor wrote:Think imma cop a English minor. I think it's kinda fucked up that I'm more excited about maybe doing an English minor than I've ever been about my majors.

Uhh, this train of thought is reaching its inevitable station, and i am this close to actually just switching completely to English. The only thing I am both good at and love doing is reading and writing, studying English will help me do that for the rest of my life, I don't know why I haven't put this together before. I just have no heart for anything in IT. My current major, which was going to allow me to be more flexible and choose classes from other colleges, is still gonna require me to take a bunch of IT classes, and it's all with this entrepreneurial focus that I not only don't like but can't see how it will help me achieve my goals in life.

I've never really wanted to be a software developer or a CS professor, or an "IT Innovator". I have wanted to be a writer since I learned how to write, and an English professor ever since I first took a class from an English professor.

The downside to switching would be more time. The major doesn't require that many credits, but I would still be putting myself at least a year and a half, probably more, behind my classmates, my friends. Plus I just want to get out of undergrad so bad. At this point, I think I realize that this is what I should've done a long time ago. Haven't quite yet decided that it'd be best for me to do now.
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Re: School

Postby teck » Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:14 am

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Re: School

Postby ramseames » Wed Nov 11, 2015 3:09 am

having a philosophy degree =/= working as a philosopher though

and philosophy professors aren't "practicing philosophers" (whatever that means in 2015 lol), they're just teachers who are paid teaching wages

Marco Rubio is an idiot but this isn't so cut and dry
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Re: School

Postby INNIT » Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:14 am

ramseames wrote:and philosophy professors aren't "practicing philosophers" (whatever that means in 2015 lol), they're just teachers who are paid teaching wages


i mean that's kind of not true in the sense that many liberal arts profs are actively trying to get published/are doing research in their respective fields

like teaching is a component but as many of my flaxy theory profs would tell you it's just the shitty thing on the side that they have to do while the majority of there focus is actually being directed towards their deconstructionist reading of twilight
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Re: School

Postby teck » Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:23 pm

having a philosophy degree =/= working as a philosopher though


yea true im just surprised because you always hear "well what are you going to do with that art/history/english/philosophy/vegan dancing degree". in america there's this whole movement back to "practical" work/studies, but the stats show college is still a good investment (caveat i agree there's a lot of debt out there tho).
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Re: School

Postby ramseames » Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:13 pm

College is generally a good investment, 100% would never argue otherwise.

Not all degrees are equal though:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicd ... ofthenerds

To talk specifically about philosophy professors; they probably have 3 degrees, didn't start working until nearly 30, and live in high cost of living areas (welders in these areas likely earn a lot more than the nationwide average correspondingly).

And then that only looks at the people with philosophy degrees who were able to find work in their field (which is presumably not a high percentage).
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Re: School

Postby thephfactor » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:57 pm

thephfactor wrote:
thephfactor wrote:Think imma cop a English minor. I think it's kinda fucked up that I'm more excited about maybe doing an English minor than I've ever been about my majors.

Uhh, this train of thought is reaching its inevitable station, and i am this close to actually just switching completely to English.
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The downside to switching would be more time. The major doesn't require that many credits, but I would still be putting myself at least a year and a half, probably more, behind my classmates, my friends.

Well uh I talked to a guy from the English department and it actually looks like if I put the work in, I can still get out by next December, which was best-case scenario anyway with my current degree program. So I'm pretty much decided to switch. (smiling)

teck wrote:
having a philosophy degree =/= working as a philosopher though

yea true im just surprised because you always hear "well what are you going to do with that art/history/english/philosophy/vegan dancing degree". in america there's this whole movement back to "practical" work/studies, but the stats show college is still a good investment (caveat i agree there's a lot of debt out there though).


You dont go far enough, teck. In America there's this bullshit movement that education only has value in relation to how much money you can make afterwards, or even impact on hireability. The system is basically conceived as a machine churning out specialized labor. And this is even starting at the high school, elementary school level. "We need to make sure they can compete in the workplace" is the number 1 priority. "We're falling behind South Korea!". That's why the whole question is framed around how much money you can make as a welder vs a philosopher. Rubio's overlords don't want more philosophers, welders are more useful to them.
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Re: School

Postby Ques » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:30 am

say there's a really incredible scholarship that perfectly aligns with my career path, but one of the goals of the scholarship is to get more women and underrepresented minorities into a profession dominated by white men. being a white man, should i refrain from applying or should i apply anyway?
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Re: School

Postby Cowboy » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:11 am

Cowboy wrote:I JUST WON A DEBATE TOURNAMENT WHOO

I've been working for this moment for over a year!!!!! I trounced the finals it was a total smash down I am bouncing with joy and I can now trust myself more as a debater because I'm not bad!!!!!
I'm so happy that feels post was about my last debate tourney going bad but who cares anymore!

Monumental!!!!!!

E: I realize how immature this post sounds so if it annoys you

Fuck you lol


I won another debate tournament I'm very proud I feel just about the same as I did before.

I had to beat a girl that lost the opportunity to go to a big tournament. No one urged me to concede, and she said she wouldn't in my situation, so I went and debated, albeit purposefully not that well. She lost though, I'm not a fan of concession, and she was crying a lot and people were mad at me and I had to leave the tournament and find a corner of the campus like a 1/2 mile out to think. I don't know man. It's bittersweet, but sweet.
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Re: School

Postby lyysander » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:40 am

teck wrote:
having a philosophy degree =/= working as a philosopher though


yea true im just surprised because you always hear "well what are you going to do with that art/history/english/philosophy/vegan dancing degree". in america there's this whole movement back to "practical" work/studies, but the stats show college is still a good investment (caveat i agree there's a lot of debt out there though).


I was a philosophy/theology major and now I teach first grade. Couldn't be happier. My major taught me a lot of really important writing and critical thinking skills, but most importantly it taught me that I care a lot more about my effect on the world than I do about how much money I make.

And I still like to consider myself a philosopher even if that's not what I get paid to do.
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Re: School

Postby sparkyoriental » Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:37 pm

Does anyone here have an MBA?

I've been thinking about doing a part time/reputable online one so I can continue working while studying. I'm in Corporate IT now, but I'd like to switch to pure business further along in my career. At this point, I don't feel prepared qualifications wise or experience wise to make the jump, and I was thinking an MBA would help.

I've heard mixed opinions on the part-time MBA/online MBA track, especially doubts about its ROI.
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Re: School

Postby zigfip » Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:09 am

I'm a biochem major, and all my science classes are going fine (O-chem is tearing me a new one, but I guess that's to be expected). My school requiress me to take a number of humanities courses, though, and I'm having a really hard time participating in class discussions, thinking up things to say, etc. It sounds corny but one of the reasons I made this account is so I can get better at joining discussions and stuff like that... so thanks for (potentially) helping me raise my discussion grades. :woop:
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Re: School

Postby Ques » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:30 am

currently a foreign languages and literatures major, but thinking of switching to east asian studies. because of stupid bureaucracy (just kidding i love bureaucracy) the choice really comes down to which classes i'm taking my senior year (next year):

taking 12 credits of french, and some upper level chinese language courses w/ optional thesis

or

taking 20 credits of chinese history, sociology, and art courses AND writing a mandatory thesis

so the real issue is whether or not i want to continue with french, or focus fully on learning more about china/east asia. i realize that that's a personal question, but i was also wondering if any c-t peeps had any insights/life-knowledge-that-comes-from-being-older-and-wiser that they'd like to share with me.
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Re: School

Postby Vaeltaja » Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:59 am

Class I'm planning on retaking bumped me from the 9:30/9 section to a new section that's 8:30/8. Hating everything. Hopefully I can get back into the 9:30 section but it's annoying that I don't have a really nice schedule for my final semester because of a series of fuck ups throughout college.
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Re: School

Postby popcorn » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:05 am

Increasingly coming to terms with the idea of going to a state school (see: Clemson University), spending time with people at or below my acumen, joining clubs, and maybe focusing a little more on enjoying life? Today I turned in the papers for Palmetto Fellows, the scholarship that will give me $10,000 to go to school here in South Carolina because I waddled ass-backwards into top-tier SATs and a decent weighted GPA.

Columbia decision comes in 8, 9 days? Not 100% sure my heart can take that moment. I think ambivalent is the word, but I'm a lot more confused than that word confers.

Relevant quote:
So if I see a penny on the ground,
I leave it alone or fucking flip it.
I'm a straight white male in America.
I've got all the luck I need.
I've got a pile of broken mirrors and I'm walking under ladders
and I'll spill a ton of salt because to me that doesn't matter.
Cus my skin and my gender and my orientation
are the best things to have when you live in this nation.
I recommend it highly.
So if I see a penny on the ground,
I leave it alone or fucking flip it.
I'm a straight white male in America.
I've got all the luck I need.
Shit's gonna work out for me.
I'm a straight white male in America.
I've got all the luck I need.
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Re: School

Postby Ques » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:14 am

i don't think it's fair to make blanket statements about the "acumen" of students at schools simply because of the perceived rank or prestige of the institution. you're going to find incredibly talented students wherever you look, and you'll still find duds at ivies who only got there because of their privilege -- see one of our recent presidents.
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Re: School

Postby popcorn » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:57 am

Ques wrote:i don't think it's fair to make blanket statements about the "acumen" of students at schools simply because of the perceived rank or prestige of the institution. you're going to find incredibly talented students wherever you look, and you'll still find duds at ivies who only got there because of their privilege -- see one of our recent presidents.


I agree, I meant it more to say not being the dud in the room as I feel I would be at a reach school.
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Re: School

Postby adiabatic » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:34 am

ryan_firecrotch wrote:Increasingly coming to terms with the idea of going to a state school


State schools tend to be heterogenous brain-wise, so it should be just a matter of finding the intellectually stimulating people.
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Re: School

Postby JewTurk » Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:50 pm

I definitely ascribe to the whole "if you're the smartest person in the room you're in the wrong room". I'm finishing my first semester at my state school and I can definitely attest to what @Ques is saying. You just need to find the more academically inclined.

Your education is what you make of it.

I know for me the best decision I made was joining my school's Putnam exam team. There are only 5 of us taking the test but we're all incredibly passionate about it and it exposed me to some of the more academically inclined people at my university and that has helped an exceptional amount.
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Re: School

Postby gustavobradley » Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:42 pm

Anyone else write the LSAT today? How did it go?
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Re: School

Postby Naka_ » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:24 pm

I've been accepted into a competitive Fashion Design course in my city and I'm so fucking excited to go back to uni! Being accepted after applying and failing last year is a gratifying experience.
If you're interested, have a peep at some work I submitted for my folio, it's not perfect but I was pretty pleased with it.

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