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  1. 1. WHAR

    • Brandeis
      1
    • Occidental
      1
    • Ohio State
      5
    • Reeeeeeeed
      4
    • Grinnell
      0


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Heyyyy here are a bunch of places I might go to college! I am so lucky to be able to go to these terrific places (well it's probably a given i can get into OSU haha). <3 But still, they all have pros and cons and I am feeling college-y today so I'm asking this question about a year early. Please vote based on opinions of me, personal preferences, and the comments that follow! THANKS!!! :D

Brandeis - I visited and really liked it. It seems like I'll stay the same if I go there and get a bit cooler maybe just from college. like 40% Jewish (i will learn about middle eastern affairz) and everyone seems a bit Massachusetts-cynical and academic and stressed but in a good, productive way. Visiting the campus made me want to quit Neopets. It was founded on SOCIAL JUSTICE!! and there are a lot of student action groups that i would join. It's like 15 minutes from my house too which is good cause I can help out my sister with parents and stuff. I have called it my "dream school"! But it's very cold in MA and I think I have seasonal affective depression. I could get a down parka though! Currently I just have this thirty-dollar fake fur coat. Hmmmmm. Katherine says I can't get in but she's a total bitch hahahaha. Just in case I'll apply ED if I can decide.

Occidental - I want to go here because I got a card in the mail that had palm trees on it. XDD it's in LA and looks pretty good educationwise. I'm loving that geographic diversity, it'll help both in getting in and having a different experience.

Reed - they don't give grades (though they do write them down), and write lots of comments, etc, big kind intellectual atmosphere, looked amazin' when I read about it in this college book, and also HARD TO BS which is good, i don't want no semiotics. Julia is attending as well as (probably??) lindsay? (I WOULD BE IN HER CLASS XDDD oh that would be awkward as fuck no offense, like what if i was too uncool) Similarly, Oregon, and they just look really great and smart. The atmosphere is mad intense though, in an enlightened liberal way. I'm not really into learning for its own sake I prefer laziness. I'd love it if I would fit in here though I just kind of doubt it. But if I did it would be an amazing experience. (I also want political diversity though i am "socialist" (like not socialized business, but restricted, and other aspects socialized), I dunno, they are very open minded.)

Ohio State - YEAH OHAYOO! I love Ohio. OSU is like the greatest state school too - it's in the center of this OHIO farmy place, but the city is vibrant and artistic. (I grew up there) and the campus is somewhat liberal and everyone I've known who's went there has been very cool incl. an internet girl. It's kind of big though. Well I could do the honors program! :D

Grinnell - Liberal arts school in the middle of Iowa! I think I'd love it! Iowa! Farm! Intellectual! I hear everyone is really dorky so the "social life" is really bad but the friends are really good! During finals a bunch of people dressed as Superman run around the library giving out candy!!!

ALSO!!! IF YOU JUST GOT INTO COLLEGE POST WHERE YOU'RE GOING, CONUNDRUMS, ETC! :D Also - where are you going, where would you like to go, etc.

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I'd reccomend that you not go to LA (no offense Gee), because as far as I'm concerned, that place is a hell hole.

Reed seems awesome and was my #1 school for a while (before I really looked into Sarah Lawrence), and in some ways I still prefer Reed to SL, but I made my bed and now I must etc.

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Gee I think you'd own MIT but be very bored with the eight months of winter. (no skirts! mr jones)

LA, I don't know, I mean it has a lot of high quality colleges and I am sure there are libraries. I see what you mean though it would be a giant culture shock from where I am now xD

I've never been west of Minnesota (and that's the westernest besides Indiana), or south of Ohio ever.

(sarah lawrence is not a bad bed)

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didn't get into MIT or Northwestern, but there's always grad school.

Currently, my best option (and where I'll probably end up) is Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. I'm heading down there to visit tomorrow.

Before you say "Who??", http://www.rose-hulman.edu

they've been #1 in the nation for 7 years in the "engineering schools offering a masters as the highest degree" category. That's quite the distinction. More Friday on where I'm going, as that's when I'll know, more than likely...

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congrats mst, quite a distinction & some of the best schools are not well known at all. (anyone heard of deep springs? yeah me neither.)

dorkon I was thinking you would like Brandeis as well when I was there: factual type atmosphere + idealistic people. (i am seeing that a lot of colleges are that way, more and more :D)

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amy, my advice to you when going through your college choices:

1. Apply to more than one (sort of a duh, but give yourself options)

2. Do your homework. Request their brochure, surf their website, find the dirt

(StudentReview is a great way to get an honest view of a school. google it.)

3. Don't let not getting into your #1 destroy you. With the top schools, it can be upwards of 13,000 people applying for 1,000 spots (MIT). Don't be discouraged.

more advice when I think of it.

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hahahaha when I looked at that what I saw first was "Do your homework" and I was like "OH CRAP HOW DOES HE KNOW" (it's murdering my GPA)

looks like sound advice :3

i am already el studentreview whore, i thought middlebury looked ok but after seeing studentsreview it was like ABSOLUTELY NO WAY.

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I'm going to suggest Ohio State, even though the one where people dress up as Superman and throw around candy is tempting.

Definitely not Reed, I can envision employers looking at your resume and saying "So... you went to a college that didn't give out grades... well, sorry, but we're looking for people who went to an ACTUAL SCHOOL. Now, if you'll excuse me, we have another applicant who graduated from Ohio State."

xD;;

Occidental- I don't think your reasons for wanting to go there are well defined enough.

Brandeis - Dunno, I just thought you'd fit better at Ohio than there. =/

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Definitely not Reed, I can envision employers looking at your resume and saying "So... you went to a college that didn't give out grades... well, sorry, but we're looking for people who went to an ACTUAL SCHOOL. Now, if you'll excuse me, we have another applicant who graduated from Ohio State."

Uhh... Reed is considered one of the best (and also one of the hardest) liberal arts colleges in the country.

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what L.A. degrees?? It's not like a gigantic disneyland university or anything ohhhhhic. xD

Well whatever I end up majoring in (classics god forbid?? history?? GEOLOGY?1??) it'll be something I can convert into a high school class, since i want to be a teacher there.

Yeah, Reed does report grades, they have wayy high grad school admissions and they're extremely prestigious.

:\ And I think very highly of philosophy etc. degrees as more or less they teach brain rigor and how to think. As I said one of the things I like in Reed is it is BS-free so you get the amazing counterculture aspects without the idiotic "I LOVE TREE FROG INFESTATION THEY SOUND LIKE NATURE" guy in hawaii. And once you learn how to think anything is easy. My dad has a PhD in chemistry but since there are no jobs, studied the computer industry for a few years after grad school and is now an engineer making 100k+ per year and he did a lot of philosophy stuff. (We'd be really rich if my mom like actually worked and my town's property values weren't so high.)

I think as long as it's like "A COLLEGE" it'll be fine for secondary school teaching. I can say it's a high ranked blah blah blah college any way, unless it's ohio state, which they'll recognize. I dunno though any place that's like "go away, here is a great candidate from STATE SCHOOL" is mad sketchy.

btw OSU = 18,000 people!!! don't mess with Ohio! versus brandeis at 2500 and grinell at like 11.5 (one is from canada)

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:\ And I think very highly of philosophy etc. degrees as more or less they teach brain rigor and how to think.

Yeah, but they won't get you a job. Unless, of course, you take it all the way to the PhD level and become a professor somewhere.

what L.A. degrees?? It's not like a gigantic disneyland university or anything ohhhhhic. xD

I know that, I can just envision it. It's just my opinion, take it or leave it, whatever. :sleep:

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Yeah, but they won't get you a job. Unless, of course, you take it all the way to the PhD level and become a professor somewhere.

I know that, I can just envision it. It's just my opinion, take it or leave it, whatever. :sleep:

double major! Or even minor for that manner, all you need is a teaching certificate and then it's three years and then TENURE! (WOOT)

To the second quote I thought you were talking about like, "LOS ANGELES DEGREES!"

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I am going to start attending the Evergreen State College next year. Mostly because a lot of my friends are going there.

I applied to Reed but they did not let me in, which wasn't surprising because I didn't do their bullshit "WHY ARE YOU AM WANT ATTEND REED" essay. That college seems equal parts cool and dumb. I dunno. They have this whole "Reed Mysticism" thing, where people who go there "Knew they wanted to go there the first time they heard the name!" and shit like that. I don't believe in it, personally, which is probably why they didn't let me in. Whatever. College, for me, is about living, not getting an education (well, at least at first).

Right now my plan is Evergreen for two years --> Travel the world a year --> University of British Columbia for two years.

I haven't actually been accepted to UBC yet, they send their letters out at the end of the month.

But out of those you mentioned, Reed is the only one I know anything about. And shame on you, SD, for caring about employment so much. Learning for the sake of learning is where it's at.

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And shame on you, SD, for caring about employment so much. Learning for the sake of learning is where it's at.

Ha ha, I should have known better than to think about practical things on AE, like making enough money to live decently, and not wasting thousands of dollars at college on something that won't get you employment anywhere.

Hey, all I'm saying is that most people who get film/theater/philosophy degrees, etc. will end up working menial jobs and having a degree that will do them no good. All the money they spent will therefore be a waste. Does that mean they shouldn't do what they like? No, but most artistic pursuits don't require you go to college anyway.

(Oh, and CF... off topic, but your sig is awesome)

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Reed looks amazing.

I still have no idea where to go. I mean, I've got a number of acceptance letters. but I'm still not all to sure what I want to do.

I can head to:

University of Calgary

University of Alberta

University of Brandon

University of Victoria

University of Saskatchewan

Athabasca University

Mount Royal College

University of British Columbia

University of Waterloo

I don't think I'm going to bother with the American schools.

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To clarify a bit, I'm all about the money, but I'm also all about the high standard of average knowledge. Given that most people are pretty intelligent, I think everyone should have the chance to do what they want with their life.

Now, for example, I would never consider being, say, an interior designer. I would hate that. My cousin is trained in just that, and she is excited to get a job in the field. WTF indeed, eh?

The problem is that someone has to do shitty jobs. Like being a janitor or factory laborer or whatever. My solution: Okay, so I don't have one. Moral of the story: I'm getting a useless education. If I don't make money, well then, that's that, but at least I tried. I feel, completely modestly, that I can do worthwhile artistic things, so I see no reason why not to try.

OT: Isn't it? I love my sig so much.

EDIT: That didn't clarify anything. Yay.

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