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Re: College question

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:19 pm
by Timminz
Take the tuition money and send him to live somewhere exceptionally foreign for a few years.

He would probably learn more from that than university would teach him in the same amount of time.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:25 pm
by qwertylpc
I can relate to the laziness, my Chem grade has dropped 22 points from a 99 to a 77. #senioritis

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:20 am
by john9blue
Timminz wrote:Take the tuition money and send him to live somewhere exceptionally foreign for a few years.

He would probably learn more from that than university would teach him in the same amount of time.


or die of malaria

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:24 am
by PLAYER57832
thegreekdog wrote:
jonesthecurl wrote:that was being nice. He's bright, and can get an "A" just about anytime he wants, but usually doesn't bother and ends up with C or less in most subjects most of the time. He inherits a lazy streak from me - though I've learnt over the years to give myself a kick up the bum. He hasn't got the hang of that yet.


If he's bright, then maybe he will eventually want to go to college. New Jersey has Rutgers and some other state schools (most of my cousins went to Trenton State). Pennsylvania has some pretty good state schools as well. It should not be a big deal to get into one of those schools.

Getting into PA colleges is not a big deal as long as you don't mind paying some pretty hefty tuition. I would not suggest that investment unless you were more sure of the return... that is, if he finds a program he likes and is excited about, otherwise you will be largely wasting your money.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:35 am
by ManBungalow
PLAYER57832 wrote:Private schools tend to be pricier, but often offer better scholarships, particularly for kids who are not quite average. Having lived in the UK can easily be one of those "not average" points.

What's that supposed to mean?

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:05 pm
by PLAYER57832
ManBungalow wrote:
PLAYER57832 wrote:Private schools tend to be pricier, but often offer better scholarships, particularly for kids who are not quite average. Having lived in the UK can easily be one of those "not average" points.

What's that supposed to mean?

Having experience in other countries is considered valuable because it provides kids with experiences/perspectives those who have never been outside the US. It is one stated reason why many colleges actively recruit a percentage of foreign students, but having US kids that can provide that is considered beneficial.

Basically, good colleges want to attract kids who can bring all sorts of things "to the table" -- it may be excelling in something (or several something's), or it may mean having unusual upbringing/experiences, it may be having an unusual skill --- (yodelling or bamboo tennis racket construction, whatever). How they judge that varies, but yeah.. having spent time in other countries, particularly more than just a short visit, can be one of those things.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:08 pm
by Ace Rimmer
I have to say, do NOT put "I am an ace rimmer" on your application. It seems to have kept me from the Ivy League :(

For some reason though, University of San Francisco offered me a full scholarship

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:59 pm
by Timminz
john9blue wrote:
Timminz wrote:Take the tuition money and send him to live somewhere exceptionally foreign for a few years.

He would probably learn more from that than university would teach him in the same amount of time.


or die of malaria



I'm a strong proponent of life-long learning.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:05 pm
by jonesthecurl
Ace Rimmer wrote:I have to say, do NOT put "I am an ace rimmer" on your application. It seems to have kept me from the Ivy League :(

For some reason though, University of San Francisco offered me a full scholarship


smoke me a kipper.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:39 pm
by PLAYER57832
jonesthecurl wrote:
Ace Rimmer wrote:I have to say, do NOT put "I am an ace rimmer" on your application. It seems to have kept me from the Ivy League :(

For some reason though, University of San Francisco offered me a full scholarship


smoke me a kipper.

LOL.... there actually is such a University---- US San Francisco, to be exact (or there used to be... maybe I ought to have checked before writing that? :? )

Re: College question

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:00 am
by Ace Rimmer
I looked it up to make sure there was one first. Actually I looked to see where Berkeley was, I didn't think it was in SF but I wasn't positive.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:05 am
by oVo
Oakland is just across the bay from SF.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:25 pm
by PLAYER57832
oVo wrote:Oakland is just across the bay from SF.

UC Berkeley is in [gasp] Berkeley. Its a couple cities over from Oakland. ;)

Re: College question

PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:50 am
by Symmetry
Same advice I give anyone set on higher education- consider options outside the country.

Re: College question

PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:11 am
by CBlake
AndyDufresne wrote:I know some people who went to a Community College for 2 years, and then transferred to a University for the remaining 2 years of undergrad.


--Andy


Me.