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User currently offlineDelta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 4
Posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Hey all,
Just like the topic said, ide like to know what college is like. I know this is a broad statement, but...uh thats just the way it is!hehe. How was your college experience, any tips for a freshmen going to either Purdue, Ohio State, or Virginia Tech? Anything,Anything else? Oh BTW im probably majoring in aeronautical engineering.

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User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

I can tell you right now it is just the best change from 4 years of hell on earth in high school. I think the first massive difference you will notice in college is your newly found freedom! You are there for a reason and you are considered and mature adult and that is just how you are treated. A very warm welcome for sure!

The next big thing I noticed about High school and college (Arizona State University) is that the clique kind of high school crap is gone... people are much more friendly and respectable compared to those High school punks that I am sure all of us know or have known. This makes the college environment much more tolerable if not enjoyable!

Then of course the educational aspect of it all is just as one would expect... it is taken seriously by all. the professor is there to teach the material and does not give a damn about your personal issues. If you dont show up to class its your problem and its up to you to cover what you missed. So you have a nice amount of freedom and choices and a fresh new start after high school! I am sure you will have a blast!

User currently offlineRolex01 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

Try the military.. That is probably a better experience than college.

User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

Actually, I'm finding that my high school life (at a prep school) was more fun than college was. There's this undercurrent of competition at Dartmouth that spoils a lot of the academic experience here. It's not cutthroat - nobody's burning each other's notes - but at the same time people are obsessed with grades instead of learning and applying to things rather than really accomplishing them.

At least at Lawrenceville we concentrated on real learning. We also had better teacher-student interplays since we had Harkness tables instead of lecture halls. Our teachers really taught rather than lectured. We also had sports that weren't all about supporting underachiever jocks but about participating and competition - the House sports that are one of the school's unique institutions.

On an absolute scale, Dartmouth is pretty good. However it does not greatly exceed in relative terms the experience that Lawrenceville provided to me.

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1335 times:

College what can I say about college. Well for one thing count on being broke, period no if ands of buts about it. Second, there is not nearly as much partying at schools that are technical oriented. Third there is less work but its much harder work.

Other than that its best to try to have a good time, your freshman year will probally be a little boring at the start, until you get to know people.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offline764er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Fun first, work second. If you're going to do work all the time, might as well go to school near your home and live there. You'll save $$$. There's plenty of shit you can do in college that you can't do any other time in your life. Take advantage of it.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1329 times:

I can say that college really has been the best part of my life. I've really enjoyed it, but I am also ready to put it behind me.

Freedom is probably about the biggest thing you'll notice. A lot of kids get into trouble with this b/c they were used to the structure that school and their parents put on them. They don't go to class b/c they don't have to. they don't clean their dorm rooms b/c mom did it for them at home etc etc.... Don't be one of those kids.

Your work should come first, IMHO. If you put a little bit of effort into what you do you'd be surprised what kinds of opportunities will come up. Learn how to manage your time and you can keep yourself sane. And find fun things to do as well... not just getting drunk every weekend. But remember it is really up to you how you make your college career.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

"Try the military.. That is probably a better experience than college."

I'm in college right now, and I couldn't agree more with that comment. Mostly any life experience (college, military, work, missionary, etc.) a person takes will yield them a general or good experience. But I REALLY think most kids in college are there because it's the trendy thing to do nowadays, all their friends are doing it, it's easy.

C'mon, you really don't have any big challenges or decisions to make in college.

-Most kids' parents pay for EVERYTHING
-What Abercrombie shirt should I wear to the kegger (that I'm probably gonna puke on)?
-I think I'll choose an easy major because I just want to be here and have fun

The above statements aren't about me, but just some generalizations I've made since I've been in college. Most kids in college have it easy, and if they were faced with a real challenge, like working to pay for their tuition/bills/food, etc. or joining the military, they'd fall flat on their face when looking the real world in the eye.

On a more positive note, college is pretty good, you're around your friends all the time, it's nice to end the week by blowing off steam at a party, and there's a lot of freedom to be had when you're on your own, and for those who decide to make something of it, college is a great way to prepare for life when you're able to apply what you've learned to the real world.

User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

I'm in college now and I it is unequivocally the best time of my life ever.

It will never be summed up in the sentences here and everyone's experience is different of course, but for me the people I've met the things I've done, the knowledge I've gained and the experiences I've garnered have matured me beyond my years. college is absolutely the best and i hope your time is as good as mine is presently

if you have any more speific questions feel free to email me rhs23@cornell.edu. i'd be happy to answer them.


User currently offlineGalilee From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

College, for me, is a little different than most of the others on here. I did not finish my senior year at high school, and already had a family, house, and a very good job when I started college at the age of 24. I had a lot of responsabilities going into college that I could not forgo. For me, grades are the most important thing to me in college. I go to every class, spend the adequate amount of study time and still take care of my other priorities. I feel that I must excell in college because bad grades+GED=maybe not the person we are looking for. I find reaching my goals easier, in that I am already mature, and most importantly, I am determinded. Paying for college is not an issue with me because my employer reimburses my tuition, as long as I pass the class.

A few helpfull hints for you. Never by your books early. Wait untill the first day of class so that you can make sure the professor uses the ones called out. Books are expensive (my employer doesn't reimburse that  Sad ). Make sure that when you schedule classes that you consult a map of the campus. Nothing is worse than scheduling classes five minutes apart but having to hike clear across campus to get there. Last, all prfessors I have had love class participation. Read your material ahead of time, then go to class and ask your professor questions about it during lecture. Really, they love this. It lets them know that you are interested.


User currently offlineBernard Shakey From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 561 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

I am a veteran

I am a college graduate

College was awesome (even as a married student with children)

My military discharge was a highlight of my life.

The military is not better than college.


Mindless drifter on the road, Carries such an easy load
User currently offlineRolex01 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

Well, it has taught me discipline... I have traveled, for free. Its not too bad.  Big grin

You put up with a lot of BS on the outside.

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

Well, the norwegian version of College is work, more work, and a hell of alot of fun.  Smile

Hey, I look forward to joining the Air Force in 2 years time. Big grin


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

go to www.collegehumor.com

User currently offlineDragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

I do have one pointer. When you do decide to go to college, make it a point to go tour the campus before you go. I made the mistake of not doing so and it really sucked. Nothing like moving from Tokyo, one of the largest cities in the world to the middle of nowhere (Crookston, Minnesota). I was going crazy, and one semester in nomands land was more than enough for me.


Formerly known as Jap. Srsly. AUSTRALIA: 2 days!
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