Well I live in DE, so I will probably end up going to University of Delaware, which is a great school. Part of me just wants to get away from everyone around here and go surf all day, hehe. I didn't really look into Jersey schools as thoroughly as I wanted, but I ended up applying to East Carolina as one of my backups, so that's good surf area. I really don't mind getting up early and making the 1-2 hour drive to Henlopen, Tower, or OC though so hopefully I'll get into University of Delaware. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Thread: More college talk..help
Where and what do you teach?
Dec 20, 2008, 04:17 AM #34
What program are you looking for? That'll help us narrow a good school near the beach
This is one thread That i surely do not and did not want to get off topic, hence the reason I began my first post as sorry to get off topic.
That being said, It is your life, feel free to live it as you please, I know I do and say as i please. But you do, we all do,.. have to lay in the bed we make for ourselves. For some of you to run with what I said, and twist it in your own minds, that is you. And I am not saying that I have not done the same myself over times past. But please understand, it was in fact a post made with the most sincere of intentions.
College, cost big bucks, if you want to speak your mind that is fine, I see nothing wrong with it, in fact it is what we would all hope,...in a perfect world and a country that claims to cherish free speech, we would be able to do,..without fear of our positions on any topic or issue being held against us. But you do not need to look to far to see that anything you say or do, will be held against you. The Smart Move would be to hold many of your strongly held beliefs to your chest,...that was my main point<<<<<. Once again, do your work, do it on time and try your best to never give any professor reason to poop on you. It was simple enough. If you want to argue the point please PM your anger and misunderstanding.
This shold be a positive thread, and I do take some responsibility for it moving in other directions, for that I am sorry. Other then that, go fish...if you do not know, then by all means find out by yourself. There were plenty of times when I heard the voices of those who were older, and more experienced in all types of matters, echo in my head when I made the same mistakes that I had been warned of. But that is life, learn as you go. Just remember that some lessons can cost a boat load of money.......you figure it out.
As always, best of luck to all those seeking higher education, and I to would agree thatit is best to get it done and over with, you will always have time to slip ina surf here and there. But once it is done and your making your money, you can break away from places such as these, and go on to bigger and better things.
Dec 20, 2008, 06:34 AM #37
Dec 20, 2008, 06:37 AM #38
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To say that one should keep their beliefs to their chest gives a wrong impression. I've had one class so far where I felt like my political beliefs would hinder my grade, so when asked to write on political views, I simply steered away from my more conservative leanings and tried to write about either non-right/left views or some moderate ideas... I would advise nobody to lie about their political beliefs.
College is about learning, both in and out of class. A grade point average is just a number, which has little to do with actual knowledge. Just as an example, last year I took a macroeconomics class. Using information I learned, I was able to pretty accurately forecast what was going to happen with our economy every step of the way. I made several good stock decisions (though one REALLY bad one just killed my little portfolio). Hell, I even called what would happen with the Big Three! Yet I got a C+ in the class because I couldn't figure out how to answer the questions on the midterms and final exactly how my professor wanted. Does that C+ matter? I don't think so. I learned a hell of a lot more than most of my peers did, even ones who got As.
Especially in classes where opinions are required, I have found that professors may penalize students for having opposing beliefs, but the reason they do is not because they have opposing beliefs; rather it is because the students do a terrible job of describing and defending their points of view. So far, I've had three professors say explicitly to me, "I know we often disagree, but you never back down from your ideas unless you realize they are wrong. You always do a good job to explain yourself." Professors enjoy when students provide a good basis for disagreement; they do NOT enjoy when students simply say, "I disagree" or "You're wrong."
Maybe my conception of most professors is wrong since I've got limited experience, but I feel like I go to an extremely liberal school, and I have had five political science courses so far in my tenure, all of which required opinions and defending them, and all of my professors (and TAs) have respected my opinions as long as they are well founded. Just sayin'.
BTW, to the original point, good luck getting into UDel. If you're looking for a backup... it depends on what you want to do... if you're looking to go into engineering, apply to Drexel in Philly... it's a freakin' awesome school for engineering, and you'll do a co-op for a semester or a year, which will basically guarantee you a good job when you graduate. Plus it's right next to 30th Street Station, which will get you to Atlantic City in an hour and a half. UNCW in NC is also a decent school and close to surf. mm, some NYC schools might also be a good idea. Fordham is an option if you have over a 3.0 and, I'd say, 1100 SATs (out of 1600... no clue about 2400). Going to school in NYC = subways to Penn Station which = trains down the North Jersey shore points. And then places like Rutgers, Monmouth, or schools like that are reasonably close to water.