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Response to College Life Club 2012-01-27 10:27:34 Reply

At 1/27/12 09:49 AM, SomaGuye wrote: I think this is a bad attitude to have. You can have fun at college and still do well in your degree. If you go through college with a no fun allowed attitude you're only going to regret it later on.

Definitely. Don't party to the point where you realise you're going to have to drop out, but don't spend all day every day studying. That's just going to lead to you getting bored part way through the degree.

My main problem is procrastination. I'm apparently at the hardest point in my course right now and I still don't spend enough time working on my coursework and stuff. I've still not failed anything yet, but as those results I just posted show, I came close to it.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-01-27 16:42:44 Reply

At 1/27/12 12:38 PM, Ejit wrote:
Though from what I understand Americans study many subjects unrelated to the field they're majoring in, so maybe it won't be so bad. Maybe it's also naive of me to find it incomprehensible that anyone should enjoy studying business.

I would actually prefer it to getting an art degree or something along those lines. I am not a dull person and I like to joke around and have a good time, but I am also very organized and practical. I am just saying, people go to school and get a degree just to work at McDonalds. Did you know in the USA physchology majors have a 30% unemployment rate?


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Response to College Life Club 2012-01-27 21:39:00 Reply

At 1/27/12 04:42 PM, Cootie wrote: I would actually prefer it to getting an art degree or something along those lines. I am not a dull person and I like to joke around and have a good time, but I am also very organized and practical. I am just saying, people go to school and get a degree just to work at McDonalds. Did you know in the USA physchology majors have a 30% unemployment rate?

You're taking it to extremes here, though. There's plenty of less dry subjects that are very employable. Anything with a high level of maths in it opens loads of doors, for a start.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-01-28 03:46:23 Reply

At 1/27/12 09:39 PM, TheMaster wrote:
You're taking it to extremes here, though. There's plenty of less dry subjects that are very employable. Anything with a high level of maths in it opens loads of doors, for a start.

I know, that is why I am making sure to minor in Finance and take Business Calculus courses.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-01-28 06:17:25 Reply

At 1/27/12 12:53 AM, Cootie wrote: Is this a good degree to go for? I am not going to college to have fun or get an experience, I am wanting a job. Why shell out money for a degree like Communications or Latin?

To be honest this isnt a great attitude. Without a degree, in three years you could easily work your way up the ladder in your industry of choice (provided it's not like, idk, rocket physics), and have the same pay as a grad but 3 years of experience. The reason I went to uni, (or rather, the reason I justify going to uni) is because I got to the same level of the job ladder, with the three best years of my life. No other time in my life comes close to the fun I had at uni. Living with mates, constantly going out, staying in, film nights, pub nights, LAN nights, settlers of catan nights, poker nights. If I'd gone straight into work I would have had a comparatively boring time.

That's what uni's about. It's also like training wheels for real life. I had to sort out real life shit like bills and rent, but there was always masses of help from the student union. I had to properly keep myself organised, but if I didn't the world didn't stop spinning. I had deadlines to meet, but it didn't matter if I had to stay up the night before to meet them.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-01-29 21:17:04 Reply

At 1/28/12 06:17 AM, BananaBreadMuffin wrote:
At 1/27/12 12:53 AM, Cootie wrote:
Living with mates, constantly going out, staying in, film nights, pub nights, LAN nights, settlers of catan nights, poker nights. If I'd gone straight into work I would have had a comparatively boring time.

Hell, I can do all of those things without going to college. I live in the city with the largest university in Alabama. If I do move out, I will still be within five miles from home. I am sure I will meet new friends in college, but I already have a number of good friends that I chill with all the time.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-02-03 09:04:31 Reply

Leo, your uni days sound so much more fun than mine. I guess that's what I get for being a cheap Scotsman who decided to live at home to avoid getting into debt. I don't know which I'd rather have, given the choice. 4 years of fun or coming out a degree debt free.

At 2/3/12 08:26 AM, Ejit wrote: Shit day today too, woken up by fire drill and had to stand in freezing cold in tshirt + boxers for 20 minutes,

Didn't you think to dress before leaving? I can still remember when we had the fire alarm go off at 4am most weeks (we had some jackass who liked to set it off. Eventually he was caught and thrown out the uni) and there'd always be a handful of people standing outside in the freezing cold in nothing more than their boxer shorts. I don't understand that. It takes about 30 seconds to put on some trousers and a jacket. The imaginary fire/smoke isn't going to kill you in that time.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-02-03 10:55:37 Reply

Ohhh... goddamn Canadian History class, why the heck does 2nd year Computer Science course have this annoying piece of shit in it...? (In fact I'm in it right now)

So I stop my drama-code-matic with my ASM/C profs. I talked to 'em privately and agreed to shut up.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-02-10 07:17:59 Reply

At 6 days ago, Computer112 wrote: Ohhh... goddamn Canadian History class, why the heck does 2nd year Computer Science course have this annoying piece of shit in it...?

Yea, I don't understand why you folks have to put up with classes that are unrelated to your degree. I still maintain that university should be to specialise in one specific field, not give you a taste of various subjects because that's what highschool was for.

I can't wait until this weekend is over. hopefully I'll have what most of the class considers to be a really hard piece of coursework over and done with. I have a class test on Thursday which is worth 15% of the module. Another deadline to meet on Friday for my group project and the following week I have another class test, only this on is worth 50% of the module.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - I can't wait for this semester to be over with!


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-11 10:06:47 Reply

Well, this place seems to have descended into darkness. Fear not though, for I am here to bump this glorious club once more!

I have two or three weeks left before I go on exam leave. In this time I still have my group project stuff to finish as well as two other pieces of coursework to start. I can't recall if we've officially been given either of them yet though. I also have a presentation to give on Tuesday which I'm still not looking forward to. Especially considering as it's now Sunday and we haven't gotten anything prepared yet. God damn I had public speaking.

On the bright side, one of my grades from last semester got bumped up from a D to a C. Apparently a huge portion of the class did badly in the exam which has led to them trying to work out why. Because so many people did badly, they gave everyone an additional 6 marks, which in most cases meant people went up a grade.

I'm not looking forward to these exams that I have to sit at the end of April either. I'm expecting two of the three to be really, really hard. I'm still not sure what to expect of the third.

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Foundations 2 - 24th
Formal Specification - 26th April
Professional Development - 3rd May

Typically, it's the two hardest exams first with only a day between them. Fuck!


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-11 20:07:14 Reply

At 1/27/12 10:27 AM, Dean wrote:
At 1/27/12 09:49 AM, SomaGuye wrote: I think this is a bad attitude to have. You can have fun at college and still do well in your degree. If you go through college with a no fun allowed attitude you're only going to regret it later on.
Definitely. Don't party to the point where you realise you're going to have to drop out, but don't spend all day every day studying. That's just going to lead to you getting bored part way through the degree.

My main problem is procrastination. I'm apparently at the hardest point in my course right now and I still don't spend enough time working on my coursework and stuff. I've still not failed anything yet, but as those results I just posted show, I came close to it.

Hey, I'm new to this club, and um I think I have the same problem as you. I'm a freshman, and in High School I didn't really need to do my homework or study, because I felt like the teachers said everything I needed to know (and yeah I paid a lot of attention in class). But now, in school, I feel like the professors tell you almost nothing that you need to know, and now I need to actually work, hard. I didn't do great first semester (B,B,B,D) and I did poorly on two exams earlier this semester. I've accepted that college is going to be harder/far more work than HS, but it's hard to like sit down and do my homework/study until 2 or 3 hours before it's time to put something up. That's not enough time. I just wanted to know how people approach studying, especially people who have had problems with procrastination. I'm sorry if this has already been discussed, I just felt overwhelmed with the task of reading all those past pages.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-11 23:39:24 Reply

At 3 hours ago, Itachi888Uchiha wrote: Hey, I'm new to this club, and um I think I have the same problem as you. I'm a freshman, and in High School I didn't really need to do my homework or study, because I felt like the teachers said everything I needed to know (and yeah I paid a lot of attention in class). But now, in school, I feel like the professors tell you almost nothing that you need to know, and now I need to actually work, hard. I didn't do great first semester (B,B,B,D) and I did poorly on two exams earlier this semester. I've accepted that college is going to be harder/far more work than HS, but it's hard to like sit down and do my homework/study until 2 or 3 hours before it's time to put something up. That's not enough time. I just wanted to know how people approach studying, especially people who have had problems with procrastination. I'm sorry if this has already been discussed, I just felt overwhelmed with the task of reading all those past pages.

I still have this problem. I find at least for me that constant studying isn't possible, but when exams start sneaking up on me and the pressure builds I can bust out some hardcore studying. The main thing to work on is prioritising what you need to know, and working hard on that. If you can make a list of things that are essential, and then learn the essentials, you should be okay. I found the main difference between the jump between high school and uni/college is at uni you aren't expected to know everything. Back in high school getting 100% in a test was easy, in uni? Fuck that it isn't possible. Get all the foundation knowledge down, then you can keep studying if you want to pick up all the extra little bits that'll net you small marks here and there.

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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-12 07:08:22 Reply

At 7 hours ago, SomaGuye wrote: Get all the foundation knowledge down, then you can keep studying if you want to pick up all the extra little bits that'll net you small marks here and there.

This is my general tactic too. When it comes to exams I usually don't start revising until two or three days before, although I reckon I'm going to have to put in more effort this time.

I'm doubt this applies to all subjects, but I feel like if I at least know the basics knowledge I can start to piece together the the more advanced stuff. I sat a test just a few weeks ago on operating systems and I didn't have all that much time to revise because I gave other coursework priority, but I tried to remember the basics. When it came to the test, I got near full marks for some questions because I just took educated guesses based on my knowledge of the basics.

I still didn't do too great in the test though. Over all I think I scored 53% and that test was worth 50% of the overall grade for that module, so I'm currently sitting on just over 25%. I'm going to need to put some effort into the second assessment for that class.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-12 22:13:19 Reply

Thanks guys. This is funny to me, because earlier I was all like, "All A's this semester no excuses!" And it's possible I might do worse this semester lol.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-14 18:28:28 Reply

So I'm almost through with my last week before Spring Break. I'm pretty much one essay, one quiz, and one exam away from it.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-14 21:01:04 Reply

Spoken to all the Uni's I want to go to, and they all accept BTECs so that puts me in a good position. I'm predicted a DDD (320 UCAS) so hopefully I'll get in to Kings College of London some day.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-15 00:05:17 Reply

At 3 hours ago, Dromedary wrote: Spoken to all the Uni's I want to go to, and they all accept BTECs so that puts me in a good position. I'm predicted a DDD (320 UCAS) so hopefully I'll get in to Kings College of London some day.

Oh great that means I have to hate you now.

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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-15 00:45:31 Reply

Just finished with Final Exams today and I can't believe I survived! I'm currently in my first year of Med-School and it is tough. Just looked at my current GPA and am holding steady at a 3.9.. Hoping it'll get back up to a 4.0 that I had in Undergrad school. I'm slowly working my way towards my MD and spend my free time either at the Beaches in SoCal, Hangin with Buds, Smoking Green, and Gaming. Haha, just recently found this site, and the forums are pretty cool!

Oh yeah, any other Med students out there!? Givin you guys a shout out!


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-15 15:28:55 Reply

5 weeks off for Easter, and then 5 exams the first week back. Statistical mechanics, nuclear and thermodynamics should be okay, but quantum mechanics and electromagnetism III will be tricky.

Not even like I'm in the clear after that. As soon as they're done I'm into more revision for another 5 exams a month after those ones. Electrons in solids, investigating the nanoscale, cosmological astronomy, experimental techniques and plasma physics.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-19 12:13:07 Reply

At 3 days ago, TheMaster wrote: 5 weeks off for Easter, and then 5 exams the first week back.

Five weeks is pretty generous. I think we get about three or four, which I do actually plan on making use of this semester. Usually I just treat them as a holiday but I'm going to have to do some serious revision.

I'm also being persuaded to try and look for a job over the summer. Although if I want one I'm going to have to start applying soon. It's obviously going to mean working in Tesco, which is not something I'd like to do but it's pretty much the only option that I can think of.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-20 12:09:08 Reply

At 14 hours ago, Ejit wrote:

a 2000 word essay on molecular something

2000 is nothingg! You can do it


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-23 10:54:12 Reply

At 17 hours ago, Ejit wrote: Until next week when I will be hopelessly stressed again.

This coming week will stress me out quite a lot I imagine. My final week and everything has to be finished plus I have to take part in a demonstration of our group project, which is currently in no state to be demoed as far as I'm aware. It's looking to be a really shitty week.

Spilt a lot of silver nitrate over a postgrad's hands today. Toxic, corrosive and expensive. But mostly embarrassing.

I hope he slapped you with those hands.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-25 11:49:24 Reply

At 3/23/12 02:34 PM, Travis wrote: Got roughly $15,000 a year through scholarship granted by the school itself and that's 3/4 of my total tuition for 4 years payed off.

That ain't bad at all. I always forget how lucky I am being Scottish, seeing as we don't have to pay tuition fees. A lot of people complain about the debt accrued during their time at university, but I'm luckily still on track to come out of these four years completely debt free.

Down to my last week of the semester now. The two pieces of coursework that were due to be handed in on the Friday that just past for a deadline extension to this coming Friday. Typically I ended up doing very little work over the weekend, so I've essentially thrown away the benefit of having longer to work on these things. I really need to try and dedicate these next five days to working.

I reckon I'm also going to follow through on looking for a summer job this year. I notice the local hospital has been advertising for kitchen staff to work just 12 hours on a Saturday, which for me would be ideal. I wouldn't make a great deal of money, but I'd have enough to go out and stuff over the summer. Not sure if I'd enjoy kitchen work though.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-03-26 16:57:00 Reply

At 3/23/12 02:34 PM, Travis wrote: To bad I am rooming which is an added $20,000 a year.

Dude what the fuck. I live in London which is the most expensive place to live in the UK and my accommodation is half that. Like what the balls seriously.

Just finished and submitted my lab report, it's actually on time, what a glorious feeling that is. It only has a 1% similarity as well, and that was one of my references, so my shit is just too legit.

Now all I have to do is some shitty website and my work is done, although not really still gotta catch up on lectures I missed and revise for exams.

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Response to College Life Club 2012-04-05 23:30:01 Reply

I got accepted into an early entrance to college program. Well, as long as I keep a 4.0 in my core subjects for the rest of this semester. The only way I wouldn't is if I failed all my tests and assignments.
Does that mean I get to join this club on August 27? That's when I'll officially be a college student.

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Response to College Life Club 2012-05-01 16:36:38 Reply

So, yeah, I have the rest of this week for class, and then final exams next week. Shouldn't be too bad, I suppose. I'm definitely looking forward to the summer, though.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-05-01 17:32:21 Reply

Exams start in a week, and I've done no work. Absolute nightmare. Where did all of April go?

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Response to College Life Club 2012-05-01 17:37:04 Reply

At 5/1/12 05:32 PM, SomaGuye wrote: Exams start in a week, and I've done no work. Absolute nightmare. Where did all of April go?

To be honest, I don't know. April just flew by, even for me.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-05-03 09:03:12 Reply

At 5/1/12 05:32 PM, SomaGuye wrote: Exams start in a week, and I've done no work. Absolute nightmare. Where did all of April go?

If it's of any comfort to you, my revision started the day before each exam. For one of them, I didn't revise at all. We'll see how this turns out in a few months.

Ejit, you'll be pleased to know that I think the exam went well. I don't know why I'm telling you this here, I just haven't signed into MSN yet. I'll do that now. See you in a minute.


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Response to College Life Club 2012-05-07 19:56:30 Reply

Well, one exam down, four more to go. I'm pretty much ready for all of them, this week is just going too slow for me, that's all.


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