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College advice.
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:02:17 am »
It's been a while, I know, but I'm back.

College applications and stress approaching, I need some pointers from anyone here who's been through this stage already.

My high school career right now is kind of fucked. I was in the American system for my freshman year and half my sophomore before I transferred to the Canadian system. By doing so, I managed to skip a couple of 'mandatory' Canadian courses, and I found myself doing grade 11 math, AP chemistry [first year] and French in grade 10. But that only calibrates me back to the American standard.
One year later, I was transferred again to a Canadian school in CHINA. So I lost my French classes [only around three years worth], and it's replaced with Chinese Second Language, which I'm not having fun with. Depression hit last year, and it fucked over my math and chem 12 marks - Canadian B and C, respectively, 83 and 73%. So my math and sciences aren't too polished, but maybe I can get away with the fact that I did take them a year earlier than normal students. I also took the SAT's, ended up with ~1910, 660 reading, 650 math, 600 writing [very ironic. Also, the essay was 10/12]. I don't plan on re-taking them; it's sort of a...personal issue.

I tried to follow what my parents told me, the path for money, and I said I wanted to be an electrical engineer. My math is good, but not amazing, and my science isn't going to make any miracles. The only thing that's stuck with me is writing. English [and social studies] have always been my best classes, though I ignored this for most of my life.

So now, I'm looking at probably a B.A. in English, and maybe a double major or minor, because deep down, I always have the fear that my English degree isn't going to get me a job and I'll go broke. I also have many more interests aside from English; I'm currently taking AP Physics B, and even though I have a genuine interest in physics, I'm not sure if I'm willing to pursue a physics degree.
I'm also interested in web design, and advertisement - do something with my abandoned art skills and words. Adamsna/Nathan suggested I take a minor in computer science, and do freelance work with the web designing. Another programming friend of mine told me that the only point of learning HTML is for money. I guess this plan is like a safety net; I try to become an author, and if that fails, I still have a way to pay my debts.

So there's English, Creative Writing, advertising/technical writing[?], and computer sciences. I'm going to have to ask my academic advisers for further information, but I hope some of you guys will stop by and offer whatever two cents you're willing to throw at me.

I'm looking at schools like Cornell and Dartmouth - prestigious, I know, but I'm looking more for the wide variety and flexibility of course options. I'm also afraid that smaller schools will have uncaring professors or apathetic student bodies, oh and fraternities. I know Cornell has frats, but...

Shit, my school's going to turn off electricity and internet signal in two minutes. I'll just squeeze this in.
Thanks in advance. If my English sounds like shit, that's because staying in China for two years has really fucked up my vernacular.

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Re: College advice.
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2011, 06:38:03 pm »
I advise going to a local tech school before entering any university. Take your basic classes there first, then your major at the university. I can assure you that it will reward you with huge savings later down the road. It also gives you more time to sort out any questions about what you want to do in the future.
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Re: College advice.
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 12:55:37 am »
If you're still in BC... I suggest you go to SFU?
There are so many opportunities there.
You might want to try out computer engineering, something along normal engineering (Physics, right?), or even simply get Masters or Ph.D in English if you're really serious about your dream. Never let your fear of not being able to make it to hold you back. You clearly have writing skills (as seen from your previous work), so why not pursue English?

I advise going to a local tech school before entering any university. Take your basic classes there first, then your major at the university. I can assure you that it will reward you with huge savings later down the road. It also gives you more time to sort out any questions about what you want to do in the future.

I don't recommend that. From what I remember in the situation from his parents, he isn't really too worried about the money. Local tech schools or colleges don't have the surrounding intake or the quality of teaching a University would have. The experience would be a lot different as well.
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Re: College advice.
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 08:00:22 pm »
If you're still in BC... I suggest you go to SFU?
There are so many opportunities there.
You might want to try out computer engineering, something along normal engineering (Physics, right?), or even simply get Masters or Ph.D in English if you're really serious about your dream. Never let your fear of not being able to make it to hold you back. You clearly have writing skills (as seen from your previous work), so why not pursue English?

I advise going to a local tech school before entering any university. Take your basic classes there first, then your major at the university. I can assure you that it will reward you with huge savings later down the road. It also gives you more time to sort out any questions about what you want to do in the future.

I don't recommend that. From what I remember in the situation from his parents, he isn't really too worried about the money. Local tech schools or colleges don't have the surrounding intake or the quality of teaching a University would have. The experience would be a lot different as well.
Valid argument, however I still think he should get the prereq's done in a tech school first. It is often better to go into a university or similar with more interest in what you are taking. True, the experience is completely different, I can not argue that. But that is also why I believe it to be a good idea. In tech school, you have more "informal" classes where a teacher can afford to spoil you more then a university teacher could (after all, it is about 10-20 students vs 50-100 in a university). I would rather take the courses I dislike, such as speech, where I will obviously do worse thne in a subject I have interest in.

Of course this is all based off the type of person you are and otherwise. I still stick to my advice, but what NightSky said is not wrong. In fact he is correct as well. What it basically boils down to is what type of environment better suits vs how much money you have vs quality of teaching.
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Re: College advice.
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2011, 03:42:43 pm »
I advise going to a local tech school before entering any university. Take your basic classes there first, then your major at the university. I can assure you that it will reward you with huge savings later down the road. It also gives you more time to sort out any questions about what you want to do in the future.
I would recommend taking gen eds at a public university. Though, I would talk with an advisor at a university you want to go to and make sure that the class you are taking at a public university can be counted towards their undergrad program.
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