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Old 08-25-08, 10:06 AM Thread Starter   #1
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Options for school?


So I don't think college is working out for me. I get far to fed up with all the same crap they pull in high school. I don't want to learn all these same subjects that I just spent four years on, Algebra, Calculus, English, History. It gets so old writing all these useless papers and making "projects" I just can't spend anymore time on this stuff. I'm not saying I'm above it, or that college is stupid.....but I seriously just cannot do that anymore.


I worked full time in IT for 8 months and did pretty well, and am willing to learn as long as its pertaining to my CAREER. I want to just learn a skill and stick with it, and not sure what options there could be as far as schooling goes.



Is there anyway you can get college degrees in things that aren't so widely scoped. Can you just take only engineering courses, or only computer science courses? Why do they have to bundle all these meaningless courses with it? What could be some other options for schooling?

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Old 08-25-08, 10:11 AM   #2
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A lot of technical colleges won't have mandatory electives, you can give them a shot. Honestly, electives are there for a reason though. They create a well rounded individual, it doesn't matter how smart you are, if you can't communicate for ****, no one will ever remember you.

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Old 08-25-08, 10:25 AM   #3
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No matter what major you go for, you're going to have to take some gen ed classes, there's no way around it. You've just got to put up with it.

I'm going into my fourth year as a mechanical engineering student, and I don't feel I've had to take that many crap classes. I feel the only classes I've had to take that were not directly related to my major were chemistry, freshman writing, biology, and a history class. Everything else was related.

What is your current major? If you've completed a semester or two, you're likely nearing the time when you're getting into the specific classes.

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Old 08-25-08, 10:34 AM   #4
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You can go to a technical institute and get a diploma in like 6-10 months. That's what I did. It's still not cheap. My cost back in 03-04 was $13k and I am still paying for it. Roughly 5 hours a day of class, but it was all CompTIA and Microsoft related material. (A+, Net+, MCSA type)

I would research those specific courses though...and especially students that have done them. Some schools might have crappy instructors, computers, material and administration. I know mine had it's share.

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Old 08-25-08, 02:53 PM   #5
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I'm going into my fourth year as a mechanical engineering student, and I don't feel I've had to take that many crap classes.
From what I've seen, Engineering majors are required to take less electives (Read: less crap classes) than any other type of major including math/science. We're not even supposed to take a foreign language. So it's a bit of an exception.

My suggestion for wa77s is to take a break from school and if you're at least a Junior come back later for sure; might as well finish it right? What major?

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Also you'll find that if you do well in your workplace, your job will usually fund you going back to school and picking up advanced degrees during night classes if you do decide you don't want to return to school.

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Old 08-25-08, 03:51 PM   #7
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From what I've seen, Engineering majors are required to take less electives (Read: less crap classes) than any other type of major including math/science. We're not even supposed to take a foreign language. So it's a bit of an exception.
Which sucks. A lot. I'm a MechE and I wish I had time to take a Japanese class, or a meteorology class, or whatever...but I don't. I have 16 credits per semester of just engineering courses, plus I have to fit in 18 credits of liberal arts in there somewhere, so it averages out to 19 credits per semester, which is A LOT. And my options for liberal arts classes are fairly limited. Languages are pretty much out because they're all like 6 credits (they meet 6 times a week). Random sciences (like meteorology) is out because its, well, a science and not an "art". It really sucks sometimes.

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Old 08-25-08, 03:56 PM   #8
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Well, you could always shoot for taking some summer/interm classes so you can take the classes you like.
In addition, I agree with you, they really should give you time for a few 'fun' classes that you're interested in.

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Old 08-25-08, 04:59 PM Thread Starter   #9
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Doing CS but pretty much every major except a few require the same basics for first year or so.

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