first day of college tomorrow, anyone else?

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  1. abenguyen

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    so I begin my secondary education tomorrow at the University of Texas at Arlington. somewhat excited, ready to go. anyone else starting the freshman year in college tomorrow?
     
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  2. saram

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    I've already returned to college after a long long break. But good luck and make the most of it.
     
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  3. Hidious

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    I'm starting September 2nd at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

    I'm not sure this is the proper term in English did you have your "initiation" which usually is different depending on the region. Here, it's not that bad; you usually wear a ridiculous costume and the older students throw food at you. Then, you get drunk. I can't wait for mine :D
     
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    i've been to trois rivieres. getting drunk is just the norm.
     
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  5. Hidious

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    Lol! I think i'll enjoy following the norm and being a "normal" student.

    Have you seriously been there? Nice! Hey, you gotta share some of your knowledge, i've never even seen the campus or the city yet; i'm moving out this week. Any tennis courts? Best bars and microbrasserie? Where are the cutest girls spending their time?:cool:

    Oh and just curious, where are you living now?
     
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  6. MTChong

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    I am going back for my second year in about a month. I remember going for the first year; it was exciting. Best of luck!
     
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    i don't know anything about the place. i don't even speak french. i took a road trip there with a friend of mine who was from there. he did all the talking. i did go to a crazy party in the middle of the woods at some guy's uncle's maple syrup farm. i'm in vancouver now.
     
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  8. Hidious

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    Oh i see :( I thought you meant that you studied there for a while.
     
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    I'm headed back Sept 19th for a Sept... 23? start. I've got a quarter left before I graduate, and at that point I might join the working masses (maybe at Intel). College is an interesting place, you'll learn a lot about who you are, I suggest working hard the first year, it'll pay off later on down the road.
     
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    I've been back at school for a 3 weeks. I'm a freshman, but I'm going abroad for the year. I'm at the Universidad de los Americas in Puebla, Meixco. I'm doing this to get into a better college in the states because by the end of the year I hope to be good at spanish.

    Don't worry though, we have all the same things American colleges do. Good bars included. :)
     
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  11. Hidious

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    So what career are you guys aiming for? I'll be a math high school teacher (they're getting rare). I won't be rich (decent salary) but i'll have a job that i'll probably enjoy and i will have 2 months off every summer. Playing tennis everyday will only bring happiness to my life :D

    It's a totally different reality to study in the States vs Canada. You Americans have to pay tens of thousands of dollars (i think) to go to University while Canadians can study 4 years, get a diploma and pay only about 5 000$ to 8 000$. I'm really not sure about what i just said, can anybody confirm that? Both systems have their pros and cons, i don't favor one in particular.
     
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  12. diredesire

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    I'm getting into the electrical engineering field, although i always wanted to be (thought it would be interesting/fun) to be a ... high school math teacher :shock:.

    Maybe after I retire I'll do some substituting or something ;)
     
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    If you go to a public university as an in-state resident you will pay around $2,000-7,000/year depending on state and school. If you go to a private Uni, they can charge whatever they want usually in the 10-20k range for tuition. A lot of people get financial assitance in the form on scholies and grants to both public and private schools.
     
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  14. yodudedudeyo

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    I go to a public school and my tuition is around 10k a year...plus another 10k for room/board/supplies = over 20k per year...gah, why is college so expensive.
     
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  15. goober

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    Well you are paying above average as an instate resident- from a national perspective. According to college board 2007-2008:

     
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  16. abenguyen

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    tuition for me after scholarship is about $6,000 a year. i plan to study as hard as i can b/c i know that college is where it matters.

    honestly i don't know what i want to do yet, but my parents are really pushing for me to go to med school.

    right now my major is actually biology/premed but i am considering doing a dual 5 year program getting a bachelors in biology and a masters in biomedical engineering just to keep my job options open if i choose not to go to med school.
     
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    I'm studying engineering, probably mechanical. I hope to go to law school afterward and practice some form of law -- not sure which yet. Years down the road, I want to teach high school
     
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    I am reminded of the "going off to college" gift that I routinely give: a blender.
     
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    We start at 1 Octomber,but semester exams start 5 September :( Sux
    Each month that has a Slam,has also exams.:mad:

    I suggest this,don't fluke.Enjoy your new freedom,drink with limit,make friends but remember to go to class from time to time.Especially since you in usa pay serious money!
    Good luck!:) This is going to be one of the best times in your life.
     
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  20. abenguyen

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    lol freedom? sadly... I live at home the drive is about 20-30 min depending on traffic.

    secondly, I don't like to drink I think its a bad choice and plus theres nothing that will benefit me from it. I plan to go to class any and everytime i can.

    Yea some serious money in fact, gotta make it worth it you know!
     
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  21. malakas

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    Well,maybe it will suprise you,but a college student even if he lives at home,has much more freedom than a high school student.;)
    Yes, whatever you like.In USA,you can't even drink before 21 so *shrugs* I can't even drink in USA.lol
    Bravo for having these decisions!!:D Just don't forget,not to take it to the other limit and have a little fun.;) Good luck!
     
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  22. abenguyen

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    I will try to have fun occasionally but it a safe manner. lol
     
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  23. Nadal_Monfils

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    Is your college GPA important or do job interviewers only see that you graduated and got a diploma?
     
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  24. Hidious

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    Wow, are you serious or just playing with me? Most people's reaction when they ask me what i'm studying for sounds like: "What!? Oh my, i would never be able to stay calm with all those little as*holes!". Kind of sad, really. What made you choose the electrical engineering field? Better salary i suppose? Fair enough. :)
     
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  25. beedlejuice22

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    I just started high school yesterday. Surprisingly, it was much better than I was expecting.
     
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  26. goober

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    If you are applying for most jobs in the business world, your GPA is not really that relevant. It is important if you are planning on furthering your education in graduate or professional school.
     
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  27. diredesire

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    Nope, I'm serious. My interests also lie with engineering, and it is a better way to get my life "started," I feel teaching is important, and teachers are very undervalued, but I can wait on fulfilling my "dream" there.
     
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