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Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by flyinghippos101, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. flyinghippos101

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    I thought since there seems to be a good congregation of people around the same age on the forums (seniors) , I thought it would be a good thread for discussion on University, admittance, future plans, applications, etc. etc. Might be even a good reference thread for future prospective uni students as well :)
     
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    Have fun getting in.

    Universities right now are searching for two things:

    1. Diversity (ethnically, stuff you do, etc.)
    2. Community Service (this is actually at the top of the list right now, so if you're in like boy scouts or something with decent grades in the B's and A's your chances of getting in are higher)
     
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    Senior here, and i'm excited/nervous for next year. Here are my schools/decisions.

    -Stanford: Denied early admission, no waitlist
    -University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: Accepted
    -Harvard: waiting
    -Princeton: waiting
    -Yale: waiting
    -Duke: waiting
    -Northwestern: waiting
    -University of Southern California: waiting
    -Wash U in St. Louis: waiting

    As you can see, still waiting on many schools. April 1st is the big day! How about everyone else?
     
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    My friend is graduating from there this year. It's a really good school, especially compared to Ivy League. The Ivy League schools are 99% bookwork, 1% hands-on work. University of Illinois is 85% bookwork, 15% hands-on work.
    Decent school and it's in a good location (nice weather for Tennis especially) although I've only been there over the summer to visit family.
     
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    UIUC is a _great_ school. Congratulations!!
     
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  6. flyinghippos101

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    I was an idiot and missed out on early admissions, I self reported grades the day after the deadline. My list atm, haven't heard back from any yet.

    -Mcgill
    -Western
    -Dalhousie
    -York
    -U of Ottawa

    Excited for next year aswell but gotta admit, gonna miss High School
     
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    It's a very, VERY good academic school, and a very good tennis school (highly ranked in DIII, just got 2nd in the indoor nationals the other day).
     
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  8. flyinghippos101

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    Manswerz, what are you looking to do for your undergrad?
     
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    I've heard it's great from many. I've got a brother there right now and a cousin who graduated. My only gripe is that it's where practically everyone from my school goes. I wanna break away and go far from home (Chicago suburb) and start off all on my own.

    Thanks! I had it as a backup, but i'm still very happy to have gotten in.

    Ouch, sorry to hear. What's your top choice? All Canadian schools?
    Yes, they're very good academically and at tennis. I doubt i'd play there, though i'm considering it.

    Right now I plan on going the biology route to set myself up for a Pre-med track. However, I have contemplated economics in case I choose against becoming a doctor or I can't get in. One of my other paths i'm considering is research/becoming a professor.
     
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    Ah I see. Well, I don't quite know why you would want to live in a place where the income tax just got raised by 66% and has the highest unemployment percentage right now, but have fun!
     
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  11. Mansewerz

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    Wait, where exactly did income tax raise by 66% that now has the highest unemployment rate? If you mean chicago, then you misunderstood. I'm from a chicago suburb.
     
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  12. Manus Domini

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    My choices (am Junior):

    Swarthmore
    Bard (toss up between the two in favorite)
    Vassar
    Bucknell (as back-up)
    Connecticut College
    Yale
    Princeton
    Drew
    Maybe a Canadian school in case the Republican movement gets even bigger

    Denison seems to want me a lot (Get mail from them constantly) but I'm not allowed to apply to schools in Ohio (or outside of a ~3 hour distance for that matter)
    If I went to Auburn, I'd get a living stipend, but I was told it isn't for me.
     
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    Mansewerz--

    One thing that's problematic for Illinois universities right now is the budget crunch; the state owes the universities more than $100 million right now, and the universities are getting clobbered by it. I'm at SIU, and the budget crisis is hurting the university big time. If you do a school visit, ask how your department is faring with cutbacks and faculty furloughs and such. It sounds trivial, but if someone was looking to enroll at SIU, I'd tell them to go elsewhere (probably out of state, if possible). Well-established private schools are a good option, too.
     
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  14. flyinghippos101

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    Ah yes, those schools

    There's a reason why Concordia and Bishops is off ma list. Way too many emails

    Yup, at the moment my top choice is McGill but it seems pretty unlikely that I'll get in. Granted my average is around a respectable 90-92 % but it gets pretty competitive when it comes to undergrad from what I hear. And I don't think the tennis facilities are anything to brag about either...well except for York. And yes, all my selections are in Canada. Even though I'm planning on leaving home, I'm afraid the US is simply too far and too much of a change from my beloved lobster shack up here in the north

    Plus I'm kinda poor too. Parents aren't paying a cent, guess they're trying to humble me
     
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    Bard is a great school; excellent faculty and a great student-faculty ratio. Very expensive, though (not that Swarthmore isn't).
     
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    Ah, I see. My preference is out of state, as I have lived in Illinois all of my life and want to get out. My brother goes to U of I, and I believe they are raising tuition again! Meanwhile, the president just got a pay increase :mad:

    The budget state of Illinois does not look good at all right now.

    Are you at Carbondale?
     
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    Yeah. Or Carbonjail, as they call it. Desolate, soul-crushing culturelessness.

    SIU has been through five chancellors in the last seven years; our most recent provost quit after three weeks on the job, and the current chancellor started targeting the faculty unions around Christmastime. Ugly, ugly forces are at work. Meanwhile, the infrastructure is falling apart, enrollment is dropping, and tuition (as at UI) is going up. But hey--we just got a brand new football stadium and renovations to the basketball arena (including a huge new tutoring center that only athletes can use) for $80 million, and they only quadrupled student fees to get some of the money!

    What's sad is that even if the state paid up, I'm sure the university would squander the money somehow.

    Good luck in your search. Wash U is a great school, BTW.
     
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  18. Mansewerz

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    Thanks RealityPolice. I wish you luck with SIU. It's a shame that education is getting put on the backburner while war and politics get the most attention. Illinois just recently passed other legislation that points the finger at teachers and royally screws them some more. Maybe people need to start realizing that the problem has other causes.
     
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    Illinois is known to have the highest unemployment rates (with Chicago being the first place to be hit) in recessions and just in general (Great Depression had an unemployment rate of 50%, and right now it's like 29%) mainly because of the heavily industry-based factories on which they run.

    As for the 66% income tax increase, it's real. The income tax rate went from 3% to 5%, a 66% increase in the income tax.

    My information isn't obscured, it's biased! ^_^
     
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  20. Mansewerz

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    I see what you meant above now. I know of teachers that supported the tax increase as it helped pay off the deficit the crooked government officials helped cause. And, I want to leave Illinois. I'd like to go to one of the coasts, at least for college.
     
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    But Rahmbo Emanuel is about to be Mayor over there. Why would you want to leave? He'll be all like:

    "YOU CAN STICK THAT CORRUPT BRIBING MONEY, RIGHT UP YOUR @$$!" and we would all lol.
     
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  22. Manus Domini

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    heard it is pretty generous with financial aid though
     
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    lol education=politics in today's America.

    In NJ, Chris Christy (the SOB he is) blames teachers and the unions for our huge debt (like the politicians, housing crisis, and wallstreet were all benefactors that helped NJ's budget) and took all funding from some of the best schools in the state.

    Look at Wisconsin and Ohio, those guys are trying to do away with the teachers blaming them for the debts.

    Btw, in Wisconsin, notice how it is the groups that went against the current governor that are getting the pain (teachers/jail wardens) while those who supported him are not (police, firefighters)
     
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  24. MIGHTY MANFRED THE WONDER

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    ^ Sorry, gonna have to flag last entry- Politics is verbotten here by decree from the top.

    But I will say, there is a helpful website on this subject called COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL ..... Although it is sometimes full of folks and posts completely obsessed with IVYs.... I'll tell you now just so you know- If you applied Early admission you will get two very nice letters of rejection.
     
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    I went to look at Lancaster university today, amazing place!
     
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    That's the nice thing about many of the private liberal-arts schools--lots of financial aid. Just try to limit the loans you need. (I'll be dead before mine are paid off.)
     
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  27. Mansewerz

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    Who're you talking to?
     
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    Definitely have fun in college, (I know you will) but keep an eye on the total expenditure since having more and more college grads around does two things, it makes not having a 4 year degree an even bigger negative, but it simultaneously dilutes the value of having one.
     
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  29. Manus Domini

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    That being said, so is advertising and that is what you are doing...

    Actually, politics is not contraband, political trolling is. Comments are not against the rules...

    What you were doing is, however
     
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    yeah, that's the problem, ain't it? That's why I have a back-up school that would pay me to go if I get accepted.
     
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    I agree. Luckily, the schools i've applied to are giving good financial aid packages, so hopefully they accept me.

    Good to hear you're planning it out!
     
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    more like parents. I don't wanna go to Alabama for college :(
     
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    I'm a freshman in college now. My decision came down to University of Texas, Texas A&M, and Baylor (with scholarships they were all about the same price). I got accepted into the business school at each university, and I ended up going with A&M. I absolutely love it. If anyone is thinking about A&M I'm happy to answer questions.
     
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    I was giving out a good resource-a college forum with more information from posters more expert and interested in the subject.

    As they say at Faber College-
    Knowledge is good
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    Obtuse and touchy is no way to go thru life
     
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    that being said, my post was NOT political trolling as you claimed and yours was far more solicitative than mine was trollatative...
     
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    University of Georgia student here, if anyone has any questions.
     
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    What do you mean between "bookwork" and "hands-on work"?
     
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    You, and 80% of the incoming class.
     
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    True, but I think that if I work hard, I can make it.
     
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  43. Eph

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    You're not understanding what I mean.
     
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  44. Mansewerz

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    What do you mean?
     
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    I'd like to bump this thread for some great news I just got.

    I just checked my portal on the University of Western Ontario and to my surprised found out that I have been offered admission

    That's just grand
     
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    Congratulations! Quite a way from Mordor though, no?
     
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    Just a bump. Received acceptance to USC and Northwestern on Thursday!
     
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  48. Eph

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    You live in California? Go to a UC school, then.
     
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    Don't go to UCLA, "hordes of Asians!"
     
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    No, I live in Illinois. i would've chosen UCLA or San Diego, but the public schools don't give out as much financial aid. And as said below, "hordes of asians!" Hhaha, gotta love the UCLA's "bimbo".
     
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