What was the reason you went to the college you did?

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    Jan 28, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    For me, it was about breaking away from what I was used to in CA and trying out a new part of the country. That and the fact I got denied from the two colleges I applied to in CA because of technical error ha. Glad it happened though because now I'm living in an amazing city, with amazing people attending an amazing school for cheaper than what I would have had to pay if I stayed in CA and gone to UCSBicon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    Location...and I had heard many positive comments about the instructors and curriculum..... connie_1.gif
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    Jan 28, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    It's the only one I applied to.
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    Jan 28, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    I applied to about 6 schools.
    Got accepted to them all.

    Chose the one I went to based on location, major offered, and facilities, student life, etc
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    Jan 28, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    It was the only one I applied to.

    Also, my mother taught there and it was a private school so they waived all tuition fees for me.

    Hence why I applied there :-)
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    Jan 28, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    The place I work pays 100% of my tuition there.
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    Jan 28, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    The reason I went was hoping that the human race wasn't full of people who just plain hated you for no particular reason. Oh, and of course to get a degree.

    Turns out I made a friend (at least...at the time I considered him a friend), only to find out that he used me waay too many times, would blame me for just about anything under the sun, and would put on an act that we were really cool buddies when really he hated my guts for no particular reason whatsoever.

    As far as the degree went, well, what I was getting myself into was boring.

    I plan on going to college again, and just hanging around myself. I was, and still am, my only best friend. I'm still kind of waiting for the day when people aren't such a-holes. Oh, and I know exactly what I wanna do now.
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    Jan 28, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    I applied to three schools - one Ivy League, one widely renowned public school, one small (albeit well renowned) liberal arts college.

    I was accepted to all three. Received varying scholarships to three out of the three. I chose the public school because (1) I got $$, (2) I was admitted into the scholars program and (3) I didn't know what I wanted to do and didn't want to pay $20 to 25K to figure it out (my family was not well-off and I was the first to attend college). I figured I'd just transfer when I decided. But my school was fine, I rocked it out, and got an well paying job, work with kids from the aforementioned Ivy...and while they have lots of debt, i do not. icon_biggrin.gif

    In summary, inadvertently fucked myself over (in theory I reduced my chances of getting my current job by going to an "inferior" school) but still reaped the benefits (less debt/same quality job). I guess generally speaking, you want to maximize your chances of success post college. For that reason, I usually tell people to go to the best school that they can go to - regardless of the cost. Basically an example of "do as I say, not as I do"

    *shrug*
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:04 AM GMT


    1. they had the program that I was looking for.
    2. it was the only one I applied to.
    3. it was close to the ocean
    4. it was far enough from home but not too far. (my father was dying of cancer at the time so it was a lot to deal with at the time.)
    5. i felt like it was a pretty safe area
    6. It was part of the UC system and they had a pretty good reputation, modern buildings and equipment, etc.
    7. My parents had a 30' trailer with a full bathroom and bedroom and at the time, the school had a trailer park on campus and the rent was only to pay for the utilities, which at that time was only around $70/mo. Much nicer way to go than a dorm room.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    I had to stay and support the family, so I chose the school that was only a few miles away that would let me do that. Still got a good education, but it was tough working 2 jobs and going to school full-time on top of family stuff. Glad those days are over.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    closer85 saidI applied to three schools - one Ivy League, one widely renowned public school, one small (albeit well renowned) liberal arts college.

    I was accepted to all three. Received varying scholarships to three out of the three. I chose the public school because (1) I got $$, (2) I was admitted into the scholars program and (3) I didn't know what I wanted to do and didn't want to pay $20 to 25K to figure it out (my family was not well-off and I was the first to attend college). I figured I'd just transfer when I decided. But my school was fine, I rocked it out, and got an well paying job, work with kids from the aforementioned Ivy...and while they have lots of debt, i do not. icon_biggrin.gif

    In summary, inadvertently fucked myself over (in theory I reduced my chances of getting my current job by going to an "inferior" school) but still reaped the benefits (less debt/same quality job). I guess generally speaking, you want to maximize your chances of success post college. For that reason, I usually tell people to go to the best school that they can go to - regardless of the cost. Basically an example of "do as I say, not as I do"

    *shrug*


    Incorrect. Many employers do not care about where you went to school. The job I just left I had to compete with people from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton school of business' to get into, and I won out for a position of 1. Yea, go to where you want to go not to the "best" (which is subjective) school.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    Love that Lovely Texas A&M offered me almost a full ride scholarship. Love you for that Aggieland. I had so much money left over that I took a 2 month trip to hawaii my freshman summer.

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    Jan 28, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    I chose small private colleges because I wanted a more personalized education than you can get as an undergrad at the UC and CSU schools-and the one that offered the most money got me.

    Years later, all my friends that went on to Cal, UCLA, UC Davis, Cal Poly, etc... are jealous of my small private college experience.

    Though, I have to admit that a couple of my friends that went to Stanford feel much the same way I do, even though Stanford is much bigger.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    Grad school - because their reputation was the top school in the country for several fields, located in a fantastic university city, and they gave me a full scholarship.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    Location... I wanted to get out of the bible belt... and away from my parents.

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    Jan 28, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    Chainers saidIncorrect. Many employers do not care about where you went to school. The job I just left I had to compete with people from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton school of business' to get into, and I won out for a position of 1. Yea, go to where you want to go not to the "best" (which is subjective) school.

    Chainers is right. Reputation (which is not to be confused with quality) should be only a reason, and not the why you choose a school. Whether you'll be happy living wherever the school is for four years, and whether they offer you a good financial deal should weigh more in a person's decision than reputation. The main reason I chose Columbia was because I wanted to live in NYC. I also let myself be influenced by the name. Frankly, I wish I had gone someplace cheaper.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    I'm going to a city college. I chose not to attend a UC to prove to people that it doesn't matter where you start, it's where you finish. I took a semester off as well so I could thoroughly appreciate life and see how difficult it was to maintain without a degree or job. I think it's a good way to look at things and not get sucked into the norm of education is the only path you can choose right out of high school
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    I left a full scholarship at University of Miami, and finished my degree at Florida International University. I paid for my own school from my own checkbook filled with money I earned myself.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    I loved the area, had friends there, they had a program I wanted to do at the time, I wanted to experience something different from home, and wanted to go to a school in one of the major sports conferences (maybe that sounds lame but it really was important to me). It's funny because the degree I earned is pretty useless other than the fact that it's a degree, but the people I met & experiences I had there confirmed that it was the right place for me to be.
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    Jan 28, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    It was in state and offered everything I needed. I now have a great job and working on getting loans paid off this year.

    And for those looking at colleges, as long as you are in a good major, you don't need an Ivy League education. You are just piling up unnecessary loans which are not fun paying off! State schools are great and so much cheaper!
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    I was a Californian and chose one of the best west coast schools, and H20-polo had something to do with the choice. I was also accepted at Brown but chose to stay closer to home instead. Not sorry for that choice, but wonder sometimes what it would have been like to go east and get clear away from home.
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    I got a full scholarship... and it was the other side of the world from some things that I needed to get away from.
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    b1o2y3456 saidAnd for those looking at colleges, as long as you are in a good major, you don't need an Ivy League education. You are just piling up unnecessary loans which are not fun paying off! State schools are great and so much cheaper!


    Agreed! I was aiming for a state school or UC school but they just didn't give me enough financial aide. Private schools give out a lot in educational financial aid if you qualify which a lot of people do.
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    It was the only college in the state that offered a four year aviation degree.

    Then I dropped out in 2.5 years years and now make more than I woulda made if I'd stayed in and gotten a degree. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 28, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Rudy_Cant_Fail saidFor me, it was about breaking away from what I was used to in CA and trying out a new part of the country. That and the fact I got denied from the two colleges I applied to in CA because of technical error ha. Glad it happened though because now I'm living in an amazing city, with amazing people attending an amazing school for cheaper than what I would have had to pay if I stayed in CA and gone to UCSBicon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
    UCSB? You could have gotten your degree in beerology and ultimate frisbee! icon_lol.gif