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Old 09-07-2008, 04:36 AM
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AVOID the following degrees: marketing, accounting, PR, communications. Everyone and their mothers has one of those degrees to the point to where they're worthless and it's twice as hard to land a job with one.

Get a degree that's actually capable of landing you a good career. Something medical is recession-proof, and if you want a business degree, fewer people get a degree in economics or finance because they're harder-to-get business degrees than marketing is and more useful in a corporate setting.

Move if possible. San Antonio has a horrible job market for everything but medical thanks to our tourist economy. Almost everyone I went to college and even high school with have moved because of that fact. If you can give yourself an advantage by going to school in a city with a better job market then that's a major benefit that will save you a lot of trouble later on.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:36 PM
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Well thank you very much for the advice. I'll be sure to take it! =)
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:04 PM
Location: Stone Oak
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Originally Posted by Chaka View Post
Best thing I did was go away to a 4 year university. I knew too many people who'd gone to the local community college (a great school) and never got beyond it that I didn't want to fall into that trap. I wanted to meet new people, go new places, experience a new world, and I didn't think that would happen if I went to the community college with all my high school friends. I loved it, worked hard (20-30 hrs/week), studied hard (12-16 credit hours per quarter), and partied too I had to pay for it on my own for the most part, so had to work a lot, but managed.

I don't think a college education is only about career. I think it's about pursuing an education in a field you love. The career will follow. For what it's worth, my primary undergrad degree is in a totally different area (social science) than my graduate degrees (health and science), but I think that journey was all worth while and I wouldn't change a thing. Study what excites you.

I don't disagree with the logical suggestion to go to a community college, it makes sense for many and can be a wise choice, just wasn't one I wanted. College is about so much more than just classes and career planning. Education involves so many things from what you learn in Economics class to sitting up late over coffee discussing philosophy and the state of the world to meeting the people with whom you'll network with later in your career.

I am of the mind that everyone should leave 'home' for awhile and experience what other places have to offer. It opens up a whole new world for you. As a parent I am sure I'd prefer my child to stay close to home, but having been there once myself, I hope I'm able to encourage her to get those wings on and fly.

I pretty much agree with everything Chaka mentioned here, in particular because its very similar to what I went through, but I think the OP should seriously consider whether you have the academic discipline and adventurous spirit to venture out on your own. I'll provide a personal example.

I left my little hometown twenty years ago with a high school acquaintance to study at a large university. I was a self learner, had supportive parents, was looking forward to striking out on my own and immediately started meeting people from all over the world.
My roommate was also a pretty good student and had supportive parents, but was the type that needed to be pushed to excel. He was homesick from the start and it never let up. He took a Greyhound home every other weekend for the first year we roomed together. In high school he had a close-knit clique and didn't make much effort to befriend college people - the way he had done it in high school. This just added to his loneliness.

Without parents to guide him, he studied with the TV on which I found very distracting so I would spend my evenings in an adjacent library. After a year and a half his grades were dismal, which added to his woes, so he quit and went back home and enrolled in a community college. I heard he came back when he was around 26 and did finish his 4 year degree.

I wholeheartedly endorse venturing out - best time of my life. My roommate could have taken advantage of lots of social groups, study groups, free tutoring etc. to help him along, but he didn't want to. In the past decades I have met people like him who just can't seem to leave the family nest at age 18.
A little bit of self reflection right now will go a long way in helping you figure out what step to take next. Good luck to you.
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Old 11-13-2008, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by kevcrawford View Post
The best thing I did right out of school is to go to community college for a couple years to get a lot of the basics knocked out. Then I went on to a University. I was more mature and able to handle that environment better, in addition to getting better grades.
I kick my %#$^ everyday for not doing that,
all I had to do was 50 hour of community service and I would have got 2 years of free tuition and free books

Uhh well, I suffered through college but I made.
Some of my friends got the free 2 years in community college and only had to pay for 2-3 years of college.
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