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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-31-2007, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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did you go to college?

just wondering who here went to college, and if they would consider it worth it?

I'm presently giving a LOT of thought to attending a university in ohio for a diesel program. I just have no idea how I'm going to pay the tuition besides a balls to the wall job during the summer.

but overall, would you say college is worth it or no?
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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 08-31-2007, 03:24 PM
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I am currently in college right now. It is hard costs way to much but... people with college degrees make on average 50% more money than those without. You may not make as much right out of the gate. But imagine this. Say you make $12 an hour now, and say in the next year you get a raise $13, and in twnety years you'll be makin $20 this all with out an education. My point is not as much the actual numbers, but you will top out your income at some point. And sure people have made loads of money without an education. But more fail and are making 30 grand a year. Best advice go to college, but take all that you can at a junior college or community college, than transfer. Your degree will look the exacte same but you will have saved a lot of money. The more education you can get the better, it is never a bad thing. You can get a lot of $ through government loans and grants. Sorry this is so long.

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I went... started out at a 4yr, going for engineering (North Dakota State U). Calc kicked my @ss, so I switched to Ag Business. At that point, my Guard unit got activated. I was gone for a year, and decided I just wanted to be done with school and get on with my life. I switched to a 2 year college, got my AAS in Business Management, and then went out to the real world.

As for being "worth it" YES!

The 2 years I spent at NDSU were a great time. I met a lot of people, and partied ALOT! Great time overall

The 1 1/2 years in business school, I also met a lot of great people, and partied a lot there too. Good times, and I got my degree.

My experiences in the "real world" A degree is a good thing to have. You don't necessarily need a degree for the job you are trying to get, but having that you completed college on your resume just shows that you are a responsible person that want's to better yourself.

Not saying it is going to help EVERY time, and college may not be right for everyone... but for me, in my experiences, it's a definate bonus.
It's something that they can never take from you.

As for $$$$.... go for financial aid, there are lots of programs out there, i'm sure you can get something.

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I was a pell grant graduate. That's right 4 years of making the grade, 2 years with band scholarship, and work study program. I starved, went naked (mostly by choice) and did what ever it took to get that degree.

Only 20% of Arkansans between 25-60 have a bachelor's or higher. And I made it. Does it mean I am smart? NO. Just tenatious. Does it open doors? Yes. Will it make me rich? NO. Will it give me opportunity? YES.

I say go for it. Get the government to pay for it if you possibly can. If I had nothing I woulda had to go the the military and used the benefits but i would have gotten it done either way.
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I say go for it. Get the government to pay for it if you possibly can. If I had nothing I woulda had to go the the military and used the benefits but i would have gotten it done either way.
Good call.

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While you are in school, and keep grades above a 2.0 GPA
- GI Bill ~$860/month
- 150% tuition assistance

Plus your weekend pay (depends on rank)

Plus sign on bonus ~$20K right now

Pretty good ching if ya ask me!

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A high school diploma is worthless. Any decent job will require you to have a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's is the new high school diploma.

And the master's is quickly becoming the new bachelor's.

Maybe it's stupid or unfair, but that's how it is. You should go.
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Go to college, you will like it. Just don't like it too much and neglect your studies. Studying > beer/girls. Study first, then beer/girls.

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Go to college, you will like it. Just don't like it too much and neglect your studies. Studying > beer/girls. Study first, then beer/girls.





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Instead of diesel engines, how about jet or turbine engines?

I always liked the monster movies from the 50's and wanted to be a mad scientist. I went to college under the GI Bill ($175/month) and worked in the geology lab ($5/hour). Got a Bachelor's in '77 and worked as an exploration geologist. I worked in the mountains, deserts, canyons, and all kinds of mines. Turned out more like a drunken scientist, but I had a great time and was able to retire early.
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well, I'm planning to attend a technical college, planning on an associates in agricultural diesels so I can make my living working on farm machines. its something I truly love to do, so its only the natural choice. right?
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A high school diploma is worthless. Any decent job will require you to have a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's is the new high school diploma.

And the master's is quickly becoming the new bachelor's.

Maybe it's stupid or unfair, but that's how it is. You should go.
I really have to second this opinion. Of course there are exceptions, there always are, but you really need a degree these days to make good money in a non-labor job.

Personally, college was the best 4 years of my life. I worked hard in high school so I got into a top university. It has opened a lot of doors for me that otherwise would not have been.

I didn't have anything handed to me. My parents couldn't afford $35,000 a year for school. I got scholarships and I took out loans to pay for it. A lot of people do it, it's a necessary evil. The money I make with my prestigious degree is worth busting it a little bit when you're young.

Besides, it teaches you the value of money and hard work more than it would if you were just handed everything.

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well, I'm planning to attend a technical college, planning on an associates in agricultural diesels so I can make my living working on farm machines. its something I truly love to do, so its only the natural choice. right?
God, yes. Do what you love. It's worth the struggle to get there when you wake up every day knowing you love your work.

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God, yes. Do what you love. It's worth the struggle to get there when you wake up every day knowing you love your work.
My philosophy is that if I'm gonna make a career of something, its gonna be what I truly love doing, not something I hate with a passion.
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College: Produced two children, was introduced to drugs and alcohol, Bachleors Business Management, AA CIS-Networking. Am I utilizing my degree now......NOPE Parents started off paying for my education, Uncle Sam finished it!
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A high school diploma is worthless. Any decent job will require you to have a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's is the new high school diploma.

And the master's is quickly becoming the new bachelor's.

Maybe it's stupid or unfair, but that's how it is. You should go.
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Absolutely go to college. Do it while you're young. I graduated with triple majors and it opened a lot of doors....even waaaaay back in 1975. As has been said, go for something you love....or at least strongly like. A six figure job you hate and are miserable at every day will age you like a country ham. You'll definitely have to "eat ****" at first when you start your first job after graduation. Work hard and smart and that will change. Remember, the employer is doing YOU a favor. You'll have to prove your worth before you are paid what you're worth, but you gotta pay the dues.

Best of luck to you and don't get discouraged The time will pass in a heartbeat....trust me

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college is 100% worth it even if you just get a 2 year associates. Scholarships are out there no matter how long you have been out of school and you could always just get a student loan which you dont have to pay back till a few months after you graduate so then you will be making the big bucks.
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College is much more than an education... It's a step towards becoming an adjusted adult... Living on your own, far, far away from the safety and stability of the 'rents...

Plus it's a great way to get yourself started off as a solid American... Thousands of dollars in debt.
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Did college teach me anything about my job? Not really. Could I have gotten my job w/o it? No. Am I making good money? No. Would I still go to college again? Absolutely.



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I didn't go to college and regret the hell out of it. I'm doing all that I can to get some money to go to college next year. Hopefully get my Paramedics or Radiology degree. I'll probably have to sell my motorcycle, pool table, and all my cue sticks to pay for it. But I know it will be worth it in the end.

My best friend just graduated from college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's 22 and owns an SV650s and a Nissan 350z (Expedition package?). He started out at 55k a year with bring home I think around 41k. Lives with his father too. His job deals with desinging and improving firearm simulator guns. It's cool as crap too. He gets to mess wtih grenade launchers, 50cal machine guns, M-16s.
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post #20 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-02-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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if you have a goal. yes it is worth every penny. if you dont know what you are going to do after you get out of college then do yourself a favor and take a year or so to think about it. I wish i would have, could have saved myself 2 years and a butt load of money.
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