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Reincarnate 11-29-2010 09:58 PM

ITT academic advice
 
Ask anything, go

rushyrulz 11-29-2010 09:59 PM

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What should I major in? I'm good at math and science and I like computers. History and english can smd.

who_cares973 11-29-2010 10:00 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by rushyrulz (Post 3355245)
What should I major in? I'm good at math and science and I like computers. History and english can smd.

computer science

Reincarnate 11-29-2010 10:04 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by rushyrulz (Post 3355245)
What should I major in? I'm good at math and science and I like computers. History and english can smd.

Computer science, physics, or finance

leonid 11-29-2010 10:09 PM

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History of Computer

OneHandNow 11-29-2010 10:12 PM

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obvious answers are obvious

here's a good academic tip

this is for you middle schoolers and freshmen in high school

cut the booze, cut the drugs, cut the retarded friends
make some smarter friends, put academics as your priority
strive for a 2400, a 4.0 unweighted
take challenging courses like AP/IB courses
pursue a sport, maybe an instrument if you're already good at one
join clubs that don't suck (preferably sports or debate)



surround yourself with SMART people (the nerds, 4.0s, 2300+s)


you'll thank yourself later on when you get into a prestigious private school / state school while your friends in high school get held back / go to colleges that are worse than yours

good colleges have good reputation for a reason

who_cares973 11-29-2010 10:15 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by OneHandNow (Post 3355265)
obvious answers are obvious

here's a good academic tip

this is for you middle schoolers and freshmen in high school

cut the booze, cut the drugs, cut the retarded friends
make some smarter friends, put academics as your priority
strive for a 2400, a 4.0 unweighted
take challenging courses like AP/IB courses
pursue a sport, maybe an instrument if you're already good at one
join clubs that don't suck (preferably sports or debate)



surround yourself with SMART people (the nerds, 4.0s, 2300+s)


you'll thank yourself later on when you get into a prestigious private school / state school while your friends in high school get held back / go to colleges that are worse than yours

good colleges have good reputation for a reason

dont slack off and think of the future. dont be like me. sure i have the brains but when scores are what matter i ****ed myself over by not caring

Rubin0 11-29-2010 10:17 PM

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Rubix couldn't stay away for more than five minutes.

bmah 11-29-2010 10:18 PM

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^is that how you got your username?_?
<not you Rubin, stop ninja'ing me>

Anyways, don't forget about practical knowledge - try to find a job that may relate to your field...although this can be hard (perhaps go for an internship in this case).

cry4eternity 11-29-2010 10:18 PM

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Is getting 314987 minors worth it?

Kekeb 11-29-2010 10:20 PM

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oops

OneHandNow 11-29-2010 10:22 PM

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ps) for you people out there attending high school full of people that just don't give a crap about academics, be the outlier - you'll feel awesome when people look up to you for your grades and your scores, esp. in high school

in college that won't really matter, but it's the most awesome feeling in the world. sure, the guy over there might be admired for having a hot as **** girlfriend and partying every single weekend but he doesn't have your scores, and chances are you'll end up living a better life (both in terms of wealth & personal satisfaction)

work work work in high school
4 years that decide 50 years
one shot one chance



pss) i'm only saying these things because i was raised in a very competitive environment in a school where the top 25% hold a 3.97~4.00 UW gpa range, so yeah.

trumaestro 11-29-2010 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by OneHandNow (Post 3355284)
work in high school

rofl whoops

One Winged Angel 11-29-2010 10:29 PM

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did you write the GMAT? if yes, was there seriously anything hard on it?

Starshot 11-29-2010 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by OneHandNow (Post 3355284)
work work work in high school
4 years that decide 50 years
one shot one chance

I second this, but coming from an artistic standpoint. If you're striving for a polisci or another type of liberal arts degree, dive into your major and get crackin' BEFORE you hit college.

trumaestro 11-29-2010 10:33 PM

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tru advice

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Originally Posted by Starshot (Post 3355301)
polisci or another type of liberal arts degree

don't

Reincarnate 11-29-2010 10:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by One Winged Angel (Post 3355299)
did you write the GMAT? if yes, was there seriously anything hard on it?

not at all
lsat's piss-easy too

like any other test, study it a bit before you jump into the battlefield blindly

Reincarnate 11-29-2010 10:37 PM

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Originally Posted by cry4eternity (Post 3355279)
Is getting 314987 minors worth it?

not really

go for another major instead of a bunch of minors. Minors don't count much for anything unless they give you skills that you can invoke in an interview/on the job.

Starshot 11-29-2010 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by trumaestro (Post 3355306)
don't

If you have connections, do. If you're a unsocial person who trembles in front of a person when making casual conversation, then STAY. THE HELL. AWAY.

The arts biz is all about connections and socializing. The more people you know, the more opportunities are available to you. If you have a damn good resume to back yourself up, the odds get even better. That's how I got published to begin with.

Reincarnate 11-29-2010 10:50 PM

Re: ITT academic advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OneHandNow (Post 3355265)
obvious answers are obvious

here's a good academic tip

this is for you middle schoolers and freshmen in high school

cut the booze, cut the drugs, cut the retarded friends
make some smarter friends, put academics as your priority
strive for a 2400, a 4.0 unweighted
take challenging courses like AP/IB courses
pursue a sport, maybe an instrument if you're already good at one
join clubs that don't suck (preferably sports or debate)



surround yourself with SMART people (the nerds, 4.0s, 2300+s)


you'll thank yourself later on when you get into a prestigious private school / state school while your friends in high school get held back / go to colleges that are worse than yours

good colleges have good reputation for a reason



while I largely agree with OHN's points, I think they need some more realistic modifications/additions:

1. Cutting booze/drugs is usually a good idea. You can keep retarded friends as long as you also keep smart friends.

2. Definitely prioritize academics. If you go through school not giving a crap, you are going to be passing up on some great opportunities.

3. Striving for a 2400 and a 4.0 GPA isn't necessary. This is an overachieving goal that isn't feasible for most people. Instead, just focus on doing your absolute best -- push your limits. Having decent scores/GPAs will get you access to a huge number of great schools.

4. Take the most challenging courseload that you can. Rigor is looked at very, very favorably.

5. It's better to be really, really involved in just a few extracurriculars than it is to be involved in a ton of meaningless ones. Speech and Debate is a great one to get involved with, as are computer science clubs, science teams, orchestras, community service projects, state/national competitions, sports, etc. Don't force yourself to sludge through a particular activity if you hate it. For instance, I was not involved in any sports whatsoever. I was largely involved in cultural honor societies, digital media clubs, computer science clubs, speech and debate, and art clubs.

6. Surrounding yourself with driven, intelligent people is one of the best things you can do. The competition will help keep you stimulated, and it's easier to become successful if you're following similar paths of other successful, smart people.

7. Be active in your classes and develop relationships with your teachers. You'll need to get letters of recommendation at some point, and it's much easier to get good recs if the teachers actually KNOW you and what you can do.


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