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(Some Guy)   Smart high school student graduates college before he graduates high school. How do you like them apples?   ( divider line
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2006-04-22 01:35:40 PM  
In college, you get out of your education what you put in. The resources and assignments are there as guidelines. The LEARNING is up to you. Schools and teachers aren't jokes, the problems is that you took them as jokes.

If you didn't have to work for a good grade, I guarantee you that someone in the class worked damned hard anyway and will be successful because of it, no matter what they pursue.
2006-04-22 01:37:04 PM  
If he was actually smart he would be into Formula 1 and leave this NASCAR crap to the 'tards.

/Hotter bizzitches and 'mo money
2006-04-22 01:42:27 PM  
but..but..but..he CAN'T be smart! He likes NASCAR am i rite?
2006-04-22 01:44:00 PM  
Phil Herup: If he was actually smart he would be into Formula 1 and leave this NASCAR crap to the 'tards.

/Hotter bizzitches and 'mo money

And none of that annoying passing people.
2006-04-22 01:45:13 PM  
I did the exact same thing...can someone write an article about me please? Only difference is that I didn't walk with the seniors from my high school; after two years of college I was pretty much done with my high school in every way possible.

/went to the Condoleezza/watermelon college
//it's actually one of the better community colleges oout there
2006-04-22 01:58:22 PM  
///doesn't mean I learned how to spell
2006-04-22 01:59:05 PM  
oout? do they have a typinng corse?
2006-04-22 01:59:50 PM  
Damn you beat me !
2006-04-22 02:20:11 PM  
Sliding Cap
The previous headline read 'highschool' not 'high school'
2006-04-22 02:32:43 PM  
You know,what we have here is a young man getting a good education, excelling in his hobbies, and possibly being something on this farked-up planet.At least he isn't on FARK for robbing, killing or boning a kid under the age required by law.Who knows,maybe he'll win a Grammy the same day he wins the Nextel Cup and the Nobel Peace Prize to boot.Okay I doubt it but anything's possible right?
2006-04-22 02:46:35 PM  
*gasp!* A kid trying to do what he wants with his life and get into a sport where he could do something he likes and makes lots of money! for shame!

Why, how dare he not do exactly what me or my child is doing AND on top of that have an article written about him! He's definitely inferior to me/my child/family/someone I know etc. etc.
2006-04-22 02:52:35 PM  
Have to disagree Toneskin. Both my parents started out at community colleges. They were the first in their families to go on to any higher education so it was a great opportunity. My mom has her doctorate and my dad ended up in one of the better med schools.

Of course this was in NYC's city university, community colleges. One can go from a 2 year school to a law degree without ever leaving the CUNY system. So I'm sure community colleges vary, but I'd never dismiss all of them in the same breath.

"1) They can't get a job anywhere else."

Where's your research for that? Many could make more money in the private sector or even teaching in high schools.

"2) They want a place where the focus is strictly on teaching and not on research."

Major universities are now demanding that their elitist professors actually teach general courses and not just their specialized fields. So the result is bitter professors who don't want to be in front of Freshmen. The students paying their salaries deserve better.

"3) They do not have a PhD"
Something like 4 in 5 teachers have a PhD in the CUNY community college system. Even more if you excuse physical education and art departments.

"4) Geography, period."

It's cheaper to live at home than live independently while going to school. Same reason students often choose in-state universities to avoid out of state tuitions.

"5) Work load is significantly less compared to a is not hugely different."

Simply not true, a community college professor here is likely to likely to be instructing at least 3 or 4 classes a semester in addition to doing their own research.

Disclosure: I'm a TA at a 4 year school.
2006-04-22 02:54:39 PM  
I agree, Ihaveanevilparrot, this kid must be a real jackass.

I'm on fark so I must be better than this kid.
2006-04-22 03:01:23 PM  
Misleading headlines suck. Getting an associates from a community college is actually easier than getting a diploma-- from my high school anyway.

/has Bachelor's, not Associate's
//from a real university
///currently working on a JD
2006-04-22 04:17:01 PM  
I graduated a jesuit university at 19 with a major and two minors. Doing course work isnt hard, its just doing what the prof says to do. Its the social aspect of college thats the hard part, and why its a coming of age rite in the US.

I think it would be an interesting experiment to have a school system which the grades were all not based on age. But the social system of the institution was. Just a thought.
2006-04-22 04:35:35 PM  
I actually did this same thing. Nobody wrote an article on me.


/16 year old that had 30+ year old classmates
//STFU to the Georgia bashers
2006-04-22 04:49:46 PM  
Unlike all the haters, I give the kid props. He knew what he wanted to do at an early age and chased it while still getting an education.

As for all the people who are putting him down for being smart and wanting to be a NASCAR driver... In the words of Kumar from Harold & Kumar fame, "Just because you're hung like a moose, doesn't mean you gotta do porn"
2006-04-22 05:02:05 PM  
I came out of the womb with a PhD in Computer Science.

And my glasses were a little smudgy.
2006-04-22 05:20:29 PM  

His real achievement is that he's already got a sponsor (Gibson). I'd doubt anyone here has one outside of AA.
i actually have a couple sponsors in the golf world. its great not money but tons of free equipment, balls, clothes, and shoes. my wife loves it because i get free clothing she get more for herself.
/ loves freebies
// would love some money better
/// will graduate next month with a BA in BA
/// 35 though
2006-04-22 05:58:35 PM  
Georgia Institute of Technology is a world class school. Where else is the motto GIT R Done.
2006-04-22 06:32:55 PM  
Tonesskin: I'll join in with an earlier poster. It may be rare, but professors do move from JCs/CCs to universities. One of my philosphy professors was working in Housting at a JC. He's now the ONLY full professor of philosophy at Texas Tech. Another professor in philosophy never graduated high school, got his PhD, was at a CC, and then went to Texas Tech and now to Colorado/Boulder. Not too shabby.

"Universities generally don't like hiring people who aren't either fresh out of graduate school or from another university."
--It's just about how good you are in some fields. What field are you in? In philosophy, people who publish well can move from JCs/CCs to Universities with little prejudice.
2006-04-22 06:39:18 PM  

He's now the ONLY full professor of philosophy at Texas Tech.

seriously, good for him, but i could hear the awkward silence in the room after that doozy.

/philosophy major, pre-law focus
2006-04-22 06:44:03 PM  
Yes I graduated from highschool and yes I misspell words from time to time.
2006-04-22 07:40:03 PM  
Sarah Flannery "studied computer science at Peterhouse College of the University of Cambridge graduating in 2003, and, as of November 2005, works for Wolfram Research."

From a recent speaking engagement:
"Sarah Flannery is currently a research associate in the Scientific
Information Group at Wolfram Research, developing the soon-to-be-released
Wolfram Collaboration Tool and coordinating the company's educational
outreach programs."
2006-04-22 07:42:34 PM  
Big deal! I graduated Alcoholics Anonymous at age 15, beat that you little shiat!
2006-04-22 07:45:35 PM  
And I'm surprised nobody mentioned the comedy gold mine that is Mayo's Website:

complete with car engine sounds and java text scroller WOOOOOO BOYYYY
2006-04-22 07:54:02 PM  
fark, I should of had an article written about me doing that!
2006-04-22 10:15:48 PM  

And I never bothered to worry about a GED, seems like a BA trumps it...

Never underestimate the stupdity and bureacracy of HR.

Get the GED. You may never need it, but if you do need it for some HR checkbox, you'll be glad you have it.

all the people talking this kid down,

What the fark is wrong with y'all?

This kid goes out of his way to go above and beyond that which is expected of kids, at a time when all society can do is badmouth the current crop of kids, and you just want to shiat all over him?

What the hell does he need to do to impress you? Figure out a way to live in his parents' basement and actually get laid?
2006-04-22 11:55:46 PM  
Meh, I'm 17 and (2 weeks away from being) a junior at a fairly prestigious private university in Georgia. Beats GPC any day. If it wasn't for his perpetuation of the NASCAR lovin' stereotype, I would probably say good work.
2006-04-23 12:43:43 AM  
Being from Georgia. This isnt shocking. Georgia Perimeter College is probably the easiest colleges to get into. One does not even need a GED to get into it.

Breathing is a good prerequisite in getting into Georgia Perimeter.
2006-04-23 12:45:25 AM  
When I was about ten and wanted to race cars the best I could do was to nail together some 2X4's and bolt on some wheels. Wheels that my parents thought I should put back on the shopping cart, return to the grocery store and tell the store manager.

I guess that was my education.

I still remember the big hill.
2006-04-23 08:00:16 PM  
I was one of those "fast-tracked" kids; the state U. near my house wanted me to start attending at 13. (Now that I'm pushing 30 I can look back and wonder what people's weird motivations were. I wouldn't have gone to State U. at Pisswater at 13 and I sure as heck wouldn't go now.) Anyhow, what kept my parents from agreeing to the whole deal was that they wondered what I would do with myself with a college degree at 17. It's not like you can go and enjoy the usual college goodies.... Anyhow, lo this many years later I'm finishing my MFA.
2006-04-23 08:28:44 PM  
Nothing new, a lot of kids at my high school did the same thing through the Running Start program. Others opted to get a IB diploma instead.

This is news?
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