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(The Daily Beast)   The Wall Street Journal goes full Onion as it publishes an open letter from a high school senior to all the colleges who rejected her application   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 168
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2013-04-03 02:47:51 PM

umad: keepitcherry: I always love these threads where the fark super intellectuals get to tell us how they sacrificed their childhoods/teen years worrying about colleges and grad schools and 4.0 GPA's blah blah blah. We've got 70 years on this earth if we're lucky I'm focused on my pursuit of happiness - fark your ivy league prestige and your engineering firm.

Enjoy working minimum wage and never retiring so you can pursue your happiness in shiatty living conditions with shiatty toys. I will cry myself to sleep tonight on my 2400 threadcount pillowcase while I contemplate about how much my life sucks.


The fark.

/Of course my birthday gift to myself was flannel sheets, so I shouldn't be throwing stones.
 
2013-04-03 03:06:14 PM

keepitcherry: Farkers here will applaud the 16 year old


I'm sorry, but what? How do you know we'll do it?

ohhh, you're trollin' I gotcha.

/farking dumbass
 
2013-04-03 03:17:31 PM

somedude210: keepitcherry: Farkers here will applaud the 16 year old

I'm sorry, but what? How do you know we'll do it?

ohhh, you're trollin' I gotcha.

/farking dumbass


You just spent the entire thread sucking your own dick, lol. I'm set for life suckers and I enjoy what I do :)
 
2013-04-03 03:19:50 PM

umad: keepitcherry: I always love these threads where the fark super intellectuals get to tell us how they sacrificed their childhoods/teen years worrying about colleges and grad schools and 4.0 GPA's blah blah blah. We've got 70 years on this earth if we're lucky I'm focused on my pursuit of happiness - fark your ivy league prestige and your engineering firm.

Enjoy working minimum wage and never retiring so you can pursue your happiness in shiatty living conditions with shiatty toys. I will cry myself to sleep tonight on my 2400 threadcount pillowcase while I contemplate about how much my life sucks.


I probably make more than you do, own my own house in my 20's, have no car payment, and zero debt. I'm doing just fine Captain Asperger
 
2013-04-03 03:22:16 PM

keepitcherry: You just spent the entire thread sucking your own dick, lol. I'm set for life suckers and I enjoy what I do :)


Huh? Where in this thread is there dick sucking? Gay marriage threads are in the politics tab.

keepitcherry: I probably make more than you do, own my own house in my 20's, have no car payment, and zero debt. I'm doing just fine Captain Asperger


24 with health and life insurance as well as two retirement funds. So fark off.
 
2013-04-03 03:42:12 PM

quietwalker: If she thinks this is bad, just wait until she tries to get a job.

It turns out that if you're just as good as the next guy for the job-skill in question, but they have additional skills, or more experience, or better social skills, or are more confident, or have better, more weightier recommendations, then they are more likely to get the job!



Don't forget Better Hair! The good job always goes to the guy with the Better Hair!

/Not bald
//Bald-ing
 
2013-04-03 03:58:26 PM

umad: babygoat: umad: keepitcherry: I always love these threads where the fark super intellectuals get to tell us how they sacrificed their childhoods/teen years worrying about colleges and grad schools and 4.0 GPA's blah blah blah. We've got 70 years on this earth if we're lucky I'm focused on my pursuit of happiness - fark your ivy league prestige and your engineering firm.

Enjoy working minimum wage and never retiring so you can pursue your happiness in shiatty living conditions with shiatty toys. I will cry myself to sleep tonight on my 2400 threadcount pillowcase while I contemplate about how much my life sucks.

And fark your pillowcase.  No one cares about your stuff, especially your pillowcase.

Somebody is grumpy. Are people not tipping well at the coffee shop today?


Once you reach a point where you need to brag about your pillowcase on the internet, your life probably does suck.  Get your head out of your ass.
 
2013-04-03 04:18:29 PM
That girl is as sharp as a tack. But of course all you lib-drones can't see it. You're offended by her because you know what she mocks is the true state of academia in the 21st century.

The only thing she got wrong is that Granny Warren has 0/0 Cherokee heritage.
 
2013-04-03 04:20:44 PM

babygoat: umad: babygoat: umad: keepitcherry: I always love these threads where the fark super intellectuals get to tell us how they sacrificed their childhoods/teen years worrying about colleges and grad schools and 4.0 GPA's blah blah blah. We've got 70 years on this earth if we're lucky I'm focused on my pursuit of happiness - fark your ivy league prestige and your engineering firm.

Enjoy working minimum wage and never retiring so you can pursue your happiness in shiatty living conditions with shiatty toys. I will cry myself to sleep tonight on my 2400 threadcount pillowcase while I contemplate about how much my life sucks.

And fark your pillowcase.  No one cares about your stuff, especially your pillowcase.

Somebody is grumpy. Are people not tipping well at the coffee shop today?

Once you reach a point where you need to brag about your pillowcase on the internet, your life probably does suck.  Get your head out of your ass.


Once you reach a point where you no longer understand sarcasm, you should probably kill yourself.

/have no idea what threadcount my pillowcases are
 
2013-04-03 04:37:20 PM

Dr Dreidel: somedude210: art degree? If you're the next Picasso, a piece of paper isn't going to be required

You know, I used to think like that (then I took an arrow to the knee).

Then I spoke with a friend who did video game character design (including for Skyrim. Some of the gear is her handiwork, and I think she did some off-book VO work as well). I was talking about how I suck at art, and she countered: "You play bass, right? Were you this good when you first picked it up?" Another friend who majored in Set Design (I think) from Knox, Stephen Colbert's alma mater, told me that you can see all the art without a class, but to know why the art was important beyond "it looks good", you may need someone to explain it.

It takes hard work to be a good artist, but also good/the right tutelage. Even Picasso was taught by his father (who was an art professor).


Colbert started at Hampden-Sydney and transferred to Northwestern. His degree from Knox is honorary.
 
2013-04-03 04:39:15 PM

somedude210: Priapetic: Work hard, take difficult, unpopular majors that have a proven track of financial success, such as engineering, accounting, etc.. Realize that you will stat on the bottom rung of the ladder and your first 5 years will be sucky drudgery, JUST LIKE EVERY GENERATION BEFORE YOU. You will work long hours for low pay. Realize that you will not: become CEO in your first year, invent Facebook, get a million dollar signing bonus, succeed as a professional actor/musician/athlete, etc..

This is as it has been, and should be. Don't expect anything different. And the next person that says, "just follow your dream, do what you like"? Slap them. Hard. And ignore everything else they say.

I would also toss in that you shouldn't try and do engineering, science, accounting, etc. if you have no desire to do it. If you want to major in what you love and it has no real purpose in the corporate world, then accept that you're paying for something that won't have the return you think you'll get with a bachelor's in it.

can we also get rid of the idea that business majors are gonna be the cream of the crop? Cause most of them failed out of tougher majors (like engineering)

we need scientists, educators, engineers, doctors, nurses and accountants. Those should be your first priorities

/art degree? If you're the next Picasso, a piece of paper isn't going to be required


I just got royally screwed by having clueless parents, One teacher teaching everything practicly because the college was rearranging his department after they retried. The internet was still new when I came into college and I felt like I had to take a side. I was lost, confused and desperate and didn't know who to turn to for advice. I feel like a failure because I still am lost years later.
 
2013-04-03 05:26:11 PM
Good grief, she's in high school.  I'm sure glad the WSJ didn't publish anything I wrote when I was in high school.  Give it a rest.

//don't even want to read it
 
2013-04-03 06:03:25 PM

LibertyHiller: Dr Dreidel: And I know that HS guidance counselors are useless, but the one time they earn their keep is in college prep. Assuming they're worth a damn at all, they will have all kinds of info worth having. And don't wait until senior year to stack up those creds - I think part of the reason community-service requirements started appearing in schools is to help with that (I had to do 36 hours for each year in order to graduate - not even court-mandated!).

/CSB time:

Guidance counselors are farking useless. Thanks to them, I let myself get talked into engineering school, and permanently hamstrung my GPA.

When I applied to Stanford (ca. 1980), my guidance counselor (we'll call him "Doug Don't") sent in the form blank, Stanford returned it to me and I took it back to Doug, who finally got around to sending it in, but I can't remember if any deadlines were missed.

Thanks no doubt to Doug's paperwork bungle, Stanford waitlisted me, so I wound up going to my top choice within 1500 miles of home, and it all worked out in the end. (In retrospect, I could very well have flunked out of Stanford; I was so eager to get out from under my parents' thumbs that I sacrificed my freshman fall term to Bacchus. As is turned out, the school I went to shook me up, but I'd landed myself in a house with enough premeds that by the end of my junior year, an adjunct prof planned to include one of my papers in her assigned readings for the next term. Then her contract wasn't renewed, and instead of academia, I went into IT ops instead.)

Guidance counselors are farking useless. Thanks to them, I let myself get talked into engineering school, and permanently hamstrung my GPA.


Shouldn't you blame your admitted drinking... not your councilor..
 
2013-04-03 06:56:33 PM
I want to hate this girl but everything she said was true.  In my case, I worked part time during school,and full time in the summer to save up for college.  I didn't have the talents or smarts to get any significant scholarships.  But, then again, I never hand any delusions of getting into an Ivy League school with my background.  I think schools are making sure the type of student they accept is the type who will follow through and not ruin their drop out rate.  Proof of accomplishment is one way to prove that.
 
2013-04-03 09:52:32 PM

HMS_Blinkin: different sports rather than a kid who had a real passion for one extracurricular activity and excelled at it

(unless we're talking about football or basketball, in which case grades don't matter), or a kid who put in lots hours working a job through the school year and the summer.
 
2013-04-03 11:01:35 PM
I am 100% certain, unfortunately, that there are high school seniors who think like this. I am 99% certain none of them read the Wall Street Journal or write quite so competently. Therefore, I call shenanigans.
 
2013-04-04 12:17:25 AM
It is a good point.  I only ever applied to one University and got in, as a junior, at 17, without even finishing high school (yeah, I went to college without a high school diploma; they let me finish my senior year at the same time as I took my freshman classes) - all because I bullshiatted them and made myself sound a lot better than I really was.

I wasn't rewarded too well for my moderate embellishments - I never graduated from that place, despite having more than ten thousand dollars in loans before I turned 18.  It's just silly that a teenager should look at the world around him and see that as what he's supposed to do.  My mistakes are my own, but it's a bad system.  I don't know what a better system would look, but I know this one isn't very good. 

Of course, I resent higher education itself these days, because it's more about getting pieces of paper so that someone can land a cushy job than it is about education, and such thinking surely influences how I see it.
 
2013-04-04 07:08:30 PM
Preach it sister.
 
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