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2013-05-13 08:24:20 AM  
i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-13 08:37:18 AM  
You did an excellent job of transcribing TFA's first sentence, subby. Very good. Verrrry gooood. Good boy. That's a good boy.
 
2013-05-13 08:38:11 AM  
I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.
 
2013-05-13 08:42:22 AM  
I never saw what the bid deal was: You take the SAT (or ACT), you fill out your application, and you get accepted.

Easy-peasy.
 
2013-05-13 08:44:53 AM  
thecampussocialite.com

Some things are worth the extra effort.
 
2013-05-13 08:45:45 AM  

give me doughnuts: I never saw what the bid deal was: You take the SAT (or ACT), you fill out your application, and you get accepted.

Easy-peasy.


People who aren't really smart have to do extracurriculars and stuff, I guess.

/I just bullshiatted about Thoreau in my interview
 
2013-05-13 08:46:15 AM  

darwinpolice: I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.


To be fair, DeVry Technical Institute isn't really a college.
 
2013-05-13 08:48:14 AM  
Hmm..was 25 years ago, but maybe that's why I didn't get in to Broadcasting school - no gifts or harassment, etc.

I took it as a sign and got out a year later, went back to school for a realy job - had to settle for social worker....dang.
 
2013-05-13 08:49:23 AM  
That's why you have backup schools.  Move on, it's not that important.
 
2013-05-13 08:50:52 AM  

spentmiles: I'm one of the admissions officers that selects kids off these lists for a major medical university.  Here's a tip for the parents with a kid on the wait list: every time you call me, I move your kid down ten spots.  Eventually, you pester me enough, he falls off the bottom.  Trust me, if he was worth a shiat, he wouldn't be on the wait list with a bunch of other suburban white kids who think AP exams and Honors courses mean a farking thing.  All we care about is raw IQ, not whether or not Johnny Dipshiat was the captain of his Meals on Wheels elderly assistance team.  We don't need extra-circular, well rounded little assholes for meet and greats.  We need human computers with photographic memories that can instantly recall the fifty-third step in a complex clinical procedure.  You're either born with it or your aren't.

And if your kid wasn't, there's only one way he's getting past me - you letting me fark you anyway I feel like.  Maybe it's just a few dozen blowjobs in front of your husband.  Maybe you let me tape you from behind screaming out how much you hate your other kids while I rip your asshole like a birthday gift.  Maybe me and South African janitorial staff run the mystery train on you and your husband.  If your kid gets in then maybe he'll cure HIV and you won't have to worry about it afterward.  Maybe you just come into my office and drink the contents of the surgical glove that I've been spurting into for the last three semesters.  You've got to prove to me that you want it.

I drive a 1937 Mercedes 540 K Special - to work.  That's my farking work car.  I eat a pile of cocaine for breakfast.  That's a million dollar a year habit.  When I want relax on Friday night, I kill a prostitute with the DA.  I've got all the money and power and drugs that one university admissions officer could ever want.  All that's missing in my life is your total humiliation.  Pay me.


I think i love you.
 
2013-05-13 08:51:16 AM  
or save yourself a hell of a future GOV'T bill,  don't apply to OSU from High School.

 go to local college for peanuts, work PT,  then transfer with zero BS.
 
2013-05-13 08:53:16 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [thecampussocialite.com image 500x340]

Some things are worth the extra effort.


Is it just the angle of the picture or does she have a chin that can poke your eyes out if you're not careful?

So instead of sharp knees they have sharp chins now?
 
2013-05-13 08:54:14 AM  
I can't imagine any scenario where I'd transfer from what I do into working with admissions.  The only people with a crappier job are the ones in financial aid.
 
2013-05-13 08:55:07 AM  

spentmiles: I'm one of the admissions officers that selects kids off these lists for a major medical university.  Here's a tip for the parents with a kid on the wait list: every time you call me, I move your kid down ten spots.  Eventually, you pester me enough, he falls off the bottom.  Trust me, if he was worth a shiat, he wouldn't be on the wait list with a bunch of other suburban white kids who think AP exams and Honors courses mean a farking thing.  All we care about is raw IQ, not whether or not Johnny Dipshiat was the captain of his Meals on Wheels elderly assistance team.  We don't need extra-circular, well rounded little assholes for meet and greats.  We need human computers with photographic memories that can instantly recall the fifty-third step in a complex clinical procedure.  You're either born with it or your aren't.

And if your kid wasn't, there's only one way he's getting past me - you letting me fark you anyway I feel like.  Maybe it's just a few dozen blowjobs in front of your husband.  Maybe you let me tape you from behind screaming out how much you hate your other kids while I rip your asshole like a birthday gift.  Maybe me and South African janitorial staff run the mystery train on you and your husband.  If your kid gets in then maybe he'll cure HIV and you won't have to worry about it afterward.  Maybe you just come into my office and drink the contents of the surgical glove that I've been spurting into for the last three semesters.  You've got to prove to me that you want it.

I drive a 1937 Mercedes 540 K Special - to work.  That's my farking work car.  I eat a pile of cocaine for breakfast.  That's a million dollar a year habit.  When I want relax on Friday night, I kill a prostitute with the DA.  I've got all the money and power and drugs that one university admissions officer could ever want.  All that's missing in my life is your total humiliation.  Pay me.


That was beautiful man.
 
2013-05-13 09:00:14 AM  
Jeez, all you have to do is turn your house into a brothel while your parents are away during your appointment with the admissions representative.
 
2013-05-13 09:05:08 AM  
Is it normal I read that as the intro to the twilight zone?
 
2013-05-13 09:09:49 AM  

spentmiles: I'm one of the admissions officers that selects kids off these lists for a major medical university.  Here's a tip for the parents with a kid on the wait list: every time you call me, I move your kid down ten spots.  Eventually, you pester me enough, he falls off the bottom.  Trust me, if he was worth a shiat, he wouldn't be on the wait list with a bunch of other suburban white kids who think AP exams and Honors courses mean a farking thing.  All we care about is raw IQ, not whether or not Johnny Dipshiat was the captain of his Meals on Wheels elderly assistance team.  We don't need extra-circular, well rounded little assholes for meet and greats.  We need human computers with photographic memories that can instantly recall the fifty-third step in a complex clinical procedure.  You're either born with it or your aren't.

And if your kid wasn't, there's only one way he's getting past me - you letting me fark you anyway I feel like.  Maybe it's just a few dozen blowjobs in front of your husband.  Maybe you let me tape you from behind screaming out how much you hate your other kids while I rip your asshole like a birthday gift.  Maybe me and South African janitorial staff run the mystery train on you and your husband.  If your kid gets in then maybe he'll cure HIV and you won't have to worry about it afterward.  Maybe you just come into my office and drink the contents of the surgical glove that I've been spurting into for the last three semesters.  You've got to prove to me that you want it.

I drive a 1937 Mercedes 540 K Special - to work.  That's my farking work car.  I eat a pile of cocaine for breakfast.  That's a million dollar a year habit.  When I want relax on Friday night, I kill a prostitute with the DA.  I've got all the money and power and drugs that one university admissions officer could ever want.  All that's missing in my life is your total humiliation.  Pay me.



Wow, that escalated quickly.
 
2013-05-13 09:12:28 AM  

spentmiles: I'm one of the admissions officers that selects kids off these lists for a major medical university.  Here's a tip for the parents with a kid on the wait list: every time you call me, I move your kid down ten spots.  Eventually, you pester me enough, he falls off the bottom.  Trust me, if he was worth a shiat, he wouldn't be on the wait list with a bunch of other suburban white kids who think AP exams and Honors courses mean a farking thing.  All we care about is raw IQ, not whether or not Johnny Dipshiat was the captain of his Meals on Wheels elderly assistance team.  We don't need extra-circular, well rounded little assholes for meet and greats.  We need human computers with photographic memories that can instantly recall the fifty-third step in a complex clinical procedure.  You're either born with it or your aren't.

And if your kid wasn't, there's only one way he's getting past me - you letting me fark you anyway I feel like.  Maybe it's just a few dozen blowjobs in front of your husband.  Maybe you let me tape you from behind screaming out how much you hate your other kids while I rip your asshole like a birthday gift.  Maybe me and South African janitorial staff run the mystery train on you and your husband.  If your kid gets in then maybe he'll cure HIV and you won't have to worry about it afterward.  Maybe you just come into my office and drink the contents of the surgical glove that I've been spurting into for the last three semesters.  You've got to prove to me that you want it.

I drive a 1937 Mercedes 540 K Special - to work.  That's my farking work car.  I eat a pile of cocaine for breakfast.  That's a million dollar a year habit.  When I want relax on Friday night, I kill a prostitute with the DA.  I've got all the money and power and drugs that one university admissions officer could ever want.  All that's missing in my life is your total humiliation.  Pay me.


Are you Herbert Kornfeld's cousin?
 
2013-05-13 09:15:39 AM  
I refuse to favorite spentmiles. It's always just better when you don't expect it.
 
2013-05-13 09:19:50 AM  

spentmiles: I'm one of the admissions officers that selects kids off these lists for a major medical university.  Here's a tip for the parents with a kid on the wait list: every time you call me, I move your kid down ten spots.  Eventually, you pester me enough, he falls off the bottom.  Trust me, if he was worth a shiat, he wouldn't be on the wait list with a bunch of other suburban white kids who think AP exams and Honors courses mean a farking thing.  All we care about is raw IQ, not whether or not Johnny Dipshiat was the captain of his Meals on Wheels elderly assistance team.  We don't need extra-circular, well rounded little assholes for meet and greats.  We need human computers with photographic memories that can instantly recall the fifty-third step in a complex clinical procedure.  You're either born with it or your aren't.

And if your kid wasn't, there's only one way he's getting past me - you letting me fark you anyway I feel like.  Maybe it's just a few dozen blowjobs in front of your husband.  Maybe you let me tape you from behind screaming out how much you hate your other kids while I rip your asshole like a birthday gift.  Maybe me and South African janitorial staff run the mystery train on you and your husband.  If your kid gets in then maybe he'll cure HIV and you won't have to worry about it afterward.  Maybe you just come into my office and drink the contents of the surgical glove that I've been spurting into for the last three semesters.  You've got to prove to me that you want it.

I drive a 1937 Mercedes 540 K Special - to work.  That's my farking work car.  I eat a pile of cocaine for breakfast.  That's a million dollar a year habit.  When I want relax on Friday night, I kill a prostitute with the DA.  I've got all the money and power and drugs that one university admissions officer could ever want.  All that's missing in my life is your total humiliation.  Pay me.

 
2013-05-13 09:19:54 AM  
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/education/on-the-waiting-list-some- c ollege-applicants-try-a-little-dazzle.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hpw

Heres a link to a better article on the subject, but in either case they involve my alma mater Union.

/Go U!!
 
2013-05-13 09:21:01 AM  
That's what I get for not previewing. Image too big :-/

This fits though:  http://media.tumblr.com/fcb5d91c89c8783325c9a16660b6649a/tumblr_inlin e _mhz421Ll9m1qz4rgp.gif
 
2013-05-13 09:22:26 AM  

WhippingBoy: darwinpolice: I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

To be fair, DeVry Technical Institute isn't really a college.


Is it hard to get into college? I remember my senior year in high school, my mom was pestering me to apply to college (something I didn't really give a damn about), so I fired off applications to a small school in the northern New England mountains and a huge SEC powerhouse and was accepted by both.

It seemed like such a trivial thing to me, and it solidified my lack of understanding of the classmates who were freaking out about wait lists and rejection. Almost 15 years later, and it seems even sillier.
 
2013-05-13 09:24:24 AM  

kwame: I can't imagine any scenario where I'd transfer from what I do into working with admissions.  The only people with a crappier job are the ones in financial aid.


Speaking as someone who has done both, I assure you financial aid is worse.  You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.  I think if you can last more than five years in that profession, you have no soul.
 
2013-05-13 09:27:13 AM  
Haven't these kids ever heard of state school?
 
2013-05-13 09:29:23 AM  
"Last year, I had a girl who wrote to me every day," recalled Monica Inzer, Hamilton's dean of admissions. "She'd send me e-mails; she'd send me letters; she had alums write to me. We all knew that this girl wanted us more than anyone else."
When a total of three spots in the freshman class opened up, that eager young woman was the first person Ms. Inzer called. "She said, 'Eh, I'm going someplace else.' "


In one brief statement, Ms. Inzer just encouraged the rat race to continue and even escalate.
 
2013-05-13 09:32:19 AM  

Carn: Haven't these kids ever heard of state school?


Yes they have. That's where their servants go.
 
2013-05-13 09:36:30 AM  
Rather than freaking out, I think the smarter thing to do would be to take the fact that you're on a wait list (or have been outright rejected) as a good sign that maybe college isn't for you.

No snark intended; some people just aren't meant for college.
 
2013-05-13 09:37:00 AM  

lizyrd: WhippingBoy: darwinpolice: I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

To be fair, DeVry Technical Institute isn't really a college.

Is it hard to get into college? I remember my senior year in high school, my mom was pestering me to apply to college (something I didn't really give a damn about), so I fired off applications to a small school in the northern New England mountains and a huge SEC powerhouse and was accepted by both.

It seemed like such a trivial thing to me, and it solidified my lack of understanding of the classmates who were freaking out about wait lists and rejection. Almost 15 years later, and it seems even sillier.


You forgot the "humble" part of your humble brag.
 
2013-05-13 09:38:04 AM  

spentmiles: I'm one of the admissions officers that selects kids off these lists for a major medical university.  Here's a tip for the parents with a kid on the wait list: every time you call me, I move your kid down ten spots.  Eventually, you pester me enough, he falls off the bottom.  Trust me, if he was worth a shiat, he wouldn't be on the wait list with a bunch of other suburban white kids who think AP exams and Honors courses mean a farking thing.  All we care about is raw IQ, not whether or not Johnny Dipshiat was the captain of his Meals on Wheels elderly assistance team.  We don't need extra-circular, well rounded little assholes for meet and greats.  We need human computers with photographic memories that can instantly recall the fifty-third step in a complex clinical procedure.  You're either born with it or your aren't.

And if your kid wasn't, there's only one way he's getting past me - you letting me fark you anyway I feel like.  Maybe it's just a few dozen blowjobs in front of your husband.  Maybe you let me tape you from behind screaming out how much you hate your other kids while I rip your asshole like a birthday gift.  Maybe me and South African janitorial staff run the mystery train on you and your husband.  If your kid gets in then maybe he'll cure HIV and you won't have to worry about it afterward.  Maybe you just come into my office and drink the contents of the surgical glove that I've been spurting into for the last three semesters.  You've got to prove to me that you want it.

I drive a 1937 Mercedes 540 K Special - to work.  That's my farking work car.  I eat a pile of cocaine for breakfast.  That's a million dollar a year habit.  When I want relax on Friday night, I kill a prostitute with the DA.  I've got all the money and power and drugs that one university admissions officer could ever want.  All that's missing in my life is your total humiliation.  Pay me.


Clearly, I could've made better life decisions . . .
 
2013-05-13 09:38:07 AM  

biyaaatci: Speaking as someone who has done both, I assure you financial aid is worse. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. I think if you can last more than five years in that profession, you have no soul.


There are certain things I know I have no patience for.  I could never deal with teaching in a public school setting.  I could never work for the DMV.  And I could never work in an environment where every entitled little turd on campus shows up to b*tch because they're not getting free money to half-ass it in college.  I like working with academic policies.  It's nice and...inflexible.
 
2013-05-13 09:39:24 AM  
I just went down to the community college and filled out an application. I used the big letters in front and the little letters to follow. I used ink and stayed in the lines. If there were blocks, I only put one letter in each. You know that space that says "Do not write in this space?" Do not write in that space! Got accepted right away.

I guess that summer of prepping really paid off.
 
2013-05-13 09:45:12 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I guess that summer of prepping really paid off.


It's almost as if they're called community colleges because their purpose is to educate the community.
 
2013-05-13 10:00:49 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: lizyrd: WhippingBoy: darwinpolice: I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

To be fair, DeVry Technical Institute isn't really a college.

Is it hard to get into college? I remember my senior year in high school, my mom was pestering me to apply to college (something I didn't really give a damn about), so I fired off applications to a small school in the northern New England mountains and a huge SEC powerhouse and was accepted by both.

It seemed like such a trivial thing to me, and it solidified my lack of understanding of the classmates who were freaking out about wait lists and rejection. Almost 15 years later, and it seems even sillier.

You forgot the "humble" part of your humble brag.


Not a brag; I wasn't cut out for college and was pushed into it. I dropped out after a year, and have been happy since.

My point really was that watching all these people who were better candidates than me (higher GPA, AP/honors classes, good SAT scores, more extra curriculars) completely freak out was confusing. They had to be getting into schools, and pretty good ones at that. I just have a hard time understanding why people work themselves up so much.
 
2013-05-13 10:12:10 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: lizyrd: WhippingBoy: darwinpolice: I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

To be fair, DeVry Technical Institute isn't really a college.

Is it hard to get into college? I remember my senior year in high school, my mom was pestering me to apply to college (something I didn't really give a damn about), so I fired off applications to a small school in the northern New England mountains and a huge SEC powerhouse and was accepted by both.

It seemed like such a trivial thing to me, and it solidified my lack of understanding of the classmates who were freaking out about wait lists and rejection. Almost 15 years later, and it seems even sillier.

You forgot the "humble" part of your humble brag.


Why is it a brag? I can tell essentially the same story as lizyrd . It was trivial to get accepted to college, and it's not like I was the brightest student going.

There are a lot of people who go to college who really shouldn't,
 
2013-05-13 10:18:46 AM  
One of the most stressful days of my life was the day my son got wait-listed by the only college he ever dreamed of attending.
One of the best days of my life was the day my son got off the wait-list and received an acceptance letter "if he was still interested" a month and a half later.
 
2013-05-13 10:29:00 AM  

WhippingBoy: Rather than freaking out, I think the smarter thing to do would be to take the fact that you're on a wait list (or have been outright rejected) as a good sign that maybe college isn't for you.

No snark intended; some people just aren't meant for college.


As a part time community college instructor for the last 15 years, you are 100% correct.  Not everyone is college material.   Some need to go into the real world and figure their shiat out first.  Some doesn't even need to show up at all.  Fortunately as a part timer, I don't have to deal with admissions, registration, advising or anything else.  I just show up, lecture, and collect some paychecks.
 
2013-05-13 10:32:16 AM  

lizyrd: My point really was that watching all these people who were better candidates than me (higher GPA, AP/honors classes, good SAT scores, more extra curriculars) completely freak out was confusing. They had to be getting into schools, and pretty good ones at that. I just have a hard time understanding why people work themselves up so much.


If you're aspiring to be the top of certain fields, then it matters more where you went to school than anything else (including performance at said school -- see also G.W. Bush). Yes, they could all make it into State U., but that doesn't get your resume noticed.
 
2013-05-13 10:40:12 AM  
Odd?


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2013-05-13 10:47:29 AM  

lizyrd: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: lizyrd: WhippingBoy: darwinpolice: I went to a school that has something like a 98% applicant acceptance rate, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

To be fair, DeVry Technical Institute isn't really a college.

Is it hard to get into college? I remember my senior year in high school, my mom was pestering me to apply to college (something I didn't really give a damn about), so I fired off applications to a small school in the northern New England mountains and a huge SEC powerhouse and was accepted by both.

It seemed like such a trivial thing to me, and it solidified my lack of understanding of the classmates who were freaking out about wait lists and rejection. Almost 15 years later, and it seems even sillier.

You forgot the "humble" part of your humble brag.

Not a brag; I wasn't cut out for college and was pushed into it. I dropped out after a year, and have been happy since.

My point really was that watching all these people who were better candidates than me (higher GPA, AP/honors classes, good SAT scores, more extra curriculars) completely freak out was confusing. They had to be getting into schools, and pretty good ones at that. I just have a hard time understanding why people work themselves up so much.


I never really understood all the stress over it either. I took the tests and was accepted before I started my senior year of high school that really made for a good, carefree year of school.

Some kids just put their hopes into one dream school and don't have a plan b. Seems like a good lesson to not put all of your eggs in one basket.
 
2013-05-13 10:54:38 AM  

stranger things have happened: Fortunately as a part timer, I don't have to deal with admissions, registration, advising or anything else. I just show up, lecture, and collect some paychecks.


You sound like a real gem.
 
2013-05-13 10:57:05 AM  
When I got wait listed at a few schools I just put them into the unaccepted pile and went someplace else. Not gonna die if you dont go to your special school. Only thing Im pissed about is the folks wouldnt let me go to University of Hawaii damn them.
 
2013-05-13 11:02:39 AM  

stranger things have happened: WhippingBoy: Rather than freaking out, I think the smarter thing to do would be to take the fact that you're on a wait list (or have been outright rejected) as a good sign that maybe college isn't for you.

No snark intended; some people just aren't meant for college.

As a part time community college instructor for the last 15 years, you are 100% correct.  Not everyone is college material.   Some need to go into the real world and figure their shiat out first.  Some doesn't even need to show up at all.  Fortunately as a part timer, I don't have to deal with admissions, registration, advising or anything else.  I just show up, lecture, and collect some paychecks.


part-time at community college doesn't translate to a very big paycheck.  Do you at least get paid minimum wage?
 
2013-05-13 11:22:02 AM  

Donnchadha: lizyrd: My point really was that watching all these people who were better candidates than me (higher GPA, AP/honors classes, good SAT scores, more extra curriculars) completely freak out was confusing. They had to be getting into schools, and pretty good ones at that. I just have a hard time understanding why people work themselves up so much.

If you're aspiring to be the top of certain fields, then it matters more where you went to school than anything else (including performance at said school -- see also G.W. Bush). Yes, they could all make it into State U., but that doesn't get your resume noticed.


If you are aspiring to be top a of a field, you should be making lists of the top programs in that field. And sometimes it is "State U" that has the best program.

How often is it undergrad work that gets one to the top of his field, anyway? Is it more important to have gone to Harvard for undergrad, or to have graduated from Yale Law or Harvard Business School? Does it hurt your resume that much if you do pre-med at UConn, do really well, and go to Johns Hopkins medical school?

Suppose you want to be a nuclear engineer. Is it better to go to Yale for an engineering degree just because it's Yale, or might it be better to go to Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State, or Wisconsin?

It seems to me that for any field worth proclaiming yourself "top" of requires a combination of brains, drive, and luck. I find it hard to believe that anyone who could end up at the top of the, say, avian science field might n
 
2013-05-13 11:23:45 AM  
ot make it because they went to a lesser college for undergrad.

/Stupid "Add Comment" button right below where I'm typing
 
2013-05-13 11:36:43 AM  

lizyrd: Donnchadha: lizyrd: My point really was that watching all these people who were better candidates than me (higher GPA, AP/honors classes, good SAT scores, more extra curriculars) completely freak out was confusing. They had to be getting into schools, and pretty good ones at that. I just have a hard time understanding why people work themselves up so much.

If you're aspiring to be the top of certain fields, then it matters more where you went to school than anything else (including performance at said school -- see also G.W. Bush). Yes, they could all make it into State U., but that doesn't get your resume noticed.

If you are aspiring to be top a of a field, you should be making lists of the top programs in that field. And sometimes it is "State U" that has the best program.

How often is it undergrad work that gets one to the top of his field, anyway? Is it more important to have gone to Harvard for undergrad, or to have graduated from Yale Law or Harvard Business School? Does it hurt your resume that much if you do pre-med at UConn, do really well, and go to Johns Hopkins medical school?

Suppose you want to be a nuclear engineer. Is it better to go to Yale for an engineering degree just because it's Yale, or might it be better to go to Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State, or Wisconsin?

It seems to me that for any field worth proclaiming yourself "top" of requires a combination of brains, drive, and luck. I find it hard to believe that anyone who could end up at the top of the, say, avian science field might n


I did say "certain fields", and yes State U might be on that list, but if you're applying for the engineering school at Michigan you might have a tougher go at it than if you were applying for Art Therapy -- and thus the anxiety inducing waitlisting.

In my field, what you said about grad school is also true -- undergrad with recommendations will get you into the good grad school and post doc to launch your career. Nobody does anything right out of undergrad, so making sure you have the basics from wherever you went (even if it's Branch Campus College) is more important than the name of the school you went to.
 
2013-05-13 11:58:31 AM  
If I won the lottery, would I be able to bypass this bullshiat with a well placed "donation"

/donation - the greatest nation on the globe
 
2013-05-13 12:01:21 PM  

kwame: stranger things have happened: Fortunately as a part timer, I don't have to deal with admissions, registration, advising or anything else. I just show up, lecture, and collect some paychecks.

You sound like a real gem.


Actually I am.  I'm a damn good instructor because I care about my students.  I can relate the information to them in a way that they absorb it.  My classes are fun and the students learn.  Should you ever find yourself in Lexington, KY you are more than welcome to stop by my class.  Perhaps you'll learn something.
 
2013-05-13 12:05:33 PM  

drb9: stranger things have happened: WhippingBoy: Rather than freaking out, I think the smarter thing to do would be to take the fact that you're on a wait list (or have been outright rejected) as a good sign that maybe college isn't for you.

No snark intended; some people just aren't meant for college.

As a part time community college instructor for the last 15 years, you are 100% correct.  Not everyone is college material.   Some need to go into the real world and figure their shiat out first.  Some doesn't even need to show up at all.  Fortunately as a part timer, I don't have to deal with admissions, registration, advising or anything else.  I just show up, lecture, and collect some paychecks.

part-time at community college doesn't translate to a very big paycheck.  Do you at least get paid minimum wage?


You're right.  It's not the greatest paying gig, but it supplements my primary job very well.  I get paid a little over $2200 for each class, which is 45 contact hours with the students.  Given the amount of time I put into creating/updating lectures it probably averages around $25 an hour.  Like I mentioned in the other comment, if you ever find yourself in Lexington, KY let me know.  You're more than welcome to sit in on a lecture.
 
2013-05-13 12:50:50 PM  
You kids better be sweating. All those horror stories you read about, kids with no jobs, kids trying to pay back six figure loans on barrista's tips, that doesn't happen to kids from Harvard. Your entire future is being decided right now. Your idiot guidance councilor may tell you you can get an education anywhere, he may tell you it's all about how you apply yourself over the next four years. He's lying. This is it, kids. This is how you are going to be judged for the rest of your life. You better hope for the best.
 
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