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doubleanti
07-26-2002, 07:47 PM
I was wondering, where did we all go to college [if applicable], and what degrees did you end up with? Change your path a lot? And for that matter, anyone do EE and CS? That's what I want to do for the sake of covering 'both sides', hardware and software. :) Hardware first!

And y'know if ya didn't go to college, and are in the industry, how did you get there? Thanks.

ygfperson
07-26-2002, 07:54 PM
i thought you went to caltech, da. or maybe i'm hallucinating words again... :(

i haven't gone to college yet, but i hope to someday. i'm currently looking at wpi (worcester polytech) and maybe rpi (renseler polytech). i've already checked out amherst, bu, bc, and umass.

to anyone answering da's question, what colleges would you suggest for computer science?

mithrandir
07-26-2002, 07:58 PM
I am still at university doing a degree in IS.

dmason
07-26-2002, 10:50 PM
currently in college in the attempt of earning a degree in CIS, although I will have to be able to survive 3 terms of Java before I can even think about getting a degree.

whistlenm1
07-26-2002, 11:18 PM
DeVry Institute - Electronic Technician

TESC - AAS Electronic Engineering Technology

NJIT - BSEE, hopefully I'll start this sept

got into programming at DeVry, assembly and C and loved it ever since.

fyodor
07-27-2002, 01:13 AM
I'm looking at Stanford, Harvey Mudd, and Rice right now. Somewhere sunny. Near a beach.
However, I'm thinking I'll take a year off and maybe work on an archaeological dig in Greece or something. The year between high school and college is probably the only chance I'll ever have to not worry about money, family, etc. I think that a lot of American kids just go to college at 18 cuz its expected of them, not because they feel its right for them. I'll probably never have this chance again (still getting a measure of financial aid from my parents). A thing that terrifies me is looking back in 30 years and seeing all the missed opportunities, all the things I could have done, the people I could have been friends with, all the missed relationships, etc.

tgm
07-27-2002, 07:19 AM
UW-River Falls, B.S. Computer Systems - Computer Science option. I also took the classes required for the Information Systems option (with the exception of COBOL programming). All that and a Mathematics minor too.
I started out as a computer engineer & physics major but after my first semester I switched to CS, due to almost acing my first programming class (3pts off on the first test was all).

I'm looking at doing grad school at UW-Madison (they have an excellent CS department) in a few years or the UofM-St.Paul next fall if I can work at the same time. I want to end up as a college professor towards the end of my career.

DrakkenKorin
07-27-2002, 08:33 AM
IMHO, I don't think the institution matters much (unless you are accepted into an IVY league school).

Other than that, I am of the opinion that a degree is just a piece of paper that says you took a couple of classes and passed them.

Will you change your major a lot? Maybe, maybe not. I sure did. Majored in everything from Accouting to Zoology. Stopped long enough to get an AAS in Mortuary Science (yes I was a previously licensed embalmer/funeral director). Got tired of being treated sh|tty and left the funeral business without looking back and went back to school.

First majored in Biology, then switched to CS. Basically I switched over to CS b/c I knew I would have an excellent money making opportunity, other than that I feelings about CS were neuteral. Well the further I got into the curriculum I more I learned that I didn't want to do it full time, so I changed my major to my secret passion: Anthropology.

From the time I took Cultural Anthropology to fulfill my IDS (Inter-Disciplinary Studies) requirement, I loved it and I knew I was hooked. So I chaned my major to ANT and saved me about a year and a half at schoool (I'll graduate in the summer, if all goes well).

I have already been tenatively accepted into the PhD program at LSU (Forensic Anthropology) and to the PhD program at George Washington University (Homonid Paleobiology).

Do what you love and you'll do fine, and as for school, remember this: It's just a piece of paper.

The Dog
07-27-2002, 08:38 AM
currently studying EE

ober
07-27-2002, 09:16 AM
Will be in my final year at Kettering University (http://www.kettering.edu) (formerly GMI) and am studying Computer Engineering... my goal at some point is to get my masters in something... not sure what tho.

Like DK said... the school doesn't really matter so much. They all pretty much teach the same stuff. Just keep in mind that experience is what is important. That's why I like my school... I've been interning at the same company for over 4 years now and I will come out of school with a load of experience. Not to mention that I don't doubt my company will offer me a job.

It's a piece of paper. You pass the classes, you get a job a lot easier that some schmo trying to do it without.

Shiro
07-27-2002, 09:57 AM
Studied electrical engineering.

sean
07-27-2002, 10:25 AM
Uh.... I just did a teach yourself Borland C++ Builder in 14 days thing, and then my Dad needed someone to wrtie a small assembly program for his company and the next thing I knew I had a really good summer job!

And uh... that's a very interesting signature doubleanti...

doubleanti
07-28-2002, 11:52 AM
haha well i think you've seen it for a while now... sounds good Sean, good luck with that. i wish everyone could go to college, it's so fun... and if you are still in HS, get those APs done!

Hammer
07-28-2002, 06:42 PM
I went to college back in the late 80's. Thing is, I only managed to do 2 months of it before I got dead bored, and left. It took me about a year and half to realise that I wanted to work in computers, so I applied all round town, and ended up working for one of the largest credit card companies in the world. I suppose I had a lucky break!

I don't know what other UK people would say (maybe someone will comment...), but when I was at school, I couldn't wait to leave. And I found college to simply be an extension of school <yawn>... it certainly didn't seem as appealing as the US people seem to make it sound today.

doubleanti
07-28-2002, 08:51 PM
how is college in the UK organized?

Troll_King
07-29-2002, 05:39 AM
I would choose MIT if I lived in the US. That is the best IT school on the planet. They invented basically everything to do with computers.

ober
07-29-2002, 05:59 AM
dean... are you really a computer with completely random statements that spew out from time to time...?

and you don't "just go to MIT"... :rolleyes:

minesweeper
07-29-2002, 06:50 AM
how is college in the UK organized?

This is a general description of the system:

We go to high school till we are 16 and do our GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education). They are pretty worthless though. Then you have the choice of going to college, staying at school or leaving education. At college or school you can do a vocational course or A-Levels (Advanced Levels). A-Levels are academic extentions of GCSE's and last for 2 years. You usually do 3 of them. If at 18 you have done A-Levels then you can go to university. The better scores you get in your A-Levels the better uni you can go to (there are a lot of c**p uni's in England and a few excellent ones). University lasts for 3 years and if you get a 2.1 class degree or higher you can do a Masters for 1 year.

I was fortunate in that I worked my ..........e off during my Maths, Physics and Biology A-Levels, went to a great university and am doing what is known as a "Fast Track" degree programme so I bypass the bachelors degree and go straight for the masters.

ober
07-29-2002, 07:55 AM
weird... totally whacked compared to our system over here.

Hammer
07-29-2002, 08:03 AM
Originally posted by ober5861
weird... totally whacked compared to our system over here.
What happens with you guys then?

Govtcheez
07-29-2002, 08:10 AM
Secondary school until 12th grade (so, you're usually 17-18), and if you've passed enough classes, you get your diploma. During high school, you usually take some tests (SAT and ACT) so colleges have grounds to deny you admission because you suck. Usually, during your last year of high school, you apply to various schools and pick the one that best suits you (you cn afford, offers your major, etc). Then, it's off to college, if you decide to go. Some people choose community colleges first, which are smaller schools that are usually a jumping off point to a bigger college. There's more, but I don't feel like typing anymore...

Troll_King
07-29-2002, 08:12 AM
The best education is the most rounded education, and a good measure of success in life in general (not everyone has access to education) is having accumulated some material possesions and maintianed your health, in your later years. Most people fail in one or both of these areas.

ober
07-29-2002, 08:38 AM
Originally posted by Govtcheez
Secondary school until 12th grade (so, you're usually 17-18), and if you've passed enough classes, you get your diploma. During high school, you usually take some tests (SAT and ACT) so colleges have grounds to deny you admission because you suck. Usually, during your last year of high school, you apply to various schools and pick the one that best suits you (you cn afford, offers your major, etc). Then, it's off to college, if you decide to go. Some people choose community colleges first, which are smaller schools that are usually a jumping off point to a bigger college. There's more, but I don't feel like typing anymore...

to continue... after you get your degree from what we call "undergraduate" level, you can go on to "graduate" schools... which can and often are the same university that you got your undergrad degree at. At the "graduate" level, you can go on to get your masters, and then your PHD, or (Doctorate) degree. Only complete imbicils would go to anymore schooling than this... and it takes quite a dedicated person to go that far... usually a person with their Doctorate in something (excluding those who have skipped ahead) comes out with the ability to practice at the ripe age of about 26-27, I'd say.

minesweeper
07-29-2002, 08:43 AM
to continue... after you get your degree from what we call "undergraduate" level, you can go on to "graduate" schools... which can and often are the same university that you got your undergrad degree at. At the "graduate" level, you can go on to get your masters, and then your PHD, or (Doctorate) degree. Only complete imbicils would go to anymore schooling than this... and it takes quite a dedicated person to go that far... usually a person with their Doctorate in something (excluding those who have skipped ahead) comes out with the ability to practice at the ripe age of about 26-27, I'd say.


Basically the same thing happens here

doubleanti
07-29-2002, 09:48 AM
>Only complete imbicils

about that, you can also double major... [one set of GEs, and in a few me and my friends will be gEECS] :) and it wouldn't be completely useless, how about it would be fun and you truly love life and knowledge? and don't say "oh, well when you have 3 term papers due next thursday, you'll change your mind"... because not only have i cut the multiple APs in HS but also have taken some courses at the local CC to make my BS trek at least a _little_ [emphasis on the world 'little'] easier... so... haha... we shall see...

and anyone who doesn't want to be there just for the experience alone is sure missing out...

d00b
07-29-2002, 10:10 AM
I'm starting school @ UIL Urbana-Champaign next month... I'm going for a Master of Computer Science degree :) I've got a friend there right now, just for kicks I do all of his CS homework :D (now I'll have my own)

Urbana-Champaign is home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications which still runs the world's fastest supercomputers :) (in fact, MOSIAC was developed there, if you go to Help->About in IE)

I can't wait to start!

Troll_King
07-31-2002, 12:21 AM
Originally posted by ober5861
dean... are you really a computer with completely random statements that spew out from time to time...?

and you don't "just go to MIT"... :rolleyes:

No, but I did invent the internet.

mithrandir
07-31-2002, 12:54 AM
Nice to meet you - tell me, how did you go about creating it? Did you base it upon the ARPRANET like everyone says you did?

doubleanti
07-31-2002, 09:01 AM
please keep this on topic stealth, troll_king? thanks...

btw my HS A's are steadfast turning into C's... hopefully this semester i'll even out my craptacular 2.0 CC GPA to a 2.5 with any luck... we shall see... note to self: don't overload!!!

must...study......

Troll_King
07-31-2002, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by doubleanti
please keep this on topic stealth, troll_king? thanks...

btw my HS A's are steadfast turning into C's... hopefully this semester i'll even out my craptacular 2.0 CC GPA to a 2.5 with any luck... we shall see... note to self: don't overload!!!

must...study......

Well at least we can sort of understand what you are saying now a days. You are not as much of a retard as you were before. What happened?

doubleanti
07-31-2002, 10:57 PM
gee dean, y'know i've tried to be objective about your own triffles in the past, and i'll try again and ask why you'd say something like that? and about that i'm finding less and less time to spend here, so if you are referring to my decreased posting then realize this is a very important transition period. i await your reply...

Klinerr1
07-31-2002, 11:37 PM
well im only 13, but ive writtin 1 or 2 programs for people i know at school and got some small cash.

doubleanti
08-01-2002, 12:05 AM
Klinerr, what does that have to do with college, or anything in this thread?

face_master
08-01-2002, 12:18 AM
Originally posted by Klinerr1
well im only 13, but ive writtin 1 or 2 programs for people i know at school and got some small cash.
What type of programs were they? What did they do? I want some cash for programming too! :D

face_master
08-01-2002, 12:19 AM
>> Klinerr, what does that have to do with college, or anything in this thread?

It doesn't

mithrandir
08-01-2002, 12:26 AM
Getting back on the topic...why did you choose the university/college that you are studying at?

face_master
08-01-2002, 12:29 AM
They didn't

doubleanti
08-01-2002, 09:21 AM
>It doesn't
>They didn't

face_master, please keep this to topic.

and there are several reasons. firstly i didn't think i'd get in, but my sister goes there. also it's a beatiful campus and it would be very convinient to go to the same school my sister did. i did not apply to other UCs, perhaps i should have. i only applied to UCI and cal poly pomona, and i didn't want to live at home. granted UCI is alot more expensive, but once i get there i'm gonna force my roommates to cut my internet connection if it gets in the way of my studies, like right now actually. i can't wait, so much waiting. school starts september 27 if i'm not mistaken. www.uci.edu go anteaters!