Choosing a University

Of all things my piano teacher and I talked about, it was about choosing a university. So after taking a dump (can’t help mentioning that in the same sentence as EDUCATION) I used Opera to search for this thing called University.

Errr… let’s see, Google’s first result was How to Choose a Search Engine or Directory. UCSC library – how to choose a research topic, CUergo: Choosing and ergonomic chair. Ahah! How to Choose the right college for you…University online degree, how to choose a school. Middlesex University>Choose Nursing in London. Yeah I’d really rather go to Middlesex University than become a nurse, eh? What a choice.

The second page has more relevant results. But maybe it’s time to click on one of those links once in a while. So without further ado, I have six tabs pertaining to the results, two of which are broken links.

(in case you guys think I’m making fun of schools, I’m actually taking them very seriously. See the line below this one)
/sarcasm

You’ve found out that you can go back to school and finish that degree. On the Internet. Without ever leaving home. It’s an empowering thought.

cut that out with a middle click… I am not an old jobless geezer.

University of North Texas: How to choose the right COLLEGE for you, in big 60s neon style. I’m starting to get a little bit interested. Hopefully I don’t fall asleep now like I always did before.

Throughout the site, you’ll find facts about the University of North Texas clearly set apart in boldface type.

I can’t wait!

Caveat emptor is Latin for “Let the buyer beware.”

I’m starting to like these guys already. There aren’t as many rednecks in Texas as is usually advertised, eh?
Continuing on with the North Texas College guide, it says Why go to college? Well, that question is answered very poignantly in Real Lives 2004. Download a copy and find out how hard it is just to get a good job without a university degree. Next up, Types of Colleges.

There are two kinds of colleges. Two year colleges (aka Community Colleges) and four years. The four year ones get all the press like Harvard and Yale and USC or something, while my impression of two year colleges so far is something of a cram school.
WARNING WARNING BOLDTYPE

As a Doctoral/Research University — Extensive, UNT ranks in the top 4 percent of U.S. colleges and universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation. It offers a broad range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs and is divided into 10 colleges and schools.

Financial Aid: as everyone knows, public and private colleges charge differently. But it also seems that the private ones get their money from churches as well, because they’re slightly religious. I’m sure the science division of the schools doesn’t though. No sign of whether the public or private is better. Oh here it is:

UNT is a public university, governed by a nine-member Board of Regents. Due to state assistance, tuition and fees are kept lower than the national average at UNT.

And what is it with those same sex schools? UNT provides the answer:

Those who choose to attend a women’s college believe the environment allows women to take more leadership roles and learn without the intimidation or distraction of the opposite sex. Women’s colleges also provide abundant opportunities to find mentors.

That’s a stupid answer… why? Because when the women come out they still can’t assert leadership over males, only females. haha! /rant

-tion words
Accreditation.
errr.. if you want your hard earned PhD degree to be taken at face level, you should attend an accredited university. Basically, what that means is… the university meets some accepted standards of quality and its degrees are taken at face value. You also shouldn’t assume that universities are accredited.

That’s it for the -tion words
Faculty – visit the campus and see if you’ll get along with the people there. And some colleges allow graduate students to teach classes. (that’s a new one)

Location: errr… just make sure it’s near.
Size: I want a large one.
COST: WOOHOO… not.

Be sure to consider that college costs include more than just tuition: there are fees, textbooks, housing, food and other expenses such as parking and travel

Campus life: don’t care.

Every college is required to publish crime statistics annually, including the number of motor vehicle thefts, burglaries, aggravated assaults, robberies, rapes, murders, liquor violations, drug abuse violations and weapons possessions on campus. Check out the situation at any campus you are considering. Ask about lighting and the availability of police escort services at night.

Now that is new.

You may have heard that you should call colleges and ask for their catalogs. That’s great if you’re an extremely serious student who wants to know exactly what courses you’ll take for your degree and what you’ll learn in each course.

errr… over my dead body.

But college catalogs are dry documents full of information best digested much later in the process.

My point exactly.

And now for the part shrouded in mystery for the longest time ever (or rather laziness) applying to college.
SAT: shit don’t even want to talk about it.
SAT2: now apparently this is a one hour test in which students answer as many questions (usually multiple choice). The tests are specialized in more than 20 areas.

Man I’m feeling sleepy already.

Paying for College: oh no.
To apply for federal aid (sounds like government subsidy to me) you need to complete the Free Appliation for Federal Student Aid or Financial Aid Form. er. Well, the government, college or companies can fund your education. You can be automatically considered for scholarships (which probably means something good) or you need to apply for them (i.e. you are a futsuu ningen, which doesn’t interest Haruhi-sama, which means you don’t get any breaks in life).

Last section: preparing for college. If I read any more…

Don’t wait until you’re a senior to start thinking about college. Work hard at getting good grades throughout high school. During your junior year, attend as many college fairs as you can. Start thinking about what’s important to you in a college, and look at web sites and collect brochures from colleges that interest you.

Some universities look for an upward trend in your high school grades. Many colleges, especially the selective institutions, look not only at grades, but also at the difficulty of courses taken. The more honors or Advanced Placement courses a student takes, the better. But if you’re not an honors student, don’t worry. There’s still a college for you.

Oh no. I’m a senior already. Well, the trend’s being downwards so far. I’d better make it increase exponentially next year.

Apparently these guys also use some kind of ‘credit’ system that ISKL is also using.

Well now I know something about colleges. Should do something I suppose. I guess first up is solving those trigonometric identities.

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