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    I'll be escaping community college soon. A good way to save money, but it isn't terribly thought provoking. Some general questions I have:

    1. What are things I should probably take with me when I am forced into a dorm? What shouldn't I take?
    2. Are there any colleges that don't force you to do a bunch of bullshit pointless work, or is that a requirement for it to be a college?
    3. Does it *really* matter where I go to college? Is there a point in me working to get into a school with a bunch of rich entitled kids who work way too hard?
    4. Major in engineering? Chemistry? Theoretical physics? What degrees are worth it?
    5. What happens if I decide I want to be a doctor?
    6. Should I do a second year of comm college, or if I can get into, say, Boston University, should I go there? Should I not even bother with an up there public college? How am I supposed to pick a college I will be happy with?


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    1. My freshman roommate and I brought: A minifridge, a TV, a futon couch, a microwave, and a coffee-maker. We coordinated to split up that bigger stuff (I had a fridge and a TV to bring, she had a futon, etc). Other than that it's just your obvious needs like clothes and such.

    2. All colleges are going to have general education requirements (Like you have to take an art, a history, a language, writing classes, etc) The smart thing to do with these classes is split them up among semesters. Somehow when I was doing my Bachelors, I stupidly did too many GenEd classes in the first 3 semesters. By the time I reached my senior year, I had no extra classes left and had to take 16 credits of 300/400 level Biology classes. Gen Eds are usually easy enough that it's nice to be able to take 1-2 per semester to break up the amount of 'hard' work.

    3. Honestly? Not really. What college you go to may influence what kind of job you are able to get straight out of college... but after that the only thing people care about is job experience. As long as you have the degree, it doesn't matter where it's from. If you go to an Ivy league school, you can probably get a killer job straight out of college. If you go to a shitty school, you may have to spend a few years in a job you're not crazy about just for the job experience, but then you can apply elsewhere.

    4. This is something you have to answer for yourself. All of those degrees you listed are solid choices. You need to ask yourself what you enjoy, what you're good at, etc.

    5. If you want to go to med school later in life, you're probably better off with a Bio or Chem degree than engineering or something. Really, the goal of most pre-med programs is to prepare students for the MCAT standardized test... So if you decide you want to go to med school, you're just going to want to do everything in your power to be ready for the MCAT.

    6. This is kind of another thing you have to answer for yourself. Visit the colleges, see how you like it. Weigh the financial differences. Look into their transfer credit requirements and make sure you're not going to lose a shitload of credits by transferring.
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    Thank you @Patches. I didn't really think about splitting up my classes like that. Now I just have to figure out how to divide my classes up. So maybe I should take science classes which both appeal to me and could be used for the MCAT?

    Do credits normally transfer easily? What are the sort of credits that don't transfer easily?

    Is it good to live in a dorm? A lot of people I know hate it. What is to hate? What is to love?

    Definitely got to get a coffee maker.

    My personal list consists of:

    1. Coffee maker
    2. Game systems/small tv so I can be greedy (I am a huge video game nerd).
    3. Laptop/printer

    I also don't know where I want to go to college still- as far as what area. Boston really appeals to me, but I am considering the west coast. I like the outdoors there.
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    1. Coffee maker
    2. Game systems/small tv so I can be greedy (I am a huge video game nerd).
    3. Laptop/printer
    4. Electric tea kettle

    @Elfboy that was going to be on my list. I love a good cup of tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    1. Coffee maker
    2. Game systems/small tv so I can be greedy (I am a huge video game nerd).
    3. Laptop/printer
    4. Electric tea kettle
    @Elfboy that was going to be on my list. I love a good cup of tea.
    don't forget a teapot and some loose leaf tea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfboy View Post
    don't forget a teapot and some loose leaf tea
    Loose leaf tea is so costly where I am. And I do need a tea pot! I might get a cast iron one. So my tea will stay hot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    Loose leaf tea is so costly where I am. And I do need a tea pot! I might get a cast iron one. So my tea will stay hot!
    trust me, it's well worth it.
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    Aren't you only 17 or something? How the hell are you already escaping community college?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    I'll be escaping community college soon. A good way to save money, but it isn't terribly thought provoking. Some general questions I have:

    1. What are things I should probably take with me when I am forced into a dorm? What shouldn't I take?
    Usually the college website has a good list of what they have in each dorm, and it's good to check that first -- or, if possible, to tour the dorms before moving in. I wasn't able to see my dorm before moving in last year, and I ended up not needing the desk lamp I brought because my desk had a lamp built in. (That's not a common example, but you see what I mean.)

    I agree about a coffee maker and a hot pot -- although if you have a hot pot/electric kettle, you could probably try pour-over coffee, and it might cost less? And I doubt that you really need a printer, unless you plan on printing a whole lot of stuff when in college -- otherwise it's a whole lot cheaper to print at the campus library or at a Kinko's. Not sure about other universities, but my campus library is open at all hours of the day/night so I can print things then too -- meaning, it's convenient, as well as cheap.

    I would also add, re: shopping lists:
    - A mini-fridge
    - A microwave
    - Some mugs, bowls, plates and silverware
    - Maybe an extra comfy chair, if there's room in the dorm
    - Whatever else you'll need to trick yourself into feeling at home and self-sufficient when you're really not.
    2. Are there any colleges that don't force you to do a bunch of bullshit pointless work, or is that a requirement for it to be a college?
    That's practically too subjective a question to even try and answer. It really depends on the major, and even more than that, depends on what you consider to be "pointless".

    However, I'll say right off the bat that the work is going to be more interesting than whatever you were doing at a community college -- and some of that interest will come from having classmates who really care about what they're doing.
    3. Does it *really* matter where I go to college? Is there a point in me working to get into a school with a bunch of rich entitled kids who work way too hard?
    It really does matter. Not necessarily for job prospects, but for what you end up getting out of your experience. I actually do go to a school where my classmates are rich and entitled kids who work way too hard -- and I transferred there from a state school. Here's why:
    1) I wanted to be surrounded by students who were motivated, hardworking, conscientious, and really cared about what they were doing. At the state school I went to, even though the kids there weren't rich, they felt pretty entitled, because a lot of them seemed to be wasting an education; they didn't care about being there, they were just coasting through, and the classes were so low-maintenance that what you learned in class wasn't even the most prominent part of your time at the school.
    2) The professors may have been decent, but the professors where I go now are waaaaaay better, and a lot of that comes from the fact that they do NOT play down to the lowest common denominator. Classes are never easy here; at the state school, I'd take 18-20 credits every semester and have a whole lot of free time, and here I'm working my ass off with 15-16 credits.

    There are more reasons, but I forgot them at the moment...
    4. Major in engineering? Chemistry? Theoretical physics? What degrees are worth it?
    They can all be worth it, depending on your work experience, volunteer experience, and graduate school -- and depending on your career plans. Very few college degrees are not "worth it".
    5. What happens if I decide I want to be a doctor?
    You take the required classes -- or you play catch-up in your first year of med school. No big deal.
    6. Should I do a second year of comm college, or if I can get into, say, Boston University, should I go there? Should I not even bother with an up there public college? How am I supposed to pick a college I will be happy with?
    Go somewhere where you'll meet people who will help you grow as a person, become more smart, and think differently. Regarding the quote that I bolded way earlier: that's what college is supposed to be about. If it isn't thought-provoking, then it's being done wrong. So I without a doubt would say BU, over community college.
    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    Do credits normally transfer easily? What are the sort of credits that don't transfer easily?
    Really, really depends on the school, and the program. I'd ask the registrar.
    Is it good to live in a dorm? A lot of people I know hate it. What is to hate? What is to love?
    Love:
    - Convenience (it's close to everything!)
    Hate:
    - Rooming with someone you don't know (not something that bothers me, but it's the main reason why people hate dorm rooms)
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