Being mad was just part of the reason. During my time there I got the distinct feeling that the administration didn't care at all about the students. They were just walking dollar signs, and if one goes away, the school is in such high demand that they'll just get a student to replace those who go away.Originally posted by: Throckmorton
You didn't go back to CORNELL, one of the best schools in the country, because you were mad at them for giving you a year off? Are you kidding? They did not kick you out.
Get an internship after college. That's what I did
Sorry, I'm not Dan. But leaving an Ivy League is sure a kick to the ego. I feel for himOriginally posted by: RKS
Dan, is that you??
I think my next door neighbor's son left Cornell Engineering last year. He is back home but I'm not sure if he is finishing up here in the Cincinnati area.
That's nonsense. This ivy-degree-will-automatically-get-me-a-nice-job mindset only works for those who routinely get spoonfed everything (children of celebrities, for example) - and they would've gotten it anyways. For us normal people, ivy league degrees only make the first job easy. From then on, it's experience. Trust me - I've talked to hiring managers at the company I work at (giant printer corporation, not too hard to figure out) and they say the degree makes little to no difference in the hiring decision. And don't think I say this because I'm an ivy-hater; I too go to a very prestigious university, but it's not because I think that means I'll be set for life.Originally posted by: Throckmorton
Well keep in mind that you have your whole life ahead of you. But if your goal is to be a well off managerial type of person, life might as well be over anyway.
Don't forget that those who could have easily earned a degree but decided not to are being lumped in with those who were simply not capable of getting one.Originally posted by: steppinthrax
The perception is skewed on the success rate for those persons. Statistically persons who don't possess a degree financially do worse then those who do. Income actually increases with degree. It's when we hear about those few who do well without even a H.S. that we think it's a big deal and advertise this. Giving those the perception that you don't need a degree. I would say a few would qualify for this.
Dont worry. Your young. That wishy washy idealism will soon pass.Originally posted by: fuzzybabybunny
Thanks for the replies guys.
My obvious goals are happiness and financial stability, including the ability to retire somewhat early and to have adequate resources to cover mounting costs as I get older.
But I also want to effect the world at large in some way in my work. To work on products that I have an emotional stake in. To take product ideas and bring them to a global market is definitely one way. To be a very important cog in an overall process is also a desire. To strengthen and keep alive the photography market is definitely there too (hence my desire to work for a photography-related manufacturer).
The career fair is so close! (19th of this month). I'm also pretty shy compared to all my extroverted business major peers, and I convey messages better through type than speech. Bah, I'm just going to write up a resume tonight and contact the career center to see if they can help me out.
And yeah, I fully understand that I'll probably have to start out at some podunk company to gain experience before being able to really move up.