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i went ot the orientation at unh durham yesterday and today and i spent the night there and it was fuckin awesome! and i got my courses picked out!

im pumped because the only course i have on fridays is math at 9 in the morning..but i got english from 540 to 7 at night....weird :?
 

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Welcome to the world of being a poor college student!

Hope you like ramen, off-brand diet cola, crappy beer, and cheap vodka... because it's what you get to live on for the next 4 years!

Unless you're lucky like me and get to stay with family for the duration so at least you have decent food and stuff.

Good luck in all your classes man. I couldn't handle a "traditional" university, but I'm doing quite well at a tech school.
 

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I heart ramen
 

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Where is this school? Durham, like Durham, NC? Yeah! someone on the forum thats within 3 hrs from me. Oh, and good luck!
 

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good luck - yea, you'd best hope this economy has turned around in 4 years time or you will be an over-educated low income worker.... this years graduating college seniors found that out of all of them nationwide - 17% found a job in their major, the rest, well.........at this point in time , tech school > college
 

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.....at this point in time , tech school > college
At this point, yes. But, the best prepared people are the ones who prepare for the future, not react to what's going on now. The future can change a lot in 4 years. Even if it doesn't, he'll have a college degree and education that can't be taken away and he'll be able to use it sometime, assuming he does well in school.
 

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Im not saying college is a bad choice - just stateing that when he graduates, buisness have now found they can run leaner and still function the same as before, less jobs out there and in the future with 100 applicants applying for the same position that will go to the candidate that posesses not only the schooling but the years of on the job experience aswell.

Job hunting for the college graduate just got more difficult.
 

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I just graduated with a Degree in Engineering. Not to say there haven't been a few blips for people (offers retracted etc.) but everyone I graduated with/know still has work or other plans.
 

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97DragScort said:
Job hunting for the college graduate just got more difficult.
For right now. If you look at history, good jobs open up after a recession. And I believe we're more in a depression right now. In 4 years, when this dude graduates, he may be skipping into a really good job. A lot of people react to what's going on now and will not go to college. When there was a glut of teachers, nobody was going to school to become one. Then after a few years, there was a shortage. Same with RN's. My wife went to school to become a RN and during the time she went, there was a glut of RN's out there. If she had reacted to that, she would have moved onto something else. Instead, she stayed with it and within 4-5 years of her graduating, there was a shortage.

When things turn around, and history has shown that many, many times, educated people will be needed. Hopefully he'll pick a decent field to be in and not just be a general type.
 

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Congrats, PEEWEE!

Do try to avoid student loans, though. If you can get through school without 'em do it. There's grants and scholarships available, and if they won't cover it, go half-time and work your way through rather than invite SallieMae into your life....

Also, try to pick a career field that you really have a passion for. If you're going to work for a living, why not have a job you love doing?

Good luck, amigo!

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a kid I used to work with is in his 4th year for an Engineering degree - then he's going for his Masters ... he already has a job with a company that designs Nuclear reactors for the Navy aswell as other applications - his 1st year as a paid intern, he designed a braket to be used in the reactor, and earned a sum of $19 an hr to do so..... his full time position offered to him has a starting salary of $69,900 / yr.
 

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Both of my kids were lucky and hard working enough to avoid students loans for the most part. They both worked thru the school years. We shelled out some money along the way for them. I agree, avoid them as much as you can. And yes, pick a field you love working in, not solely for the money. Having a field that you love AND pays well is something not everyone has.
 

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If you have no choice but to take on some debt, it should be obvious that student loans are preferred over credit cards. Plan ahead, budget and anticipate needs so you don't get stuck "needing" to use credit cards.
 

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unh in durham nh haha :) ; im goin to school for engineering most likely mechanical engineering. ive looked at both 4 year college and voc school, and at one point was set on going to voc school for hvac, but i thought about it more, and i decided that i want something with a higher education than the associates degree they offer at manchester community college. yeah its a lot more expensive but i think in the end im gonna benefit from it.

payment is tricky, im not a dumb kid, but some of the classes that i have taken in college, like the hvac voc class lowered my gpa, and such and i struggle in english so many of the essay scholarships and so forth didnt go to me. i did get five hundred dollars though, and thats something im also working my a$$ off this summer, lately ive been pulling in about 50 hours a week, today as im typing this i just finished my 3rd day in a row of wroking for 12 hours, for 8 bucks an hour. so im hoping to get some more money from there, i did take a student loan, from Sallie Mae for 5 grand, i didnt want to do that, i have been looking for ways for free college i even talked extensively to a marine recruiter and almost signed up for free college but i didnt do that and i think even though im gonna be paying my money back, im not going to regret my decision.

as far as credit cards im nervous when it comes to using my debit card! i prefer cash for everything, but i know i need one to build up my credit so im planning on using it mainly for gas.

i want to do something with cars as ive always been into them, like going to the junkyard and just even looking inside all the different cars and sitting in them and stuff is wicked fun for me, yeah i know weird right. and im intrigued a lot by how people make slow cars fast, like escorts for example.
 

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I just graduated and have an excellent paying temp job until my accounting internship in January, which pays very well also.

Engineering is a great choice, it was mine at first, but I didn't do the required courses to get in, hence why I went to business school. So plan ahead, and don't goof off too much.

Is that Sallie Mae the same as the Federal Direct Loan? Be careful and stay with that one type of loan so you can consolidate, if the banks were even considering giving loans out, you can't consolidate them with Federal loans. I racked up $20K in a year and a half at a state school. You're given 10 years to pay off your loans with a 6 month delay once you've graduated or quit school.

If you're really interested in cars and technology, learn about them, and I mean as much as you can with hands on stuff. Two really hot chicks in my classes married the guys who helped each of them on the side of the road when their own cars had broken down. One was from Sweden (Texas) and the other was from Denmark (Vermont, married and moved to Texas).
 
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