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Old 06-16-2011, 08:21 PM   #21
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:39 PM   #22
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Louisiana Tech University -- the best my parents could afford . . . really. . . .

NO! It worked out quite well for me! I am thankful.

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Had to rely on NDSL loans and BEOG grants (and a couple of simultaneous jobs) to get through the last year, though, because by then I was totally on my own: life and death . . . it happens.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:12 PM   #23
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Me too. UCSB's informal motto when i was there was "Party on Del Playa"
It probably still is! I am a 1985 grad - how about you?
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I knew a lot of submariners from RPI. We toured there in 2007. Nice school. Our daughter was horrified to learn that the loss of a dorm's heating system was considered an emergency. I was surprised to realize how small that town really is.
RPI had a good nuclear program and is an excellent "undergrad" engineering school, in fact it is the oldest engineering school in North America. Since it is a fairly small school it lags others in terms of grad school/research, and is not as well recognized nationally as much as in the past. As for Troy, a dying mill town, and as far as I know, not much is going on there today except for RPI and the nursing school down the hill.
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I think I got a good undergraduate education, but the school has moved in a different direction since I left, and I no longer support it, so I won't mention its name.
OTOH, I do actively support another undergraduate college, and I feel good about that one.

My graduate education (MA and PhD) were more "square filling" (since I did them in my spare time while on active duty), so I don't have any warm fuzzies about those schools either.

I do have a great deal of respect for those who attended the various schools of hard knocks.
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I do have a great deal of respect for those who attended the various schools of hard knocks.
Thanks for your comment.

For many of us (at least for me), the desire was there, but the family/personal situation (I won't comment on "my early life challanges" on a public board) was not.

If you had the desire, ability, and support to pursue higher education, be thankful for it....
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It probably still is! I am a 1985 grad - how about you?
I was 85 1/2. I graduated after the 1st quarter in 86 ( if I remember correctly )
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My signature quote is very appropos here. My Mom planted the dream, I did the w*rk to make it come true. Thanks, Mom!
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Lots of great schools and impressive degrees. This forum has so many smart people regardless of whether you were ivy league educated or from the college of hard knocks.
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Lots of great schools and impressive degrees. This forum has so many smart people regardless of whether you were ivy league educated or from the college of hard knocks.
I couldn't agree with you more. I fondly remember what my Dad said when I had my sheepskin in hand, "And that and 10 cents will get you a cup of coffee".
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