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Old 10-09-2007, 11:30 AM   #21
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A coworker sent his DD to Dartmouth with average cost of $42K per year. Her major was social work. He suggested that I should send my daughter there also because of the networking gained from attending Dartmouth.
I didn't think social work was an area that required 42k/year worth of networking... Am I missing something or is he trying to feel better about his incredible expense?
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Old 10-09-2007, 12:17 PM   #22
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Business & Technology | Does going to college pay? Answer isn't simple | Seattle Times Newspaper

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Old 10-09-2007, 03:55 PM   #23
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I didn't think social work was an area that required 42k/year worth of networking... Am I missing something or is he trying to feel better about his incredible expense?
I think what he means is that Ivy League Schools are VERY good at helping alums get jobs, because there is a formalized structure of "get-togethers" that alumni are invited to where they can meet potential employees.......
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:11 PM   #24
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If you want to be a teacher, a state school is fine.
If you want to be anything (other than a snob!), a state school is fine.

Oh well, working an extra two years is almost certainly less painful than arguing with your husband about his daughters' expensive educations. Don't sweat it.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:32 AM   #25
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I didn't think social work was an area that required 42k/year worth of networking... Am I missing something or is he trying to feel better about his incredible expense?
I am puzzled by this also. May be it is something something that he can brat about sending her daughter to an ivy league school.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:20 AM   #26
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My only concern is one wants to be a "writer" and goes to a school that does not specialize in writing, and the other says she wants to be a teacher and wants to go to Dartmouth. If they wanted to be engineers, etc., I would feel better about the 46K per year. If you want to be a teacher, a state school is fine.
That is kind of a hard pill to swallow. My daughter wants to study journalism (writing) and photography. She want to attend a college where that is all they do (something like a trade school is what we called it in my day) the cost is about 45k a year. I am happy to pay if that is what she wants to do for the rest of her life. That being said, teachers can get a degree from anywhere (usually state schools) I would have a hard time justifying "in my own mind" Dartmouth to be a teacher. I hope it will be worth it to you.

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At one point in my daughter's college years at U of Mass ( not our state school ) she decided she wanted to be a stand up comic and she isn't even funny .Luckily she ended up a Professor at a small college .
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