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  •  Depends.... (2+ / 0-)

    The most impressive people I've ever seen are usually quiet.  They're the ones who sit there for 45 minutes and say absolutely nothing.  They just look and listen.  Then they finally say something.  The room goes silent.  They say a sentence or two and it's the most profound thing you'll hear all day long.  

    If you are shy, you might better off at a small school.   Compare my education to my wife's:  I went to Massive State U., she went to Small Town Liberal Arts college.  I never saw professors.  When I did, they had no idea who I was.  She called her profs by their first names, and still talks with them to this day.  Some of my classes were held in theaters that were designed to hold 300+ people.  In her classes, she was usually one of less than 12; once she was in a class of three students, and the class was specifically put together for them!  

    Both types of educations have their benefits and detractions.  I think if you're pretty shy, Small Town Liberal Arts College is the place for you.  If you're able to thrive in an impersonal, rat-race like environment and have the kind of personality to seek things out and take them, you might have more opportunities at Massive State.

    The daughter of a friend just started her freshman year at Massive State.  He and his wife tried pushing her towards Small Town Liberal Arts College since they felt her personality would be a better fit there, and since money was no concern.  One of her concerns was that she grew up her whole life in a small town in a rural state:  she wants to get into a bigger, busier, livelier place.  It will be interesting to see how she makes out when the report cards come out next week.    

    It bothers me when anyone uses run-on sentences.  But I find myself doing it from time-to-time, so I can't complain too much.  The difference is, I usually fix mine.   ;)  

    •  I actually did (1+ / 0-)
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      well. I graduated from the University of Washington with a 3.85 GPA.  But I always envied the students who were more outgoing with their professors. Since I was the first in my family's history to attend college, it never occurred to me that I could be friendly with the teachers.

      My son is currently a junior a Yale and is doing okay.  His current GPA is about 3.4.  I must admit to being slightly disappointed  that his GPA doesn't quite make the "A" territory. I was used to his 4.0 GPA in high school. But in his defense it is Yale, and he is working 20-24 hours a week and involved in a couple of student groups.  But I still worry about him getting into a top notch grad school.

      I also find it odd that parents would actually contact the professors. I'd never dream of it. And my son would have heart failure if I did.


      by jennybravo on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 01:38:02 PM PST

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