Did anyone else go to a university of a lower standard than what you could've gone to? I had the best grades in my school, better grades than almost anyone who goes to private schools even though I went to a regular school, and had good enough grades for any university in my country. But I had zero advice about the importance of university rankings, the worth of degrees etc. I picked an engineering degree at my hometown university. It definitely wasn't a disastrous choice in terms of career (respected subject, plus a university ranked in the top 150 of the world) but in terms of an intellectual experience it was a complete shoah.
I really resented the fact (a fact that I only realised in the middle of my degree) that my courses were watered down versions of other universitys' courses, with less depth and breadth to everything. I find that comparing introductory maths courses (as these are the most common and standardised across universities) can be the most illustrative thing for comparing STEM courses. It's infuriating how low the standards are in my university's courses. But it's also laughable to read about the standards of the students. One of my university's introductory STEM maths courses had a pass rate of only 75 % and you wouldn't fucking believe it if you saw the course. It probably has less than half the content of the equivalent MIT course (single variable calculus).
Now extrapolate one out of eight courses a year by eight times for a year's difference in educational value. Then by the number of years in a degree. It's depressing.
There's more of substance I can say but I've already scared away the ADD readers. All I will add is that looking at most university pages on Wikipedia is very depressing. What huge monuments to mediocrity and shitty levels of rigour and (though not in my case) student debt.
I thought most undergrad classes were watered down filth taught by people pissed off at having to teach something below them to idiots, half of whom would drop out before the end of the year.
If you're so smart you'd realize that formal education is primarily about purchasing credentials. The education portion of it is a distant second, it's only there along with testing to screen out retards so the credentials still mean something. If every degree required you to know the full width and breath of a certain subject matter, you'd be in fucking school until you were 55 years old.
You got your fancy paper saying you're passably competent, if you're still curious, go research what you want to know on your own, or go get employed and learn from experience.
Undergrad doesnt matter anyway. Its all about the grad school. If your uni was so easy you should have a high enough gpa to transfer to a prestigious grad school.
If youre not planning on going further than bachelor's then the uni never mattered and youre just a whinger
I planned to go to Clemson but a shittier local 4-year gave me a full ride so I chose to have a shittier education rather than have mountains of college debt.
Don't get me wrong, I know there was a palpable difference. But I developed pretty strong autodidact skills and now I work in logistics for a predatory lending corporation.
I've graduated and failed tonnes of interviews for great jobs in teh past few years due to my lack of social skills. I got those interviews probably mainly because in my country graduate employers still care about your school grades.
I had a 35 act, volunteer/leadership experience/good gpa. I think I could have gotten into cs at uiuc or maybe even Stanford(one of my classmates with similar quals got in) but instead I want to a shitty state school to follow a girl
I've passed on a PhD job at the LHC. I've given up the chance to be part of the largest manmade experiment to date.
Because of a woman.
Ah well .. I guess I'm alright where I am now. Of course the woman isn't here anymore.
>to follow a girl
unless you impregnated her or are sure you have rights over her womb for your child, do not do that
>It probably has less than half the content of the equivalent MIT course (single variable calculus).
Apples to Oranges. MIT's Calc I and II courses cover the same materials as Calc I, II and III. Most MIT students have gotten 4 and 5's on their BC calc course from High School (Placed out of Calc), and don't even take those courses. I don't attend MIT though, so can't say beyond that.
Engineering Programs definitely differ in quality, but if you're half intelligent, self motivated, etc.; you'll do fine. It's mostly the piece of paper to get your foot in the door.
You could say the same about grad classes.
>I picked an engineering degree at my hometown university.
>It definitely wasn't a disastrous choice in terms of career (respected subject, plus a university ranked in the top 150 of the world)
So, what's the problem?
>but in terms of an intellectual experience it was a complete shoah.
This sounds like a bunch of bullshit. What the fuck is an "intellectual experience"? No one gives a shit. You completed an engineering degree in a respected field at one of the top-150 schools in the world (your words).
Yes. I went to a university that might be scored lower in official rankings, but has a better atmosphere, better teachers, a small faculty where I know everyone, hotter girls, fewer autistic people, lots to do...
A nice mix of prestige and academics.
>Still in a relationship with his high-school sweetheart after going through a 4 year party school.
>Gf is decent and hard working enough to get into grad-school.
I wish normal people like you would post on /r9k/ etc. so they can stop being faggots.
While reading your post I was instantly reminded of this passage from Francis Galton.
What an insightful guy he was!
>tfw you went to Harvard and got a PhD
>tfw you were too much of a brainlet to learn about the Superharvard division and their SPhD. system to create super geniuses with 4 digit IQs that can triple integrate banach spaces
anyone else having these feels?
>tfw transferring from a uni that was top 20 in the world for my program to a bottom tier university in my country for a different major
I feel conflicted