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    08-12-2012, 03:19 PM
I'd still much rather avoid the whole prospect of going to A&M. Then again I might end up there, who knows.
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    08-12-2012, 03:23 PM
Originally Posted by Country Boy    
I'd still much rather avoid the whole prospect of going to A&M. Then again I might end up there, who knows.
Can't blame you for that. Going to College Station was like going to another planet.
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    08-12-2012, 03:27 PM
I've never been. I've gone to Austin for UT and A&M games in every sport a bunch of times but never to College Station
    08-12-2012, 03:46 PM
Country Boy the important thing to remember is that you go to college.
After you graduat no one really cares where you got your degree from unless it is one that the school specializes in. Such as the AM Vet school.
A degree is a degree.
One from harvard and Yale will open the same doors as one from UT Arlington. Remember that. Shalom
    08-12-2012, 04:01 PM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
One from harvard and Yale will open the same doors as one from UT Arlington. Remember that. Shalom
Well...that's not really true. It totally depends on what field you're in. Some fields, it doesn't matter, as long as you're holding a degree from a properly accredited school. Other fields, it matters VERY much which school you went to.

You want to do something involving the military, including military contracting? TAMU is the best choice outside of one of the service academies. Maybe including the service academies. The former student's network is going to open a LOT of doors for you there.

You want to go into corporate or constitutional law? Get the degree from Harvard or Yale, not UTA.

You want to go into education or nursing or public accounting? Where you go to school isn't quite as important.

A lot of times there IS a difference in the quality of education, the quality of teaching, and the access to networks, business opportunities, etc. depending on where you went to school.

I say this as a professor who has been in public schools and private ones.
    08-12-2012, 04:20 PM
Of course I'm going to College db! Why would I not? There's so many things I couldn't do without a degree. UTA is near Dalas which isn't my favorite town so…
    08-12-2012, 05:10 PM
Thursdaynext I see your point but as a person with a PHD and many friends with advanced degrees after you graduate and are employed how successful you are at your job means a lot more than where you graduated from.
I also said that if your school specializes in something then its different.
Harvard and Yale excell at MBA law degrees and medicine,
They are way ahead of the field in those areas.
Not trying to argue with you then again I'm not a academic either.
I also think on the east coast in certain circles Harvard and Yale are esteemed beyond compare. Shalom
    08-12-2012, 07:31 PM
You get it on the West Coast with Stanford, and in Chicago, with University of Chicago or Northwestern, etc. etc. etc. This is especially true at the grad levels! The school you go to for a PhD will have a lot to do with whether you can get an academic research position at all (in a lot of fields) and if so, at what kind of school you can go teach. There's a huge long-term income effect from that decision. Try to get a job at a 4-year college with an Econ or Sociology or English PhD if you didn't graduate from a top "name" program. Try to get a tenure-track faculty job (instead of a post-doc) in one of the natural sciences if you didn't graduate from a top program. A few people do manage it but it is a heck of a lot easier and more likely if your schooling places you into the right network.

I do think that people these days get WAY too strung out on the college decision. People sending their 5 year old kids to Summer Language Camp so that they can get into the "right" grade school so they can get into the "right" high school so they can get into the "right" college so they can get into the "right" professional program is a bit much. I think things were better when I was a teen. We all knew that college was important if you wanted a professional job, but it wasn't some kind of be-all-end-all thing.
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    08-12-2012, 09:01 PM
Well I didn't go to TAMU, I was just born here. For years the campus scared the bejeezus out of me. I prefer the piney woods of East TX or the Hill Country in West TX....but alas, here I am. !! So we keep a calendar of football games in the house not for the enjoyment of watching football, but for the very reason of knowing when to avoid going to town (the traffic is insane) and don't even BOTHER trying to eat out anywhere decent unless you plan on at least an hour wait.

Of course, I'll wait in line for TX Roadhouse here - they cook up a mean medium rare ribeye (or sirloin or porterhouse!) that is DEEEE-LISH!

Oh and the OTHER poster (who will go unmentioned) has already been scolded by moderators before about her bashing....she stirs up trouble in almost every thread she's involved in. People that are so sour like that all the time must have unhappy things going on at home. That's why I like this thread - it is where all the crazy people are...I fit in fine, here.
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    08-12-2012, 09:33 PM
Thursday next that's why I like Texas.
We do like our intellectuals but aren't so blinded by degrees from certain universities that performance doesn't matter.
Now we still like our professionals with degrees from UT TAMU Texas Tech Baylor or Rice oh I forgot SMU but they are treated just like everyone else that graduates from say Midwestern State University.
By the way that is a good school. Shalom

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