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    • See, everyone makes fun of communications majors (of which I am one), however that’s my rebuttal to them. Communications majors can work in a pretty large set of fields.

  1. Amen to the whole “be super passionate about it and at least kinda good at it, no matter how practical it is” thing.

    I dropped out of college because instead of studying writing or English like I should have (because writing is my thing, and I knew it), I tried to study Spanish because Spanish teachers are in high demand.

    But I learned pretty quickly that I totally didn’t want to be a Spanish teacher, and withdrew. So. I’m like a “don’t let this happen to you” case.

    • To further expand on my point, sometimes you think you’re really passionate about something, only to realize you’re not. When I went to college for sports broadcasting, I thought I really cared about talking about sports. Then I got in an organization with a ton of people who had the same major, only to realize I cared significantly less than most of them. Such is life.

  2. I’d comment that undergraduate degrees also don’t matter for certain graduate schools. As long as you’re getting the highest grades you can and can knockout that MCAT score with flying colors and have strong recs, shadowing experience and volunteering– you’re pretty much OK to get into med school. While I’m in a post-bacc program now and a ton of the people are from stellar undergraduate universities, I’m proud to say that I’m at bat with the majority of them, and that when push comes to shove– it’s really about your grades. My brother went to one of the best liberal arts schools on the West Coast, got good grades, got a subpar MCAT score and wasn’t accepted anywhere his first go-around to med school applications. Also, as someone who transferred around to a couple decent universities, I realised that if I were to do the process over again, I’d start from scratch at community college to keep my GPA up, and then get acclimated to the freedom you get in university.

    Not to say that your point isn’t valid– it TOTALLY is. I just happen to disagree about university prestige, but then again, I’m not sure what graduate admissions you were doing. It could be totally different for those who went to business or law schools. I am aware that a lot of my law school friends say that it doesn’t matter where you went to undergrad, as long as you went to a good law school– but this doesn’t transfer over to medical school admissions, where your main goal is just to get in.

    That being said, if readers are planning on going to graduate school (or at least medical school) like I am– I hope they are prepared to be in debt 5ever. I guess it’s worth it, but sometimes looking that far ahead seems exhausting. In any case, I’m sort of the weirdest case of college ever because I bounced around so much and pretty much had (and still have) tunnel vision (with a couple of really nice backup plans) into my career. It involves me being a perpetual student forever, but at least I’m not in college anymore… whew.

    • Admittedly, my knowledge of the medical school application process is a bit cloudy, so I appreciate your input here. I’m not trying to downplay the importance of good grades as an undergraduate when trying to get into grad school. That said, my point is that if you’re a student at a less prestigious university going up against someone from say Harvard for a grad school spot, even if your grades are equal, many schools will give the spot to the Harvard grad over you. It’s not a fair process, but it’s a process that happens.

  3. Jas_sbap

    This buzzfeed list pissed me off. It’s a list of very common questions with gifs instead of actual answers. Thank YOU for providing actual, legitimate answers. I’m going to forward this to my teacher friends.

  4. This sounds really mean but… most of the questions on that list are kind of fucking stupid. Like… if someone who is about to go to university asked me some of those, I’d be concerned and hoped they grow up a bit sooner rather than later. A lot of them are common sense!

    Also re prestigious schools, etc. … I don’t think wanting to do “post grad” across the board means people should go to a “better” school. Some people go to a middle-tier school and then “upgrade” once they do their post grad because by then no one cares if they did their undergrad somewhere average. Or I know of people who have done well by researching ahead of time and doing a lot of courses in a community college first (having researched that they can cross credit these, that is), then finishing the second half of their degree in a flasher school, thus coming out with just as nice-looking of a degree, without the huge cost. But blahhh. what do i know.

    • I think that whether the questions on this list seem stupid is largely dependent on two factors: if you’ve been to college yourself, and if your parents/caretakers have been to college. As someone whose parents were high school educated at best, middle school educated at worst (one parent was each), I would have loved to know the answers to some of these questions when I was looking into colleges. The do seem like basic knowledge now, but once upon a time, I would have killed for someone to answer my questions like this.

  5. While there are many high schools in the US that offer “college preparatory” courses, they’re typically pretty incomplete in what they compare students for. The college prep courses at my high school, for example, were pretty good at preparing me for the rigors of college academics. I never had any issue with deadlines or workload stress in college thanks to the work I did in high school. Now, as for having a social life, budgeting, or pretty much anything else that I needed in college? Those things weren’t taught in the slightest.

  6. Kate

    I literally answered all these questions in the comments of the original article on Buzzfeed…nicely done. 🙂

    • I don’t comment on Buzzfeed articles directly. It’s like going onto a Yahoo forum…your IQ has the chance of dropping 40% just by trying to converse with them.

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