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Updated on Sunday, August 24

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QUESTION: Why choose university?

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  1. I chose not to choose university. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

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  2. I don't know. I'm debating not returning.

    The situation of modern students is horrendous. Not only is it inhumane, but also inefficient.

    We could learn better on our own, at this rate.

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    1. Getting a degree is in large about signalling though. It's not so much that your employers expect you to learn everything in school, its that getting the degree shows them you're competent enough to get a degree. So while MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are great, they don't really do much to get you employed.

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  3. I probably could have made just as much money with a college engineering degree. There are a few reasons why I would choose University level engineering again, if I had to start over.

    1. The University Experience - I think its an important period in my life where I'm in an atmosphere with so many academic people my age. Its a great time to develop as a person and to form relationships that will last a life time.
    2. Prestige - Its shallow, but I feel a lot more pride for an Engineering degree from Waterloo than say, Conestoga or Seneca.
    3. P.Eng - Gets me a slightly higher pay bracket, and more job opportunities.
    4. Familial/peer pressure - All of my extended family have university degrees. I would be the first to break the pattern in 3 generations. My parents wouldn't force me into a degree, but I know it would disappoint them.

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    1. "I probably could have made just as much money with a college engineering degree."

      I don't think that's true.

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  4. go to alberta, its totally true

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    1. I don't really know much about how things are like in Alberta... but it's definitely not true in Ontario.

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  5. Because almost everyone in my extended family has a university degree and it was just expected of me. Wouldn't do it again.

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  6. It depends on what degree you are planning to get. Arts degree? lol. Science? yes of course, if you plan to pursue further education. engineering? yes of course.

    it just doesn't make sense to expect a job as high paying if you have a college "math"/"engineering" degree. but if that doesn't matter, and if prestige doesn't matter either, and you have it all figured out, then yeah, go for college.

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  7. To make fat stacks

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  8. Originally by choice as it was needed to pursue the career path I wished to take. Now I attend university because I'm interested in my various fields... and because I was told to go by various benefactors.

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