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Best college major for addressing climate change?

What kind of skill sets does one need to be of best help to addressing climate change? It would seem like the most obvious choice is to major in environmental science. Otherwise, maybe political science to deal with legislators and capital hill? Or "who cares what you study undergrad" and go to law school?
posted by defmute on Jun 18, 2014 - 26 answers

Need recommendation for best book to use for GRE

Daughter planning to go to grad school to further study psychology and industrial management (sort of human resources) and needs a book for GRE others who have gone on to grad school have found very useful.
posted by Postroad on Jun 2, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I begin working with a partner on school project?

I've managed to avoid working in school teams or groups since I was nine years old but no more. I have to do a research project to be submitted to journals for publishing with a classmate. Designing and carrying out a feasible project in a semester would already be a lot to me, but I need some guidance on how to facilitate the process with a partner. [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jan 26, 2014 - 9 answers

What hoop-jumping is necessary to take or audit classes at NYU?

I graduated from college in 2010, and have lived in downtown NYC ever since. I'm getting the desire to take some classes again, and NYU is a few blocks away. But I can't find any information on how to get into classes there, as a non-student. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Why do some college degrees have specialized names and others don't?

I have always wondered why some degree programs have a specialized degree name (MPA, MBA, MM, MSW, MLS, etc.) while other degree programs are just an MA in ____ or an MS in ____. Who decides these distinctions and why? [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Future mapping -- what do I do about school.

I'm 29 and finally ready to attend college for the first time. A year ago, I fixated on a program (up-and-coming) and a school (local, private, VERY well-regarded). Since last August I've been admitted, laid off, rejected for loans, hired, rejected for *more* loans. Last week I came to terms with not attending this September. Today I was unexpectedly approved for more aid that will almost cover my tuition (but none of my living expenses). Orientation starts in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 19, 2013 - 14 answers

What are some alternatives to going to college?

What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Aug 10, 2013 - 38 answers

Help with finances during intensive college program

I've been accepted to the program of my dreams, but I'm not allowed to hold a job while in attendance, and my EFC is higher than my family can afford, so my school-determined need is too low for me to even support myself with loans. Are there any options I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes on Aug 4, 2013 - 17 answers

Graduate School Choice!!!

So I've been debating where to take my masters for some time. I'm not here to specifically ask for opinions on schools but more so styles of school. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Jun 24, 2013 - 11 answers

What are colleges doing about HIV other than "get tested/use condoms"?

What are examples of colleges that are doing new or innovative things in addressing HIV? I am most interested in approaches directed at men who have sex with men, but any general approaches about HIV that are directed at everyone or at other high risk populations would also be helpful. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jun 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Take me to your ivory tower.

I like novels that take place in boarding schools (or in colleges that feel like boarding schools). I've been to Brakebills, Ault, Hampden, Devon, the Concent of Saunt Edhar (totally counts), the University of Missouri, Enfield Tennis Academy, and Hogwarts.* Where should I go next? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jun 5, 2013 - 75 answers

I can no longer start or finish even the most basic tasks.

And I mean anything. People, school, projects, hobbies... I always, always give up on the things I start. And it isn't even about losing interest. Yeah, there are things that I'll eventually lose interest in and quit and that's not really a problem. What bothers me is that I quit things I'm actually interested in, too. For example, I was so completely into a book I was reading last week. Really, really into it. You'd think I'd finish it, then, but I didn't. I have an entire library full of half-read books, most of which I'd love to start reading again but just can't. Won't. Cant. Ugh. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on May 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Are online colleges really that awful?

I'm looking into going back to school...online, but online colleges seem to have a bad reputation. Are there any GOOD ones out there? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Apr 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Ideas for a ~$25,000 grant, First World / Snowflake edition

Assume you had $25,000 to spend on schooling or other professional training certification, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Apr 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Health insurance subsidy?

My wife and I are both graduate students living on about $30k a year in southeastern Pennsylvania. We're about to turn 26 and will be losing our health insurance coverage through our parents. Does the state of Pennsylvania or the government offer any sort of subsidies or vouchers to help us purchase our own insurance? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

How Do I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Art School?

Due to a mix of laziness, depression, social anxiety and loneliness, I'm not doing too great in school. I really need to get it together, and I just don't know how to do it. I feel tapped out at the end of the day and I'm tired of it. I like art, but going to school for it just isn't very fulfilling. I'm thinking I just need to get through it and I'll be okay, but how do I develop the work ethic that my classmates have? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Mar 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Health (and maybe legal) concerns living with rotten smell?

A little over a week ago, right before everyone left for Spring Break, the fridge in my girlfriend's dorm apartment died and got quickly replaced the same day. Everyone just came back yesterday to the smell of rotten food (lots of meat, especially) because the new fridge had broken shortly after the new one was installed. ResLife replaced the fridge again, but everyone's everything reeks of the smell it was drenched in for the week. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Angulimala on Mar 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Should I take a pre-college gap year?

I'm a senior in high school, and I'm thinking about taking a gap year. I have half-decent web development skills. My plan is to go to some other city, get a job or internship as a web developer, and live by myself for a year. Maybe spend a few months traveling elsewhere around the country/world. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by rlio on Mar 4, 2013 - 28 answers

What are example of no confidence votes by college students?

What are examples of college students holding a vote of no confidence for their college president? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 25, 2013 - 6 answers

i'm so over academia

Typical senioritis/quarter life crisis question. I'm at the end of a degree that I no longer want; should I just put the blinders on and keep aiming for the grad school route or use my extra time/credit hours to focus on my own interests? I don't really know which option would have better career prospects. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Feb 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Does it matter what your business degree is in?

Business Administration VS Management degree - is there a difference? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 28, 2012 - 11 answers

What should I use this free elective on?

I have a free elective in my final undergrad semester. What should I take? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 16, 2012 - 40 answers

How does going back to school work for single parents?

How possible is going back to school as a single parent. Straight up; I need to know everything. How much did having children affect your attendance and grades and how did school change your relationship with your kids? Did you pass? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Questioning life decisions about college and the future. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Building a carrer

So let me explain my situation, I'm a junior in high school, almost 17, and am starting to think about the future. I have found my passion, building. I'm taking a shop class, and I freaking LOVE it. I used to be at the top of my class, and then I started doing very bad in high school, not sure what happened. It became like a confidence spiral where I wouldn't do something cause it was hard (laziness), get behind, miss more, etc etc. Fast forward 2 years. I took shop, where I became good friends with the teacher, have 100% in it, make amazing things, and absolutely love it. I only have it every other day, and its all I look forward to. I think it's what I would like to do for the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Oct 4, 2012 - 37 answers

How Can I Silence My Gas :( ?

I'm a 21 years old girly-girl going into my junior year of college. I had a 'simple' surgery in November go horribly awry, leaving me on bed-rest for weeks, and initially fully fecally incontinent. I had to leave the semester early to recuperate, and took the spring semester off, and haven't interacted with my peers since I left. I am supposed to start school again on Tuesday. I'm largely better, and certainly out of diapers. Unfortunately though, gas still passes through me totally freely, and I'm absolutely petrified at the thought of being flatulent in quiet classrooms and lectures, etc. The noise is my only concern. Does anyone have any suggestions for ways I can silence my gas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

Can or should I go back to college?

I'm in my 30s. Can/should I go back to college? What about student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jul 17, 2012 - 25 answers

How does one overcome a low undergrad GPA in a grad school application?

Your undergraduate GPA was not stellar, you spent some time away from school, then you got into the graduate program you wanted. HOW DID YOU DO IT? Special bonus if it was NYU Food Studies. [more inside]
posted by DeWalt_Russ on Jul 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me buy a computer for commuting!

I need a laptop that I won't be sad over if it breaks or gets lost, my target budget is Less Than or Equal To $400. Ideally super light with a full size keyboard. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Where can I go to school abroad for cheap?

Where can I go to school abroad for cheap? [more inside]
posted by gcolmes@gmail.com on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Life/School/Work advice, please!

Struggling, College Educated 23-year-old Needs Solid Life Advice [more inside]
posted by foreversport on Mar 16, 2012 - 26 answers

Advice on moving out of my parents house

Moving out of my parents house, need to figure out a budget and a place to live [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Mar 11, 2012 - 15 answers

the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

ASL degree?

Is a degree in ASL really necessary? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Wait, you knew the whole time and didn't tell us?!

I go to a California community college that writes course descriptions for every class it offers, but it doesn't display them on the actual class schedule. The college has an obscure web application (which I just found) that will give you the description if you enter in the course number, but it's barely advertised (it took me three semesters to find it). How do I go about getting the (much needed) course descriptions displayed with the class schedule? Is this an issue I need to join the ASB to get publicised? Is there another way to go about this? I want to make a stink, because for a year and a half now I've been dealing with inadequate or often nonexistent class descriptions which have made choosing the appropriate classes a challenge. [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Nov 14, 2011 - 10 answers

How to stop procratinating on the internet

Help me break my internet addiction and stop procrastinating. [more inside]
posted by raeka on Oct 20, 2011 - 20 answers

How can I learn animal anatomy in an online, interactive way?

Can you recommend online resources to help me memorize the anatomy of several animals for a biology test? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

I need to get better at this.

I'm really stressed about college right now. My grades are lower than ever (though not terribly low); I'm afraid I just can't do my major or that I'll disappoint my parents or just suck at school. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 - 14 answers

WANTED: better headlines

How can I write better headlines for my college newspaper? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns on Aug 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Obscure Honors Society: Worthwhile Investment or Complete Scam?

Have you ever heard of Sigma Alpha Pi? Not a frat or sorority, but a "society of leadership and success" is what they call themselves. I was asked to join my university's chapter. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Aug 20, 2011 - 14 answers

How early can you have a mid-life crisis?

I'm working on going back to school for Astronomy/Astrophysics, but I need help figuring out what classes to take at the Community College level here in San Francisco and how best to apply to a school like UC Berkeley. Complicating matters is the fact that I went to school for 4 years for film (don't ask) at Drexel University but didn't graduate. Luckily I spent my first two years at Drexel on a general science track. What I really need help with is figuring out what classes I should take at a school like City College of San Francisco. Also, when is the soonest I can/should apply to UCB? Alternately, what San Francisco adjacent schools have really good astronomy/astrophysics programs? [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on May 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Is this what it's like to date while depressed?

I feel depressed and completely unmotivated by school. I think its correlated with the fact I'm in a new relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Abandon my job for future prospects?

Abandon my job for future prospects? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I better deal with stress?

How can I better deal with stress and manage my workload? I work part time, and go to school full time and I am having a hard time coping. [more inside]
posted by mister-m on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 answers

You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure.

Around Thanksgiving, I was given a temporary full-time staff position at a well-known university research lab. (See this question.) Well, I've been officially offered a job as a proper member of the lab, tuition benefits and all. This is quite literally the best opportunity I've ever had. I'm extremely interested in the field of clinical psychology and eventually becoming some kind of therapist. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 15, 2011 - 9 answers

My Girlfriend Wants To Go Back To School For Design...and I'm a lousy guidance counselor.

So my girlfriend wants to get into a design field and go back to school for it. What's the fastest and most affordable way for that happen in a meaningful way? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Can my friend finish college?

Is it at all possible for my friend to finish college? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Is it worth it to drop my work in favor of school?

Should I quit my job in order to better focus on my academics? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Avoiding undergraduate regret

Looking for advice on avoiding undergraduate regret... [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 15, 2010 - 36 answers

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