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College (sigh)

Alright, so I know that I'm just 14, but hey! I don't think it's too early to think about college.

Based on what I enjoy doing, I figure that my best bet would be to go into mechanical engineering. I thought about electrical and chemical engineering, but I am more of a hands-on kind of guy.

Thing is, I want to go to a college that is in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). One, because I'd rather stay down South, and two, I'd like to stay fairly close to my family (i.e., not up North/out West).

UA (Alabama) is the only one that offers courses in mechanical engineering. I'm not sure about other colleges, but because I am out-of-state, my education costs nearly $11,000 more than a resident of the state.

Geez! I don't come from a rich family, so that seems a bit, extravagant.

Now, I have and and have always had straight A's. I'm in the "advanced" classes, blah, blah, I participate in the Academic Bowl, blah, blah, ok. I'm fairly educated, so I'm sure a scholarship will come my way.

In Georgia, we have the HOPE Scholarship, which will help fund students with high grades if they go to a Georgia college.

I have yet to find a college in Georgia that offers courses in mechanical engineering. Now, Georgia Tech may have one, but I cannot go there, as they are a fierce rival of UGA.

After writing all of this, I don't actually remember my purpose of posting this here, but will continue.

Oh, that's right: Does anyone know of some scholarships that would fund out-of-state students?

Any other advice, of any kind, would be appreciated.

Didn't know picking a college would be this hard.

P.S. What exactly is your job called, Eric? (or any of the iBles staff)

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You can't go to Georgia tech because they're sports rivals? That don't compute! Check out Georgia techs engineering programs. I wish UCF offered Nuclear engineering....
Bran (author)  Tool Using Animal9 years ago
Hey! That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! ;-) I know they have great courses and are a great school, but the rivalry is too fierce. Maybe I'll change my mind, but there are quite a few other, smaller, colleges in Georgia, some near me, that offer mechanical engineering classes. I'll check 'em out. Thanks.
its a lion Bran9 years ago
My friend is in aerospace engineering at GT. He said its incredibly difficult, but that the school is great. I would urge you to consider changing your mind. Don't let rivalries get in the way of your education. Its your future, it would suck later on in life to know that you didn't do what you wanted because of a rivalry between schools.
Change your mind. ;) I just looked at Georgia Tech's website and it seems like a really fantastic school. I really do think the whole sports rival thing is the worst excuse I've ever heard, hahaha. But then again, I suppose I don't understand it because I don't have fierce loyalty when it comes to things like that.
My friend is a freshman @ Georgia Tech! He's planning to major in theoretical physics, and he loves it there! Definitely consider GT as a major candidate. Honestly... football man? c'mon! Anyhow, if you're looking for some easy-to-win scholarships that aren't affiliated with.. well, anything really, you should check out fastweb.com. I know a bunch of people who just enter random scholarships and walk away with 1-5 thousand per scholarship... it's insane! Actually..... I'm going to start using fastweb too... Good Luck!
Bran (author)  T3h_Muffinator9 years ago
Alright, y'all got me, I'll check GT out. So, how do jobs work out when you're in college?
I work full time and go to school full time and I certainly would not recommend it unless you need to. It can be really frustrating sometimes! I would recommend living on campus if you're able to (I know I couldn't stomach it, but you might be able to) and getting a job on campus or somewhere near it. You're more likely to find employers willing to work around your schedule if you stay close to school. :)
Bran (author)  jessyratfink9 years ago
Are you going to UK? Thanks for the advice. This might sound a bit silly, but is there homework (out-of-class work) in college?
Kiteman Bran9 years ago

Yes

And Lots of it!

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