Switching Us

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Switching Us
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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 9:22am

DS18 is halfway through his very first semester but is already talking about switching schools next year.

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 10:10am

Don't know how much advice I can give- but I can make a comment on going with a schools reputation: My DS after 2yrs changed schools & majors. He cam home and attended Comm College and switched to Media Communications as a major with the intent of changing to one of the two local colleges that offered the same major- one was Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. Buffal State actually had more Media Comm courses and ones that he liked but U.B has the better reputation- bigger school more well known. While at the Comm College he spoke with some of his insturctors who steered him towards UB as being the better choice and he did attend & graduated from U. B this past May.

While searching for work/interviews etc- he found that most employers were impressed with his UB degree and he was able to get a job with AT&T in Philly - he has already been told by them that they like the fact he graduated UB with a degree in Communications and he will more opportuniites within the company. Of course the question is: would he have landed the job with the Buffalo State degree? we will never know- but UB was known & respected by At&t and therefore he beleives he got his current job because he attended U.B -

While it doesn't hurt to check out the local college if the other one has a better reputation, I'd want to stick with that.

Kathy
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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 10:50am

I pulled up US News' rankings and sent him some samples, where his U falls, that his 2

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 11:58am

Since my dd has a BFA, I can speak to this.

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 12:09pm

The advice that

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 12:22pm

I doubt he's done anything formal; just that he thinks the alternate local school has a 'better' program (I couldn't find any courses listed online so I'm not so sure; his school does show the courses and they look great to me).

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 5:46pm

I wasn't touting UIC per se, (blush),

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 6:55pm
MTE - that's why I'm treading lightly but trying to hint that he needs to do a little research vs. just deciding in 8 weeks that it's not what he expected!
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Tue, 10-26-2010 - 12:35pm
I was able to find the program for the other U and honestly it IS way better than where he is. I emailed them today asking for info and if he should consider switching in spring vs. next fall. Not sure he'll want to switch that fast due to gf but if it makes more sense...
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Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:25am

Hi Sue,

Does he have a particular field of grahics design he knows he wants to pursue?

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Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:47am

Not really - he's thinking commercial.

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