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#52 May 16 2012 at 5:04 AM Rating: Excellent
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I had considered the AF when I got out of high school. Or possibly the Army. This thread makes me wish I had gone through with it. I tried to get my oldest son to join up, but he wouldn't do it. I'm going to try again with my youngest. I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
#53 May 16 2012 at 9:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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PigtailsOfDoom wrote:
I was basing my resume advice off of what I've read on tips for resume building. Several different source said that it's worthwhile putting down your college GPA if you did well, because it shows that you are motivated and a hard worker.


GPA is just hard to judge. I couldn't tell you if you got that 3.9 by seeking out easier teachers and classes or not. Are you good at rising to meet your challenges, or just good at gaming the system? The difficulty at one college won't be the same as at another. Also, it doesn't say much about what you learned or what skills you have.

Is it nice to see a high number? Sure. But is that 3.9 better than a 3.6 from another college? *shrugs* I dunno. Neither does the potential employer in all likelihood.
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#54 May 16 2012 at 10:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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That's why I just tell them my GPA is 7.4
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#55 May 16 2012 at 10:55 AM Rating: Excellent
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Jophiel wrote:
That's why I just tell them my GPA is 7.4


Stupid non-4.0 wussie liberal arts schools messing with the curve. Smiley: glare

On a side note: IIRC my brother's college didn't assign grades at all, or even calculate GPA.
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#56 May 16 2012 at 2:56 PM Rating: Good
I like that idea. Grades are overrated. Except when I earn good ones.
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#57 May 16 2012 at 3:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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Narrative Evaluation
Evergreen's grading system consists of a narrative evaluation of a student's academic work at the end of each quarter. Faculty members write evaluations of each student's work and progress (see Faculty Evaluation of Student Achievement), and each student writes a self-evaluation (see Student Self-Evaluation). These become official documents, making up the permanent transcript. Students also write evaluations of faculty members, which become part of the faculty member's official portfolio (see Student Evaluation of Faculty). The Student Summative Self-Evaluation is a final evaluation written by a senior that provides a summary and overview of his or her undergraduate educational experience.


Apparently they can put together a GPA number if requested (i.e. it's required for a program you're applying for or something), but unless you request it their equivalent of 'GPA' is basically a portfolio of evaluations.
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#58 May 16 2012 at 4:31 PM Rating: Good
That's actually pretty **** cool.
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#59 May 17 2012 at 4:52 PM Rating: Default
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PigtailsOfDoom wrote:
That's actually pretty **** cool.


Hard to put in transcript form though. Is anyone actually *ever* going to use those evaluations? I mean, I get the different/cool factor, but at the end of the day does it actually solve any problem other than how to waste more paper? It's not like this at all makes it easier to determine how well someone did in a given area of education.


I suppose it does have one positive point. It'll prepare you for a later job where you have to write self evaluations each review period. There's that I guess.
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#60 May 17 2012 at 5:06 PM Rating: Good
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If you are applying to any quality school, they don't give a crap about your GPA. At least in terms of liberal arts/humanities. It might be used at poorer schools to arbitrarily limit the number of applications they need to review. Everyone else focuses on your writing sample and recommendation letters almost exclusively.

And since only the lower quality programs care about your GPA, the minimum threshold is typically low.
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#61 May 17 2012 at 8:21 PM Rating: Good
That is relieving considering how low my GPA is due to the depression and undiagnosed ADD issues I had for so long. Both places I plan on applying for getting my teacher's cert request a specific GPA, but I know the one that wants the higher GPA said that I should apply even if my GPA is lower than their "requirement."
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#62 May 17 2012 at 9:15 PM Rating: Good
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Even places with GPA requirements will usually ignore lower scores if there's a valid reason for them, which you have.
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#63 May 18 2012 at 2:03 PM Rating: Good
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At many UK unis, they just cut off at 70% and if you're higher than that the only place that might care to look into it further for a postgrad will be Harvard. Or something.

For me, it doesn't matter if people usually don't look into this because there are currently no postgrads in my field that aren't really competitive - like less than 30 spaces a year competitive (and most of them give preference to international students, too...)
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