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ocalhoun
So, today I got my acceptance letter from the university I applied to.
That's completely expected. They're not going to turn down somebody who already has two degrees and obviously already has plenty of money for the plundering. (They know I'm former military, so they know I'll have no trouble paying tuition.)

But the letter came with an extra, very pleasant surprise:
Also, they decided to give me a $19000 'academic achievement' scholarship... that I didn't even know about or ask for!

Needless to say, it made my day!



Anybody else have some pleasant surprises recently?
Bikerman
Very nice.
I didn't realise we had a scholar present Smile
deanhills
Congratulations Ocalhoun. I was unaware you had two other degrees. Now a third one coming up! Looks as though you're well on your way towards becoming a professional scholar. And a horse breeding expert too. Can just imagine the one that has the greater portion of enthusiasm.
Very Happy
ocalhoun
deanhills wrote:
Congratulations Ocalhoun. I was unaware you had two other degrees. Now a third one coming up!

The first two are just associate's degrees... And the second one is mainly from credits earned in military training.
(For the second one, I actually never saw the inside of a college classroom... military training + credits transferred from previous degree + a few CLEP tests* = degree.)
deanhills wrote:
Looks as though you're well on your way towards becoming a professional scholar.

Bikerman wrote:
I didn't realise we had a scholar present Smile


I don't think of myself as a scholar... and it certainly isn't something I'd want to make a life of!
Besides, I've been out of school for years now, and haven't started back up again just yet. I only just received the acceptance letter, after all... and classes don't start 'till January of February I think.


*Speaking of CLEP tests... I highly recommend them. They were so easy (and because of being in the military, free) that I started taking them just for fun... Got around 20 credits just by occasionally showing up and taking a test. You'd think they would be difficult... but the simpler topics are a breeze, and the passing score for most of them is only 50% or 60%.
For a while there, I was taking CLEP tests all the time... great excuse to leave work for a few hours. ^.^ "Gee guys... I'd love to stay and help you do this paperwork, but I've got to go earn 6 college credits for free instead... be back in an hour or so."
deanhills
ocalhoun wrote:
I don't think of myself as a scholar... and it certainly isn't something I'd want to make a life of!
I can't think of you as a scholar either.
Very Happy
Josso
Two degrees, former military.

*mind blown*

*explains everything*



Lol jokes aside well done mate congrats
standready
Congratulations Ocalhoun! So what are you going to study now? May I suggest - brain surgery! laugh
Ankhanu
Sweet! Good luck with the new program, and have fun!
I'm also pretty curious what you're going to study.
missdixy
Hooray!!!!!!!!! Congrats Smile
menino
Congratulations ocalhoun, and its great that you have 2 degrees, even with the 2nd one being more or less free.
Its great that you were in the military as well, and even greater that you have a knack for answering tests, which not many people would do, even if they are easy.
Still, you made good of an advantage from being in the military.

Btw, what are you planning to major in now in your pursuit of a new degree?
loremar
Hey Congrats! Smile

School is paying you to go to school, Awesome. I had college scholarship once then I just ditched the whole thing. School is just tough. But if they gave me $19000, that would be more than a great motivation for me.
spinout
no, no pleasant surprices... This is bad, no luck my way - I envy you!!!
Nameless
Frihost has our very own Badass Bookworm. Very Happy
deanhills
Nameless wrote:
Frihost has our very own Badass Bookworm. Very Happy
I don't get it. Whose Website is it, someone from Frihost?
Blaster
First what school. Second what major?

And congrats. That 19000 would surely help me.

And lastly what branch were you in?
ocalhoun
Josso wrote:
Two degrees, former military.


no no no...
Today I'm current military. Tomorrow I'll be former military.
(Tomorrow is my last day.)

Ankhanu wrote:
I'm also pretty curious what you're going to study.

Mechanical Engineering
Nice, solid, major (not liberal arts or literature) and something I don't already know.
1st associates - computer analysis
2nd associates - electronics analysis
Bachelor's (in progress) - mech. engineering

Once I have all three, I should be able to get a job related to pretty much any kind of machine.

menino wrote:
and even greater that you have a knack for answering tests,

^.^
That's my secret weapon, I suppose.
I'm just really good at taking multiple choice tests.
Partially, just because I know all the tricks.
(For example, on a hand-written test, the chances that two answers in a row will be the same is often about 10% less than it should be, but not for computer-generated tests.) (Or, for another example, on math-based tests, instead of trying to figure out the answer to a complicated equation, take each answer and plug it in to see how it works. That's often a far quicker and easier way to figure out which one is right.)
Partially, because my brain just works well that way. I have an excellent memory once reminded of something. Seeing the correct answer there reminds me what the answer is.
But partially... it may also be a bit of ESP going on. I once took a 50 question test without even looking at the test questions and scored 50%, rather than the 25% that would be expected.
(It was a pre-test to gauge knowledge level, so it didn't count towards any grade.)

Blaster wrote:
First what school. Second what major?

Gonzaga University, Mechanical Engineering
Quote:

And lastly what branch were you in?

Air Force (And still will be in until tomorrow.)
Ankhanu
Very good choice.
My father's a Mechanical Engineer (he specializes in steam systems; currently working on the design and implementation of a power plant in another province), and I started my academic career in an engineering degree (biological systems, before I dropped out and returned for a BSc); it's a lot of work, but it's good practical work. I'm sure you'll do splendidly, even if it will eat into your Frih time Razz
menino
Well, Ocalhoun... congrats for being out of the military now.
Did you serve any tours in the Gulf? I'm sure that must have been a tormenting thought.

Its nice to know about your knack for answering questions, and mainly using the multiple choices that way. Not everyone thinks like you... or I guess not everyone thinks alike.

All the best in your endeavours for your Mechanical Engineering degree.
deanhills
I take it that you are in for a very long holiday now? About two months? Or are you planning to get to the horse breeding farm as soon as you can?
Very Happy
Blaster
Good luck I started out Civil and then went to Electrical and then switched out of engineering all together. Its hard but go for it.
loremar
Anyone tried chemical engineering. Don't go there. Trust me.
standready
ocalhoun wrote:
Ankhanu wrote:
I'm also pretty curious what you're going to study.

Mechanical Engineering

I am a mechanical engineer. One thing you should consider that I didn't so many years ago is going dual major with electrical engineering especially with your electronics background. CLEP a few of those course, transfer credits possibly even just get credit for experience. Then use your electives to take most if not all of the remaining EE courses.
Asap170
Congrats. I could use that money alot! I am gonna basically be making my money doing webdesign jobs and that has to pay for gas, stuff, and college.....Feel free to gift me some!
deanhills
Asap170 wrote:
Congrats. I could use that money alot! I am gonna basically be making my money doing webdesign jobs and that has to pay for gas, stuff, and college.....Feel free to gift me some!
I don't think all engineers are wealthy, and from what I've heard quite a fair number of them are either unemployed or working service jobs in the US.

A degree in engineering is more like a level of education in the basics and Ocalhoun has been pretty savvy to choose subjects that would give him a wide range of options to specialize in later. One has to follow the degree up with at least three years training to qualify as a Professional Engineer.

If one is only in it for the money, there are many other jobs that would be better paid like accounting, law and surgery, particularly plastic surgery. Some engineers do luck out however in finding designs that they can do business in, or be great consultants in specialist fields like construction of turbines for power generation for example, etc. etc.
Ghost Rider103
Just wanted to pop in here and congratulate you ocalhoun! Great work.

I never would have guessed you were in the military until you posted the pics of you in the caves wearing the military gear, only then did it ever cross my mind.

Anyways, congrats again!
Asap170
deanhills wrote:
Asap170 wrote:
Congrats. I could use that money alot! I am gonna basically be making my money doing webdesign jobs and that has to pay for gas, stuff, and college.....Feel free to gift me some!
I don't think all engineers are wealthy, and from what I've heard quite a fair number of them are either unemployed or working service jobs in the US.

A degree in engineering is more like a level of education in the basics and Ocalhoun has been pretty savvy to choose subjects that would give him a wide range of options to specialize in later. One has to follow the degree up with at least three years training to qualify as a Professional Engineer.

If one is only in it for the money, there are many other jobs that would be better paid like accounting, law and surgery, particularly plastic surgery. Some engineers do luck out however in finding designs that they can do business in, or be great consultants in specialist fields like construction of turbines for power generation for example, etc. etc.


Haha that is just to keep me living somewhat well after that I am doing computer programming either for Microsoft or some game company. (yes I know two different areas of programmer).
deanhills
Asap170 wrote:
Haha that is just to keep me living somewhat well after that I am doing computer programming either for Microsoft or some game company. (yes I know two different areas of programmer).
Ha! If you're going to do programming for Microsoft, then you're guaranteed to become a fat cat. I remember when I was still living in Vancouver, the coffee place I visited over weekends was frequented by programmers from Seattle. Long working hours of the irregular variety but they were earning big bucks. I don't know if that is still the case today, but at that time Microsoft was really looking after its programmers. I'd imagine they still are.
Asap170
deanhills wrote:
Asap170 wrote:
Haha that is just to keep me living somewhat well after that I am doing computer programming either for Microsoft or some game company. (yes I know two different areas of programmer).
Ha! If you're going to do programming for Microsoft, then you're guaranteed to become a fat cat. I remember when I was still living in Vancouver, the coffee place I visited over weekends was frequented by programmers from Seattle. Long working hours of the irregular variety but they were earning big bucks. I don't know if that is still the case today, but at that time Microsoft was really looking after its programmers. I'd imagine they still are.


Caffeine and Sugar is what we live on!
Greatking
very great surprise.
i wish to have such a surprise come my way next year.
enjoy it and make hey whilst the sun shines.
deanhills
Today I saw a post of Bondings' in the Suggestion Forum. That was a WONDERFUL surprise!
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