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Hi. i know a lot of people here have college degrees, and I judge from a lot of the chatter that there's at least a few post-graduate degree holders among us as well. It's about the end of the fall semester here in the states. I'm a 4th-year student of Mechanical Engineering at a technical college, I have at least 3 more semesters to go before I finish my bachelor's degree. I'm exhausted. I've spent about 3 solid years hunched over a desk, doing calculus problems. I'm really having trouble focusing on my coursework - my brain is like, actively revolting against me whenever I try to study or do homework. I've sacrificed a lot in terms of personal projects, short-term employment prospects, as well as a social life or romantic life (aside - I'm in my 30s and single) in order to attend school. I know for a fact that I am absolutely intelligent enough to do the work, but i'm having a lot of trouble maintaining my focus and motivation. I have like a 2.8 GPA right now, which isn't terrible, but I know I'm capable of being a much better student that I am. Also I need to have better than a 3.0 GPA for many of the real interesting internships and other opportunities. What have any of y'all done to get though similar situations?
For those of us taking any AP tests in the next couple of weeks, good luck! I just finished the Physics 1 test, and will take the US History test Friday. AP (Advanced Placement) exams are exams given by the College Board primarily in the US and Canada to high school students. These tests are graded on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Students can take AP classes during the year if offered by their school. These are advanced, college-level classes that prepare them for the test in May. Many colleges will give college credit to students who do well on AP tests, meaning they don't have to take some classes in college that would be necessary without a good AP test score and thus save lots of time and money.
Hi All, I recently had to return the computer I used for school over the past 4 years. It's time to upgrade to a new system. But what kind of system? Mac, Linux, or PC? Laptop or desktop? More or less cowbell? The last time I looked for a computer was in 10th grade. I was looking for a gaming desktop, but that's not my focus right now. I would expect that I will use it for word processing, MATLAB, some gaming, social media, etc. Nothing too taxing, I think. Let's start with the basics. Which will suit me better: a laptop or a desktop? Second: I hate Windows 10. Yes, it's a good operating system, blah blah blah, but it has too many privacy issues for me, and I don't like how Microsoft was shoving it down my parents' and my throats. With that in mind, can we get a discussion started? Mods: Yes, I understand that this could potentially go in the Computer Megathread. I'd like to be able to access any information a bit more easily, though, and I think it could derail the topic of the Megathread.