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#20231

OMG: So I graduated last year. Got a great job at one of big companies in my field. Moved out of Ontario. Started the big boy life.

When I was at Waterloo I was miserable and wanted to get out of the city and the school so badly. Now I realize university, and co-op, was a god damn joke. Being a self-sustaining adult is tough!

Also its a bit hard to break into already-established circle of people here when they all went to local (and shitty) university.

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  1. So you sound like a massive judgemental douche. "Also its a bit hard to break into already-established circle of people here when they all went to local (and shitty) university."
    Maybe they were living at home and thats the only reason they could afford to go or that they got a great scholarship. Maybe the reason you have no friends is cause you are a giant douche bag.

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  2. So you admit to having no social skills huh? Too bad :/

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  3. UW is a joke in general. Everyone is so spoon-fed here it's amazing. I am curious how many people fail in life after thinking they had it tough while in this university.

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    1. I am objectively better at math than ~90% of the the people in the math faculty in my year and can confirm that classes can be highly non-trivial. You are clearly taking the wrong courses.

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    2. well good for you then, maybe you can get a 120% in university because its so easy and maybe become more original and stop stating obvious. ofcourse schools will spoon feed you INFORMATION so you know your shit,

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    3. Hahahah I think I know who 3a is.

      3: You can honestly make your degree as easy or as difficult as you like. (The exception is obviously Engineering, whose baseline is definitely set at "more difficult than average", but they can also make their degrees much harder.)

      Having taken a couple of CO grad classes, I assure you I haven't been spoonfed any information :) Also lol at "120%", I barely maintain an 80 average. Most smart people figure out it's much more worthwhile to challenge yourself than to get high marks in piss trivial classes. Well, unless they're in ActSci or something...

      The spoonfeeding and pathetic standard *are* why I left CS. Doesn't mean it's universal.

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    4. On all my co-ops there have been students from other schools too. Waterloo students always do much better. The other students tend to think they are more privileged than they actually are, and are not liked as much. They will take extra long lunches, take random days off if there is something better to do etc. Waterloo students tend to work the hours they are supposed to, show up everyday unless they are sick or planned it a month before to go home and worked overtime to make up for it, and just overall act more professionally.

      This is just the average student, I have met some awesome students from other schools, and horrible students from Waterloo.

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  4. So i started school this year and got a respectable job giving back to the community and payed off my student loans. I didn't wanna move outta ontario cos my mom's a bitch. (wtf is starting the big boy life?)

    Unfortunately, i have to return to school now, which is outta the province.

    Having no friends and being popular is rough.

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  5. Nice to see that UW grads are graduating with their "holier-than-thou" entitlement complexes intact. : )

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  6. > Being a self-sustaining adult is tough!

    How is it any different from co-op? Unless you weren't self sustaining at the time, in which case, it's your problem.

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    1. Because in co-op you don't have a mortgage, cannot advance in your career or job, no probation period, don't get yelled at the boss because there is always someone looking after you (co-op coordinators), etc...

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  7. But in coop you are still paying rent, can get a bad coop review, can get yelled at by your boss, and CECA sides with your company over you usually.

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    1. And even the most nightmarish co-op is over after 4-8 months, and you're back into the comparatively comfortable environment that is school life. Worst case, you fail the co-op term, or get kicked out of the co-op stream of your program.

      That is not the same as trying to set up a life for yourself. Suddenly, you have to stress over...
      ->Fitting into the work environment that may be your home for probably 5-10 years;
      ->Creating savings for retirement/investment/assets (see 6a's comment about a mortgage), possibly even to support a SO or start a family;
      ->Your possibilities for long-term career advancement (this requires pushing yourself to take on jobs/additional work that challenges you and pushes the limits of your abilities, which is stressful because it still can bite you in the ass and cost you your job if you fail).

      Not to say co-op isn't very close to real life! It might just be as close as you can get in University. But the two are not the same.

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