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OrioleBeagle
01-08-2011, 12:57 AM
While reading these boards I have noticed that a lot of you are VERY intelligent. (Only being a high school graduate I sometimes feel stupid when I am visiting this website.) I'm curious how many of you are college students, have graduated college, have advanced degrees or are simply a high school graduate (like me).

rfisher
01-08-2011, 01:01 AM
I have a PhD, but the level of one's education does not make one intelligent, nor are people who have only a high school education or who didn't even get that far, stupid. Never think your level of formal education makes you either smart or stupid.

Aceon6
01-08-2011, 01:04 AM
MBA, but I pride myself more on my street smarts than book smarts. My mother, who got her high school diploma during the depression was one of the smartest people I ever met.

SpiralGirl
01-08-2011, 01:08 AM
Why do you feel stupid?

I learn something new and interesting every time I log onto FSU. It doesn't make me feel stupid, it's part of the reason the board is so interesting :)

I'm doing a BA joint honours degree at Oxford University, by the way.

oleada
01-08-2011, 01:14 AM
Never think your level of formal education makes you either smart or stupid.

This.

To answer your question, I am getting my MSW at NYU right now.

Twilight1
01-08-2011, 01:22 AM
Never think your level of formal education makes you either smart or stupid.

Couldn't agree more with this!

Some of the smartest people I know just graduated from highschool.

I have a college diploma as a Mental Health Worker (specializing in addictions), and have some university (but found myself pregnant so left after 1st year). I would like to go back eventually for either nursing or lab tech...

Bonita
01-08-2011, 01:38 AM
Level of education is more about drive, focus, interest and ability to achieve same. I am a high school graduate with a one-year certificate in my field - I graduated 12th in my HS class out of over 500, had a fairly well-to-do middle class family, am not lazy and could have gotten some scholarship $$ - I just totally hate school and didn't have anything in mind, so never went. Doesnt' make me stoopid. In fact, my ex-fiance, the elitist with the Ph.D., constantly told me I was too smart to do what I do - but it's 35 hours a week, I have a life, make pretty nice $$, and that's smart by my own personal definition.

Aussie Willy
01-08-2011, 01:39 AM
Because figure skating appeals to a more intelligent sports enthusiasts. Then the more intelligent of those venture onto FSU. So you end up getting super intelligent sports enthusiasts.

Prancer
01-08-2011, 01:49 AM
While reading these boards I have noticed that a lot of you are VERY intelligent. (Only being a high school graduate I sometimes feel stupid when I am visiting this website.) I'm curious how many of you are college students, have graduated college, have advanced degrees or are simply a high school graduate (like me).

There are a lot of stupid college graduates running around in the world. The thing that stands out to me about posters on this board is the level of curiousity; a lot of posters here have a drive to understand things.

That's what makes a person smart to me--wanting to learn and making it a point to try. You don't need to go to school for that.

professordeb
01-08-2011, 01:55 AM
Welll, I had to work many years to get my Mrs. - twice!

OK, seriously, I have graduated from a three year community college and have about 2.5 years towards my Bachelor of Education degree. Unfortunately, it often seems to be one of two things preventing me from finishing
I have the money but not the time
I have the time but not the money

Hmmm ... at this rate, I may be 65 before I finish my degree but I'm doing it out of a sense of accomplishment.

I too find that the people on here are often wise with great pearls of wisdom. I tend to learn something here most every day I show up - although I may not like what I'm learning ;)

Book learning has it's place but it's not the be all and end all. Not by a long shot.

FiveRinger
01-08-2011, 01:58 AM
Someone may negative rep me everyday for the rest of my life for this one, but George W Bush has a college degree from Yale. Take that for whatever it's worth.

Seriously, though, college education doesn't measure intelligence. My father is one of the smartest people that I know and he went to trade school. My mother had a MA in Education, and she was so smart that she wasn't, if you know what I mean. One of my best friends graduated from Harvard with a BA in government and she doesn't have common sense enough to come in out of the rain.

Education has whatever value you put on it. I went back to school as an adult and obtained a BA in communications, and apparently it doesn't have a lot of value because I can't find a job in my field that is self-supporting. I ponder grad school just so that I can get a job where I can support myself, but do I really want to? I am really balking at that commitment.

Anita18
01-08-2011, 02:07 AM
Feeling stupid totally describes how I felt in college. :lol: But the real world is a great equalizer - nothing replaces experience and common sense once you're out of school. My dad has more formal education than my mom but she's much more clever than he is. He's just book smart, and a lot of schooling focuses solely on that.

And I think that's why FSUers come off so intelligent as a whole. For the most part we've lived a little and aren't just the typical inexperienced teenagers who populate a good deal of the web. I always say that if you have a question, no matter how random, someone here will know the answer! :lol:

skatemommy
01-08-2011, 02:30 AM
I am blessed to have a Bachelor of Arts because a) 8 hours of my high school Advance Placement exams credits tranferred to 8 credit hours I didn't have to pay for in undergrad and I took 3 years of German in high school that automatically upgraded me from BS to BA. Lesson learned = apply yourself in High School, take the SAT and ACT. My ACT scores allowed me free tuition my entire 4 years (which I have to say taking figure tests certainly prepared me for):sheep:

firefly
01-08-2011, 02:44 AM
I agree with other posters, education does not make one smart. My father is a plumer and one of the smartest people I know. He knows a bit about everything so he understands and is interested in everything.

I have a bachelors degree in international studies and I'm working on my master in international development right now :)

agalisgv
01-08-2011, 02:46 AM
That's what makes a person smart to me--wanting to learn and making it a point to try. ^^This

I like to say one should approach life in learning mode--soak everything up like a sponge. When one ceases to do that, that's when rigidity of thinking sets in. And that occurs at every educational level.

Personally I view education as imparting particular skill sets. Presumably one with a doctoral degree is qualified to teach and research at an advanced level within their field. They may or may not know how to read Shakespeare, count change, or figure out directions. Their skill sets can be quite specific. And of course depending on where you go, one's skill sets may be stronger than others with similar qualifications. But again, it's job-specific skill sets that one has rather than just general "intelligence."

That's how I see it anyway. (my education is at the post-graduate/doctoral level).