I had 5 years of university studying art history. It served me as naught for marrying the wrong man and having a decade of misery until I figured out how to be not just happy but productive and loving life when I was about 30. Everyone is different...but formal education can or can not be a deciding factor.
I hope to be reading and studying about things I love until I die with a book in one hand and my computer mouse in the other.
My husband, on the other hand, has come to value the resource. When there's a hot topic we want to know more about he'll often ask me "what are they saying on your skating page?" And he's REALLY smart!
IMO, a degree doesn't necessarily make you more intelligent, but it does make you more marketable. Also, it does (generally) make you better at working without supervision, and therefore more suited to management-type and/or decision making posititons.
I've met plenty of narrow minded people with degrees, and plenty of curious people without degrees who would probably thrive in college if they could just afford it.
I have a BS ( ) in political science and an MPA (masters in public administration). In my professional career, I have earned a certification as a professional municipal treasurer and am working on the certification for a professional public finance officer. Both certifications are great learning tools in the practical application of my field because they involve classes, both on line and regular, as well as testing.
The day I stop learning, please put me out to pasture.
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I have a BA and I'm intending on getting a Master's. My dad has an MBA; most people in his family have a PhD. I have no interest in that much schooling. Just for fun I'm taking two courses at the community college this coming semester: French and Linguistic Anthropology.
Education level does not necessarily mean you're smart, definitely.
Believe in yourself. You have a lot to contribute.
To answer your question though I'm in my second year of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength” - St. Francis de Sales
I worked alongside a chemist who had the same attitude. One of the production workers was talking to him one day and told him he wasn't smart like him. The chemist told him, "I'm not smarter than you, I'm just more educated than you." He said it in a matter of fact way that meant he was no better than the other fellow, just that he'd had more schooling. No big deal. I was very impressed with that attitude.
Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Still trying to figure out the intricacies of CoP (admittedly not too patient with that) and becoming more computer literate. There's always something new to learn!
I'm bad at calculations, but I'm really good at equations and geometrics.
Someone once told me (in a condescending way) that the reason I often went the wrong way in Manhattan was because most men navigate by direction (N/S/E/W) and women navigate by landmarks. It's definitely true in my case. When I'm lost and I see something familiar, I instantly relax thinking "It's okay, I've been lost here before." My family says that it's not a trip until mommy makes a u-turn. When I made 49 u-turns in a two-day period (different city, renumbered exits, Mapquest errors), DH bought me a GPS because I was ending up in scary places.
I have a BS in business economics. I know, great acronym for a social science degree based on assumptions.
The board as a whole seems to be fairly well read and well spoken. You don't need a formal degree to read and speak properly.
There is very little text speak on this board and I think that also helps us appear more "high brow".
My 13 yo still can not tell her left from her right. Thankfully she has a small mole on the top of her left hand so that helps her. I am constantly saying to her, "Look to the right. No, your other right."
I eventually found my niche as a secretary/uber-multitasker with the company I've worked for the past 8.5 years. I did try to get into a civil service exam for Secretarial a few years ago, but they didn't let me in because I don't have a degree(??) in Secretarial. Bullshit says I, because the most important skills, being highly orgranized and possessing attention to detail, are things you can't learn from any class.
This is a really interesting thread. Case in point of what one can discuss and learn about on FSU. My own definition of intelligence is based on what you do with what you are given. I see people who take every advantage of the skills (modest or prodigious) and opportunities (veiled or obvious) that they are given--they are the smart ones. Others waste their efforts, don't see doors opening, stay in ruts--not so smart. It doesn't even have to do with IQ.
I have a masters in public administration and I work for an organization of physicists, all of them PhDs and here and there a Nobel prize winner. So I can fairly say that I know what smart is. My companion, who struggled to get through high school, has a voracious intellect, the richest personal library I know of, a bear trap memory, and a killer sense of humor. He can and has held his own with the brightest physicists.
I feel really stupid most of the time despite graduating from college magna cum laude and being labeled "gifted" as a child.
"If people are looking for guarantees, they should buy appliances at Sears and stay away from human relationships."~Prancer
I have two bachelors' degrees and a master's degree. If I were really intelligent, I'd have only the second bachelor's and the master's, but it took me some time to work out what I wanted to do.
Some of the dumbest people I know went to uni. It doesn't matter what level of education you've obtained, if you want to learn more, then go out and learn. Read good newspapers, watch reliable new channels, go and and buy magazines like The Economist, Time and Newsweek.
Travel. Take up a new language. There's a whole big world out there and nothing to stop us from seeing it
Travelling does not make one intelligent. It's very easy to travel and not learn anything from the new culture, people and geographic location; I see it all the time. Meeting new people in your own neighbourhood is often just as useful for learning as travelling further abroad.
And talking to your next-door neighbour or local teacher, dentist, doctor, shop keeper etc. is just as good as reading any of the magazines you listed IMO. I know some who read all of them religiously and they have that "knowledge" but no skills to debate, discuss or add to it.