Casually Explained: Guide to College and University

Casually Explained: Guide to College and University

So I know that most people going to college or university are pretty concerned of what is it going to be like, so I want to make a guide to help you out. One of the first things you need to know is that they are pretty expensive. And you can’t have the same attitude as you did in high school, because if you fail something you just have to take it again at your own expense. So before you go, you need to ask yourself the question: Are you there to drink and meet girls, or are you there to get a degree that will help direct your career for the rest of your life? And once you figure that out, then you can ask yourself: “Am I dedicated enough to commit my whole day to this for the next four-plus years, or am I gonna set some time aside to get my degree?” Personally, I really decided to take everything one step at a time, and the first thing you have to do is register for courses. And you might have heard that the school work is gonna be a lot harder than high school, and I think most of us have had thoughts like: “What if I’m just not smart enough for this?” And the truth is: if you could navigate their website, you’re smart enough. Now you might be wondering what’s the best program to take and truth be told, there’s not really a best program. The most important thing is choosing something that’ll help you find a sustainable job that you’ll enjoy. Now you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, how do I try to get the job I’ll enjoy if I don’t know what I’ll enjoy because I’ve never had the job?” That’s a good question and that I’ll avoid by suggesting you use the following rule of thumb: so when you’re picking a program, imagine a slider that goes from fun, to how much money you’ll make. That’s the spectrum you’re sort of dealing with. So, one thing that most people are really excited about is making new friends, and don’t worry you’ll get over that pretty quickly. But if you’re talking to someone, one thing I think is really important is to avoid certain trigger phrases when you’re talking to people from different departments. As an example, don’t talk about the job market with fine arts students, don’t talk to pre-med or med students about student loans or how long until they graduate, and never EVER tell an engineering student you had a lot of homework last night, even if you’re another engineering student. If you’re wondering what type of engineering has the most homework, it’s the one they’re taking. On a similar note, ask for how much work you should expect to do. When I started classes, they told everyone: “You should be studying for 2-3 hours at home for each hour of lectures you attend.” And I remember thinking, “Wow, no homework.” Unfortunately, that eventually backfired when we had in-class midterm, and I couldn’t find the room. So, along with that loophole that doesn’t work, there are some common myths I wanted to spell right away. So you don’t have the wrong idea about college or university. Uhh, you’ll still be one of the smart kids, myth. People are a lot more mature, myth. You’ll have a lot more sex, true! I’ll have a lot more sex, myth. Now, completely unrelated, but something that can really have an effect on your experience is the male to female ratio in a program. As an example, looking at the stats from our local schools, Computer science and software engineering is 90% male. While the health and nursing programs are 90% female. You might be thinking, “Oh no, I’m a guy taking computer science, but I still want to meet girls. What does that mean?” It means: you fucked up. Uhh, I took one Java program course, and now I get an erection every time I see a gender-neutral name on an attendance sheet. Now, of course, when people think of college: they think of college parties. So, I’d always wonder what it would be like to be invited to one. On a bit more serious note. One thing that I think needs to be said, is that a lot of students are a little bummed out that they were really good at something in high school, but now they’re kind of middle of the pack. The truth is: you don’t need to be the best at your discipline to do great things. As an example, I never showed a lot of potential in high school, but now I make youtube videos in my room. Uhh… what I mean to say is that it is important to look for other avenues to really help you stand out to employers, and help your career in general. Like, once your skill’s at a certain level you don’t become a famous artist by being better than everyone else at art and music. You get there by being better at marketing. You don’t become a chief engineer by being better than everyone at math. You get there by being better at communication and dealing with people. And ultimately, try to have at least a little bit of diversity, because even if lucky enough to have the ability to be the best in the world at one thing. In thirty years, it’ll be a little more difficult to cope when we all get replaced by robots. (outro)

100 Replies to “Casually Explained: Guide to College and University”

  1. What I've learned from you is that unexpected jokes are the best jokes
    Expensive education.

    – laughs in Danish
    2:42 laughs in gay computer scientist

  2. 3:22 Nobody ever talks about Met-Art, Femjoy, Suicide Girls, or anything other than Pornhub or Playboy. Why? Well, sometimes Brazzers, but there's so many to choose from!

  3. that doesnt apply to me. my country has free university. you choose a major, pass the exam (no school history or interview required), and you're in. subjects are always strictly related to the degree you're doing. that way you can cut medical school from 8 years to 6. if you enter medical school being 18 years old, you're a doctor by 23. and of course, no student loans.

  4. This actually had some serious shit going. I'd say this is a video that's gonna help a lot of freshmen.

  5. I feel like nowadays the question you should be asking yourself before picking a degree is "will I be replaces by robots in the near future?"

  6. People have very different priorities. Especially if I gotta avoid buzzwords because they’re sensitive.

  7. as a soon to be app developer/programmer i can confirm the 90% guys thing. There were 2 ladies in the class and one of them dropped halfway through vs the 31 or so guys

  8. 2:41 Best part. I've actually watched many of your videos, but this is the one that made me sub. I've been in college for 4 years and I'm almost half way done. Not university, but community college

  9. I went to a college that in retrospect knew exactly what they were doing.
    I dropped out after a year because I wasn't getting any and the courses were a complete sham and if anything educated me slower than just fucking reading wikipedia on my own time.

    The campus though was shared between nursing and massage therapy students and computer science/engineering students.

    It might have been pretty rad if any of use had ever left our dorms before people started killing themselves and kinda ruined the mood.

  10. 0:48 FYI, Uvic actually referenced this video when announcing they would change their website layout. So thanks Casually Explained, you’ve caused them to actually redesign their website!

  11. I graduated in Computer Science and I am a conference level state INTERPRETER now ?, no girls in class then, no girls in job now

  12. What I've learned from you is that unexpected jokes are the best jokes
    2:42 laughs in gay computer scientist
    Expensive education.

    – laughs in Danish

  13. I love how everybody from Europe is happy about their free education and healthcare and all the fucking Americans think that they are better off with paying slightly lower taxes (Americans say 60 or 70% taxes but that is bullshit!) but they can not enjoy the feeling of not worrying about paying of student loans or medical bills. But you do you. Enjoy those great low taxes. Murrrrica

  14. As an engineering student, it does bother me when people are crying about their HW or how much sleep they got… Like welcome to college bitches

  15. The corses are alway the problem for me building race engine that are high horse power and very loud. I don’t need engineering to build engine and then job placement on a F1 race team. College just don’t offer me what I am looking for a fun and patriotic America.

  16. Go to university, cheat on your work, spend $100,000 on a degree, work at Starbucks, then get replaced by a robot it's as simple as that.

  17. 1) ride a motorbike or drive a nice car
    2) be confident
    3) focus on finishing your degree
    4) join the football team

    That’s how to have fun at college

  18. quality of life = disposable income. Imagine living in a mansion with $10 to spend per day.. Youd go crazy. Hence, lets say $1000 disposable a month. Now u need a place to live – not a shit place. 1500-2k. Plus bills – 1000. plus savings – 1000. plus spending – 1000. So basically make 5k. Oh, but heres the shitty part – taxes. better make 7 or 8. Good luck

  19. Thank you for the very basic but fun video. Im just browsing around Uni videos and I put myself through Sienna Santer's "day in the life of.."
    Well, at least she is amusing (I cringed a lot) it was so "BUBBLE" if you get my drift.
    A big hello from India ?

  20. The cs part is so true, there is a total of 3 girls in my c++ programing class including one that I think dropped out after the first test

  21. Hey some people aren’t made out for college. I was 19 once, freshly forced out of community college for non participation, and decided I’d go into pipelining in east Texas. I lived close enough, so I was home for holidays and basically no other time. Worked 60 hour weeks, and made almost $90k my first year. By my second year I was operating air conditioned equipment and making even more. Or foreman’s and supervisors still make nearly double what we do, the youngest being 24. So hey, I’m not discouraging college for anyone, but if you find s trade you love and can prosper in, go for it man. You’ll be happier in the long run and there’s no telling how much money you have the potential to make.

  22. Wait it takes 4 years for college/university in America? Huh. In the U.K. it’s 3 years, and I’m doing mine in 2. Also you don’t have minors or majors or whatnot, you don’t pick when you get there. You choose your single course months and months ahead

  23. I went into college saying "ehh, i dont want to be an engineer or anything like that and everyone tells me your degree doesn't matter so ill just take something I enjoy". I am now 1 missed internet bill away from signing the rest of my life away to law school.

  24. Never tell an Exchange student from U.S. that you have government paid uni studies in Finland and you get actually paid small amount during the studies (+you can get government-backed student loan which will be largely paid back when graduating on time)

  25. Haha i am at a Senior High School IT strand and there is about 8 girls/30+ guys in our classroom(and they are lesbians), i am definetly expecting less girls in my future IT course on a university ?

  26. I studied a lot, had three mental break downs over my four years, drank a lot, had a lot of stress-sex that gave me an STD scare once, and I questioned if it was worth it all every two weeks.

    Well, it was a journey, no denying that.

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