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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2001

My time at The University of Southern Mississippi was extremely boring. I did meet a lot of nice people there and a few of my professors were helpful. The quality of education I received was not good for the price I was paying. I found my self buying and reading books every summer for subjects/ topics my finance classes did not go over. I found the school did not really prepare students for the qualities employers were looking for from recent college graduates. And the companies that came to recruit on the campus was subpar. My advice for future potential college students is to look at the cost of the college, look at the environment around the college because you are going to be there for the next four to five years, and pay attention to what companies recruit on the campus.

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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2013

Tell us about your college experience.

My college experience wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The thing that was best about it was the social experience; it was nice to get the feel for having roommates and also to meet a large variety of people. I fit in fairly well at the school. The work wasn't too difficult and the people were nice; there was even an anime club and an improv group that helped me to connect with others and enjoy seeing something I was really into. All that said, as far as the work goes, I sometimes feel as though the university does not properly prepare students for the real world because some of the work is too simple and graded too easily. Perhaps the best experience as far as the education aspect went, and the social for that matter, had to have been the Fiction class offered; that's where I met a large amount of my college friends, including my first girlfriend, and also got to enjoy doing what I love--writing stories.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

I think I would choose a different degree, though I am not sure what degree I would choose. I say this because around my senior year I really began thinking about how few jobs were probably looking for someone with just a degree in English. I would choose something more practical. It is for the very reason just listed that I selected "somewhat" earlier when asked if obtaining the degree helped find a job. Although I'm not hired yet, the degree has opened up more job possibilities than would be available otherwise; even so, the job possibilities in the field seem limited, hence why I would choose a different degree.

What advice can you offer other students?

I would advise students to go to college, but to think long and hard about what they want to do in the future, career-wise, and whether or not it would make sense in the long run. I would also advise students do everything they can to look into possible scholarships--looking online, talking to school officials, etc. Otherwise they could wind up owing loans upon graduation. Furthermore, I would likely recommend they look into online job sites so that, if they can't afford the time for a real job during their education, they can still make a couple dollars a day to assist in funding for their education, even if only by a little.

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