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  • On Thu, 1 Oct 2015, 9:02pm PDT in I believe that I'm smarter than other ppl. Should I get an MS in nuclear eng?, MMR said:

    Rin says

    Here's the thing ... HS does not matter. No matter what, putting Stuyvesant HS on one's resume makes that person look like a doofus

    I agree with that part regarding putting HS on your CV; I wonder what kind of advice people are getting to think that that's a good idea, but then again I went to a high school where more than 16 people got pregnant and 40% dropped out....most people I know went to schools where they had double digit National Merit Scholars.......It does show that a person is smart, but also a beneficiary of opportunity that rural people like myself never had...

    But other than tennis, what if the kid also wanted to participate in sports (like an NCAA revenue producing team sport) ....tennis and other individual sports/pursuits lend themselves well to a GED/early graduation model. But getting a GED might make it impossible to play sports. Some high schools offer their curriculum online and students can essentially finish HS in 2 years and could get an associates degree with the remaining time(winter, spring and summer semesters). One I found was in Orange County and offers both AP and a STEM track. What are the benefits of Studying STEM subjects, notwithstanding the mediocre job prospects?


    Although I agree that going through the college admissions process the way stuy students and students at other schools go through admissions, I do think that learning to excel on standardized tests starting with SSAT/ISEE, SAT, along with AP exams is an important experience, especially for those who aspire to study medicine, as basic sciences and 3rd year clinicals USMLEs are non-stop intense test preparation. Even residency is step 3 in first year, the in-service exams and board certification at the end of residency.

    In high school pursuing an associates degree, I recall you mentioned the Economics/Finance/Mathematics track. What other tracks, if any would make sense for someone who pursued an associates degree in high school? If someone weren't going to the LSE and opted to transfer to a 4 year school in the US, they would still probably have to provide scores for the SAT, PSAT, AP scores, is that correct?

    Other than sports, anyone who is on a preprofessional track (esp Medicine) is much better off learning independently of the classroom environment and scheduling their own extracurriculars/community service etc. After all, teaching oneself is what one would do as an undergrad and in med school itself.

    Rin says

    Boston Latin grads (local magnet school)

    One of the 6 public schools with the strongest track record for Harvard admission. 100 schools (94 private and 6 public) or 0.3 % of all high schools make up 22% of Harvard's student body..but then again as a New Englander in the know, you probably knew that


  • On Thu, 1 Oct 2015, 10:27am PDT in I believe that I'm smarter than other ppl. Should I get an MS in nuclear eng?, MMR said:

    Rin says

    And yes, 9th grade is age 14 and thus, it's a good time to start the review

    Which would make sense. FWIW, nearly everyone in my extended family who grew up around big cities in 2 professional households, started taking the SAT in 7th grade, could probably knock out the GED by 9th grade. Even if they could, they probably wouldn't want to, because of the social aspects of school and the responsibility of having to provide for supervision for their kids and their extracurricular activities. While some have live-in maids, the problem would be that lot of their "well meaning friends" in their fairly large social circles would be clucking about it, which would probably be too much for them to tolerate. Lastly, even 10-20 years ago when most of my cousins were in high school, these opportunities simply didn't exist/barely existed.

    Other online high schools such as Stanford require higher end tests to qualify, such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT


    Many of the online high school diplomas are affiliated with universities; I found this online 2 days back


    Given the availability of these online schools, which would be the better choice between the online degree vs GED?

  • On Wed, 30 Sep 2015, 7:49pm PDT in I believe that I'm smarter than other ppl. Should I get an MS in nuclear eng?, MMR said:

    What is better the online high school diploma or the GED....It seems like the former would take slightly longer but could theoretically be finished in about 2 years. To that end, how feasible would it be to pursue a bachelors while in high school?

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