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Professor A's Guidance on Maximizing the College Experience

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Maximizing the undergraduate experience

1) How important are grades to maximizing my college academic experience? 
    Answer:
It depend on the subject. Students good at math should study hard in math, those who write well should work hard
                  on all writing assignments. 
2) Does this mean that people who are not good in mathematics or English should ignore these subjects?
   Answer:
Ignore is a strong word. There is a basic skill level in core subjects such as mathematics and English that all college
                 graduates should attain. It is not nearly as high as most educators believe, but being able to balance a checkbook and
                 write a coherent paragraph consisting of complete, correctly punctuated sentences is important. 
3) Is being well rounded important? Is earning two B grades was better than earning an A and a C.
    Answer: If you are seriously ill and need an operation, do you hire the doctor with a B in Operating Procedures and a B in
                  Bedside Manner or a doctor with a A in Operating Procedure and a C in Bedside Manner? 
4) So I can forget about extra curricular activities.
    Answer:
Most students studying math and science related majors do not have as much free time for extra curricular activities.
                 Others, studying business and the social sciences (psychology, sociology, history) may look back and find the extra 
                 curricular activities the most important part of their college experience.
5) I'm confused! Do I, or do I not, study like crazy!
    Answer:
Assuming your goal is to maximize the economic return from your investment in college, the one word answer is skills!
                 You must develop skills someone is willing to pay for. For some majors, social skills (speaking, organizing, leading), are 
                 as important as academic skills (math, science, writing).
6) So developing critical thinking skills is important.
    Answer:
In most cases, you must have a useful knowledge base upon which to think critically.  Not always! Thirty-five years ago
                  my sister, a math major, got her first programming job. Sitting next to her was an English major. Turns out the skills
                  developed by these majors are very similar.

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