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I Don't Think a College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence

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    AlyanWazir AlyanWazir 22-25, M Aug 10, 2015

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    Child Like Intelligence

    It makes me wonder that the ones who are intelligent are the ones who appear innocent and who are like children.   They look at life as if they dont know anything or barely anything.  It mgiht be like the empty cup story ,  that inorder to see things clearly we need to...
    reflectivemind reflectivemind 70+, M 8 Responses May 29, 2013

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    This is so true and I'll explain why.

    A diploma is just a sheet of paper or back in the day goat skin. It has no true indication of anything but a person can memorize and spew out what they are supposed to at a certain time. Intelligence is what shows a person can take date and state an educated, non-emotional...
    hal84 hal84 26-30, M Dec 30, 2015

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    Mossonarock Mossonarock 41-45, M Aug 11, 2015

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    College Student, It Is.

    I had a stressful day today and we'll be looking forward to more stressful days. I really don't get it. Why do they have to give such health-deteriorating assignments and projects. I know that they'll really be of help but please, what I'm asking here are real life solutions and...
    silinglabuyo silinglabuyo 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 4, 2013

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    A college degree no longer has true meaning,

    or intrinsic value. A college degree does not mean what it used to mean; it does not hold the same weight. Looking back 40 years ago or so, the amount of people with college degrees made up a small percentage of society. Therefore, a college degree was more meaningful because it...
    TheOrganicOne TheOrganicOne 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 3, 2014

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    While I am a firm believer in higher education,

    I have worked with some college educated colleagues who could not even write a paragraph using complete sentences, much less practice correct grammar or punctuation. I cannot help feel embarrassed for them or their alma mater.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 30, 2015

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    I believe a degree is only a tool you can use

    to make getting a job easier... it's not really a measure of your intelligence.. yes most people with degrees are intelligent, but they were the same before they got it... people can be intelligent in many different ways and intelligent people can come from anywhere
    Darasi Darasi 22-25, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    College degree indicates you are a sheepo.

    ..later what you do with it is the real question,your real skills and how you apply the knowledge.
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F Oct 31, 2014

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    I have a college degree

    but I am far away to think that people without college degree are not intelligent! I think it´s always a matter HOW to use the intelligence. Furthermore: Reason, why I´ve studied at university was because it seemed that social work was the only job where I was good for or...
    Loretta78 Loretta78 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 16, 2015

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    I have an ex boyfriend with one .

    .. he didn't know to get out of oncoming traffic if i didnt tell him to
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    wtfgirl001 wtfgirl001 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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    I've noticed how there's

    so many people out there who think that just because you get high marks and do well in school you are automatically smart when in reality that is not the case at all. Just because you have high grades it does not mean that you are mentally and emotionally smart. You can be...
    believexo believexo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 11, 2015

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    I think intelligence is gained mostly from life

    and based on the understanding of generalized information. I have several myself but without them I would and most that know me would say that I was intelligent. My degree's are in IT but I can talk about most subjects to a degree of knowledge that I have gained in life not...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 31-35, M 3 Responses Oct 17, 2014

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    The tv game show "Street Smarts" is a good

    example of how it shows that just because you have a degree in something, it doesn't mean that you're that smart in general. I say this because I'm pretty sure that some of the people who the host of the show would ask general knowledge questions to, had college degrees.
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M 4 Responses Nov 10, 2015

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    College Is A Means To An End, Not A Measure Of Intelligence.

    I went to college for a year. I hated every second. The people there were no more intelligent than I was yet they acted superior and pretentious. The classes didn't teach the way I learned and had standards that made no logical sense to me. I spent a lot of time studying and...
    GodnDogGirl GodnDogGirl 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2013

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    There is fine thin line between knowledge

    and education. Once you comprehend this line, you can balance both; because we are well aware of the fact that 'Intelligence is not the ability to store information for time being and forget it later.' While I had been away from education for quite some time, my passion for...
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 16, 2015

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    baseyou baseyou 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 5, 2014

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    I'm not bragging about myself

    but I've always been a good student and going to college was a big dream of mine. I was bullied in highschool (and before) and I naively thought that college will be a place full of people eager to learn , smart and open-minded. Now, I'm more aware of the reality. College gives...
    aloysia aloysia 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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    At best, what a degree indicates is familiarity

    with a given subject matter and the ability to finish what you started, not an inconsequential thing. It may also indicate an above-average IQ, but all IQ reveals is "academic intelligence" - which doesn't necessarily translate into common sense or street smarts, or into any...
    sumnerkagan sumnerkagan 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 31, 2014

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    I've met educated people with degrees

    who are still as thick as pigshit. And I've met people with limited education who are extremely intelligent. Education doesn't have to be formal.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M 4 Responses Jul 27, 2015

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    How True Is This

    There are many people with degrees that lack intelligence. Obtaining a degree simply means that you have the ability to regurgitate information. Tertiary education is no longer about critical thinking and questioning. Obtaining a pass is achieved by providing the lecturer what...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 19, 2012

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    In fact, I think a college degree makes you

    conform to certain standards and norms... and cliffs and sams... What employers want these days is someone that thinks outside the box. According to a couple tests, I already do that.
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 2, 2014

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    i hate it when people say

    if you dont have a degree you will fail at life I'm like i was pregnant in high school then I'm still making good money and i didn't go to collage and also people that work in big businesses are like why don't you get a decent jobs I'm like you wouldn't be here if it wasn't...
    Shelby1998 Shelby1998 22-25, F 14 Responses Nov 10, 2015

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    I concur but I think it does indicate

    perseverance and a desire for a better life, well at least in my case lol I am not loving school but I do it because apparently that's what society deems necessary for a "successful" future (for those of us that aren't genius material) *just another sheep*
    143ily 143ily 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 18, 2014

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    Chris Rock dropped out of high school

    when he was in the 10th grade. In my opinion, he is one of the most brilliant comedians and social commentators we have right now. I am in college, a very selective and prestigious college in my area, and I want to get my four-year degree and then continue my education as long...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 27, 2015

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    Definitely agree! I am in college myself,

    but it does not determine how you apply yourself in the work place! I disagree with all these standardized testings and such -.- Everyone doesn't learn and apply themselves the same.. clearly.
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 10, 2015

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    So True

    "If you want to get laid, go to college; if you want an education, go to the library" Frank Zappa
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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    Nope. I don't personally know people with

    degrees but I've heard stories and, more importantly, I've known some dumb honor/AP students when I was at school. It just seems, as is my hypothesis, that these people make the effort and/or have the talent for an area or so of expertise but the rest of their head is unused...
    Ewashere Ewashere 18-21, M 3 Responses Apr 14, 2015

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    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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    A college degree does not prove you are smart

    and many think that it does. But it does prove that you are disciplined.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 28, 2015

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    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 5, 2015

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    It technically does not mean your intelligent

    however, anyone who gets their engineering degree is definitely NOT stupid.
    1proffesorM 1proffesorM 18-21 1 Response Apr 16, 2015

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    It's a piece of paper

    that you have to live up to or not
    Penguin47 Penguin47 70+, M 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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    I think it is life experience

    that indicates intelligence over Grades.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 4 Responses Mar 13, 2015

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    I've known a lot of educated idiots over the

    years. It's especially irritating to find some people with degrees being arrogant about it, like it makes them better than others.
    Geekynerdgirl Geekynerdgirl 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 4, 2015

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    Intelligence Riddle

    Q. What do you call the medical student that graduates at the top of his class?A. Doctor.Q. What do you call the medical student that graduates at the bottom of his class?A. Doctor.With that being said, it isn't about one's education, how many degrees he or she has, it is about...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 17, 2011

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    Education And Intelligence Don'T Always Go Hand In Hand

    I wouldn't say that im a particularly outgoing person, in fact im quite withdrawn, and yet from my many experience's in work, love, and life in general, I've met a wide variety of people from many walks of life. I've listened to their stories and problems, I've heard about their...
    DiesSomnium DiesSomnium 31-35 3 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    I never went to college,

    but I don't think that makes me less intelligent than some people who have. I have known college educated people who can be ignorant and lack common sense. Intelligence is not based on how many degrees you have, it's about what you know and how you utilize that information.
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2015

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    I agree with this statement,

    but I think people take it too far. There are strengths and weaknesses to both "grades" and "life experience". Most of the smartest people I have met were college educated. Nevertheless the world sometimes acts as though a person who backpacked through South America is...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 13, 2015

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    Sarah Palin

     has a college degree. Nuff said.
    cutefactory cutefactory 36-40, F 11 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    All it shows is the ability to retain fact

    and demonstrates a desire to study. Although even the latter is questioned when many students party for 3/4 of the year before swatting non stop at the last minute!
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8 46-50, M 1 Response May 22, 2015

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