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I Don't Think a College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence

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    It Never Indicates Intelligence

    Ok so I do have a degree, yet I hate it when some people seem to think that makes me either (a) more intelligent than those who don't, or (b) up myself! The main issue here is- intelligence is subjective! It means something different to most people, it comes in many different...
    happybutterfly88 happybutterfly88 26-30, F Jun 7, 2013

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    Here's the Clincher!

    Three words. George. W. Bush.
    Rob22make3 Rob22make3 41-45, M 6 Responses Oct 1, 2008

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    There's Proof All Around

    It's almost too easy to point out. People point to politicians but there's always an ulterior motive for the actions they take so in that sense their actually pretty smart (some of them). They are political and know how to get what they want. Intelligence in turn, can be measured...
    mrpancho mrpancho 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 10, 2012

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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 31-35, M 8 Responses May 29, 2013

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    Intelligence Is Different Than Educated

    I view intelligence as how quickly someone can grasp a concept, learn, and think logically. You can be very intelligent but due to circumstances you can also be ignorant. A child can be highly intelligent and due to lack of life experiences and education can be ignorant...
    SelfMadeGeek SelfMadeGeek 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    Critical Thinking Skills/ Life Experience/ Common Sense Go A Long Way Too!

    I do have a college degree, but I would never ever put down a person who didn't, and go around acting as though I'm better/smarter than them (I actually have family members who do this!!). A degree certainly helps people to analyze problems better, and it definitely shows hard...
    freespirit8123 freespirit8123 26-30 3 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    I Know It Doesn't

    This isn't just because I have one. This is because of the vast amount of people that rely mainly on stereotypes and only care about the socioeconomic potential of a particular degree. And it gets even worse with the job title that often come with the degree, such as Engineer for...
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 1 Response May 7, 2012

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    Intelligence Is A Spectrum

    That's for 3 main reasons: Some people want to go to college and don't get the chance for whatever reason; some are smart but would rather be doing something else than college; and some are intelligent in the ways of the world, life experience, or things that deviate from logic...
    bamminer bamminer 31-35, M Jun 7, 2013

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    Thats why i'm dropping out.

    College isnt for everyone.
    Lalafancy Lalafancy 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 25

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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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    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*
    iDntCurr iDntCurr 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 18

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    It broke my heart to realize this.

    But I got to college. I'm in the "Honors Dorms", in fact. And I'm realizing how little you have to do to get by with being considered "honorable". Intelligence is just something you have to want and work for. School can't jam it inside you. People can't talk you into it. It has...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    College Degrees Definitely Don't Matter

    It's hard to get a job without a degree today, so many people are going back to school whether they are intelligent or not. Intelligence seems to be irrelevant.Plus, my grandfather always likes to boast that he has 2 Master's degrees but he lacks so much common sense. He is very...
    BlankPage123456787 BlankPage123456787 70+, F 6 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    Most College Majors Aren't That Hard To Complete

    And there are flavours of college degrees that don't require intelligence, starting with Business and Education. Only a limited number of degrees require real brain power: science, math & computer science, most engineering fields (not all, though), linguistics, classics, hard...
    consa consa 61-65, M 2 Responses Apr 22, 2011

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    Does It Ever?

    I think a degree shows how you tried to shape your intelligence and what you wanted to do with it.
    Sinaname Sinaname 26-30 Jan 20, 2013

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    Duh, Iz Gats Me Dis Peece O Paper Dat Sez I Is Smart!

    I ken take a loan and let duh Stimilis Bill pay it fors me bkuz May guidanse kounseler ttelds me to gaw tuh kollege.    Naw I have fiddy tousend dullarz to pay to soimewun and I werk at K-mart bkus I be a Garaduate of a Univursitee! Whee haa!
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 11, 2009

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    Agreed!

    I am not college educated. But I am, in my own mind, intelligent without the education behind me. I educate myself with experiences and situations that are thrown at me. I thrive because I will not fail! Knowledge is more than the GPA you have in college or even high...
    MegJgeM MegJgeM 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 26, 2009

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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 4 Responses Jul 4, 2013

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    There are so many careers

    that I don't believe you don't need a college degree for, honestly.
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    I Don't Get It.

    One of my friends has just finished her degree to become a nurse. I love this friend with all my heart, but I have no idea how she passed. When I'm talking to her about medical things, she makes some very stupid medical mistakes. Mistakes I notices without a degree.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M 1 Response May 6, 2012

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    It Certainly Doesn't Indicate Discernment

    Having have interacted with people who've succeeded at university, not of all them coincide with my idea of intelligence. Of course, there are all kinds of definitions and types of intelligence, but the kind of intelligence possesses the most significence to me astuteness...
    theTheodore theTheodore 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 4, 2012

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    Degrees Of Seperation

    To be honest, I mostly got my degree to prove to myself and naysayers that I could. And I forgot most of what I learned to get it after I got it. It wasn't a total waste though; college gave me perspective, new insights I wouldn't have had otherwise. Intelligence without...
    doctormadmann doctormadmann 26-30 1 Response Aug 31, 2011

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    College

    you're always told that you can be whatever u want. The possibilities are literally endless. Sometimes I wonder if all this choice is such a good thing. Anyway, growing up I always heard this mantra, but its not quite as accurate as it seems. Granted I "could" be whatever I want...
    iambatman33 iambatman33 16-17, M Aug 22, 2012

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    An Inspiring Person

    For years (and I mean a good number) I worked with someone who had left school when he was 14 - I guess because he simply didn't have time for it. He has had a more profound impact on my life than anyone else, yet no A-levels (as we call them in my part of the world), no degree...
    bornexplorer bornexplorer 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 31, 2012

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    Pfft!

    I know a lot of people without college degrees and they are some of the smartest people I know. Graduating college is great and all, but that doesn't mean you're smart. It means you're good at the subjects you took and were able to pass them. But unless one of your courses was...
    mimsy2 mimsy2 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 17, 2008

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    Old Saying

    My granny used to always say when I was growing " Some of the biggest fools I have seen have been educated fools" lol this is very true we all have them at our jobs sometimes regular joes that work with us or even management that went to school and got a degree in "MANAGEMENT...
    foreversingle30 foreversingle30 31-35, F Nov 9, 2011

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    College Degree Don't Matter

    I don't think College degree matters because although I went to college I didn't finish course due to moving so not got a degree and some people have called me intelligent.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 1 Response Nov 12, 2011

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    I Cry Everytime I Think Of Africa

    Here are some sources that you should look to educate yourself: 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw12KGSj53k 2. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~elias/scramble_africa_stelios_elias.pdf 3. http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2011/1/africa%20economy%20agi...
    Freeindividual Freeindividual 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2013

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    How To Get A Job When There Are None

    How To Get A Job When There Are None http://tinyurl.com/9hupo5b That article above is on a group here on EP called The Small Business Experience. I hope you can join us! I think you'll find it interesting.
    BusinessToday BusinessToday 56-60 Sep 2, 2012

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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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    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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    C.d Does Not Always Indicate Intelligence

    Many people (not all) with a college degree are intelligent when it comes to books and are airheaded in many other levels since they are only book smart.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2010

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    Diamonds In the Rough Sans Sheepskins, Philistines With Degrees.

    Are there people whose college education was, by and large, a Fail? Emphatically yes!! The problem is too many colleges turning out too many graduates. Too many people doing majors that don't challenge the mind. Like marketing or physiotherapy or education. Too many people go to...
    consa consa 61-65, M 2 Responses May 25, 2010

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    I Agree

    I have a masters degree, and a BS in math.I don't think of myself any more intelligent then the guy who has learned how to survive on the street with nothing.
    SkyRookie SkyRookie 36-40, M Apr 4, 2012

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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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    Definately Not

    Update:     How Important is a College Degree? Friday October 27, 2006 - Dawn Rosenberg McKay A college education costs a small fortune -- no no -- make that a large fortune. And what do you get in the end? A job just like everyone else has. Will you get paid...
    mefirstGIMME mefirstGIMME 22-25, F 33 Responses Oct 28, 2008

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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 2 Responses Mar 14, 2013

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    Book Smart And Street Smart Are Two Different Things

    I work with medical residents Some are SSOOOO arrogant, like they just got out of medical school and think they're the ****. They aren't even doctors at this point, but they think they're above everyone else. I can't stand it. And what about people who think an MBA makes them god...
    wtfimik wtfimik 26-30, F Oct 4, 2012

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    Not Always

    I spent 30 years in the university. Most people I knew, worked with, taught, were intelligent. However, there's always that 1% who somehow scrape through degree programs, get jobs, who are as thick as the trunk of a Mountain Ash. I knew a few of them. Of course the most...
    KenWX KenWX 61-65, M Oct 13, 2011

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    Plenty of Well Educated Idiots

    I believe there are more ways in life that show it then a degree.
    BeTheBestMe BeTheBestMe 36-40, F 6 Responses Feb 25, 2009

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    Proof

    When was the last time a person without a degree screwed up the world? Nuclear weopons. World wars. Man mad enviromental catstrophes. Miley Cyrus. All caused by people with a degree from higher education. Just sayin. Slackers of the world unite!
    Deanze Deanze 41-45, M 8 Responses Dec 6, 2010

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    What Matters Is Why And What?

    so theres a lot of debate going on over the past decade questioning the credibility of college huh right? as per to my reserch for the past 4 years more than 70% of students are unhappy with the way things are going. they enter into college with lots of hope but the reality is...
    swordsman123 swordsman123 26-30, M Mar 16, 2012

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