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I Don't Think a College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence

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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 1 Response May 25, 2010

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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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    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 3 Responses Aug 19, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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 7 Responses May 29, 2013

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    So I suppose I would just like to see

    if there others out there who feel similarly or can understand because there are very few around me who do and it makes me doubtful of my decisions sometimes. I recently turned 22 and I do not have a college degree. I know that many former friends graduated from college this...
    merryofsoul merryofsoul 22-25, F 22 Responses Oct 9

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    baseyou baseyou 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 5

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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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    Educational attainment is a major goal of mine

    and I want to be formally educated as much as possible. While college degree certainly can open up some career opportunities, it is not the only means to do so. There is vocational and technical school, workforce training, apprenticeship with a major company and then becoming...
    ajrestless ajrestless 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    It Doesn't Always Mean You're Any Smarter.......

    I sometimes refer to myself as an educated idiot when I pull off some stupid stunt.
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Aug 23, 2013

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    Lol. Omg. It dont. Its been proven.

    Look at america. Lmao.
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 18

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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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    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 1 Response Aug 31, 2012

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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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    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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    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 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 17

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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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    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

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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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    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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    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 Aug 4, 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

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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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    It's a piece of paper

    that you have to live up to or not
    Penguin47 Penguin47 66-70, M 1 Response Sep 18

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    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 18

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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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    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

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    Sometimes, Quite The Opposite.

    I've had numerous jobs over the course of my life, from laborer in a construction operation to project manager at a major financial firm. The least intelligent people I met were at the financial firm, not the construction operation.
    DarknessCalls DarknessCalls 41-45, T 1 Response Aug 13, 2012

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    Although, I have a college degree.

    I do not think I am smarter or better than anyone else. There are things I learn from people with or without a diploma added to their name. I think there are things I learn from all sorts of people.
    FrankK70 FrankK70 41-45, M 6 Responses Dec 5

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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

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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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    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

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    Thats why i'm dropping out.

    College isnt for everyone.
    Lalafancy Lalafancy 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 25

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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 2 Responses Aug 15

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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 5 Responses Jan 26, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    If it wasn't for the fact

    that you need it for a well paying job... I work in a restaurant with my mom and you want to know what she makes in a good week? $1000. You want to know what she has a degree in? Paralegal studies...
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    I Don't Think A College Degree Always Indicates Intelligence When Looking For A Female For A Loving Anr Or Abf Relationship In Tampa Bay, Fl.

    I am a Single White Male Searching For Open Minded Female In Tampa Bay, Fl . I am a single white male age 58 searching for an open minded female in Tampa Bay, Florida. If you are out there give me a buzz so that we can chat?
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 28, 2013

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