17 March 2013

Pointless

What's the point of ponying up roughly $150k - 200k to go to a school such as MIT, just to get a job that pays only $100k/yr without much room to expand -- say $250k/yr max? It seems like the same could be accomplished by going to a state school on a full scholarship and saving the money for a nice car.

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  1. Oh, you software majors, only $100k/year starting salary :P
    I would say take more advantage of the resources at MIT. If your dream is to get a well-paying job, than perhaps a state school would have been a better choice. But where else can you learn about tesla coils and go-karts and electric motors all in one evening while working on your coding project?

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    1. Having thought about this a bit more, I'm not too worried about the money; I'm frustrated/worried that I'm plateauing in terms of intelligence.

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  2. Woah software people make $250k/yr?

    I think the average college degree is economically just barely worth it, compared to a good investment with the equivalent amount of money. (I remember reading that somewhere a long time ago and being skeptical then, so I am even more skeptical now that the economy is only mediocre.) Buying a $150-200k car is not a good investment, though, so I think you lose more in the long run that way. :P

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    1. Senior software engineers in Silicon Valley make around that, if a hair or two less. The last part was said in jest; as you said, one can make a better investment with that money than spending it on an average college degree.

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  3. Muthu ChidambaramMarch 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Yea, what's the point of going to a school where once-in-a-lifetime opportunities show up every day? 

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