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No more high school for me!

  1. Jun 21, 2005 #1
    Just wanted to share with all of you...
    I completed matura today. :biggrin:
    I've been studing for three days non-stop. Now it is all over. I'm finally no longer a high school student, but (practically) an undergraduate physics student. No more learning about croatian writers and stuff like that. From now it's only physics, physics, physics and physics, and math.

    I also wanted to say that I really enjoyed my experience here on PF and that I am looking foward to participating more now that I'm free. :smile:
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  3. Jun 21, 2005 #2
    It's only physics and math? Here in the US no matter what your major is you still have to take a ton of BS "Core" classes. At most universities here I should say, I am, of course, unsure if this applies to every school there is.

    Either way though, congrats on the graduation!
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2005
  4. Jun 21, 2005 #3
    I don't know about you guys, but as much as I like physics and math, I think the "BS 'Core' classes" are important aswell. If they really were so inessential, why would they even be being taught?

    But congrats on graduating.. I did about a month ago.
  5. Jun 21, 2005 #4
    Some of the BS classes are good and useful. Personally I think English is a very important subject to learn, and it is part of the core classes here. What I mean is, as a Math Education Major one is required to take 2 semesters of US History, 1 semester of Western Civ, and 1 semester of another History Class. Maybe I am missing something, but how would knowing the information taught in these classes be used toward teaching Math? I tried to find the applications while I was taking the classes, but just could not see them, please enlighten me.
  6. Jun 21, 2005 #5
    I think you went into the class with the wrong perspective. To be important doesn't mean it has to be related to "teaching mathematics." Don't you want to know how things came to be? To know who did what and what happened?
  7. Jun 21, 2005 #6
    It's all about this mentality of being "well rounded". Personally, I think you should be able to take whatever freakin classes you want, it's your money. If you have a degree in Mathematics, why would one assume you know American History? College is getting so messed up.
  8. Jun 21, 2005 #7
    I guess that is where we differ. Personally I do not care for history. Yes it is interesting to know, but I would be just as happy not knowing it, probably even happier having not wasted the time and money on the classes.
  9. Jun 23, 2005 #8
    Thank you for your congratulations!

    Yes. Here in Croatia we don't apply to universities, per se, we apply to faculty departments. They determine your curriculum, so I probably won't even be seeing a professor of something other than physics or mathematics during my studies, except maybe those of interdiscplinary fields (e.g, biophysics).
  10. Jun 23, 2005 #9
    Congratulations! Have you already declared your major in physics?
  11. Jun 23, 2005 #10
    Technically, I'm not a student yet. But, I've been waived the enterance exam and will start studing in October. It is implied that my major is physics since I applied to the physics department.
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