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travis_farmer

i was browsing the MIT website, and came across the application requirements. it would appear that they don't have a "special education" program for someone like me. now, i could never afford MIT, but it would have been nice to know if i even had a chance. rather depressing actually...

~Travis
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Robin2

Doesn't seem to have been an obstacle for other folk :)

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

travis_farmer

Doesn't seem to have been an obstacle for other folk :)

...R
perhaps, but it would have been nice to have thought it possible.

I never even took the SATs, as i took the ASVAB instead. I scored top marks in electrical and mechanical, but then i was dropped due to psychological problems. never even went to boot camp.

But most people don't even know what an ASVAB is, and it is entirely meaningless now.

sometimes it is just nice to be able to see ones accomplishments, and have them recognized.

just having a bit of a down moment. probably due to malnutrition.

~Travis
Current Obsession: My server rack cooler, and my CNC Router
Check out my website, i have my own under-used forum on my hobby server.

larryd

No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

travis_farmer

Current Obsession: My server rack cooler, and my CNC Router
Check out my website, i have my own under-used forum on my hobby server.

larryd

You can find X by following the arrow ;)


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No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

Qdeathstar

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Apr 13, 2017, 03:35 am Last Edit: Apr 13, 2017, 03:38 am by Qdeathstar
Meh, people use things they got as an excuse for their lack of motivation.  Do something, don't whine about your problems and prop them up as a limitation. Personally, i wouldn't go to MIT because it is overpriced. 


The university I went to offered me special education accomodations,  but I declined. Still made it just fine.
A creaking creeping shadow
stiff against the freezing fog
glares at a tickless watch.

Time has failed him -- all things shall pass.

Boardburner2

i wouldn't go to MIT because it is overpriced. 


I did not go there because they would not let me in.  :)
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westfw

I didn't apply because my father, who had gotten his masters there, specifically dis-recommended it.

Super-competitive schools are not for everyone, even if they're willing to admit you.  In fact, I'm somewhat against them "in principle."  Yeah, you get an impressive diploma and an excellent education.  At a price.  Multiple prices, paid from different places, from your wallet to your psyche.  (There was also that time I funded a scholarship.  The recipient, happy to receive it, went to a "better" school than they had originally intended.  And entirely disappeared before she could collect the 2nd year's worth of scholarship.  :-( )

And when I look at a new-graduate candidate as an employer, an MIT degree is impressive, but I'd rather hire someone from Rutgers who helped work on the Pascal compiler in their spare time, than someone that just completed coursework.

On the bright side, many MIT classes are available online (for free), these days...  And other schools too; it seems that the "better" the school, the more likely that they (and their professors) will be into the whole MOOC thing.


Qdeathstar

they waint gonna let me in for a variety of reasons, but, still wouldn't be interested. (i mean, unless it was free, but i'm not doing all the work it takes to get it for free either)
A creaking creeping shadow
stiff against the freezing fog
glares at a tickless watch.

Time has failed him -- all things shall pass.

allanhurst

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Apr 17, 2017, 12:15 am Last Edit: Apr 17, 2017, 12:22 am by allanhurst
We've  all have been taught that for a right-angled triangle a^2 + b^2  = c^2 where c is the hypotenuse.

Pythagoras's theorum.

And you can prove it easily with algebra.

But Pythagoras was a Greek, and didn't know anything about algebra - that's an arab thing.

So this is how he did it - pure geometry.




Allan

ChrisTenone

We've  all have been taught that for a right-angled triangle a^2 + b^2  = c^2 where c is the hypotenuse.

Pythagoras's theorum.

And you can prove it easily with algebra.

But Pythagoras was a Greek, and didn't know anything about algebra - that's an arab thing.

So this is how he did it - pure geometry.




Allan
The geometric Pythagorean theorem was the lesson we got after watching the Donald Duck movie.

This is the scene from the movie where you can see it:

Donald in Mathmagic Land

Prior to seeing this, I thought of "squaring" just as the name for multiplying a number by itself. This is where I bridged geometry to algebra.
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Henry_Best

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Apr 28, 2017, 09:20 pm Last Edit: Apr 28, 2017, 09:29 pm by Henry_Best
We've  all have been taught that for a right-angled triangle a^2 + b^2  = c^2 where c is the hypotenuse.

Pythagoras's theorum.
Although it is attributed to Pythagorus, it was know before he was around.

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e6w5GtkcGI for an unusual proof of the theorem.

TomGeorge

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Delta_G

i was browsing the MIT website, and came across the application requirements. it would appear that they don't have a "special education" program for someone like me. now, i could never afford MIT, but it would have been nice to know if i even had a chance. rather depressing actually...

~Travis
Travis, I love you bro, but this is just pitiful.  Don't be like this. 

Yeah, I wanted to be in the Olympics.  I wanted to run the 100M dash.  But unfortunately they don't have a special needs program to allow fat slobs like me in.  They should.  I deserve to be there just as much as anyone else.

Now when it comes to education, that's a little different because we can all do it.  You can either let your disability be an impediment and an excuse, or you can use it as an asset and a secret weapon.  Take it from someone who knows.  As long as you are crying in your cereal and saying you "can't" then you will continue to be right about that.  As soon as you set your head and heart to "I can" and then just do whatever the hell it takes you will find that you are absolutely right about that too. 

Sometimes I wish they just wouldn't tell kids when they have a disability.  Everyone is good at something.  You just have to quit worrying about the things you want to be good at and find the things you actually are good at.   
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