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Comment: Duplicate existing work. Intern for 'free'*. (Score 1) 335

by DirkDaring (#40401101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do Before College?

Pick a project. Look at a website, find something cool. Now duplicate it in your own work. Try and make it better. You will gain a ton of knowledge, and you can show your code to the next employer.

If your parents did their finances well they will be paying you to internship for free somewhere. If not... take a job selling coffee / delivering pizzas in the evenings.

And you need to be spending 1 hour a day, every single day weekends included, filling out grant applications.

Just my $.02 and what my kids will be doing once they graduate high school.

Comment: Tuition is tried to loans AND applicants (Score 2) 433

by DirkDaring (#40376153) Attached to: Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition

If you ran an institution where:

1. You have more qualified applicants than availability
2. Nearly all have access to paying tuition with loans

Now you, being the bean counter - what would you do? Duh, you continually increase rates until #1 drops to a level you are uncomfortable with.

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