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Hi there, I''m currently attending Kent State University and majoring in computer science. I''m in my second year now, and I have approx. 2.5 years left after this semester is over. Recently I''ve been thinking about attending Full Sail. At first I planned to just finish my comp sci degree, and then start attending Full Sail. I''ve been looking at it more closely the past few weeks though, and it''s starting to look like it would be a better decision, considering time and money factors, to just transfer to Full Sail this fall. I''ve talked to a couple people so far on what I should do, and I''ve gotten mixed opinions. So I''m wondering what everyone''s thoughts are on this. Should I finish out my degree first, or should I transfer to Full Sail? I appreciate any opinions or thoughts that anyone can give me. Thanks! "Alright Dan, I need you to finish this within the hour, and I need you to do it correctly....Oh yeah one more thing, Don''t F*** Me!" - My Boss

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Im attendeing Stony Brook University here in LI, Im in exactly the same situation! This is my 4th semester here and don''t feel like im progressing enough..although my school is supposed to be good in the computer science field.

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Full Sail will teach you more about actually programming in the field and real game programming. The trade off is that you lose some of the theory you learn in Comp. Sci. and the Associates degree you get from Full Sail won''t look as good on your resume as a Bachelors. However, the demo you make at Full Sail will look much better than a Bachelors degree. I''d say take the best of both worlds and finish off your Comp. Sci. degree and then go to Full Sail.

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Why go to school? Have you though about joining a cult?

You wouldn''t have to pay any taxes.

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Personally, I''m a 3rd year Computer Science major at University of Toronto, Canada - and I feel what I''ve learned here is invaluable. Trust me, it only gets better from here - I can''t stress that enough.

I mean, sure you want to make games, but who says you can''t do it in your spare time - I do. Don''t go to a school because you''ll make a cool ''demo'', do it on your own.

- carb

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quote:
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Drop out and start taking heroin.


I agree with this

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Drop out and start taking heroin.


I thought about that...it is probably cheaper than tuition costs.


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Personally, I''m a 3rd year Computer Science major at University of Toronto, Canada - and I feel what I''ve learned here is invaluable. Trust me, it only gets better from here - I can''t stress that enough.

I mean, sure you want to make games, but who says you can''t do it in your spare time - I do. Don''t go to a school because you''ll make a cool ''demo'', do it on your own.


See that''s the problem. I haven''t been impressed with my school''s comp sci program at all. Too much of what we''ve done is repetitive, and they are starting to cut some of the classes out to add other classes. Recently they cut one of the programming classes out to replace it with a networking class. That and the fact that Ohio is somewhere like 40 out of 50 in aid for tuition, I''m getting killed between increasing tuition and housing costs. The way I look at it, if I decide to finish out my degree, I''m gonna be looking at another school anyway.





"Alright Dan, I need you to finish this within the hour, and I need you to do it correctly....Oh yeah one more thing, Don''t F*** Me!"
- My Boss

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with the economy going down the tubes like it is (Bush == moron), I think you''ll probably be looking at higher tuition and expenses wherever you go, particularly if it''s a state-sponsored school. SUNY (State University of New York) is considering a tuition hike of thousands of dollars per year (I believe the figure is $1,600 per semester) to cover costs. What I''ve heard about Full Sail also is that they''re expensive. so it sounds like what you might want to do is drop out immediately and head for another school. But before you do anything, find another school that has a respectable (-> more established and stable) computer science department and is reasonably affordable.

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I''m planning...or at least I WANT TO...go to a GOOD university and get a B.A. in computer science and then probably go to Full Sail (or Digipen (pry not)) to get the A.S. But, we''ll see what happens. I have 4 more years of HS left, haha, and so in four years I should know C++ fairly well.

Moose

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yeah Im at SUNY at Stony Brook, we''re looking at a $1,400 tuition hike, suck ass if you ask me.

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"I mean, sure you want to make games, but who says you can't do it in your spare time - I do. Don't go to a school because you'll make a cool 'demo', do it on your own."

This is my philisophy as well. I gave this alot of thought and decided I will _never_ attend a college to learn programming.

Ask yourself, what do you want to DO as a programmer? Would you want to work FOR someone? Or will you be doing your own projects? Are you trying to build an impressive resume so you can impress a game company? Or are you more of a lone wolf?

I've heard it was incredibly hard if not impossible to do so (impress a game company) without having your own demos or completed commercial game(s), no matter what school you went to. Looking at college curriculums in my area, I don't see any that will teach me things I don't already know, or that I can't google for and learn on my own, and this is true even for colleges that would be harder and more expensive for me to get into. College doesn't seem worth it to me, not for programming, unless you are one of those people who can't learn without a teacher shoving it all down your throat.. I happen to learn better on my own (and for free) And since I will NEVER apply for a game programming job, it works out fine..


peace
-DA


[edited by - deadalive on February 10, 2003 8:28:25 AM]

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