have mixed feeling about my time
at the "U". Graduating during
a recession didn't help much. In retrospect, I spent too much
time in college, notwithstanding two engineering degrees. The
University of Minnesota was a very theoretical based college.
There were certainly a lot of very smart people there. But you
were definitely left to your own devices to learn, and to learn
in spite of the professors. The U had too many people enrolled
in each major to graduate everybody. The way they handled this
was to do a crappy job of instruction. Plenty of bright people
flunked out because they didn't find a group of people to study
with, which I feel was the key to graduating.
The U taught me how to learn on my own. I attended a junior
college where the quality of teaching was excellent compared to
that of the "U". At the "U" you were nameless and faceless.
The experience at the "U" probably prepared me better to be a
life long learner, but the frustration and angst it caused me
won't allow me to send in that big check to my Alma Mata when
I get ready to depart this earth.