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The Ramapo College of New Jersey

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Date: Oct 04 2014
Major: Communications (This Major's Salary over time)
Ramapo never helped me get a job. Their internship program is a joke with no direction, as well as their communications program when I was there. Yes, I can think critically, and I am well-versed in theory, but employers don't care about that. In media, they want hard skills. And Ramapo has no network to tap like a brand name school has. Ramapo's legacy left to me is in the form of student loans to pay, and that it has made me extremely cynical about the value of a higher education/the institution of it and of life in general.

As I stated, if you want to go into media, you need technical skills. And you need a reel (a portfolio) showing off those skills. I unfortunately ran out of resources by the time I realized this deficiency. Do an advanced project and two internships: one at a big company for the networking opportunities and one at a small company for (hopefully) hands-on experience. Technical skills don't mean squat if you don't have a network though. Networking is the most important thing for any career. If you doubt this, look around you. You've probably met or know about plenty of incompetent people that work jobs they shouldn't be, and others that are a success not because they're talented or skilled, but because they were in the right place at the right time or their work was seen by the right people.

I should've never picked Ramapo. However, I did make a friend for life, so they luck out that I can't hold everything against them. I wish I had known how how to properly research a school, like I do now. While this site existed back then, it was in its infancy. Don't be impressed by college tours. I am only aware of the powers of manipulation and coercion now, partly due to my education, ironically. Talk to people studying your field you want learn at the school you want to go to. That is the only way you will get an idea of if the school is a good fit for you, and I would say that's only from an academic standpoint. If you need to gauge a school's social life, you will have to arrange to stay there for a weekend with a student. Hope you have good connections. Buyer beware!

And they still ask me for "donations."

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