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Date: Oct 19 2013
Major: Anthropology (This Major's Salary over time)
I did it. I powered through four years of college at UVM.

Honestly, I should have dropped out after my second year. Next to no one is interested in academics, which is fine, but as a collaborative learner, this was difficult. However, most of my professors were great. Not only helpful, but honest.

Also, the amount of people at UVM who think they're not racist, or not sexist, or not homophobic, or transphobic, etc, but actually are all of those things, is incredible. It's all fuckin' rich, white kids and I don't think I fully understood what that meant when I first got there.

I stayed because I believed a lot of what we say about the mythical powers of a degree, and by the time I realized it was bullshit, I was too far in and coasted my way out.

Burlington is a great little city. I eventually felt more like a Burlingtonite than a student once I had a full-time job downtown. There are a bunch of articles about how great Burlington is as a college town and how welcoming it is to the fact that there is such a huge student population. This is not true. Most people love the summer because all of the students are gone. There is a giant sigh of relief and the crowd on Church St is completely different.

If you're interested in learning, just move to Burlington and get a library card. Once you need some help, just contact some professors, and I'm sure they'll be willing to help.

Fuck paying for college. I learned a lot, and at the time I needed some direction, but now I'm a Barista (and I love it) and have $55,000 of debt. If you've read this, and are having any doubts, I really suggest deferring, but moving to Burlington and seeing if you really, REALLY want to go there.

responseJust a comment as long time Burlington resident, not a student. people are actually rather tolerant and/or friendly to students in my experience. Maybe not when encountering a drunken mass but if you are out in the community and introduce yourself as a UVM student you will a polite and friendly interest. Bear in mind there are a LOT of colleges here. Of course there is a sigh of relief when school is out!
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