So I finished my first semester in NYU as a CD master. During the first semester I took a class called heuristic problem solving. Every week a competitive game will be introduced to us, and will be played in two weeks. And trust me, the games aren't easy. I teamed up with another guy who I had no idea was and named our team as we don't know. At the end of the semester we won seven out of nine games, and by won I meant that we beat the whole class in the match. And my teammate became a really good friend.

By telling this story, I want to make a point. I love problem solving, and not problems in a algorithm book where you apply an algorithm and do some trick to solve it, but real world problem where you hope for the best and anticipate, predict your opponent's move. However, American's school system doesn't teach that.

When I applied to graduate school, no school wanted me because I have an average GPA of 3.6, and no outstanding achievements. I can solve problems in my dream becaus I have an active mind, I can propose solution to a project one month before my teammates realized they essentially were doing what I told them the solution should be. But so what, I can't write those on my application.

One of the professor told me that my professor shared the story of my team during a faculty dinner, and they were very impressed by our achievement. So I guess I'm not dumb. But after all, companies and schools will look at your transcript and decide who you are.

I love myself for having random thoughts all the time that can lead to innovative problem solving. But I also hate myself for not able to study like the good kids are.

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    Just curious, why do you want to go to grad school? It's not necessary for most jobs from what I can tell.
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    @Stuxnet I want to apply for PhD after that, and PhD because I want to be able to solve interesting problems
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    @Stuxnet depends on what jobs we are talking about.
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    @K-ASS Shit man I'm on year #2 and I'm already tired of school. Couldn't imagine like 2 more for the MS my uni offers.

    But if it's your cup of tea, by all means go for it chief. Education is something that can never be taken away, so learn everything you can.

    @AleCx04 True, but for most of the "standard" jobs it's not required. I could be talking out of my ass rn though, idk. It's been a long few days celebrating and shit lol
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    Not all employers look at GPA. Heck, some of them don't even care if you have a degree. They want to know two things. Are you a fit for their culture, and can you solve problems. You can have a 4.0, but if you don't fit their culture, they won't be interested in what you can do. On the other hand, if you do fit their culture, and you have good soft skills, and are good at working in a team environment, they will even overlook a lack of experience, because experience they can give you; the other things, not so much.
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    Who taught the course? I know a few NYU STEM professors.
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    What is CD?
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    @billgates compact disc. damn bill you should know this smh 😂😂😂
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    @Stuxnet that's is a degree option O_o
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    @billgates Computer Dorkology
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