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got a 2:1 today and I feel down about it.

Tell me I am being stupid.


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Jun. 28th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I'm not the only one who's not sure what a 2:1 is?
Jun. 28th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one.
Jun. 28th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Definitely not the only one.
Jun. 28th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Nope, not the only one.
Jun. 28th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
UK degree for undergrad. Think magna cum laude. That is what a 2.1 boils down.
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Jun. 29th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Yup it's high honors. Anywhere (depending on the system) 3.50-3.74, and a first degree would be Summa cum laude 3.75 to 4.0.

So, it is very good. This person is being an idiot (per the OP request).
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Idiot is a bit harsh, in all fairness I just wanted to be told I was being stupid.
Jun. 30th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
From your own LJ post in your journal you called yourself a cunt. Which is way more harsh than an idiot.

Besides idiot/stupid pretty much the same insult in my neck of the woods.

After all you are trolling the interwebs to get strangers to tell you, "no you're not stupid you're Ace."

So, yeah you are being an idiot.
Jun. 30th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Calling oneself an insult is totally fine, I can call myself as such because I know me, and in any case it is in relation to the other things I did during that three year space. Also, its on my personal journal, yes open to the public and therefore scrutiny but didn't release it was to be cross referenced by every passive aggressive poster.

This entry is more about what post grads see 2:1s as, in the UK they are pretty much the norm. We have 1sts which are the highest of the high, and then everyone pales into insignificance with a 2:1. I wanted to be told that what I have achieved is more than that, that's all. I wanted to know what the ladies on here thought as my friends are of course bias in their views.
Jun. 30th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Also, its on my personal journal, yes open to the public and therefore scrutiny but didn't release it was to be cross referenced by every passive aggressive poster.

Welcome to LJ.

FYI, I had a super-shitty undergrad GPA (my school didn't do honors, but if it did I wouldn't have gotten any) and had no problem getting into a Master's program. And then my As in the Master's program got me into a top PhD program. So whatever your GPA, there is always hope.
Jun. 30th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I suppose I didn't expect women post-grads to be as passive aggressive as regular people in other LJ forums. Silly me.

I want to get onto a PhD so that's really comforting to know, although, thinking about anymore academia makes my brain fizz with agony.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
You are being stupid. Which is something that you can't be, having just achieved a 2.1. You can go on to postgrad with that - meaning it's good enough for you to be considered academically brilliant - and outside of academia, no-one will care what you got (although of course you can tell them \^/). Well done.
Jun. 30th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Love this comment, thanks. Its just everyone I know got a 2:1, so it feels slightly cheap.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Something I learned as an undergrad, that I tell to friends who need to hear it:

Grades are just hoop-jumping. That doesn't mean that it's not impressive to get very high ones, or that it's not worth trying to get them (since good hoop-jumping can really smooth one's path). But they aren't accomplishments in the same way that, for example, furthering human knowledge or quality of life with your research is.

So you got the same grades that other people you know did. So your grades don't wow people. That's okay. You just need good enough grades to get your foot in the door. Your whole career is still ahead of you. Most of your opportunity to distinguish yourself from your peers by actual accomplishments that matter in the world is ahead of you.

You want to be told that you achieved more than the insignificance of being one among a big group? Didn't you do anything else as an undergrad, something of worth that not all your peers did or could do? You might have done excellent research with a professor, or had a prestigious internship, or invented something, or taught a class, or tutored slower students to get them up to speed. You might have been an activist in the student union, who worked for better financial aid, so that smart poor students will have more chance to attend. You might have been a peer counselor, helping fellow students in emotional distress. Or any number of other things. If you didn't, that's still okay - you might not have done anything of particular significance as an undergrad, but you hoop-jumped well enough that now you can go on to a PhD program, where you'll have more opportunities to excel.

Though I don't know exact conversions between UK and US grades, I can assure you that your undergrad grades are a whole lot better than mine were.
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
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