College

What is SQL and Why Should I Learn it?

Are you studying economics or finance? Perhaps you’ve seen job postings requiring this funny thing people are pronouncing as “sequel,” but spelled S-Q-L. A quick Google search will tell you it’s a language that is used for accessing data stored in a database, but it’s still pretty confusing. Why would anybody want to use this if it’s this complicated? Aside from employers wanting you to know how to use it, here are some great reasons to learn SQL.

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Should Economics Departments Make Earning Their Major Harder?

Why would a department want to make their major harder to obtain? While it sounds a little backwards, making it harder to earn a degree in economics not only helps the reputation of your school, it helps the reputation of your department. Think about the psychology between reputation and academic rigor: Ivy League schools are extremely hard to get into, but their courses aren’t necessarily harder (if they’re harder at all) than anywhere else. Since most people don’t know the second part, many believe an Ivy League graduate has some sort of mythical power in their field. The ugly truth: Half of the time, it’s just brand loyalty.

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People Should Stop Criticizing Oregon’s Athletic Department for Being “Expensive”

The University of Oregon’s athletic department has come under scrutiny by students and Duck fans that are upset with how expensive tuition is. Amongst left-leaning people, it’s not uncommon to hear about how expensive athletic departments are. Especially when the university consistently raises its tuition annually. It may not be the most frequently blamed factor, but it is common to at least hear complaints about football coach salaries. All of this led to myself wanting to look into the athletic department’s financials. The verdict? People should stop complaining about the athletic department.

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How Expensive Should College Be?

It’s no secret that the price of college tuition has dramatically increased far past what it should be. I don’t believe that college should be free, but it shouldn’t be as expensive as it is now. I understand that, being a millennial, I’m a little biased on this end. Nevertheless, college tuition has gotten out of hand and needs to be dealt with soon.

NOTE: I don’t take out-of-state/non-resident tuition into account. It’s no secret that it costs two or three times as much to get the same overrated piece of paper everyone else gets, so there isn’t much sympathy on that end.

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Why College Students Should Live Off Campus

There are a lot of arguments as to why people should live on campus. There are no utility bills to pay for, a meal plan, and you’re right there on campus so it takes a few minutes to get to class. At the University of Oregon (UO), the least expensive option that one has a chance of getting in to is over $11,000 per academic year. That’s over $1,200 per month and then there’s a fee to stay over winter break. There’s gotta be a better way to do this. You know what? There is!

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Summer Opportunities Commonly Missed by College Students

Finding a job over the summer is a horrible thing for college students. They have to compete with everyone else in town who is looking for work. They’re having to say, “Actually, I only need a job for the summer.” Luckily, there’s a lot of ways around that. Whether it be plasma or temporary work, there’s always something available to even the least optimistic student.

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