University thieves

Discussion in 'The Clubhouse Bar' started by Maccaweeny, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Maccaweeny

    Maccaweeny Guest

    Was running around today trying to get my books for torts and criminal law. Each subject averages out with 600 students enrolled, yet the UTS library has a grand total of 5 of the prescribed texts on loan. So, considering that you HAVE to buy the latest edition of the most expensive texts, I have to go first-hand and lose around $400.

    That was until my wallet was stolen out of my bag in front of the security desk and the loans desk at the UTS library. I went to check a call number, and before I could say "**** my wallet is still in my bag" and return about 30 seconds later, it was gone.

    That was until security found it next to the mens urinal, minus the $350.

    **** like that makes me miss living in the country.
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  3. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    I'm in the same boat. 2 years back there were about 700 students doing intermediate eng. and the library only had 12 of the required texts we needed to do our weekly 2% assignments, they were only on 3 hour loan and were booked weeks in advance. Had to shell out $180 on a book that I would never read past the 1st semester, and worse of all they were ditching it the next year so I couldn't sell it off.

    This year there are about 120 doing mech. eng. and we all have to buy course readers (ie. lecturers are too lazy to write their own notes or make photocopied notes) for all 10 classes at around 40 a pop. Joke. That means lining up for an hour and then spending a fortune on books you'll despise for the rest of the year.

    Too bad about the wallet, never had that happen to me. The audacity of someone to nick a wallet right in front of a security desk... the guy must be a pro. Uni's a pain in the ass enough to have to deal with c***s like that.
  4. thats the thing ehy, universities and governments only accept that the cost of uni is the course fee.

    its a f***ing con how i have to pay (as a chef) $120 for microsoft office book, which i needed for about 4 weeks. then another book, garde manger which cost $80 and never used once, yet were required to have it. along with other books where i pay around $100 each you quickly spend a good $500 on books you either use once or never.

    on top of that, petrol, parking (in auckland there was one that i knew of that gave a student rate of $14 for unlimited time after 12pm (and a early bird of $12 before 10)) food, for those who are so unlucky - rent, which in east auckland is around $180pw if your lucky, inner city around $250. being able to only do a part time job which will get you $200.

    people do not know how hard it is to be a student. they only look at course fees and student loans. and totaly forget about normal peoples financial problems - where there perspective is from a full time employee, let alone a part timer.
  5. BLR

    BLR Guest

    I do Financial Planning and work at a Financial Planning deductable my friends ;)

    Full time work + full time money problems here.

  6. my last 4 weeks at uni were also full time work.

    yes full time work + full time uni = $$$

    but also

    full time work + full time uni = 6 years in prison for murder.
  7. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Don't worry about it - when you're a professional lawyer you'll be charging people multiples of that figure for shuffling papers and generally doing nothing. Believe me, it's true.
  8. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    For me, full time work + full time uni = fail. At least I'll have money to repeat the courses though :)
  9. RC

    RC Guest

    I went through uni refusing to buy any of the "required texts"
    I'd just make sure i sat next to the right girl in class and copied her as well as i could. Not very well, evidently...maybe that's why i left uni with a 2:2 <_<
  10. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    A 2.2? I've always wondered, is the GPA in the UK scaled from 0 thru 9 or 0 thru 4? We have 0 to 9 down here, so basically every grade will contribute 1, ie B- is 4, B is 5, B+ is 6 etc...
  11. Laetca

    Laetca Guest

    My parents pay everything for me.

    I feel like a cheat, but that's generally how it goes here, there's no such thing as student loans, if your parents don't make enough money, the government gives you the money, under circumstances (you can only fail a year once in your uni career, but you can have a joker year to change what you're doing), but you don't have to repay them. I do get the idea that we don't spend that much on uni, students here in General I mean.
    Uni fee is little over 500€ (it's 80€ if you're studying with a government grant), I'll spend about 200 to 300€ a year on books, copies, ...
    Not counting money for food or transport, since my parents pay those too. I usually buy half of my books myself, without telling my folks since I think they already spend enough on me.
    I don't get to buy too many useless books, had to buy more of the kind I never looked into when I was doing economics, but now that I'm in linguistics it's not that bad, I don't really need to buy books, other then novels, most professors write either a syllabus, or a book, and except one amazingly stupid woman who made us buy a book that was A: utterly useless, B: had a cost of 1€ per six pages.

    If you don't live near a university or the university where you want to study you'll spend a lot more, since you have to rent a room, but I don't think they spend more then 500€ a month on food and housing.

    I probably 'win' when it comes to stupid wallet stories, I lost mine two years ago in february, I went to he police station, blocked my cards, renewed my ID card and such, when I had everything, I found my wallet in my mailbox, minus the money, wasn't too much in it (that's the good thing about being broke). I go and tell the cops that whoever found it empties it and then returned it, leaving all my stuff in it, when it was stolen out of my bag at university. In a crowd of about 50 people!
    Back to the police station, back to city counsil, funny thing was, I'd purchased entrance tickets for a prom that was a week later, for six people. So for whoever stole it, my wallet had 30€ and 8 shiny pieces of utterly worthless paper, unless they intended to go too.
    I never lost it or had it stolen since, it was just a stupid coincidence that it happened within the same month back then.
  12. KeepItTapu

    KeepItTapu Guest

    Doin Teaching at Waikato Uni. One year grad dip t. Costs for books are wild and I have resorted to copying books at the photocopying machine and will bind them up myself. I shelled out 400 bucks for one summer school paper and its just ridiculous how much these academics charge people who can't pass without the book. Its a rip off.
  13. el_tk

    el_tk Guest

    It's the publishing companies that make all the money. One of my teachers in secondary school said he wouldn't be bothered writing a text book as there's not any money in it for them and the shops that sell them pay 80% of the retail price so all the money must be going to the publishers
  14. Steve-o

    Steve-o Guest

    Damn, I wanna to live Kautozratovstein too
  15. Maccaweeny

    Maccaweeny Guest

    Ahahahah I know, the best are lawyers who specialise in wills and charge a total fee that exceeds the client's inheritance.

    Assuming I do graduate, I'm pretty adamant about not practicing civil or criminal law. I'm not that ambitious so I figure i'll use my greencard and do general labour rather than be a desk rat in a law firm. Was thinking of joining the police force or the ADF but meh neither has really stuck.
  16. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    Wow. Uni for me is about $12,000 a year i f I take student loans, course related costs etc into account. My course fees are about $5,000 (approx. $500 per course) for a year alone , books/course readers will total near $500 on average . So after this 4 year degree my loan will be close to $50,000. I'm living at home this year so it will be a bit lighter than last.
  17. Maccaweeny

    Maccaweeny Guest

    Just thank the almighty that you're not a woman, then there would be the likelihood that you would die with that University debt :D

    I forget the actual statistic, but I remember blurting it out during this chick's seminar on gender inequality and needless to say they hated me and poon was not forthcoming after that moment (like it ever is anyway).
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