college ?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by lawnpro2210, Dec 24, 2008.


What did you do?

  1. Finished college

    29 vote(s)
  2. Finished high school

    23 vote(s)
  3. did not finish high school

    2 vote(s)
  4. did not go college

    4 vote(s)
  5. have some type of degree

    11 vote(s)
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  1. lawnpro2210

    lawnpro2210 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    Ok so im a junior in high school soon to be senior. And im starting to think about what college i want to go to. My question to you all is how many of you went to college and what colleges you went to/ recommend. Im looking to do basically everything that "etwman" does. Hardscaping, Landscaping lawn maintence...input greatly appreciated Mike
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Wow...what a coincidence- As I started to respond to you, I realized you're from Wooster!! That's where I went to college! Too funny. Do you go to Woo High?? It's a nice school. I remember it being built when I was going to the College in 1995-1999...

    I have a geology degree (pretty worthless) and I actually considered going to OARDC for a two year turf degree....but I had to get outta that town!! (no offense).

    If I had to do it over again, I would def. go for a Landscape Architect's degree.... Something at a larger school. It sounds like you want a complete education- so that's where I'd focus- maybe do a paid internship at a nice firm over the summers... or work for a highly reputable company. You also can't go wrong with a business degree. Do that, and then focus on (again) working for a large, decent company in your off time.
  3. ryry278

    ryry278 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Go to College get a degree in what you want or feel what would best beniefet you! A good Landscape degree program around TN is UT Martin and MTSU, both really nice school and really good AG programs. Deff. UT Martin i almost went there to pursue a degree in landscape, but stayed here and at APSU getting a degree in Leadership and Org. Comm. Can do about anything with that degree and i still plan on going to graduate school, If you want to continue your business while in college it will be a challenge especially if you do not live close to home. Go to school though you want regret it. Its more than a degree
  4. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Man, I'm 19, and going to college. Think of it this way, most jobs nowadays, you have to have some type of degree in. It helps get your foot in the door, and also pays more too. What if something happened to your mowing and you needed to get a job? Well, a degree will help you then. I would get a degree into something that your interested. And yes, you will will have to take some of the crappy courses, but time flies, so it will be easy. Good luck.
  5. ryry278

    ryry278 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Yea i think Whoopass this in a previous thread i apologize if i quote the wrong person but he said something along the lines " "A college degree wont guarantee you anything, buy no college degree will guarantee you nothing."
  6. lawnpro2210

    lawnpro2210 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    Yes infact i live about 15 min away from wooster and go to norwayne High school.And trust me i know what you mean by getting out of this town.My mom works at the OARDC so i could get a discount if i wanted to go to ATI but im kinda wanting to stray away from home and see what else is out there.A paid intership would be awsome but i want to find one who can teach me the right stuff and would be willing to spend the time with me showing how to do it right the first time.Need any extra hands etwman :)Thumbs Up:)
  7. ryry278

    ryry278 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Go to school then use your elective hours to intern. Get college credit and get paid to learn what you really need to learn.
  8. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    I've been accepted to Western Kentucky University and from what the Ag teacher at my school has said their ag program (turf grass and landscaping/hardscaping are considered ag courses) is almost as good as Ut Martin's.

    I've visited Utm and it was an option but they didn't have the programs I was looking for( residential architecture) other than turf grass, but going to WKU if residential architecture doesn't work out I can always switch to a landscaping or turf grass program.
  9. ryry278

    ryry278 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    congrats 1993 WKU is just down the road from here. Actaully your just down the road from me now. Played soccer there all my life pretty much. WKU is giving you in state tuition to right? They should or atleast we can go there for in state
  10. Frue

    Frue LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,472

    Go get a education degree then start your business. This way you can fall back on your teaching degree.
    I would get a degree in something else. there is no need to pay out a lot of money for landscaping. I know a guy that is in hard scaping multi million dollar business. no degree just worked for someone then started his own.

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