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Magna/summa cum laude on resume

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. mafoofan Jr.

    mafoofan Jr. Well-Known Member

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    Do you know what's kicking you in the ass Conny? It's pride.[​IMG] Your school isn't as bad as people here made it out to be. It's quite well known for one thing (no pun intended).
    I'm not disappointed.
     
  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    I always put on my resume that my B.A. from UCLA was granted with "Highest Honors." It kind of surprised me, as my GPA wasn't super-great, about a 3.6 (lotta B's in my first two years). I always suspected it may have been for taking tough courses like Sanskrit and getting into Oxford. However, I was honest on my resumes and always said that I only got a Second at Oxford.
     
  3. mafoofan Jr.

    mafoofan Jr. Well-Known Member

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    J,

    Did you do Rhodes or Albright or did you read postgrad education at Oxford?

    QUOTE=JLibourel;1582642]I always put on my resume that my B.A. from UCLA was granted with "Highest Honors." It kind of surprised me, as my GPA wasn't super-great, about a 3.6 (lotta B's in my first two years). I always suspected it may have been for taking tough courses like Sanskrit and getting into Oxford. However, I was honest on my resumes and always said that I only got a Second at Oxford.[/quote]
     
  4. Connemara

    Connemara Well-Known Member

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    Do you know what's kicking you in the ass Conny? It's pride.[​IMG] Your school isn't as bad as people here made it out to be. It's quite well known for one thing (no pun intended).
    [​IMG] That claim is made for every single university that has ever been "known" in the world of sports, particularly in the past couple of decades.
     
  5. Bradford

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    Is this something people generally do? I would imagine "cum laude" is typically left off as it is pretty common, right? Most schools I am familiar with grant cum laude at 3.5, magna at 3.7 and summa at 3.9. But I don't know.
    If you've earned it, put it on your resume. Nothing wrong with pointing out that you've done well in school. And you would be surprised how few people actually have a good GPA coming out of college. I have to admit that one of the reasons I put off Grad School for so long was because I was embarrassed that I went from a 3.8 in high school to a 2.77 in college. Of course, I also discovered alcohol [​IMG]
     
  6. mafoofan Jr.

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    Not that bad. I went from a 4.6 in high school to a 3.4, that's a 0.2 drop lower than you.[​IMG] I also discovered poker.

    If you've earned it, put it on your resume. Nothing wrong with pointing out that you've done well in school. And you would be surprised how few people actually have a good GPA coming out of college.

    I have to admit that one of the reasons I put off Grad School for so long was because I was embarrassed that I went from a 3.8 in high school to a 2.77 in college. Of course, I also discovered alcohol [​IMG]
     
  7. Connemara

    Connemara Well-Known Member

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    I also discovered poker.
    You were a badass!
     
  8. mafoofan Jr.

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    Yeah, I made money.

    You were a badass!
     
  9. Agnacious

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    Is this something people generally do?

    I would imagine "cum laude" is typically left off as it is pretty common, right? Most schools I am familiar with grant cum laude at 3.5, magna at 3.7 and summa at 3.9. But I don't know.


    If you make no reference to an honors level (even cum laude) people will assume you graduated with a GPA of 2.6 (or something less than 3.5). You may want to list the number if it was on the cusp of the next level up, assuming there was one, to make yourself stand out.

    You first (or two) job is no place for false modesty. You are selling yourself based on your CV and if all you have done, relevant to the job you want, is your studies then don't hold back on exploiting this to its fullest.

    As you gain experience what you did in college decreases in importance rapidly.
     
  10. Teger

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    nobody really cares where you went to college fyi, get some self confidence, good lord.
     
  11. nerdykarim

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    At my (decidedly non-ivy) undergrad, the degree of honors you received was based on the quality of your honors thesis, not of your overall GPA. Highest honors, then, signified that you chose to write a thesis and that it was very strong.

    If your school granted you with an honors designation, I would explicitly note it on your resume--it may not be as intuitive for whoever is reading your resume.
     
  12. otc

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    as far as I know, we don't use those funny words

    general honors are at 3.25 though... lets hear it for schools that didn't let grade inflation hit hard!
     
  13. nate10184

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    Wow 3.5 is cum laude? I'm pretty sure my school started above 3.7, summa was above 3.9. Don't think it matters a ton personally.
     
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    nobody really cares where you went to college fyi, get some friends, good lord.

    Fixed
     
  15. SoCal2NYC

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    Conne is very proud of all the cum he gets.
     
  16. Kohan

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    If you end up writing an honors thesis, it'd be a disservice to yourself not to list your honors qualifications on your CV. If it's GPA honors alone, I say put it or don't, but at least have the GPA.

    I wouldn't put it in size 24 at the top of the page like "CONNE GOT H0N0RZ B1TCHES!" but it's still worth mentioning---especially if you do submit a thesis, because then it draws attention to something remarkable that you chose to do and pulled off successfully. I'm told employers like that.


    on that note, dammit I want my grades!
     
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    What you should really do is try to changge this wasp image you are trying to cultivate. Even the waspiest of institutions have realized by now that wasp kids are a bunch of lazy twits raised with a huge sense of entitlement. That's why they hire us ethnic folks.
     
  18. Piobaire

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    I'd be careful where you use it and based on what degree you obtain. I mean, if it's an engineering degree, from a good school, I'd drop "with honors" or "cum laude" on my resume. If it's a poly sci or English degree, from an average school, I'd be embarrassed to drop anything but summa on my resume, as I'd not want to draw attention to the fact I fucked up such an easy undergrad.
     
  19. StolenCar

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    I've just screened 245 applications (professional government job). I don't care where they went to university or what degree they received. I just wanted to know if they read the job advertisement properly and were to able to respond in coherent sentences to its requirements in their cover letters and resumes. I've encountered lots of stupid people who managed to get themselves "good" degrees. That first impression fades quickly.
     
  20. athletics

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    My college was cum laude at 3.15, magna at 3.3, and summa at 3.5 I believe, not that I sniffed any of them.

    Our Dean's List was 3.0. Not the best college for a GPA boost...
     

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