What was your most meaningful achievement during college?

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#1  Edited By DriveupLife

I begin my final year here at college, and I'm thinking back to what I actually did that was meaningful, and what I will take with me to begin my young adult life. So I ask you Giantbomb, what is the best thing that you did for yourself during your college days? This is a little ambiguous so I'll try to clarify what I'm looking for. What did you do, or learn, or experience that made you into what you are (or are becoming) today? It can be anything, but it should be meaningful, something that when you look back at college you say "man I'm really glad I got off my ass from watching house/jersey shore/ LOST etc. and did that"
 
ACCEPTABLE TYPES OF ANSWERS
 "I learned how to speak spanish"
"I mastered java script, which i use heavily in my career"
"I took up martial arts, I'm a black belt in kendo/karate/judo/hobo fighting"
"I read the Fountainhead 20 times, and Atlas Shrugged once" 
" I got my scuba diving / sky diving / solo tethered rock climbing license"
" I worked as a missionary a few times in between semesters"
 
NOT ACCEPTABLE ANSWERS
"I got my business/art/etc. degree"
"I made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun"
" I got wasted every night and slayed bitches (didn't we all)"
 "I went to Europe and had a faaaaabulous time"

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#2  Edited By ajamafalous

Beat RE5 on Professional.

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#3  Edited By Lunar_Aura

Speaking as a person who had a 0.25 GPA with Lv.2 academic probation and brought it up to 3.7 with Dean's Honors, I can safely say I learned that GPA matters for jack shit. Be a good person by following what's right, not self obsessing over trivial crap. Just because you failed a few classes doesn't mean you fail at life.
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#4  Edited By one_2nd
@ajamafalous said:
" Beat RE5 on Professional. "
no one's going to top this. 
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#5  Edited By animateria

I made a giant octopus with a group of people, I secretly named it Cthulu.
 
Oh and I was in TV once. (Not 'on' TV, literally 'in' TV)

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#6  Edited By Hitchenson

I sat on my ass and watched House.

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#7  Edited By Arbie

On my first placement my observations were used and on my second I was offered a job. Still left the course after my first year!

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#8  Edited By EVHKwick

I studied in Japan for a semester, and was editor-in-chief of my school's satirical magazine for two years.

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#9  Edited By error5305

Survived a fire, thought about priorities in life.
 
Also beat Ultimate Rugal.

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#10  Edited By Motherfucker
@animateria said:
" I made a giant octopus with a group of people, I secretly named it Cthulu.  Oh and I was in TV once. (Not 'on' TV, literally 'in' TV) "
So someone smacked your head against a TV and you were stuck in the motherboard? :/
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#11  Edited By artofwar420

I learned to take nice pictures and I found out that I'm pretty good at drawing. More importantly though I banged lots of Asian ladies.

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#12  Edited By Jack268

 @one_2nd said:

" @ajamafalous said:
" Beat RE5 on Professional. "
no one's going to top this.  "
I BEG TO DIFFER 
  
  
   
 
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#13  Edited By Jeust

I did a lot of things, but nothing really stood out.  
  
My most meaningful accomplishment was probably getting more mature. 

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#14  Edited By Bigheart711

I just started college, so I don't have one yet.
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#15  Edited By TimeWaffle

help start a greek system at a school that didn't have one 

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#16  Edited By Jeust
@LunarAura said:
" Speaking as a person who had a 0.25 GPA with Lv.2 academic probation and brought it up to 3.7 with Dean's Honors, I can safely say I learned that GPA matters for jack shit. Be a good person by following what's right, not self obsessing over trivial crap. Just because you failed a few classes doesn't mean you fail at life. "
Yep. Agreed. I think education is completely twisted. 
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#17  Edited By Bobdaman18

I went down to New Orleans for a week to help build a house for a family that lost everything during Katrina.  Whenever i'm feeling down about myself i always point to that trip as proof that i'm not a completely terrible person.
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#18  Edited By ATrevelan

I came up with a skit so offensive it almost got my sketch troupe booted off campus.

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#19  Edited By rflx

I know it's listed under "not acceptable answers", but damnit it's the truth; I never achieved much in school, if anything at all. I learned to mingle amongst peers, and be sortof social, which I was never good at... Which then indirectly led me into the career I have now. So yeah... That's pretty much it.

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#20  Edited By RTSlord

I made it into my school paper with a picture bigger than any other picture that issue, and i made it into the biggest paper in the state for the same thing. and i'm only gonna be a sophomore.

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#21  Edited By GunstarRed

I had a breakdown in the middle of a busy hallway and stole a bottle of champagne.
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#22  Edited By kmdrkul

Only in my second year of college, but so far I'm most proud of several stories I did for our newspaper. 

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#23  Edited By crusader8463

I found out that I could get $25k in debt and have nothing to show for it by the end of it all, and I learned that when things really matter I can't trust myself to do the right thing and that I'm a bad person.

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#24  Edited By crusader8463
@LunarAura said:

" Speaking as a person who had a 0.25 GPA with Lv.2 academic probation and brought it up to 3.7 with Dean's Honors, I can safely say I learned that GPA matters for jack shit. Be a good person by following what's right, not self obsessing over trivial crap. Just because you failed a few classes doesn't mean you fail at life. "

It does when those few classes are ones you need to graduate, and that by not being able to get your diploma like the rest of the class you get looked over for job's that should have been your gateway into the gaming industry. Even thought you had the most talent in the class, because you didn't have that little piece of paper no one would look at you when it came time to get hired for jobs. Then subsequently spending the next five years of your life living at home wishing every day that you wake up that you were dead because every day you wake up you are still $30k in debt, have no friends, no life and no way to even get a menial job pumping gas because of where you live and that the whole reason you are in that position is because you failed those two little classes in college.
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#25  Edited By Lunar_Aura
@crusader8463 said:
" @LunarAura said:

" Speaking as a person who had a 0.25 GPA with Lv.2 academic probation and brought it up to 3.7 with Dean's Honors, I can safely say I learned that GPA matters for jack shit. Be a good person by following what's right, not self obsessing over trivial crap. Just because you failed a few classes doesn't mean you fail at life. "

It does when those few classes are ones you need to graduate, and that by not being able to get your diploma like the rest of the class you get looked over for job's that should have been your gateway into the gaming industry. Even thought you had the most talent in the class, because you didn't have that little piece of paper no one would look at you when it came time to get hired for jobs. Then subsequently spending the next five years of your life living at home wishing every day that you wake up that you were dead because every day you wake up you are still $30k in debt, have no friends, no life and no way to even get a menial job pumping gas because of where you live and that the whole reason you are in that position is because you failed those two little classes in college. "
 
I see ya trollin. I laughin.
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#26  Edited By nrain

Just finished my first year, and I didn't exactly paint the town red as I'm far to shy for any of that shit. So I guess it's the professional style lab report I did on the age of the universe.

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#27  Edited By Whisperkill

I got wasted every night and slayed bitches   
 
...fuck...

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#28  Edited By Bruce
@DriveupLife:  
 
First time I made Dean's List. I know that might not fit your list of "acceptable answers", but that was pretty huge for me.
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#29  Edited By Clinkz
@DriveupLife said:
 " I got wasted every night and slayed bitches (didn't we all)" 

I wasted some ppl in bioshock 2 every night and slayed some dragons in dragon age origins. (didn't we all)
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#30  Edited By Extreme_Popcorn

I nearly had a 3some, the cool kind too.

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#31  Edited By babblinmule

I learnt what its like to walk through a -32C blizzard in my semester that i spent studying in Finland.
 
Apparently if we had spent 15 minutes longer out there, we would have all diiiiiiiiiiiiied! Which would not have been very fun at all.

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#32  Edited By sparky_buzzsaw

I became part of a Shakespearean acting troupe for four and a half years, all under the tutelage of two of the finest teachers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.  Without question, the camraderie between my castmates was the most enjoyable part of college.

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#33  Edited By Vrikk
@crusader8463: You are a very depressing individual. Every single post of yours is like this, so can you please stop? It brings down our buzz, yo.
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#34  Edited By crusader8463
@Vrikk said:
" @crusader8463: You are a very depressing individual. Every single post of yours is like this, so can you please stop? It brings down our buzz, yo. "
I live a very depressing life, and I'm not going to lie about my life experiences on a message board. If a topic comes up that I have some experience in I will talk about what my experience with it was like then move on. I can't help it if I don't have some amazing story about drugs/sex/women/life lessons during my time at college.
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#35  Edited By diabloshadow
@LunarAura:  You sir just made my day. Thank you :D
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#36  Edited By gamer_152  Moderator

I've only finished my first year of university but so far I've been amazed by how much I've learned about video game development in such a short time, it's completely changed the way I program as well.

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#37  Edited By TheGreatGuero
@ajamafalous said:
" Beat RE5 on Professional. "
Yeah, buddy! High five!
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#38  Edited By NathHaw

It was probably my being on Japanese national news with Yuji Naka discussing Sonic the Hedgehog (I found another copy today from a yard sale along with Super Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat II).   
 
Go, Genesis, although the SNES was better.  ;)

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#39  Edited By ajamafalous
@TheGreatGuero said:
" @ajamafalous said:
" Beat RE5 on Professional. "
Yeah, buddy! High five! "
Scoured Google for a picture of Chris Redfield high-fiving, but no dice.
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#40  Edited By iam3green

nothing to much made anything meaningful. i learned photoshop and flash, some things that i've wanted to know. i am kind of thinking that learning these aren't great anymore as HTML5 is coming out. things are starting to change already.

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#41  Edited By Clean

Goin to class

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#42  Edited By TheGreatGuero
@ajamafalous:  Aww, bummer. Well hey, at least you tried. Speaking of which, I don't like the changes to google's image search.
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#43  Edited By Cramsy

Only in my first year of uni so not much yet 

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#44  Edited By ajamafalous
@TheGreatGuero said:
" @ajamafalous:  Aww, bummer. Well hey, at least you tried. Speaking of which, I don't like the changes to google's image search. "
I don't either, at all.
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#45  Edited By Westrunner

Worked full time while going to school full time. That shit is hard. 
 
Also: Bioshock's Brass Balls Achievement. That took some work.

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#46  Edited By akamu

I got into grad school.

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#47  Edited By Daveyo520

I got most of the achievements in Viva Pinata.

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#48  Edited By AgentJ

Editor in Chief of the newspaper. Stressful job, and it paid for shit, but a hell of a resume builder. 

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#49  Edited By Mrskidders

Spending 3 years getting laid, getting wasted and playing so much GoW and GH that my head nearly fell off.  All that and still getting a first class degree.  Thats mine.