Sunny Sinclaire - September 22, 2011 03:08 AM (GMT)
Now, I know this isn't a school-based site, but Mariet does have a local high school. There are quite a few characters that could be college-aged, and I think a little college board could introduce a lot of new plot ideas.
For one, it's a new place for people to interact. Not limited to young adults, there can be some interesting scenarios between what one might consider a 'freshman' paired with a 'mature student' - or similar incidences. There's a ton of new titles and occupations - Dean, department head, professor, teaching assistant, grad student, undergrad student, etc.
A campus board could encompass all sorts of things, from classrooms, cafeterias, theaters, courtyards, plazas, libraries, labs, offices, to on or near-campus residential areas, to bars. I don't know about other colleges, but one of the bigger colleges here has a bar >_> So does my university. The smaller colleges are usually within walking distance of a bar. I'm pretty sure it's some unwritten law.
Alcohol aside, for reality's sake (for those of you who would like to argue that a dinky little town wouldn't offer programs to cater everyone's splendorous degree's in a program that will get one a decent job), we could assume it's affiliated with a larger university, or a branch of, etc.
It was just a spur of the moment idea.
krystal medina - September 22, 2011 03:37 AM (GMT)
I don't think that Mariet is big enough for a full blown 4-year university since it isn't a college town. Though, I do like the college idea.So maybe a 2-year college or a community college?
Sunny Sinclaire - September 22, 2011 03:50 AM (GMT)
^ LOL I KEEP FORGETTING.
Damn you US school systems |: with weird college-ness.
It could be an aggregated deal (trade school/arts college/academic college). Which would mean that, obviously people can't become rocket scientists, but they can make pots or fix refrigerators, or become teachers.
The little college near my house only offers a few 3-4 year programs, mostly smaller degrees/diplomas, and the rest have to transfer to the university by third year.
Whatever would be less complicated, I guess. Or could be assumed.
Or it could be a near-Mariet thing. Because there are college students getting degrees (I know Robin got a degree, Sunny's finishing hers, for example - also, Patrick is a grad student), so it could be a make-believe, within commuting distance place, with it's own board.
I wouldn't want to make it seem like everyone who schools within/near Mariet can only get sub-par education at a post-secondary level, if they can get a fairly good public school education, if it becomes a board.
Furthermore, has a subway. Hick towns don't exactly have that sort of a transit system. Would be yet another fantastic way to explain decent education around Mariet, or within a short distance of. That way, if someone really wanted to go get a degree or something, it becomes a bit more realistic/reasonable. That way, instead of just implying that character X goes to a college we assume is close by, yet their life interactions have nothing to do with something that would normally be a main focus, character X now has different scenario opportunities.
krystal medina - September 22, 2011 04:10 AM (GMT)
Commuting would make sense. I like the idea of trade school or whatever too. Become teachers/nurses/whatever because you know not everyone wants to stay a bartender for the rest of their lives *coughkryscough*
Sunny Sinclaire - September 22, 2011 04:23 AM (GMT)
Or it could just be a generic "post-secondary" sort of forum, implying that there's an area that offers access to a trade/art/academic school.
But I think a "college" board could just imply that it encompasses whatever, including whatever on-campus activity one would want to enjoy.
So a topic description would be semi vague, non-restrictive, like:
"A short commute will bring students to the nearby college; an institution of post-secondary level education offering quality standards, and a large campus." with the mention of supplementary buildings (libraries, offices, bars, stores, whatever) or residential quarters. Or even just a little trifecta of schools. I go to a university that is within 15 minutes of a trade school, and an art college, both of which are directly across from each other.
I'm partial to a more broad/inclusive idea.
krystal medina - September 22, 2011 04:35 AM (GMT)
Ya where I go to school there's like 2 or 3 other tiny schools near it. I like this idea a lot. I'm very with you on it.
Reece Duval - September 22, 2011 04:43 AM (GMT)
um a community college would make sense but i know that some larger schools have branches of their schools in other cities? like there is a branch of my university in the town i grew up in, which is a really small town, but it's also really close to a community college.
so it wouldn't be the main campus but maybe a secondary campus in mariet of a nicer school?
also we have a medical school here in orlando that is a branch of a school who's main campus is in gainesville.
so that might make sense too, so we can have lol characters who might be living in mariet and going to school but not at a community college.
does this make any sense.
Kira Petrovich - September 22, 2011 05:07 AM (GMT)
I would just like to point out...the fact that Mariet has a subway means it's either
1) actually a city
2) a bedroom community on a city (like a suburb just outside a major centre)
There simply isn't the ridership in a small centre to justify a subway system :\
ON THAT NOTE ... I don't see any reason why a college board wouldn't be cool, esp if it was a secondary campus as suggested or even a specialized school :3
Ethan Goffe - September 22, 2011 05:31 AM (GMT)
I'm liking the idea of having to commute out of Mariet for a decent education.
Let's make use of the random lulz subway.
I mean, that way, one could justify character X who is on his or her way to becoming a mechanic, just as easily as character Y who wants to be a surgeon.
Personally, I feel if a new school was to be included, it would have to be all-inclusive -- an all or nothing deal. Because limiting whatever courses you can or cannot take would be unnecessary and overly complicated for a site that doesn't focus on school-based interaction.
Reece Duval - September 22, 2011 05:53 AM (GMT)
it might be easier to have like a community college in mariet and then maybe a branch or two in town and then commuting for like a university?
i have characters who have very little - if anything - keeping them in mariet but are pursuing educations at what i imagined to be higher-level universities. it'd be something to think about for me to consider what might keep them in mariet and commuting from mariet to their school instead of just living closer but i don't see it being a real issue.
so like? it wouldn't be a major issue for me but i think that if they kept it sort of general and said there was mariet community college and then some branches, like so-and-so's medical school had a branch in mariet and this school had a secondary campus, it might be easier.