Messages - rhombot
« on: January 29, 2007, 07:27:32 PM »
did you get a peggy browning fellowship? i just got one of those.
personally, i would take the workers' rights job. but then, i'm pretty certain i want to work in labor or some other public interest field. and i'm much happier when i'm doing what i believe is good work.
I earned a 3.5 exactly, in my first semester. A-s and B+s balanced out. Thus, I'm wondering where approximately a 3.5 puts me in the class overall with a 3.2 median. My school doesn't tell us this, so I'm looking for feedback from others... thanks!
what school do you go to?
the atmosphere at my school is not tremendously competitive, and most of my friends and i shared our grades with each other pretty freely, with no evident jealousies or nastinesses. except that i got a little annoyed about getting lower grades than the guy who keeps demonstrating in class that he missed the point of the discussion.
If it makes you feel better, here's a true quote from my 2L Evidence class (~ 150 students) which thankfully wasn't directed to me:
"if you were this unprepared for court, you could be sued for malpractice"
(not directed at me, thaksfully.)
problem: estimating the standard deviation by dividing the range by 4 ought to assume taking the highest and lowest *actual* grades, and if i remember my stats class correctly, only after eliminating outliers. the method suggested here takes the highest and lowest *possible* grades. unless there are non-outliers at the top and bottom of the curve, this will overstate the standard deviation, and give you a lower class rank than you actually have.