Saint Louis Landmarks: University of Missouri in Saint Louis

Another university I know fairly well. Don’t be thrown off by the long name, you can’t really pronounce it any other way than UMSL (Umsull). UMSL is actually the biggest university in Saint Louis, measured by number of students, and is placed five minutes from where Mrs Missouri works, so we’ve used their tennis court stands for our picnics, and their entrance driveway to make U-turns. Oh, and I once sent them an email to enquire about taking classes there (didn’t work out). So yeah, you can say things are pretty exciting between UMSL and me.

Although I have not been hanging out with their mascot lately. Mainly because they chose the devil to represent their school.

Although I have not been hanging out with their mascot lately. Mainly because they chose the devil to represent their school.

On a more serious note, UMSL is the biggest university in students (13,809), like I mentioned. Maybe it doesn’t have the fanciest name, most radio commercials, the most urban campus, or any of those other things, but it’s simply the biggest. The Target of universities, if you will. The main library is named after Thomas Jefferson, and I am going to suggest he didn’t donate the library himself, mainly because the school was founded in 1963. Their main programs are the Criminology and Criminal Justice program (ranked 4th nationwide), the philosophy program (ranked in the top 10 according to the McDonalds manager monthly Philosophical Gourmet Report), and some other programs that rank high in productivity, so evidently students are kept busy if nothing else.

This blog post is part of a series on landmarks in Saint Louis. Every week, I take one of the 250 landmarks selected for the 250th anniversary of the city and look up some information. This way, I hope to get to know my new city a little better every week together with you, my readers.

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The Job Search Saga III: What Is Wrong With A Psychology Degree

As I roam the internet for jobs, sometimes people tell me to look for this and that website. Along those tips, I found the most peculiar job posting yet. The company was active in the health care industry, with which I have some affiliation. So far so good. I don’t truly remember what their wording was, but in in practice, the responsibilities and requirements for the position came down to this:
– experience in elderly care and back office work
– having a car that fits four people
– being able to drive said car
– willing to drive people around
– a high school degree

Basically a less cool version of a school bus driver, although for some reason I consider most jobs less cool.

Basically a less cool version of a school bus driver, although for some reason I consider most jobs less cool.

They are not kidding anyone, they just need someone to sweep the office and drive patients around for $11 an hour. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I decided to check out the other position they had, as their career page showed both a position for those with and those without a BSc. degree. Two lines in, I recognized the requirements. There was one little difference:
– experience in elderly care and back office work
– having a car that fits four people
– being able to drive said car
– willing to drive people around
– a BSc. in psychology

According to real scientist, the only degree that really should be abbreviated with BS.

According to real scientists, the one degree that really should be abbreviated with BS.

Hourly pay you ask? You guessed it: a generous $11 an hour. Now of course we all know Psychology is what you choose to do in college when you don’t know what you actually want to do, but sure enough you have learned some valuable skills that differentiate you from not having spend a good four years studying? According to this company (in the mental health care field mind you), you haven’t. As long as you drive your car and sweep in nice strokes, aren’t we all the same?