College Rings

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Rodimus Prime, Nov 15, 2007.

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Did you get a college ring?

  1. Yes/I will be getting one

    16 vote(s)
    21.9%
  2. No/No I will not be getting one

    17 vote(s)
    23.3%
  3. I want to but can not afford them

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. No I think they are a waste of money

    38 vote(s)
    52.1%
  1. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I am kind of wondering what everyone thoughts on getting a college class ring. I can understand the part on HS rings being rather pointless but a college ring to me is something different. It something that I had to put myself though hell finishing my degree and to me the ring just symbolized I am done and the end of near.

    I am asking because I am just kind of wondering because I already made my discussion on it and already ordered and received it. Just mostly want to know what people think of it.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I've worn mine maybe five times...not really worth it. It's nice to have and something to show the kids if you don't mind it sitting in a drawer for a few decades. Of course, some people do wear them.

    I got more use out of my high school ring...I can't remember when during our senior year we got them, but many people wore them for the remainder of the year.
     
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    I think they're ugly and dumb and whenever I see a grown adult wearing one I have to admit that I think a little bit less of them.
     
  4. digitdean macrumors member

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    A very disturbing (and possibly recent, I can't say) trend is the high school ring.
    Anyone who goes for something like that probably already has kids to show it off to.
     
  5. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    We had high school class rings when I graduated (1989) but I don't think any of my friends bought one. Plenty of students did, though. Tacky, imho.
     
  6. shecky Guest

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    depends. the "traditional" looking class ring that is a variant of this:

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    i think looks like ass and i would never be caught dead wearing one.

    however, i got this custom class ring when i graduated:

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    and i wear it every single day on the ring finger of my right hand. it also took me 16 years to earn it :) so i guess it all depends on taste. i have gotten a lot of comments on mine and im proud as hell to wear it.
     
  7. Rodimus Prime thread starter macrumors G4

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    You might have to explain a bit more on why. To most people the college ring symbolize a completion of a long journey to get there and for most people an end to their formal education. I also tend to noticed graduate students always seem to hold where they got their undergrad above there grad school. It is something truly earned.

    The reason I order won is I went though hell and put in a long of work completing my degree. I grew a lot in years I spent in college and the ring to my is a symble of the fact I completed a long journey and am going to get to go to work doing something I want to do. I went to college to earn the degree that is going to allow me to do construction management. I do see myself wearing my ring for many years to come.

    I like the tradition look in the rings where every ring from the college looks the same. But that is just me. I graduating from Texas Tech University.


    I wouldn't think of it like that. The HS ring is a lot like a college ring in the way it marks a journy to some and it is the highest they will ever go so the ring really means something. I will admit I got a HS ring and wore it for a few years. Right now I believe it is sitting in a box at my parents house. The next time I might wear it will be in 3 years to my 10 years HS reunion but even then I might just stick with the college ring.

    I think some people get it because they think it is the thing to do. I think that is part of the reason I go my HS one. When I orginally got to Texas Tech getting a ring was something I never really considered it only been when I got closer to the end and had to deal with some more life changing things and giving up a dream. It where I had to start working and I got to the point where I wanted a ring because of everything it means. It what it symbolizes And yes I do have a fair amount of school Pride.
     
  8. Dros macrumors 6502

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    It must be a regional thing. I don't think I have ever seen someone wearing a college ring in the Northwest. Since no one wears one here, people would probably think it is strange. But if it is more common where you are, and since it means something to you, get it and let people think what they will.
     
  9. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Fix't.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I'd focus on formulating proper sentences. "I am asking because I am just kind of wondering because I already made my discussion on it and already ordered and received it." However, I never got one as a lady I just didn't think I'd wear it as much as I see men wearing them. Even with me finishing my MBA in December I cannot really see wearing one. I'm holding out for the day I land a fancy silver ring that will turn my finger green. Oh I can't wait!

    Also, since you ordered and received it, why do you need validation from a pack of strangers? Just curious is all.
     
  11. Rodimus Prime thread starter macrumors G4

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    Really it is the fact that I am curious. It always been something that interested me in how people think of college rings I choose to get mine for my own reasons. One reason is I worked hard to finish my degree and had a long list of personal challenges to finish it and earn the right to get the ring. I refused to order it until I had all my ducks in a row in my last semester of school.

    It really is I am wondering what the results of the pool are.
     
  12. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I got one for high school, worn it probably five times and now its somewhere in the storage. Not worth the $480.
     
  13. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Since I really have no attachment to my school, and I'm not even sure yet when I'll graduate, I won't be getting a ring.
    Heck, I won't even walk when I graduate. Especially considering I can get paid to play in the band for it. :p

    Now, if I had gone to RISD instead of RIC... :D
     
  14. wimic macrumors regular

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    I have 2 university rings. the first was given to me by my parents. it has the university crest on it, my degree (B.Eng) and my graduating year... it's white gold. my second one is my iron ring... it's a pinky ring that's given to all engineers who graduate from a canadian university... it's supposed to remind you to use good judgement and have a good work ethic.
     
  15. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I didn't get one from my University. Wore my high school ring for awhile, but haven't worn it in several years.
     
  16. illicium macrumors regular

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    I am graduating in next month from Texas A&M, and here the Aggie Ring is a huge deal. Ring Day is a huge campuswide ordeal. We all dress up to get our rings and take pictures by some campus landmarks and everyone's families come into town for the event. We have a huge alumni base and we watch out for each other out in the real world. It's not uncommon to be in a public place and have an Aggie see your ring from across the room and come over and introduce themself and ask what class you graduated with. Aggies are very close nit and the ring is how we pick each other out.
     
  17. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    I can see the iron ring. I read about that in Mechanical Engineering a couple months ago and thought that it was cool. I didn't get a college ring (or HS for that matter) Didn't think I needed it. My brother and father are both rather proud of their "Brass Rats"

    Like the masons? Secret handshakes? Funny walks?
     
  18. illicium macrumors regular

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    Ha Ha no. The funny walks part did make me chuckle tho. Aggies just look out for each other. If an Aggie sees another one with an Aggie Ring on and they need something, most of the time they will do everything in their power to help them out, even if they are a complete stranger. This can be anything from getting someone a job interview, stopping to help them with car trouble etc. Being the 5th largest University in the US, there are a LOT of us out there. (Current Enrollment of roughly 47,000 students)

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that Texas A&M has the largest ring contract of any kind in the US. We are the only school in the country that sells more class rings each year than there are students that qualify for them. Thats because more than 99% of qualifying students (students with more than 95 hours at A&M, and have above a 2.5 GPA) do get their Aggie ring, and then there are also orders placed every year to replace lost Aggie Rings. I believe A&M students buy more than 10,000 Aggie rings per year from Balfour.
     
  19. iRachel macrumors 6502a

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    I have a HS ring. At my high school, we got our rings during junior year, so that we could wear them all throughout senior year, and most of us did. So, yeah, I got a lot of wear out of mine. Right now, it sits in my jewelry box, but I'll break it out for the reunion next summer, and I have no doubt many of my friends will, as well.

    I don't have a college ring. I'm not sure my school even sold them - I never saw an ad for them or a display at the bookstore or anything. I'm not sure I would have bought one, either. My parents bought my HS ring, but they wouldn't have paid for the college one, and I'm not sure I would have doled out the cash for it myself.
     
  20. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Well, there's good reason for that. ;)
     
  21. Rodimus Prime thread starter macrumors G4

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    That is because Texas A&M is a freaken cult. And before you try to defend it just think about it. Everyone getting a ring, cheer pratice and the other long list of traditions carried to the extreme end.

    Good school just the Aggies sticking together part is annoying as hell some time because some people refuse to hire anyone but aggies. Then again I know of some companies that refuse to hire aggies.



    Like some else here I have 2 rings. My Texas Tech ring which I will wear and I have the iron ring that for the most part sits in my desk draw but I do tend to take it out for some events but it is not part of something I wear every day. Next time I take it out to really wear it I am thinking Dec 15th for Gradutation.
     
  22. illicium macrumors regular

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    C'mon now, I love the fact that we are so hard core about everything and are all about traditions. Its what makes us different from everyone else. Most other campuses I've been to are carbon copies of each other. There's nothing cool about that to me. I am proud of where I come from and where I am going, as I am sure most of you are too.

    Those on the outside will never understand it, and those on the inside could never explain it.

    To each his own.

    Gig'em


    EDIT: BTW congrats on Graduation from Tech. I've had many good friends that are there now and have graduated from there recently.
     
  23. Rodimus Prime thread starter macrumors G4

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    Every university is very different in their tradition. A lot of the time you do not see the difference because they are not so apparent like A&M. You can only see them if you spend a fair amount of time there.

    The reason I did not transfer to A&M over Texas Tech is A&M was way to much like a cult and way to tradition bound. Both schools have some of the best engineering programs. Now in the long run it worked out better I was at tech because the major I transfered into is lot better than the closes thing from A&M. (As for UT it is just way to big)

    For me just 29 more days and I will be walking across the stage and turning my ring around so the Double T faces outward.
     
  24. illicium macrumors regular

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    As I said, To each his Own. Its always good to find another Texan on here tho. What are your plans after graduation?

    Also I will be turning my ring around too so the year and the shield face out.
     
  25. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    I have no idea how much such rings cost, but I have a feeling they are well over $100. If so, I suggest you save your money and spend it instead on a night out on the town or something else lavish and fun. You will remember that event far more than you will your college ring, which may bring back memories one day, years later, when you find it at the bottom of your sock drawer after years of thinking it lost.
     

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