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To: moneyrunner

We have a kid that was super book smart at a San Diego high school. And appeared to be super book smart at a second-tier college in the University of California system.

But he wasn’t smart enough to realize that there are few entry-level jobs in neuroscience research laboratories for people with “only” a bachelor’s degree so he apparently spent a year after graduation living in his parents’ basement.

He came late to the realization that he would need a doctorate to get a decent research position in a neuroscience research laboratory so he applied for admission to a doctoral program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was admitted.

He was admitted largely based on his book smarts while at UC Riverside. But he found himself moving up from a second-tier school to a first-tier school. He lasted a year in a three (or more) year program. While the University of Colorado has not said why the shooter withdrew from the program last month (and probably cannot comment on why he did so without his permission), I suspect he was not able to do graduate work that would qualify him to continue in a doctoral program. Either he is not as smart as we (and he) have been led to believe or he was spending too much time away from his studies doing something else.

Has anyone else wondered why his car was registered in Tennessee? Had he become a resident of Tennessee before he enrolled at the University of Colorado? If so, what was he doing in Tennessee?

There is a lot more to this story than we have been told so far.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 3:08:46 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Why makes you think his car was registered in Tennessee?

(from an earlier FR thread)

CO plate. Car is registered to James Eagan Holmes.

1690 PARIS ST #10
Aurora, CO 80010
Hyundai Tiburon
Purchased 3/15/2011
License Renewed 1/10/2012
VIN: KMHJG25F8YU200570


13 posted on 07/21/2012 3:11:29 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Did anyone ever confirm the report that his car had Tennessee plates? Seems there were a lot of stories floating around that either weren’t true or couldn’t be corroborated.

About him being booksmart: Many schools these days have lowered the bar so much that no one is a failure. When I was a lass, a QPA of 4.0 made you valedictorian. This past year, my alma mater’s valedictorian had a QPA of 2.7. Maybe Holmes was one of those kids who graduated at or near the top of his class, but was barely litterate.


17 posted on 07/21/2012 3:23:59 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
We have a kid that was super book smart at a San Diego high school. And appeared to be super book smart at a second-tier college in the University of California system.
But he wasn’t smart enough to realize that there are few entry-level jobs in neuroscience research laboratories for people with “only” a bachelor’s degree so he apparently spent a year after graduation living in his parents’ basement.
He came late to the realization that he would need a doctorate to get a decent research position in a neuroscience research laboratory so he applied for admission to a doctoral program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was admitted.
He was admitted largely based on his book smarts while at UC Riverside. But he found himself moving up from a second-tier school to a first-tier school. He lasted a year in a three (or more) year program. While the University of Colorado has not said why the shooter withdrew from the program last month (and probably cannot comment on why he did so without his permission), I suspect he was not able to do graduate work that would qualify him to continue in a doctoral program. Either he is not as smart as we (and he) have been led to believe or he was spending too much time away from his studies doing something else.

Some very good points and a plausible scenario.

26 posted on 07/21/2012 5:07:47 PM PDT by moneyrunner (I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed to its idolatries a patient knee.)
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