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#1 Grammer

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

Hi, this is kind of an embarrassing subject for me to talk about with people I know in real life, because I come from a close knit community were everyone who isn't college educated is looked down upon (a guy I knew dropped out because he had a passion for firefighting and wanted to pursue that, yet everyone made fun of him for it), so I've turned to anonymous huddlers for help (God help me?)

Anyway, long story short: my second year of college is slowly drawing to a close and yet I have no career choice chosen yet. To be honest, I have absolutely no passion for anything in college. Like, I know that in todays day and age, there are very few college degrees that can net you good jobs, others are being outsourced, and the rest are simply worthless. It just seems to me that I'm wasting my time and money doing something that I honestly don't like, yet by societal pressures I'm doing anyway. My grades are slipping due to me growing more and more apathetic towards school. In fact, the reason I started this thread was because I just grew so frustrated with a class that is now basically a lost cause.

Sorry if this post seems kind of, uh, delirious because I did not get any sleep last night and I am completely exhausted. I'm honestly sick of school, but it's just basically the only path my high school and community put me on so I really don't know what to do.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

Have you discussed any of this to your academic adviser?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

what college u at?
how many credits do u have left?

edit: see you are a sophmore

dropping out will not make the job search any easier. Try changing majors or transferring. Maybe join some clubs/social goups/intermurals to get your morale up.

slamming some sorostitutes never hurt, either.

Edited by MrTouchdown, 05 March 2012 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:27 PM

Nut up and join the military. I knew a lot of guys like you that did it and it changed their ability to focus and appreciate their talents. And you get out of town to a job that no one is going to question you about.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:28 PM

Your credits will transfer to night classes in the military quite well. And when you are done you may find going back to school once you've matured a bit will be great.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:33 PM

The education itself isn't what college is about. If you hate the experience though it might not be for you.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:34 PM

I say military as well. Coast guard, air force and navy require higher ASVAB scores. You might like the job choices more or the base locations.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

yeah, I've thought about the military multiple times, it does seem like an interesting lifestyle and it would definitely help me mature a hell of a lot more when I got out. cwg i know you were in the navy, but do you know if there are any major differences between navy life and army life?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:48 PM

I got an uncharacterized discharge from the coast guard during my first few days of basic, or I could tell you more. What I do know is that with my 92 ASVAb I was going to have my choice of location and job, and cape may is cold in october. Also, recruiters lie. Mine told me my food allergy was no big deal, and its what got me sent home. Do homework before signing up.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:59 PM

Like, I know that in todays day and age, there are very few college degrees that can net you good jobs, others are being outsourced, and the rest are simply worthless.


I assume you mean IT jobs? If so then that is completely false. It might have been true 5-10 years ago but definitely not today. Sure, tech support is still going overseas and certain positions like QA, but there has been a huge push to revert the mistakes of the last decade in software development and bring things back to the US. I'm a 7 year java developer and I get at least one job offer every other day, most days I get 2 or 3.

You got to figure out for yourself what you want to do but you should have all the facts. The way it sounds you have your degree paid for(community of college educated folks) so that's not something to just throw away. You're not selecting a career, you're simply selecting a degree. Everything will be much different 10 years from now.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:33 PM

In the Navy you don't have to camp out and march in the mud and that was one of my major goals. There are more technical things to do as well IMHO. Also in the Navy the chances of someone shooting at you are less which I considered a plus. On the minus side if someone shoots at you while you are in a submarine your survival chances are about zero.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:40 PM

go navy man nothing in the world beats being out to sea. Also when your ship is at its home port its pretty much like a regular job with a guaranteed paycheck. You go to work at around 7 and go home at like 4 or 5. bootcamp is a joke with the navy as well all i did was fold clothes, stamp poo, march and exercise 3 times a week. The first 2 days in bootcamp sucked thoa.

Edited by Irv, 05 March 2012 - 10:44 PM.


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:42 PM

So do you have a idea of what you want to do for a career? Military is a good place to go if you dont know what you want to do. But try to do a job in there that you like. I know the Army will let you pick a career as long as you have the scores for it. Served 4 years it wasnt bad but knew it wasnt for me. Good thing with the military is the GI BIll and VA loan program so if you ever get out. You can finish scool and buy a house. You can also take courses while in and they will pay 75% of the tuition.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:44 PM

there are better options than the typical college student making 50k most of their life and going 40k+ in debt to get there..

but that means you will likely need to exceed in sales (great work ethic and practice your craft), military (eventually leads you back to school, but less debt), or start your own business (requires an insane work ethic)...

or get a degree worth a damn and stay in school....

military is a good option.. it'll allow you time to mature, reanalyze your priorities and find out what skills may translate into a field you'll enjoy, and you'll receive help to pay for college..

but if you go into the military, learn to do one thing, follow a budget.. you don't need 15 cars all tricked out to appeal to women in a military town that only ask you to be a total douche 90% of the time..

Edited by bleys, 05 March 2012 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:48 PM

See a career counselor where you are going to school. Should be very helpful. You need more info before you make such a big decision.

This is the best advice you will get in this thread.



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