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#1 4 years ago

After receiving a few letters from my college admin office, it seems the more credit hours you have, the less likely you are to get a housing contract, let alone a dorm of your choice. So that leaves me with either finding a cheap enough apartment nearby that doesn't cost too much, or...well...yeah. Obviously that's not the only choice, but state schools are funny. The closest schools to me only offer certain degree programs, and not all with the same emphasis.

But more than that, I think I'm rapidly approaching that point where I don't care anymore for the academic lifestyle and would rather drink powdered glass through a straw. On that note, however, I have plenty of back up options. Really, I find that with all the private research and learning that I do on my own and in the library, it makes the whole idea of choosing any major really worthwhile or extra money that could be better spent elsewhere.

It's a thought anyway, I've still got half a semester to go before my contract runs out.


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#2 4 years ago

Might I suggest you reconsider, mate.

The academic lifestyle provides you with opportunities to network with other individuals who may provide better job opportunities, or advice, or references, in the future.

Also, a degree typically provides greater bargaining power to negotiate one's income level. As long as the debt load is minimal, and can be repaid within reason, it may well be worth it to take on some debt in order to pursue a more balanced resume, and more leverage.

If you manage to impress your instructors, they would make great references, and may well provide you with great job opportunities.

Going to college opens doors, don't close them simply because money is tight right now. That is a short sighted perspective on the matter. Eyes on the bigger picture, not the little picture.




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#3 4 years ago

Like I said: it's not just cost =p


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#4 4 years ago

I also think you should stick it out and I believe I am a perfect example why. I chose the military route as you know, even though I had been accepted into a couple of decent universities. The military didn't work out as I planned, (as it often happens that way.) I ended up out of the Navy at 20, jobless, back at my parents house with no money to go to school of I wanted to. I ended up working retail for a few years learning skills And eventually I got the good solid union job I have now. Don't get me wrong, I make pretty good money and I like my job, but it's not what I dreamed of as a kid. I know that if I had gone to college I could have had a career instead of just a job, probably a nicer apartment in a nicer area than I live now, a nicer car etc. as kilobyte said a college education also sets you up with vital contacts in various walks of life. Contacts that when you go the route I chose, you are not afforded with. Life without a college education isn't horrible, but it's definitely more difficult to get started,even though it may not feel enjoyable at this moment in time I think it will pay off for you in the long run.




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#5 4 years ago

I'm not so certain we share the same goals. Having a career isn't as important to me as having something that I like. Also, college is far from the only place to make valuable contacts, and I know of plenty of people who didn't get too many job offers because of university contacts. That's something that takes some actual initiative and effort to get them to remember you. Otherwise, it's just a career fair and some extra interviews. Not saying those aren't helpful, but I got offers for several jobs before I attended any college based on my mental health issues because there are programs for it.


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#6 4 years ago
Adrian Ţepeş;5732012I'm not so certain we share the same goals. Having a career isn't as important to me as having something that I like. Also, college is far from the only place to make valuable contacts, and I know of plenty of people who didn't get too many job offers because of university contacts. That's something that takes some actual initiative and effort to get them to remember you. Otherwise, it's just a career fair and some extra interviews. Not saying those aren't helpful, but I got offers for several jobs before I attended any college based on my mental health issues because there are programs for it.

I understand, that obviously people experiences vary, I just trying to teach you some things from experience here son. :lulz:




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#7 4 years ago

Yeah, I get the concern, and it's not unappreciated. My back up plan is to go to apprentice school and learn a trade like machinery or electrician.

The Apprentice School

...and don't call me "son"...

...I'm Batmaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnn...

...seriously though...

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#8 4 years ago

Lol it was meant to be ironic.




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#9 4 years ago

Get your degree, then you can decide to be a vagabond.


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#10 4 years ago

If apprenticeships sound better for you, you could always do one, make some money, then go to college if the job you really want requires a degree. Just make sure you do something that qualifies you as "skilled". Getting certified as an electrician and getting a degree both count for that. Just don't let yourself fall out of learning entirely - that's how you end up flipping burgers, which isn't a whole lot of fun.

Personally, I think you should stay in school and sort out this whole housing/money thing. But learning a trade that you're interested in that pays well isn't a bad alternative.