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Enjoy high school and college while you can. You HAVE to graduate from high school and get some training past that. Having that training will not guarantee you a job, but not having it will lock you out of the higher paying jobs the rest of your life. Life in the 20's is a process of learning how to take responsibility. BTW, you don't have to give up anime or science fiction as you get older. There are lots of aging Trekkies at science fiction conventions. A lot of manga artists are young, but Hayao Miyazaki is 71
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I just finished high school this year and I start college this year, but I can say I am kinda nervous, I was home schooled from 8-12 and well I am going to a college and doing dorms so it will be a big new experience for me, I just hope I can enjoy my college years (being shy doesn't help me being nervous either lol, but I hope to have a room mate I get along with xD)
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anthony9915 wrote:

I just finished high school this year and I start college this year, but I can say I am kinda nervous, I was home schooled from 8-12 and well I am going to a college and doing dorms so it will be a big new experience for me, I just hope I can enjoy my college years (being shy doesn't help me being nervous either lol, but I hope to have a room mate I get along with xD)


Hang in there, speaking from experience that college phase is where you get to unravel in order to experience and discover new and bigger things in life. It's scary at first but you'll find that with every step and a solid conviction you'll begin to embrace aspects, friends, new hobbies, etc that in the end could make ones life much more robust.

I remember during my HS years I was very sheltered, didn't talk to many of my own classmates, didn't have many friends...but once I was able to allow myself the opportunity to take those steps to explore a new environment, it proved quite beneficial. Now I can't say my experience will be the same for others, and I can't say its all good experiences, but there is the chance that the good can outweigh the bad.

And hey, HS for some here could be quite fruitful and exciting for some right now, if thats the case, enjoy every moment of it..because once you leave that is when time starts to pick up steam haha...best of luck to all of you in that stage and/or the ones making the transition towards the college/university life..I'm sure it'll go well.
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Enjoy high school and college while you can. You HAVE to graduate from high school and get some training past that. Having that training will not guarantee you a job, but not having it will lock you out of the higher paying jobs the rest of your life. Life in the 20's is a process of learning how to take responsibility. BTW, you don't have to give up anime or science fiction as you get older. There are lots of aging Trekkies at science fiction conventions. A lot of manga artists are young, but Hayao Miyazaki is 71


That first part isn't necessarily true. Statistically those without training past high school make low wages, but it certainly isn't the rule and doesn't lock you out of higher paying jobs. Especially since you can go back and pick up that extra training. I haven't had any training past high school and already make around the median for someone that has a master's degree with my work as a senior programmer/analyst. My dad, who dropped out of high school, makes around the median for someone who has a bachelor's.

Still, better to get training, so that you don't have to beat the statistics.
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ishe5555 wrote:

That first part isn't necessarily true. Statistically those without training past high school make low wages, but it certainly isn't the rule and doesn't lock you out of higher paying jobs. Especially since you can go back and pick up that extra training. I haven't had any training past high school and already make around the median for someone that has a master's degree with my work as a senior programmer/analyst. My dad, who dropped out of high school, makes around the median for someone who has a bachelor's.

Still, better to get training, so that you don't have to beat the statistics.


As you said, it's a matter of statistics. Bill Gates didn't do college, but how many people are Bill Gates? If you are a senior programmer/analyst, then I think that it is safe to assume that you have had to work at it, and learn more than you did in high school. Over the years I have seen people lose their jobs because they refused training, or get laid off and not rehired because they didn't have salable skills in a changing job market.

Even if you start out flipping hamburgers, you have to work at it to get a promotion, and if you get to go into their management you have to go through their company training.

I did a quick check of average earnings vs education level: $18,900 for high school dropouts, $25,900 for high school grads, $45,400 for college grads, $99,300 for professional level. 35% of the people earn $25k or less and 36% earn $25-50k (i.e. 71% earn 50k or less). As I said at the beginning, having more education does not guarantee you a job, but statistically speaking, the higher paying jobs go to those with more education.

In any case, whatever you do you can't just coast, you have to work at it.

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After high school . . . college
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I'm not done with high school yet. I've been fooling around with school. I'm almost done though.
My goal was to play High School Football and get some scholarships, but I can't now since I have bad cramps. It was destroying my kidneys.
I have to stop playing football. Right now I need to find a job, work for it. Save for college when I'm done with high school.
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oh, congrats! and um, well, after high school is more work. so, ganbatte ne! ^^
college (university here in my part of the world, i guess) is where your social network exapnds, so you'll enjoy it!
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College. Go to college do the work. First semester is important don't flunk out.
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I graduated this year too! Congrats to our 2012 graduating year!
& to your question about life after college I'm scared/nervous/confused/ etc!!!!

I'm off to community college this fall and well I'm quite nervous! I have no idea what I want to study!!!!
I'm so lazy and I don't want to choose a hard career!
I dont have a passion for anything, or at least I've yet to discover it.
I need help...;(
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sosarx wrote:

I graduated this year too! Congrats to our 2012 graduating year!
& to your question about life after college I'm scared/nervous/confused/ etc!!!!

I'm off to community college this fall and well I'm quite nervous! I have no idea what I want to study!!!!
I'm so lazy and I don't want to choose a hard career!
I dont have a passion for anything, or at least I've yet to discover it.
I need help...;(


dont worry and stress about college life. just be calm and focus on completing yur college work. things are going to be different at first but in time yu will get used to it. i got used to it during the first 2 months of college my first year. just dont slack off on yur college work and put alot of effort and yu will be fine.

As for yur career, yu will eventually find a career that yu would be interested in studying. could be criminal justice, pharmarcy technician or something else. find a career in which yu like and most interested in. luckily i decided to have a career in criminal justice when first entered college. not everyone has a career decided yet. so take yur time and think about it and eventually yur career will come to yu. Have some MOTIVATION in yurself!!
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sosarx wrote:

I graduated this year too! Congrats to our 2012 graduating year!
& to your question about life after college I'm scared/nervous/confused/ etc!!!!

I'm off to community college this fall and well I'm quite nervous! I have no idea what I want to study!!!!
I'm so lazy and I don't want to choose a hard career!
I dont have a passion for anything, or at least I've yet to discover it.
I need help...;(


dont worry and stress about college life. just be calm and focus on completing yur college work. things are going to be different at first but in time yu will get used to it. i got used to it during the first 2 months of college my first year. just dont slack off on yur college work and put alot of effort and yu will be fine.

As for yur career, yu will eventually find a career that yu would be interested in studying. could be criminal justice, pharmarcy technician or something else. find a career in which yu like and most interested in. luckily i decided to have a career in criminal justice when first entered college. not everyone has a career decided yet. so take yur time and think about it and eventually yur career will come to yu. Have some MOTIVATION in yurself!!




Thanks for the motivation. & I'm actual planning on taking intro to criminology to see whether it's right for me. My brother is in the academy right now and is why I'm thinking about it. I also originally decided to study for pharmacist, but I feel like it wouldjust be so much work. If I'm going to put in so much effort in this profession I might as well go for something more. I was also thinking of bioengineering/materials engineer, but again it's just seems like to much work. I just graduated high school and I don't want to go in having to work so hard on anything. I'm really lost on what career path to choose. I'm also quite interested in space, and was also thinking of going in the field of astronomy. I would choose this profession, but research online shows that there aren't man job prospects for this field of work. If I want a chance at a career in this field it looked like I would have to earn my Phd. That definately is to much work for me. To top that all off im going to need to transfer too a 4-year university & pay for the rest of school! It all just seems like so much to me.
I wish I knew what field I wanted to commit too.
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sosarx wrote:


jr199 wrote:


sosarx wrote:

I graduated this year too! Congrats to our 2012 graduating year!
& to your question about life after college I'm scared/nervous/confused/ etc!!!!

I'm off to community college this fall and well I'm quite nervous! I have no idea what I want to study!!!!
I'm so lazy and I don't want to choose a hard career!
I dont have a passion for anything, or at least I've yet to discover it.
I need help...;(


dont worry and stress about college life. just be calm and focus on completing yur college work. things are going to be different at first but in time yu will get used to it. i got used to it during the first 2 months of college my first year. just dont slack off on yur college work and put alot of effort and yu will be fine.

As for yur career, yu will eventually find a career that yu would be interested in studying. could be criminal justice, pharmarcy technician or something else. find a career in which yu like and most interested in. luckily i decided to have a career in criminal justice when first entered college. not everyone has a career decided yet. so take yur time and think about it and eventually yur career will come to yu. Have some MOTIVATION in yurself!!




Thanks for the motivation. & I'm actual planning on taking intro to criminology to see whether it's right for me. My brother is in the academy right now and is why I'm thinking about it. I also originally decided to study for pharmacist, but I feel like it wouldjust be so much work. If I'm going to put in so much effort in this profession I might as well go for something more. I was also thinking of bioengineering/materials engineer, but again it's just seems like to much work. I just graduated high school and I don't want to go in having to work so hard on anything. I'm really lost on what career path to choose. I'm also quite interested in space, and was also thinking of going in the field of astronomy. I would choose this profession, but research online shows that there aren't man job prospects for this field of work. If I want a chance at a career in this field it looked like I would have to earn my Phd. That definately is to much work for me. To top that all off im going to need to transfer too a 4-year university & pay for the rest of school! It all just seems like so much to me.
I wish I knew what field I wanted to commit too.


Yur welcome. glad to help. and yur planning to study criminology is like the same when i chose criminal justice. my brother went through police academy and currently a deputy sheriff for the county i live in. so i decided to do similar my brother did and follow his steps. yu have to know that any career is not going to be easy. every career has there challenges and have different amounts of work and effort yu have to put into. since yu just graduated high school, i know how yu feel because i went through the same situation a year ago when i first entered college life. but somehow i got used to college work and alot of effort to finish the college work i have to do. watever career yu chose to enter, yu must know yu have to put alot of work into it to be successful. Thats a goal every college student want in their life: to be successful in their career. for now just concentrate on college work that is coming towards yu and in time yu will find the right career that would interest yu and want to be successful in.
Posted 8/12/12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOncsnYp7Ic

It feels like this.



The thought of growing up frightens me. I am unprepared for the world and the responsibilities yet to come. All the things I learn have neither helped me nor prepared for a future that's looking gloomy.
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YESSSSS I've been waiting to use this video! Ouran HSHC and/or Bowling for Soup fans rejoice! Enjoy! http://youtu.be/VyVONYS2wRk

But yeah, university has been a love-hate thing for me. You'll love the freedom, the friends, and the crazy shenanigans...but that's all balanced out with the work haha. I also have a few friends who have gone into military service and they're enjoying it as well. No matter what you choose to do, you'll get out what you put in. Enjoy youth while you still have it (not that I'm that old )
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