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Financial problems will come, but if you're really serious about your schooling, then you'd know that you can always request for financial aid by applying for a scholarship, or you can even suck it all up and request for an LOA (leave of absence) for you to earn some money in the process.

There is always a solution, and if you're really hell bent on getting that diploma, then nothing will stop you. It sounds quixotic, but I've known and have even taught several students from public school around the metro and they've made it good through college, despite their financial short comings. What's really important is that you know what you're doing, why you're doing it, and how you're gonna do it.

If you can't answer these three, then you might as well just get out of college and save your parents the hassle of paying for your tuition. You can be enamored or even fall in love with the lessons you learn in college, but if there is no application of these lessons, as shown in how you want to live your life, then you're just enjoying the ecstasy that comes about from gaining knowledge, but you fail to reap its fruits.


Bottom line is this ~ kids should know, at least to a certain extent, what they want to become. It gives them something to look forward to, and at times "something to look out for". Because if they blindly enter college without a clue as to why they're there, you'll get nothing but half-baked results.



Rather not enter college and just make a few bucks by working on the side, before you intend on getting a little more serious with your life, and decide on entering college.

Because it's very simple ~ no one forces you to enter college. In the Philippines, most jobs require a college diploma as a minimum requirement, but in the USA, it's as simple as getting your green card and working on the side. There's nothing wrong with sucking up your pride and deciding you have to work before you enter college. It's hell better than entering college without a clue as to what you want, or why you want to do it. It's like a kid being forced to go to school.

College is not like grade school. No one forces you to go to your classes, and you're not expected to show up. You're just expected to perform. Same thing in life and the professional arena.


yeah but the school won't accept applicants whose parents have decent wages right? yeah and thanks for this advice I've made up my mind already that I'll graduate no matter what... and I've answered those 3 a long time ago...

"Rather not enter college and just make a few bucks by working on the side, before you intend on getting a little more serious with your life, and decide on entering college.
Because it's very simple ~ no one forces you to enter college. In the Philippines, most jobs require a college diploma as a minimum requirement, but in the USA, it's as simple as getting your green card and working on the side. There's nothing wrong with sucking up your pride and deciding you have to work before you enter college. It's hell better than entering college without a clue as to what you want, or why you want to do it. It's like a kid being forced to go to school."

I seriously considered taking a break from school after my highschool graduation but there's no company accepting 16 year olds right?
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I'd like to become a commercial artist seeing as that's one of the few art fields that actually pays well
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yeah but the school won't accept applicants whose parents have decent wages right? yeah and thanks for this advice I've made up my mind already that I'll graduate no matter what... and I've answered those 3 a long time ago...

"Rather not enter college and just make a few bucks by working on the side, before you intend on getting a little more serious with your life, and decide on entering college.
Because it's very simple ~ no one forces you to enter college. In the Philippines, most jobs require a college diploma as a minimum requirement, but in the USA, it's as simple as getting your green card and working on the side. There's nothing wrong with sucking up your pride and deciding you have to work before you enter college. It's hell better than entering college without a clue as to what you want, or why you want to do it. It's like a kid being forced to go to school."

I seriously considered taking a break from school after my highschool graduation but there's no company accepting 16 year olds right?


It doesn't have to be a formal company. Ask if you can work at a local bakery, or if you can help your parents with their business... something like that can get you a little income to support yourself. These are just examples, but other kids can whip up amazing solutions... there are always answers.

The school that you're referring to is UP (a government school). But that's only one factor that they look at, and there are many other schools besides this, anyway. In fact, there are a lot of factors in education besides finances.
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Either way, I think deciding on some medical career, but who knows how that will turn out lol.



Hi!! I finished my studies of medicine doctor last year, and I can say to you that:
If you REALLY want a medical carrer you have to make an effort to get this goal. You can begin asking for more details of an specific career, talk with people that are studing it, etc, try to know career for decided if like it or not. And if all people said that´s difficult but you really want it, not take in consideration what they think.
For any career you have to work hard!!!
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I am in my last year of high school and stressing out too..... I decided not to go to college just yet. I'm going to be joining the navy, to take a break from school and where i live i really don't like at all, plus i don't know what i want to do yet after school. If i don't find anything i want to do after navy i will either be a navy officer if i like the military life, if not i will just go to college and look thoroughly for a something i would like to do. I'll see when the time comes.


heh this is what i did. 3 years into the military life, i cant wait to go to college and figure out what i want to do. i'm still undecided but i'm certain that the military life is not for me. oh yea i also ended up wanting to go home even though i felt the way you did.
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i wanna be a superhero when i grow up!! >=)
but if somehow i fail to become one i'll settle for a psychiatrist, heehe x)
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well guys, since i'm older than you are.. a piece of advice... juz keep on thinking the things that will definitely be useful to you in the future... i'm not fond of studying either but i always put in my mind that i need to because someday i can survive and will have a career of my own that may help fulfill my other dreams that may come very late.. or i may realize late that i wanna be something else.. then after that, it's time to enjoy... thats what i'm doing right now.. i'm an accounting assistant anyways ( i don't like numbers but i'm into it)
Posted 1/26/08
Im now 16, and i have to decide for my future career and the course im going to take. Life is never easy, you just have to really think what you want, and what you are good and interested in. From there, choose the course you want which will lead you to your dream career and what you want for a job.

*Go by your interests and abilities and don't choose for the course just for the sake of the money. You will regret it lol True enough, that career may land you in a place where you should be getting big bucks, but if you are not good at it in the first place/not interested in that area, do you think you can even excel in that?
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There's a lot to consider when planning your career and believe me, most people fresh out of high school have no clue about that even if they think they do. That's sounds very high of me, considering that I too am just a freshman in college. But it's true, my high school didn't tell me shit about career planning, all they cared was if the stupid people had enough credits to graduate. Anyways, to answer the original question, no. No, you do not need to have your whole life planned out after graduating high school. But it's highly recommended to go to college!
Here are my reasons why: in college, there's so many more opportunities to find out what you truly enjoy doing and find a career in that. There's also the chance to explore and go take a GE class, say intro to psyc. if you're thinking of becoming a psychiatrist and see if it's right for you. Personally, I love being able to take different activity classes and learn things I never got the chance to do before like dance, tae kwon do, ice skating, etc. There's also great professors and many different people to help you in choosing the right path. And if you're really not sure in what to major in, go talk to the college counselors and see if they have a class to help you in choosing your major, that's what I'm doing now.
I'm going to have to cut this short, though this is rather long as is, I hope it helps. One thing I'd like to add is that it's never too late to learn, no matter the age or whatever, as long as you put the effort into doing so.
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All I know is there are a lot of things to consider before desiding on a career

I am studying to become a fashion designer, Wedding Planner, Japanese Translator, and {Romance} writer XD
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I'll be in Highschool this coming September.
I've somewhat narrowed it down to:
- Diplomat
- Commercial Airline Pilot
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When I started college, I came in undeclared and took a University class and "Decide a Major" class, both taught by my advisor and I learned SO much in those. Seriously, if you're planning on going to college and are really unsure about what you want to do, starting a semester or 2 (or 3 or 4!) as undeclared isn't that bad. You usually have standard general ed classes you have to take, so take them then. Try different things to see what you like. Do some research yourself, if your school's career center is sucking (or has old information... especially with the cost, as my uni was about 3,000 more than what my HS had on record).

This is YOUR life, so try not to get caught up in the pressure. It's YOU who's going to be working this job 20 years down the line, nor Ms. Counselor, not Mum and Dad. I had to sit back and really think about that -- my mum wanted me to be a doctor, but with a whole family in medicine of some sort, I've got a real disliking of the enviroment and the people -- and I just have no interest. I feel if you don't like your job, you wont do as good a job as you COULD do. I've seen so many half-assed nurses and doctors it's sickening. I just can't imagine myself dragging myself to work, sitting in traffic, and spending hours a day at, and for what? A fat paycheck? I've already experienced that money can't bring happiness, and that sort of life is just... depressing.

But yeah, take time, think things through. Read or watch "Roadtrip Nation" and if you live in the US, check out these websites that have current outlooks on jobs today:

Occupational Outlook Handbook 08-09
http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Career One Stop:
http://www.careeronestop.org/

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i honestly dont kno what i wanna do. I really have to pick tho since i have to fill out applications for college soon. Im heading towards being a fashion designer, cuz thats something i love but im not passionate about. I think ill end up not doing anything and becoming a bum which is a HUGE fear of mine. The only thing i can see myself doing forever is singing, and thats like REALLY out there. so my alternative is fashion design. I also and very intressted in learning other cultures and stuff so i was thinking about becoming an anthropologist, but im not book smart at all, so i dont think id ever be able to get the grades id need for that. UGH, growing up sucks! lol
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hmm.. I'm currently..a seventh grader.. But I'd like to be a professional Lawyer.. My parents liked my decision and they're supporting me,Nyaa.. but, i have a long way to go..

People need to make their own decision, but always remember that u must think about every decision dat u will make, carefully. Do not regret a decision, coz u've chosen it. If smthing goes wrong, just pray and have faith.. God have something great planned for you!

Also, my dad once said to me dat, u must always enjoy the career u've chosen, coz it'll lead u to success
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i'm in my last year of high school and already sent my applications. well, i thought i knew what i wanted to do, but i realized that i didn't. i ended up putting undeclared on all the apps and that for me was the right choice. i had actually planned for years to be a doctor but recently i've gained an interest in law and music. two things that probably doesn't go together but oh well i learned from my counselors and family that it's okay to not know what type of career you want. in college, you'll find the right career for you.
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