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Posted 5/7/14
Only my first year into it, but I think you'll be OK as long as you find something that suits you...and when I say "something that suits you," I don't just mean "Oh, I like doing this job;" I also mean that you like the other factors that come with it--your salary being the next important factor. I'm only in university because of my caretakers lol. Right now, doing music is more than enough to make a living. I have another person who's "bringing home the bacon" (I hope I used that phrase right), too, so I don't see much need for the extra years yet. I kind of use my teachers to get to know other people...not really for learning. And besides, most of the learning should be done at home anyway, right?
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It's pretty much a choice really. Whatever your dreams takes you, I'm sure It'll take you somewhere that truly fits you.
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Posted 5/8/14
i'm scared to start college like i think highschool is bad enough lol
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College can be very useful but it's easy to focus on the wrong things. Grades help, but I really recommend trying to find at least one or two professors you really get along with and develop your professional contacts. Those contacts will probably help you more in the future than anything you actually learn. Those are my two cents anyway.
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I feel today there are a bunch of things that certificates are almost better for, depending on the field. If you think its worth it might as well. As important as education is you can always go back later if you change your mind. Shit there are a few people in my hospitality courses that have grandchildren almost my age.
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21 / M / The Netherlands
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Join the army.
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24 / M / 風の山
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Dcflame wrote:

im so tired of how things are going right now! - but I'm aiming for a certificate rather the a degree because the classes are so lame- i got teachers dropping their own classes


im pretty fed up with college as well. first two years classes was so easy, that all i had to do to pass was show up for the final exam and i even managed A's with the curve, and these classes took attendance for points and the final was only 30 percent. so an A was basically somewhere between 15%-30%.

other years, where i legitly earned a 93% before the curve, i got a D in because the cruve was so high.
exam's that i should have aced, but upright failed because i had to much work and the graders recognized it as wrong.

and to add my school is within the top 50 of the nation. makes no sense that when i deserve an F i get A's, and when i deserve A's i get D's.

as far as i am concerned, the only classes worth taking are the ones where the professor is not a researcher or they are your last set of classes to graduate. cuz those are the only people who are passionate as far as i am concerned or they have only learned english the day before the class started.

pulling my last all nighter tonight lets hope i am above the curve.

college isn't for everyone. but apprently sets you up for the real world. you will have bosses that will piss you off more so than any college course. if you have a goal that remind yourself everyday what it is, makes things easier.

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It's the end of Spring semester. Crunch time. Everyone's gonna feel stressed out of their mind.

I have two final papers due by midnight tonight and I haven't written either of them.

College is what you make of it. Ultimately, no matter what obstacles you face, it's up to you to make the best of your situation. If you feel miserable and too overwhelmed to continue, you can always stop. College does not have to be for everyone, and it may not be for you, at least not at this point in time. You can always come back later if you want to.

If you still see the merit of staying in college, try to find things about your school that you truly enjoy. It could be a particular class, professor, or even a club or organization. If you find just one redeeming quality about your school, it can make the tough things much easier to bear, because then you have something to look forward to.

That goes for any level of schooling, really. I used to loathe middle school and early high school because I found no redeeming qualities in them whatsoever. But once I got more involved, and found teachers and clubs that I really liked, things got exponentially better. The bad things didn't seem so bad anymore.

Good luck, OP. I wish you all the best.
Posted 5/8/14
It just depends on what you want to do. If the job you are striving for requires qualifications that can only be derived from college, then yes it is clearly worth it. However going into a course without a clue as to what sort of career you want to pursue and just hoping the degree/bachelor will get you somewhere, not so much.
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I would kill for the chance to actually sit down and take a college class again. You're so lucky you have the opportunity to do such a thing.
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Stop going to college play more Starcraft 2 while listening to Darude - Sandstorm and become a pro gamer good enough to beat the Koreans, give us foreigners hope in esports.
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22 / M / DE
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Have my $0.02:

Know your field. You need to know what you want to do and what it takes to do it. Everything is different and no one person can tell you the perfect path to take.

Some fields may not have any interest in you having a Bachelor's or more while others will have employers that won't even look you in the face if you don't have that piece of paper. Even with a Bachelor's, some fields will require pre-req knowledge and if you don't have it, then they won't be having any of you.

The most irritating thing I hear from people applying to all fields is that the Bachelor's degree is the most important thing you need to worry about. That may be true for some fields, but I can say with confidence it's not the same everywhere. There will be employers who won't consider you without a degree, but if you just churned your way through to get that paper without ever really learning anything you can expect something along the lines of "Oh I see you have a Bachelor's in X, please demonstrate this. Can't do it? Bye!". It's definitely a useful tool to have but it's not an end all magical wonder sheet and will get you everything you could ever want. I know many who have been turned down for being unable to prove their knowledge with hands-on challenges despite their beautiful academic records. On the other hand, I know people who have nothing more than high school diplomas making 6 figures for a salary loving their lives. Thirdly, I know plenty of people who spend their time and sanity working for double majors and triple majors, all with minors, yet are unable to even scratch the surface of the job market.

Stay away from articles preaching about "people without a degree skip out on X amount of money!" or the like. Stay away from anything that tries to apply these end-all statements. Focus on your field and what you'd enjoy doing for a living. Not many people do this, but look at job applications of things you see yourself doing for a lot of your life. Look at what they require. Get to know people already doing what you want to do. If it's a job worth anything or something like a professional field, then you will need to put time and work in on your own time before you can hop into the field. For some fields, that will require a degree, some not so much, and some will require a degree and pre-req knowledge.

College isn't always about getting a degree. It is an opportunity(Important! Potential opportunities! You have to go out of your way. You cannot reside on the sidelines working towards the degree. That path has a good chance of ending in tears) to garner the experience and knowledge that your field may require. It is an extremely valuable opportunity to begin networking with those doing what you want to do. Going through the motions of getting the degree without reaching out on your own time will not get you very far.

In addition, remember not all universities and colleges are the same. Even within a single university, colleges and departments can be vastly different from each other in quality/requirements/structure/etc. If you find yourself having to force yourself to go through a day and go to bed miserable, then you should consider a change. Whether that change is a change in major, college, university as a whole, or taking a path that does not involve a university. The results of change will always be unknown and the unknown will always be frightening but comfort is the bane of improvement.

Some people will say college is the best time of your life, others will say it is a sacrifice, and the rest will just be indifferent and churn through it then complain they can't find a job with their magic wonder paper. Me personally, who cares what I think personally? You need to worry about what you think about it. Most importantly, think about it after analyzing what it has to offer to you. Is what the college offering worth the money, time, or effort? For some fields it's an extremely heavy "Yes!" as the degree may be required. For others, it may not be. Think about it critically.

In the end: Find an interest, dive into that interest, and do everything you can to impress those already doing your interest. A degree may help depending on the interest, but it alone will not be enough. What you need to do is find out what will get you where you want to be. Do that through networking, garnering field knowledge, and getting field experience. College is the primary source for these things. It's not all about the degree or is it the only source.

As you read this, keep in mind that this is my perspective in the same way that everyone you talk to can only give you advice from their own perspective. I don't know your interests but I hope you reach out for advice from as many sources you can because looking through the perspectives of many will net you the best results. Whether or not they seem reliable on the surface. I'm just some random dude on the internet.
Posted 5/8/14
college is only good for the experience so you'll have wild stories to tell later on. other than that a bachelors is like a high school diploma, almost everyone has one now and it means little.
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I'll let you know after I get my degree
Posted 5/8/14
i was too smart for college, got me a first class even though i slept in all the classes. yolo
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