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I've never been more upset from reading a post on a thread. I guess the only skills I have is playing guitar, perhaps start a band and get famous? If I do, remind me to call you haha.
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High school never ends.
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Haha, oh boy. I just graduated a few months ago. I was one of those people who hated the idea of community college. I guess I was in a hurry, and I wanted to just meet new people. But what was the point? I was completely stuck in that belief that community college was the laughing stock for a high graduate.

I had a sub-par GPA and test score but I still managed. I wrote a kickass personal statement, applied to public universities and my dream college and got admitted to all of them. It was all wasted effort in the end. I couldn't afford the first deadline for my dream school and I'm here in a community college.

My highschool me would literally be chewing me out right now, but I could careless. I'm saving money and my classes are really simple to follow (And they're transferable too!). I'm still connected to many of my friends from highschool and I see them crying about hard classes like anatomy or math on Facebook.

I'm so thankful that I decided to stay the community college route. I saved nearly 60k in loans for my undergraduate. I want to get my gen eds out of the way within a year or less.

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I don't feel like an adult.
- I thought CC was a joke. Couldn't afford my dream college, and I'm here in CC.
- I'm taking my gen eds, transferring, and saved 60k in loans (for now)

Don't worry
- I had sub-par grades and testing score -- just write a good personal statement
- You still got a lot of time to figure out what you want to be

Good luck OP.
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I've never been more upset from reading a post on a thread. I guess the only skills I have is playing guitar, perhaps start a band and get famous? If I do, remind me to call you haha.


Have I acquired a new skill!? What kind of job does this earn me?

I have a guitar that I tried to learn how to play. Turns out I have some pretty messed up joints in my hands that hurt like hell when trying to play. So now it just sits and protects some of the carpet under my bed from getting too dusty.

But yes, definitely call me because as someone who has given you the advice to follow the path of whatever skill you have, like guitar, I now feel you are obligated to throw money my way if you get any through that method.
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After high school.... Well, I had no idea what I wanted to do so I decided to take a year or two off to try and figure things out. There was nothing at all that interested me and I was pretty much depressed constantly. I ended up just getting a job delivering newspapers until I could come to a decision but then after awhile I got really sick and hospitalized. Ended up losing the route I had and was diagnosed with a disease. I then was unsure if I would even be able to pull off a normal school life or job and went deeper into depression. Finally started getting things together enough to get a new newspaper route and have just been stuck ever since. Due to many events after this point though I still get majorly depressed and I still feel as though I would be no good at any kind of job. I seem to have no real skills that would point me at any kind of career. I can fix up computers but I use mostly illegal methods that would not work out too well in a normal setting and not only that but my knowledge even in that is fairly limited. These days I just drift through life sleeping and working and feeling rather miserable about how it all turned out. Some days I tell myself I will try and find something but that is quickly destroyed by another round of depression and feeling complete and utter hopelessness. I haven't even been able to force myself to drive yet. Though I am starting to feel more justified the more car accidents I am in. Just had yet another one about 2 nights ago. Probably shared too much but right now I really don't care.

Anyway...Fun times all around. My advice would be to push forward with any kind of schooling in any kind of subject you find even the least bit interesting and hope to god you find something that suits some kind of skill or talent you have.
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There is no life after high school.


It's just a blur of whiskey, bills, and bad decisions.



That said community college is great for burning out those prereqs most degrees require. Depending on the CC probably can get most prereqs of gen-ed classes out of the way working on your associates before going to a 4 year course.

If you do it right and don't fail anything I know certain degrees can be done in 3 years that way. Some of my relatives and friends have done that.

I personally like things at my pace, which CC lets me do by taking only 2-3 classes a semester. That way I am not overloaded with like 7-8 classes and all of their work. Sure it is slow, hell I am still working on finishing my degree, but it is worth it I think in the end.
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High school never ends.
High school always ends, people just never grow up.
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Haha, really. People just like to make you think that way. Take a look at my situation:

I got a 3.8 GPA in high school
I scored a 27 on the ACT
I took part time jobs to pay for my car
BUT- that part time job took up my potential chance of scholarship opportunities (like sports) to help pay for tuition.
I still can't afford Uni right off the bat- why?

Because my parents are in deep crap from my older siblings loans. They took out school loans they couldn't afford, and therefore have BAD credit. Not only are my parents paying for their mistakes, guess who else has to suffer? Yup, me. I had to bust my ass to get good grades, pay for my transportation, and I still can't afford university yet. I don't have parents who can cosign that loan so I can go to a university and live that required campus life of 1-2 years.

I'm going to a CC right now to complete pre recs and transfer to a state university to finish my BSN. It gives me more time to build my own credit and save more money to fully pay off my university expenses on my own. About 80% of kids you see "living the college life" right off the bat are the ones that end up wasting money on their familys buck and end up taking much longer than 4 years to complete that degree. I don't give a rats ass if people look down on community colleges, not everyone has that care free lifestyle in this economy.

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Haha, really. People just like to make you think that way. Take a look at my situation:

I got a 3.8 GPA in high school
I scored a 27 on the ACT
I took part time jobs to pay for my car
BUT- that part time job took up my potential chance of scholarship opportunities (like sports) to help pay for tuition.
I still can't afford Uni right off the bat- why?

Because my parents are in deep crap from my older siblings loans. They took out school loans they couldn't afford, and therefore have BAD credit. Not only are my parents paying for their mistakes, guess who else has to suffer? Yup, me. I had to bust my ass to get good grades, pay for my transportation, and I still can't afford university yet. I don't have parents who can cosign that loan so I can go to a university and live that required campus life of 1-2 years.

I'm going to a CC right now to complete pre recs and transfer to a state university to finish my BSN. It gives me more time to build my own credit and save more money to fully pay off my university expenses on my own. About 80% of kids you see "living the college life" right off the bat are the ones that end up wasting money on their familys buck and end up taking much longer than 4 years to complete that degree. I don't give a rats ass if people look down on community colleges, not everyone has that care free lifestyle in this economy.
Yikes. I have a full scholarship plus more. I guess I'm one of those kids that waste money on food and would probably take an extra semester completing my maybe? useful degree in business. Kids, major in something important, be specific. if you don't want to go to school twice, which is probably what I would end up doing.
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I'm 22, in a distance learning university and working at the same time.. Well my grades in high school weren't exactly University level, so after high school I went to a college to upgrade my marks and then I got an entry into the university I am studying with now.. But of course things might just work differently in your country..
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Yikes. I have a full scholarship plus more. I guess I'm one of those kids that waste money on food and would probably take an extra semester completing my maybe? useful degree in business. Kids, major in something important, be specific. if you don't want to go to school twice, which is probably what I would end up doing.


Aaaand that's why I was referring to the 80% of kids claiming to live that college lifestyle who were the likely ones to make those decisions.
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Soul crushing honestly. I thought life would be so much better after graduating.
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Whatever happens you'll keep on progressing. You'll adapt.
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Aaaand that's why I was referring to the 80% of kids claiming to live that college lifestyle who were the likely ones to make those decisions.
The true college experience is dorming at a university, which I have yet to experience.
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