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We don't really have community colleges here in Canada
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

The true college experience is dorming at a university, which I have yet to experience.


True that. I'll have to experience this next year. The university I'm heading to chooses the roommates for you, so I'm not too sure what to expect.
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Posted 11/16/14
So... Con of community college, at least where I live. It was much easier than going to the flagship university. Like the difference between kindergarten and junior year of high school different.
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So many jobs, so many miles.

College can be rather overrated, and there are jobs out there that don't require too much "schoolin'" that do pay alright. All depends on you.
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I went to Community College, nothing wrong with it, I just ran out of money. I didn't really meet the requirements of subsidies (that I don't like the idea of using anyway) and I didn't get any of the grants I applied for. I work for a family business so I am sustaining right now, I am trying to get a job with the Boeing Aerospace and Defense company, they will pay in house for schooling for advancement, and then I will join the Marines Reserve or full active duty if things with Boeing don't come to fruition. Bottomline is you just have to figure out what you need and what good for you.
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narutosonic330 wrote:
My grades are nowhere near university requirements?? I don't even know what I'm good at for a career?? Am I gonna survive?? Am I ever gonna get married and have kids??!?
But yeah. What have you guys done after graduating (or dropping out lol) high school? The good and the bad details??


Dude it's not the end of the world. Just go to community college and then transfer later on.

Not everyone has to take the same route.

I went straight to university after high school, but had to drop out of my computer science major (can't program worth crap, found that out the hard way) THEN transfer to a community college to START OVER. Then I worked my way back up, transferred BACK into another university, switched my major to hardware, and graduated with an electrical engineering degree............. The entire process took me 7 long years. There were a lot of stuff in between but tldr; TMI.

Don't be scared, don't give up, just keep right on going, and you'll make it.


FlyinDumpling wrote:
The true college experience is dorming at a university, which I have yet to experience.
(see below)

DollyDagger11 wrote:
True that. I'll have to experience this next year. The university I'm heading to chooses the roommates for you, so I'm not too sure what to expect.

Noisy neighbors, kinda like an apartment except worse- About the only good thing I recall was being physically located closer to friends (assuming you're making friends in the dorms)
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Stonewolfe wrote:
There is no life after high school.


Anime teaches us this /nods
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went to university and all that jazz. got a good paying job in a prestigious hospital in the city. (like most people have to work 2 to 3 years to get the hourly rate that I'm getting... but I got it straight after university... so I'm pretty proud of myself for being able to achieve that...)


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Posted 11/16/14
I would say go for a community college or you could even go for a community college then transfer to a university. I was told in high school to go for a university instead of a community college, but after being in a university for a semester....I have noticed it would've been better to go for a community college since it is cheaper and honestly, if you don't know what to pursue, it'll be easier to be flexible with whatever you are going for. University...you are kind of stuck in the degree you picked, but they do give you a choice to switch degrees.
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Posted 11/16/14

KonyTheKing wrote:

We don't really have community colleges here in Canada


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Posted 11/16/14
Life after high school is a maze.
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Posted 11/16/14
Is community college like government sponsored education for adults? I've never really understood the American education system.
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Posted 11/16/14
Couldn't tell ya anything about college. I'm not going. BUT I am surviving just fine without it.
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Posted 11/16/14 , edited 11/16/14
I don't know enough about community college (the equivalent here would be TAFE, I guess?) to really comment on that one, so I'll leave it to others who do and I'll concentrate on the rest of your questions.

I finished compulsory schooling a few years ago now, but I feel like I've pretty much done nothing with my life since school... I didn't go to Uni straight away because life happened, I moved out of my mums house and I worked for a bit, then quit to move to a different state to live with my fiancé, couldn't find work for a bit, suddenly got really harsh arthritis and couldn't work even if I could find any, am now on various medications and stuff... I wanted to apply for a Uni course ( a Psychology one) but I missed the application date for next years course... So I'm going to have to wait another year while looking out for the second semester enrolment stuff.

As for future dreams... I both do and don't get what it's like to not really know what you want to do... I myself have always had a vague idea of "I want to do something that helps people" and flitted through various aspirations related to that, but my partner has never really had any idea... He's almost 30 and still doesn't know what he wants to do, which is absolutely okay.
So the advice I'd give to you on that front is you're 17, you don't need to know exactly what you want to be doing for the rest of your life right this second. Take this chance to use your youth to try lots of things. Assess your current interests for work possibilities. Basically, if you find something you want to do, it doesn't really matter why.. As long as you're even the slightest bit interested and your circumstances allow for it, give it a go.
Also, if you get a few years into something and you suddenly find you're not enjoying it, you're allowed to change your mind and find a new dream.
Until the day you die, it's never too late to change things.
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Posted 11/16/14
I dropped out of grade 10, went to go work in skilled trades/exterior renovations (I already had experience from working weekends/summers/march breaks), and now I have everything I want/need except for a girlfriend... no friends either but I'm kind of a loner/anti-social anyway so I don't mind that all too much
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