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Posted 2/22/17
I'm graduating this year; and, I can't believe the time that's been wasted. I've hated highschool since the 9th grade, and I've hated common core since then as well. I can't help but feel appalled that GPA and standarized test scores determine a person's self-worth. Maybe I'm just projecting because I've not done too well in my highschool career. I love science and math but, because of common core, I'm required to take pointless classes that I have no vested interest in. I'm now a senior with opportunities few and far between. I even scored a 30 on the ACT, but that's not good enough I guess. It all comes down to numbers in the end; and, that's what makes you credentially fit. Yep, it's all about GPA. I feel that I need some insight from older members of the community, who're now beyond the scope of highschool. So, in the end, was it all worth the effort?
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Posted 2/22/17 , edited 2/25/17
Absolutely. First off, congratulations! It is true that these standardized tests and GPAs do not completely measure our intelligence, but in this world it's one of many defined indicators that can say a lot about you as a student. Those scores go everywhere with you. Colleges and secondary institutions won't know who you are. You're just applicant number whatever in their eyes, and so your grades are merely factors that determine whether or not you get in, or whatever the case may be.

Even if you feel like you didn't do too good, then ensure you make up for that by showing how determined you are or through other means that can show off who you are as a person (I don't know, maybe some extracurricular activities. That's why you should always have a resume). I mean, I got a 23 on the ACT, so you did pretty good!

I graduated last year, and I'll tell you that college IS different from grade school. Sure you may have been put into useless core classes, but see if you can't pull out important life lessons from these classes. It doesn't necessarily have to pertain to what your intended major/minor is, but see if you can apply some techniques here and there for future classes. For example let's say you took an AP/IB class. It's a no-brainer that these classes are going to be pretty damn difficult. So maybe you learned:

- How much work you're capable of doing without slipping up
- Time management (super important!)
- Organization (as in how you would take notes, keeping all your papers together, etc.)
- Not to bullshit your assignments. Oh God please don't. Even if it's really long or you're short on time, at least give a reasonable amount of effort.

In high school you've learned about who you are as a person, and you're set up to learn what kind of person you CAN be. Now you'll worry about how you'll make a living, making money while (hopefully!) doing something you love.

But yeah, I would say it's worth it. Make sure that you make your senior year a memorable one! Good luck! Oh, and sorry if my answer wasn't what you were looking for. ^^'
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Posted 2/22/17
Definitely a waste of time if you didn't even get laid.
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No, school wasn't worth it for me. It greatly hampered my learning pace and killed much of the thirst for learning I had when entering school. I dropped High School and obtained a GED, which I didn't bother studying for. I got a high enough score on the GED that it didn't matter what my GPA was, and it was enough to get into College/University. Unfortunately, College was just as great a disappointment. It had the same stunted learning pace of High School.
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I'd love to go to High school again these days now that I'm more confident
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High school doesn't matter in the long run, it's only there for people to graduate from it and enter college and having good grades in HS doesn't even guaratee you to even pass all your classes in college. Most of the things teached are just too simplistic to be worth remembering later or just plain wrong. The thing that matters the most are the social skills you acquire, which you should refine in college right away, because you won't ever see most of the people you knew in HS. HS is just there to teach the basics, nothing more, when you deepen your knowledge about the stuff you need, it becomes essencially worthless
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Just go to trade school. That's the ticket these days.

HS can be completely forgotten.
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I'm enjoying/enjoyed HS so far. The little rough patches were bad, but thats life.
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Yeah man it's definitely worth it. The reason highschool is all about numbers and GPA is because it can help each student individually, but that's not all schools compare about. The numbers system we have lets schools compete, and the highest average scoring schools are the ones parents want to send their kids to. It's this whole system where the schools who stay on top stay on top because of that system, if that makes sense. Money and education goes through the better schools because people who try to achieve higher in school go to those schools. Also, sitting through those pointless common core classes can very well help lots of students find passions and potential careers(for me I found cooking and nutrition.) I love my school, mainly because I'm so connected with all of my teachers, they're awesome. And when you've gone through it all, gotten a masters, or a graduates, or taking the GED if you dropout, it all just plays out differently. If I go through it all, do my best and earn a masters in cooking I have a great chance at becoming a master chef. If I dropout of highschool and take the GED or some other way of not going all the way up to a masters, you can still succeed and get a good job, just less of a chance to find a job in your personal taste. Not impossible, just harder.
I think it's worth it, though, not for what I described above. I'm a junior, and I've had so many great experiences with people and things that I will never forget and that all helped shape me as to who I am right now and will become. I think highschool is an amazing opportunity, not for everyone, but you just gotta make it what you can. Things only get shitty if you let yourself hate them and wallow in them.
Posted 2/22/17
I dropped out of highschool because I was one of those 'I already know this and I don't want to waste my time with it' people. I will say without the basic diploma; I encountered some speed bumps in life, but nothing I couldn't overcome with a GED and general competence. What made highschool 'worth it' for me was the social interaction. When I dropped out, a lot of my friends didn't have the time I had and we grew apart. It was a good place to work on charisma and the like, n' I wish I'd stuck with it just to further that experience.
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Yea, American High School a joke. I failed to do homework most of the time, yet still found a way to pass math classes.

In reality, if you are not doing AP programs/equivalence to get college credit, ur wasting time. Else, depending on school u go to, u may buy urself ahead (less time in college) therefore.
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Personally, I had no use for school, it was just a huge time sink for me. The industry I am working in now does not require any educational background. If I had known what I was going to aim for in life earlier, I'd have dropped out from school after 10th grade and started working on it full time then.

That being said, you have to know what you want to do in life before you can make any decision on dropping out. Most people drop out without thinking because 'school sucks' and end up wasting their potential or have to retake it in their late 20's, which is not so cool. If you have a burning passion for something and that's the only thing you can do in life(and you know it doesn't require an education), I'd say drop out to anyone.
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Posted 2/22/17 , edited 2/22/17
High school is a lot like prison
armed guards
bad food
and the sex you want you'er not getting and the sex you'er getting you don't want


The New Guy a very under rated movie
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Ununoctium wrote:

I'm graduating this year; and, I can't believe the time that's been wasted. I've hated highschool since the 9th grade, and I've hated common core since then as well. I can't help but feel appalled that GPA and standarized test scores determine a person's self-worth. Maybe I'm just projecting because I've not done too well in my highschool career. I love science and math but, because of common core, I'm required to take pointless classes that I have no vested interest in. I'm now a senior with opportunities few and far between. I even scored a 30 on the ACT, but that's not good enough I guess. It all comes down to numbers in the end; and, that's what makes you credentially fit. Yep, it's all about GPA. I feel that I need some insight from older members of the community, who're now beyond the scope of highschool. So, in the end, was it all worth the effort?


After your hormones, mood swings and search for Negative Cool Identity cool down halfway through college when they finally fizzle out, yes. Assuming you put the effort into it.
From the sound of it, you were probably too self-pitying and didn't, and might end up as one of those folks pursuing two or three majors one at a time because they were so focused on taking "Test scores" with them to college, they don't know what they want to do with themselves, and never quite completing one.

Now would be a good time to figure it--meaning yourself--out while you've got the three months off. Knowing that "All my classes sucked!" sympathy is not on your side from the folks who left high school long behind them, and managed to put the good (intellectual exploration) and bad (adolescent social welcome-to-the-jungle) behind them and become actual individual adult human beings with brains.
It's gonna happen sooner or later, y'know, and whining doesn't put it off.
Posted 2/22/17
For me personally it wasn't very useful but I did enjoy it kinda. I mean I was average grade wise and was still socially inept but not too bad.

Nothing really interesting happen at all, just went to class, came home, played games, repeat.
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