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I kind of slacked off in high school but picked up the slack in college. High school has done nothing as far as finding a job goes, they don't even need to consider it if you're going for an entry level job. Then they only look at college as far as education is concerned. (Or trade school, though I have no personal experience with that) They also consider experience during college such as internships.

So other than helping you land any number of part time or lower income jobs, a high school education has no real merit.
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Ejanss
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.


A little harsher then it could stand to be worded, but yeah I second this.
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Ejanss wrote:


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.


You don't really need to be so abrasive; but, thanks for your input.
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Well i can say my High School did not prepare me for college. Got into a class this semester and the first thing the Professor asked was "Who's heard of mathematical induction?" no one raised their hand. Found out that's one of the things High School was supposed to introduce you too. That's mainly the big ticket item there, for me at least, math is sorely lacking if you're not taking AP classes in high school, unless your like my brothers who don't need a math class higher than algebra. I had to go to high school, but i wouldn't do it again. Be happy its over/over soon.
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Ununoctium wrote:

I'm graduating this year; and, I can't believe the time that's been wasted.


"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Yep, that's your problem all right. Sounds like you were focused on the wrong things in high school. GPA? ACT? what are those supposed to be, acronyms? WHO CARES! Should of found ways to enjoy yourself in high school, too late now, forget about it. Can't go back in time, trust me, wasted a lot of bananas in the microwave trying. Starting right now make sure you take the time to appreciate the little wonders in life that most people take for granted. Go find what it is you would be happy doing (whether that includes college, trade school, art, music, moving to Hawaii and living as a beach-bum, whatever).

All the miserable people I know have one thing in common. They got sucked into the monotonous cycle of thinking "I'll be happy when I'm done with high school". "Oh, it'll be better when I'm in college". "Well, once I start working I'm sure everything will be great." " I Just have to save enough money to retire so I can finally start doing what I want." Take a good look at the adults around you that work a 9:00 to 5:00. Are they happy? Is that what you want? School might decide what jobs you can have, but honestly...does it matter? I've seen miserable lawyers, doctors, businessmen, you name it, they were all successful in school. You control your own happiness in the end.

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I'd say its kinda waste of time for me, because I didn't know what I wanted to major in College until I was in my Junior to Senior year. Like if I had known where I wanted to be as far as college, then all those classes and electives I would have taken would have been geared toward that direction.

Now I say kinda because the classes I did take actually help me get scholarships in my college and allowed me to test out of extra courses. If you are in advance placement classes, then that type of education is very useful for distinguishing yourself among other college applicants.

Overall, I don't think High school does a great job of preparing your for the real world. You spend like 4 years to get your diploma/prepare yourself to go to a higher level education and they can't even set aside a mandatory course to help you with life skills so that you can get a job. Doesn't help that the place feels like a prison with actual officers telling you to get into the lunch room or ask where your going.

Its an important step in everyones lives, I just thinks its alittle to "traditional" and not well adjusted for the way things work in the real world.
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Spartan-052 wrote:Overall, I don't think High school does a great job of preparing your for the real world. You spend like 4 years to get your diploma/prepare yourself to go to a higher level education and they can't even set aside a mandatory course to help you with life skills so that you can get a job. Doesn't help that the place feels like a prison with actual officers telling you to get into the lunch room or ask where your going.


At one end is Junior High, at the other end is College...What would YOU put in between?

(Some communities with Community Colleges have been experimenting with letting advanced HS overachievers take Freshman college courses for early credit.
Yeah, if it'd been around back then, I'd have jumped at it. Must've spent every afternoon in the Guidance office, swooning over California and New England college catalogues, and dreams of more academically self-directed independence... )
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High School was valuable to me for social aspects. I learned how to properly talk to adults, administration and teachers. How to communicate with peers. I learned what my actions did to influence people. I learned how to be a functioning member of the human race. I learned how to manage my time, that staying in shape was important. I learned about a lot of stuff. I had a good time in high school. I got good grades, I made a lot of friends but that was almost 8 years ago. The only people from my high school I have any contact with are my sister and her husband. I took the tests but I didn't really care about them. I went to community college. I got a good job and I've worked my way up. High School is barely a memory at this point. Don't fret about it, in 5 years you won't even remember it happened.
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Was a pretty good High school student. Mediocre college student. Currently getting my Ph.D in materials science and engineering.

hard work and dedication pays off
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Ununoctium wrote:

You don't really need to be so abrasive; but, thanks for your input.


I'm not going to be abrasive, but I will be harsh:

Your response to Ejanss indicates you have an entitled attitude. You have explained to us how you didn't do very well in high school and feel that you wasted your time - in a way that, to many adults, looks like whining - and you then asked for "insight from older members of the community." When someone said something "abrasive" to you, you thought it appropriate to correct the person's "abrasiveness." But you've come to us in a position of supplication: that isn't a position where you have the authority to correct people - not to mention that you're a high school student. Sure, this is an anime forum, so you can act however you want - but that means people can show up and be a lot more abrasive than Ejanss, and you have to live with it.

The possibility I want you to consider is this: maybe your perspective on life is so myopic that you really need someone to say something incredibly abrasive so you learn your lesson. Now maybe it's not - maybe you do have a healthy life perspective. Your initial post makes me think otherwise. But even if I'm wrong, you should approach important things in life keeping in mind the possibility that you might be a complete idiot. Understanding and admitting that you don't know something isn't bad; not being aware that you don't know something is what's dangerous. So have a teachable attitude.

As to your situation, I don't think I have enough information to give you advice yet: You said that you've been " required to take pointless classes that I have no vested interest in"; could you give an example of a class you took that you considered pointless? Second, you said that you "love science and math"; how do you express this love? Did you put in a lot of effort in your chemistry class, maybe? Or do you just like talking about science and having sciency usernames? When I was in high school (well, actually I was homeschooled), I would sit and think about random math things I could calculate, like if you took out the earth's core and made a shell around the earth with it 50 miles above the surface, how thick would the shell be? (I have no idea why that was interesting to me.) Finally, do you really think "it's all about GPA"? Presumably you're worried here about getting a job, and maybe "following your passion" (which is a bad way to direct your life, by the way); why do you think that your GPA has stopped you in this regard?
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So, in the end, was it all worth the effort?


Only if you're planning on getting a white collar job and an ACT test score of 30 is good enough for any blue collar jobs (not sure about paleontology and I think digging for fossils in an open field is fun).

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HateKillingCamels wrote:

Definitely a waste of time if you didn't even get laid.


Cause taking good grades with you and getting a high paying job totally won't get you laid.
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People are passed along in high school. If you attend and do the bare minimum, they hand you a diploma. It was pretty sad looking at my graduating class knowing 75% of them would not amount to anything. They would be stuck jobless or working for minimum wage.

However, if you make the most of high school, you can reap some nice rewards. Take honor and AP classes - you'll boost your gpa, get scholarship opportunities, save money on college credits (with the AP and duel enrollment), look better on college applications, and you'll be prepared to immediately jump in your degree program.

Don't get caught up in the drama or with deadbeats. If you want to do something, apply yourself and you can do it. You have to set yourself up for success if you want to succeed.

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mxdan wrote:

Cause taking good grades with you and getting a high paying job totally won't get you laid.


And not get to sleep with teens?
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HateKillingCamels wrote:


mxdan wrote:

Cause taking good grades with you and getting a high paying job totally won't get you laid.


And not get to sleep with teens?


I'll take mine with life experience and figure thank you very much.
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