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Old 02-28-2013, 09:00 AM   #26
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All I can advise you is dont go to langara, UBC, or SFU if you plan on doing dick shit all like "studying" psychology, some math, some english like the kids who get baby sat at those post secondaries. If you dont know what you want in life yet. Theres no harm in working full time for a bit and then going into studying what you want. You have time on your side
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #27
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The best thing I did was go to technical/trade school.

My way of looking at it was: I don't do well studying and just memorizing shit, so university definitely wasn't for me. I have a drive for technology and how stuff works (building it) so drafting & design at a trade school just suited me best.

Locally you see tons of people just going to university, having fun and dicking around, they get out of university with their degree thinking they are going to make $80k/year no problem, and they have this useless psychology/general studies degree. They end up at McDonalds making $9/hour and they are fucked for another 5 years trying to figure out WTF to do. The upside of this? Atleast you got to party hard in university.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:03 AM   #29
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you can take some feeler courses to see what you like and don't like or if college/university is for you or if it's technical/trades that's up your alley. i think i took math/phyc/socialogy/geology/geography/econ/com sci course 1 year to see what i liked and didn't.

nothing wrong with working too...i did that for a bit and then realized getting shit pay at a shit job was not fun...just made me more motivated when i went back to school.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:36 AM   #30
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YOU ARE THE AVERAGE OF THE 5 PEOPLE YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH.

Surround yourself with smarter, faster, harder working people.
If your current friends are lazy pot heads, look for better people to hang out with. You don't have to ditch them obviously, just invest your time more wisely with more positive people.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:51 AM   #31
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:08 AM   #32
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:08 AM   #33
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Travel. School can wait. See the world while you're young and you'll see things differently.
agreed on the traveling part.
traveling is another way to emerge from the pool of biases you have been brought up with all your life. will give you a real perspective, and therefore a way to really evaluate what you are doing

resorts....if you are going to live in one, dont spend all your time in there. it is kind of an extended form of westernism a far (from what ive experienced. keep in mind ive only been to one)

also check out some of the poorer countries (which are still beautiful, or maybe one can argue there is more beauty in these less capitalistic driven lands) , and checkout the apex of capitalism such as New York etc. That good contrast will give you some insight

being well traveled will really open your eyes. again, talk talk talk

meet locals, and fellow travellers. they tend to be really open. its funny how a 5 minute convo or so could lead to something grand

as for traveling and letting school wait, that is something you can decide on. i would personally do both. say travel in the summer, full time school otherwise. your call.

don't neglect your studies. some principles are really important and are foundations of any area no matter what field you end up working in
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:23 AM   #35
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I like how everyone says, "have fun, travel, party" as if that doesn't take any money. There are consequences to taking a year off, rather than going to school, or starting your career.

If your goal is to own a decent car, house, whatever, you're going to have to wait a lot longer if you do end up taking a year off and racking up some debt.

You don't need to have everything figured out, but that's no excuse for not being disciplined and trying your best at everything.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:27 AM   #36
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btw if you don't know exactly what you wanna do, go langara/kwantlen -- transferring to UBC/SFU is easy as shit with your associates degree (2 years, only need ~70% average to transfer opposed to a A-/B+ average to transfer from SFU to UBC).
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:33 AM   #37
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Like others have said, if you don't know what you want to do, don't go back to school just because you feel like it's a safe haven. Go work around, figure out what you like or what you would like to do, then figure out how to get there. If it involves going back to school, then it's the right time to go back. I don't think there's ever a time when you're too late to go back to school, but just make sure you're going back for the right purpose. I wish I had known this when I was younger, so I didn't have to jump through so many hoops and loops and end up back in school in my mid-late 20's
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #39
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When people say go work... it's not telling you to go bag groceries for 9 dollar an hour or work in a dirtbag sales job at Winners. Go work as in go take up some apprenticeship and learn something, but you probably need to go to school for that anyways. So life sucks.

The best thing to do is to get involved, opportunities will come.

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #40
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I like how everyone says, "have fun, travel, party" as if that doesn't take any money. There are consequences to taking a year off, rather than going to school, or starting your career.

If your goal is to own a decent car, house, whatever, you're going to have to wait a lot longer if you do end up taking a year off and racking up some debt.

You don't need to have everything figured out, but that's no excuse for not being disciplined and trying your best at everything.
I figure everyone has some money saved up by the time they graduate from high school. I had a part time job by the time I was 15 and by the time I was 18, I had some money saved up and so should anyone assuming they didn't spend it all on hookers and/or blow. You can spend a month in Europe on about $5000 if you live in hostels (not as ghetto as you think) and cook your own food (eating out in Europe is expensive as hell).

It's great to be a disciplined, responsible person...but that stuff is also boring. I had a guy in class that was the sort of guy that would study the entire time he's not in school...like at home. He's a cool dude and I'm sure he'll do well in the workforce but he's also as boring of a person as I know. Live a little. There's plenty of time to enter the rat race.
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I should also add that travelling while you're young (<26) is much cheaper (in some cases, 50%) than when you're not a student. Not sure if they still do but Eurorail passes are 50% cheaper when you're under 26. Hostels usually have student rates as do many attractions around the world.

You'll also have a better time because travelling when you're old is tiring.
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There was life BEFORE Highschool?


Don't feel the pressure of needing to know what you want to do right out of HS. Gone are the days where everyone went to Uni right out of HS, took a major and then did that for the rest of their lives. I'm 24 and only recently found what I'm passionate about and am pursuing a job in that feild. I've had a lot of good jobs since HS, great money, good people etc. but it took a while to learn what I wanted to do.

I have friends who are now just starting their first year in Uni at 25-26. Nothing wrong with that, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. However IF you feel like you KNOW what you want to do now, then go for it. But don't feel like you have pressure to "pick something" even though you're not sure.

My brother in law went back to Uni when he was 23 for engineering. Graduated last year and now loves his job. Sure he is a few years behind friends who started Uni right away and got a job when they were 22. However, finishing university when you're 26-28 with a bit more "life experience" and job experience than that fresh off the university boat/never had a job in his life before guy who just graduated will give you an edge in finding work and in his case he had a job a month out of school managing a crew out in the bush (civil engineer) which is almost unheard of for a new graduate.
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Get business degree, maybe masters. And learn to write code. You'll have a degree which gets you a leg up on the dropouts. And learning to write code opens a lot of doors. You don't need formal education for code btw.
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Just do what you love. If the business/marketing world is what you love then go ahead and do that. I just complete my business degree in Human Resource and realized at the end that it wasn't what I wanted to do.

Decided to take a big risk and get my Real Estate license. Yes, I know my chances of becoming successful are extremely low but it's the only thing I can see my self doing. If I don't give it a try I'll never know. "What If"

So, at the end of the day take chances and do what you your heart tells you to do.

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chances are 5 years from now you won't be doing it anymore.

chances are 10 years then, you'll be something else.

the more shit you do, the more you'll know what you DONT wanna do.
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for those who said not to take a year off, really? i know countless ppl who wished they took a year off.. its a year of relaxation and finding what your preferences are.. maybe youre juss a lazy guy and had no interest in school i took a WHOLE year off and did jack shit, i spent several hours a week looking at what i could succeed in and now im in a business school program, doing quite well.. 77% average GPA.
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I always try and preach for people to just do what you love and are passionate about. If you're going to spend the rest of your life doing something, it should be something that you really enjoy. It should be a job that you wake up and are excited to get going with, as opposed to waking up and counting down the hours until 5PM. With that said, take a couple courses, figure out what you love and what you want to do, and go from there.

I'm currently studying in the Graphic Design for Marketing program at Kwantlen, and I would highly recommend it if you're at all into the design aspect of marketing/advertising. I'll be going into my fourth year next semester, and have already worked in a marketing agency downtown and will be working at another design studio this summer.

I have friends that have taken time off, and others like me who jumped right into post-secondary. Different strokes. Not everyone's path will be the same, so no one can say what will be right for you, so do what you think will be best for achieving your goals.
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