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Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by KidFated., Jan 13, 2014.

  1. biohacker

    biohacker Cannasseur

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    I miss college aka university! :rofl:Still might be the best years of my life!

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    Good times! :rockon:
     
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  2. Madri-Gal

    Madri-Gal Child Of The Revolution

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    I don't remember why, but high school seemed like a waste of time, so I skipped it and started college at 15. It was a fun four years, and I've never regretted it. I periodically go back, just to study subjects that interest me. I've never gone to class high, but I would depending on the subject. I wouldn't for microbiology, but would for horticulture, for example.
     
  3. biohacker

    biohacker Cannasseur

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    Some legit bright minds in this thread! :rockon: You are a genius! I love seeing such intelligent highly educated on this forum... sure shatters many stigmas!
     
  4. Diggy Smalls

    Diggy Smalls Notorious

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    That's great that you are sticking with it! I too have had my doubts after years of believing lies that I want smart enough for school.
    This is my 3rd semester, and my GPA continually rises. I started out with a 3.7 and it is just going up. I'm on the Dean's list and the president's list, who knew there were two lists like that? I am always helping others students and I'm treated as a teachers aid in my major.
    I started a placement this semester and after 1 day if with they wanted to hire me in despite my chaotic schedule. They are basically paying me to do my capstone class, which I am doing 1 semester early.

    I'm doing pretty well, but I've also started going to therapy and I also started a mild anything depressant. I'm taking care of myself, because I noticed I was excelling at college but failing everything else in my life lol.
    My life is improving and I'm expecting a 4.0 GPA this semester.

    I still vape a ton when I do school work, but I've transitioned to high CBD, low THC buds.
     
  5. Farid

    Farid Well-Known Member

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    People who attend college at an older age having doubt in themselves is something I've seen in many of my classmates, since the program I am in is designed for working adults. I'm one of the youngest in my program, and I'm a 26 y/o senior.

    The sad thing is these older students are often the top of the class, yet their doubt persists. Their experience working pays off, and often their work is even paying for their classes, but doubt persists. It's even more pronounced in people who don't get the chance to attend school at all. A friend of mine, for instance, is an asylum seeker from Egypt, who works as a software engineer despite never having attended college. He's brilliant, but he still doubts his abilities compared to his college educated colleagues.

    Personally, I experienced doubt in the system more than in my own abilities. I started college out of highschool majoring in plant biology. I picked biology with no real career plans, or any understanding of the implications of going into debt for an education. I really just picked based on the university, and the program was an afterthought.

    After one year I began to doubt the value in a biology degree. I had no plans to go to medical school, and the thought of graduating with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and limited job prospects was terrifying.

    It took me some time to choose to switch to mechanical engineering at a much less expensive (and more reputable, albeit less "fun") State university. While it was hard to give up the fun of the "college experience", I am so glad I did so. Since I've avoided the debt I otherwise would have accrued, I've had the luxury of searching for jobs which are personally fulfilling instead of going for the first opportunity that pays my debt. I've noticed my friends who have built up debt from school are much less positive about life, their careers, and the future. Seeing this has made me more thoughtful in all of life's important decisions, from where/how I live to who I spend time with.

    I will say, there is a serious problem with guidance councilors encouraging all students to attend college versus working or going into a trade. 18 year olds generally have no clue what they want to do with their lives, and lack the foresight to make sound financial decisions. To encourage these students to attend expensive, often private institutions is not only irresponsible, it has the potential to ruin lives. We build up college as the be all and end all of success, when in reality it is so often just 4 years(or 5 year at many schools) of being babysat.
     
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  6. His_Highness

    His_Highness In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

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    My first child was born just before my last semester in my senior year of collage when I was about 25. I was doing part-time work study at the college as an adult education counselor and had a full time job working from midnight to 8am doing computer operations. Classes were during the day. My wife worked full-time at a bank during the day and my mother-in-law took ill and couldn't watch the baby anymore so I started taking my daughter to classes. Had her strapped to my chest in one of those carriers.

    None of my professor's/teachers were happy about it because they knew there would be a little less attention paid to them but I was lucky because she was such a good baby and never made a fuss during a class. If I had to present something during a class I had plenty of people who wanted to hold her till I was done. I'm pretty sure I got some pity points from the teachers.

    Some of my male friends noticed that the baby was a chick magnet and would beg to watch her or just hold her long enough to get a few phone numbers or conversations started. I still get a chuckle over how they would argue with each other over who watched her last on those rare occasions when I'd need a pair of hands. I was in the school of finance lobby studying for a final and "Gary" was sitting next to me with the baby when a nice looking young lady did the usual "awe, she's adorable, is she yours?" Gary responded with "naw, I'm watching her for a buddy so he can take a final. I'm her godfather and I just love her to pieces." She then gushed over Gary being such a good person and friend. Worked damn near every time.....Gary wasn't her godfather.
     
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  7. grampa_herb

    grampa_herb Imaginary member

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    I liked reading and biology. In no time at all I was bored stiff in those classes cuz of the one size fits all pace.
     

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