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post #1 of 20 Old 08-31-2007, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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did you go to college?

since I'm a junior in high school, I'm busy making my plans for the future now, and I would like to know who all went to college, and how you paid for it.

basically I'm interested in knowing if you feel like going to college was worth it, and how you managed to pay for it. because right now, I've got no clue how I'm going to do it.
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-05-2007, 04:40 PM
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Kolledge?

Yeah, I went to college. Then watched high school dropouts make more money offshore. So I went into the trades. Never got rich, but I saw a lot of things, met a lot of interesting people, spent a big part of my life drinking and partying, had a lot of fun.
Paid for it myself, out of pocket. It's not as hard to do as they make it sound.
But....
While you are going to school, forget your social life and concentrate on why you are there.
Then again, I know plumbers that make $100K a year and have weekends off. Electricians and welders that all ride dressers and wifey drives a Lexus. I've met PhD's that work for peanuts because they are too stupid to put their book learning to work.
You can do good whatever route you choose. Personally, if I had it to do over, I'd look at one of the trades that are needed world wide, (electrician, welder, diesel mechanic, turbine repair, etc.), then let them pay me to see the world.
Life long vacation if you have the right attitude.
Good luck.

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Personally, if I had it to do over, I'd look at one of the trades that are needed world wide, (electrician, welder, diesel mechanic, turbine repair, etc.), then let them pay me to see the world.
Life long vacation if you have the right attitude.
Good luck.

That kinda struck home.. I thought about college and ended up going to work. I've always had a knack for fixing stuff, so I went from cheese factory maintenance, to welding, and so on and so on..

I kept my ears open and my mouth shut, except to ask questions. After time, I learned welding/machining/controls/ and with that, and some common sense, I've done pretty well for myself..

I've worked on paper making equipment all over the world, and am currently 2 months into a new job servicing fluid transfer valves.. (mostly food and drug)
The new job's got me travelling as much as the old one, which is enough to keep me busy, and not enough to burn me out.. I'm headed to The Netherlands next month for training on beer testing equipment, and so far, so good!!

The trick is to find something that you're good at, and also enjoy.. If college is something that that line of work requires, go for it..
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The way I'm looking at it, a diesel mechanic is someone who will be needed for MANY years to come, and is also what I plan to get my education in.

there was a time I didnt really give a crap about school, then I dropped out and spent a year out of school, which helped me learn how to focus more on my education than the crap outside that.
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Mr. Paper? I are plumb jell-ous. Will you adopt me and take me with you? I am a h377 of a cook!

BOB? Go fo it. Twisting wrenches is better than sitting at a desk or living under a bridge. When you get to traveling, drop us a line and tell us about all the things we'll never see. Then come back and adopt me.
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Mr. Paper? I are plumb jell-ous. Will you adopt me and take me with you? I am a h377 of a cook!
Last thing I need (burp) is a good cook..

And last week I was in Covington, TN working at the Slim Fast plant..
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Psssssst, Hilligan:

Bribe him with bacon.

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Dear Mr. Paper, I make a mean BLT. Actually it's a BBBLT, (three times the bacon).
And my grandpappy owns a pig farm.
And my wife is named Petunia.
And I used to ride a hog.
In fact, two of my ex-wives are hogs.

Besides, you can't quit eating now ... no one likes a quitter.

I am still available for adoption.

Oh! And as an added bonus, I know a monkey wrench from a whatchacallit!

((((((BOB.... take note.... if you don't go to skool, you'll end up writing doofus stuff on forums like the rest of us uneddykated geezers)))))
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Sorry.. I don't like bacon..


I can't adopt you.. My cat only likes me..

You don't want to live in IL.. It's flat..
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To each his own

Yes went to college, there was no question about that for me. The first two years my parents paid for it. My grades sucked. I took a year off, worked as a civilian on a military base. Went back to school, this time a much smaller one where I didn't know anyone. And I worked to help pay the bills. My parents still paid for tuition, everything else was on me. Rent, utilities, food, gas, toys, fun. Did much better the 2nd go around, graduated w/ honors.
With that said, is college for everyone. No it isn't. Will you automatically be successful and wealthy? No. Does is give you an opportunity to expand your horizons, meet some great people, learn about the world around you and all that good stuff? Yes. I wouldn't have changed not going to college. I would have changed my major, but that's another thread subject.
My wife, who I met in college, used student loans for her undergrad degree and her medical degree (she's a resident/doctor). Now we have over $200k in student loans. But she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a doctor and won't have to live her life wondering "What if...?". As for me, when she is finished w/ residency (2 more years) I plan to return to school to get my masters degree in science. Why? Because it will be a real challenge for me. I think just as you need to keep your body active you need to do the same with your mind. Follow your gut instinct, I've met people who are happy either way (college or no college). You can always go back if you want, my wife and I are proof of that. It's corny, but life is a journey not a destination.
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