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At What Age Did You Start To Think School Was Wrong ?
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RE: At What Age Did You Start To Think School Was Wrong ?

My mom acts like I enjoyed school in like kindergarten. But by 2nd grade I was having fantasies of a prison break style gtfo action. I found ss in like 2007 when I was in middle school and it gave me cognizant reason to hate school, along with my discovering of libertarianism. And I'm not some sort of slacker, I always did well and graduated with a 3.9 GPA (out of 4.0 for those non-American in here, so I did well). I was one of those kids who could kind of not work too hard and get almost straight A's. Graduating high school was sort of an anti-climatic liberation, but I'd never wanna go back to the place. I don't understand people who think being a kid or in high school are the golden days they want to go back to. We're where we are now, and that is that.

My undergrad was not perfect, but it was a vast improvement over the high school era. I don't look back on it unkindly at all. But being in a PhD program for a year made me start to see the limits of higher education's modus operandi. I loathed it, the stress in particular. Nobody tells you that PhD students have rates of depression multiple times higher than the population at large. I'll be starting a Masters degree in the fall and I hope it goes well, I can't imagine after going through the first year of a PhD program that it'll be that bad.

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RE: At What Age Did You Start To Think School Was Wrong ? - thewake - 06-24-2017 08:40 AM

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