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New member. Should have joined when i was a Freshman

Hello everyone,

I'm mitch.

I went to a high school in a small town where the community was really tight. The entire experience i could describe as a complete waste of time, and the only thing i gained form it were a few good friends.

The school was mostly a bureaucracy, ran by a district that has a million positions. The teachers were mostly bad with the exception of a few AP teachers. The AP kids got the worst of the school system. Regular kids got more leeway while the AP kids were supposedly held to a higher standard.

This website is one of the best websites I've ever been to. I can only find criticisms about College on the internet, no one dares touch the precious high school "experience".

I as of now am working on gaining enough money over the next four (hopefully less) years to move out. I dropped out of community college last month, since i found it was basically just high school all over again. It sucks i didn't drop out of high school when i was a freshman, then i could have made the mistakes i am now on the job hunt. I probably would be a lot farther along in my career or business ideas.

When i am a parent i plan to unschool my children, i would never subject them to the awful conditions of high school. I'm fortunate to be in the company of people who agree with me. It makes me feel less insane.
01-18-2012 10:40 AM
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RE: New member. Should have joined when i was a Freshman

Good to have another Angry teenager on our big happy family.

Seriously, welcome.

What hobbies do you have? Do you think society sucks? What was the worst experience of your school life?
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01-18-2012 10:43 AM
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RE: New member. Should have joined when i was a Freshman

I'm Libertarian, so i have a very keen eye for bullshit everywhere.

My hobbies vary, but i enjoy reading a lot.

Worst experience.... too many to list. I'll think of them as i'm active on the website.
01-18-2012 10:52 AM
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What did you take in college?
And it's nice to hear you'll be unschooling your future children. This website is the best so far ^_^
Welcome to SS!

(01-10-2012 02:15 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Efs, your nihilism is beautiful.
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Do you like coffee?

No, this is Patrick.
01-18-2012 01:08 PM
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Welcome, it's good to have some new members on here. Where are you from, and other generic small talk?

If you're reading this, I killed myself.
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you know what, your words really inspire me. thanks
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I absolutely love coffee.

I had no idea what i wanted to go to collge for, it was a community college. So most of it was basic GED course shit. It's basically high school but with ashtrays. I was very unsatisfied with what i was being offered for the amount of money i was spending (even if it is cheaper than a 4 year university).

I love any kind of music really, for every genre there's got to be at least one song i will enjoy.
01-19-2012 01:39 AM
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and you're welcome lanbo.
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