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After School
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After School

I have a few questions on what I'm supposed to do after school.
I don't want to go to college right after, I want time to relax.
I am in 11th grade and I'm considering a few options on my career.
Shouldn't schools be helping students figure out what they want to do after school? All they are saying is go to college (school is biased, since they never really do talk about options if you don't go to college).
I won't be able to get a scholarship to a college because my grades aren't really that good, given the fact that they even accept my Grade Point Average. I think schools should be helping students figure out what they want to do with their lives after high school instead of just saying, "Go to college."
I will probably have to get a student loan and I want to go to a college I take courses that I like and colleges dedicated to my career choice. I don't want to owe America from my student loans and then have to take courses I don't about. I've had enough of 'required' classes in high school, I don't need them in college.
A few options that I'm considering is becoming a movie producer, a set designer, a prop designer, or something, which school really isn't helping me think about.
What do you think? With our economy, a college degree won't mean as it did, so businesses shouldn't really look at a person based on if they have a certificate that they got due to taking quizzes and listening to lectures.
Give me your opinion.

01-10-2013 02:26 AM
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After School

I don't plan to go to college either. What I plan to do is write a book (or two) while I'm still in school and search around for publishers so I can have some income the moment I leave without ever having to take a traditional job. Probably not very much, but I hate the prospect of traditional jobs... they scare me to no end.

It sounds from your career choices that you have some creativity, so maybe you can try something similar.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
01-10-2013 06:25 AM
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RE: After School

I'm not going to college, I'm moving as far away from my hick town as possible.

Cool story, bro. Tell it again.
01-12-2013 11:12 AM
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