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I finally dropped out

I've finished grade nine, which makes dropping out legal for me in my country. I still can't believe it. I've been waiting for this since the beginning of grade five, when I decided I would never finish school. Is it normal that I still don't feel free of all this shit? /:
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Why did you drop out?
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You aren't free. You're freed from compulsory education,but you're still not free.

Congrats to you though, school is hell.

To be an anarchist, is to suffer greatly. To be a black woman is to suffer secretly. To be the earth, is to suffer silently.

I wish no harm on anyone, but those whose harmful ways will not stop without the same harm.

It's time we kill this cancerous system, before it kills us and everything left of gaia. Rise from our immaturity and take back our autonomy!

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savagesociety Wrote:You aren't free. You're freed from compulsory education,but you're still not free.

How did I know some idiot like you would come along and say something like that? Please, when it comes to people asking for help, refrain from spreading your agenda.
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Re: I finally dropped out

psychopath Wrote:
savagesociety Wrote:You aren't free. You're freed from compulsory education,but you're still not free.

How did I know some idiot like you would come along and say something like that?

>> viewtopic.php?f=19&t=30374

>> http://www.school-survival.net/forums/

>>http://www.school-survival.net

Were you expecting any differently?

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Faby Wrote:
psychopath Wrote:
savagesociety Wrote:You aren't free. You're freed from compulsory education,but you're still not free.

How did I know some idiot like you would come along and say something like that?

>> viewtopic.php?f=19&t=30374

>> http://www.school-survival.net/forums/

>>http://www.school-survival.net

Were you expecting any differently?

Pointless troll post
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I expected to feel free from school. But I still feel like it's haunting me or something, I don't really know how to explain that, especially with my horrible English.

I dropped out because I felt like 95% of the things I'd learn in school wouldn't be useful in any way for me. It's just a waste of time. Also, I'm either too stupid or too intelligent to get along with some of the people in there. Who knows. Not like it's going to be a lot better now that I'm out, but still. At least I won't have that many people around me who tell me what I have to do.

In September, I'm starting to work as graphic designer in a printing and ad company, something I'm probably going to enjoy. My long time dream is to be an artist though. I know it's not easy, but honestly, I believe I can do it.
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psychopath Wrote:Pointless troll post

Mine or yours?

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Joey Wrote:I expected to feel free from school. But I still feel like it's haunting me or something, I don't really know how to explain that, especially with my horrible English.

Then just give it time and school will be a long gone memory...when I dropped out it felt weird, because all my friends were still in school.
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Joey Wrote:In September, I'm starting to work as graphic designer in a printing and ad company, something I'm probably going to enjoy. My long time dream is to be an artist though. I know it's not easy, but honestly, I believe I can do it.

Wow, very cool -- could you show me some of your work?

Also, where are you from?

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Faby Wrote:
Joey Wrote:In September, I'm starting to work as graphic designer in a printing and ad company, something I'm probably going to enjoy. My long time dream is to be an artist though. I know it's not easy, but honestly, I believe I can do it.

Wow, very cool -- could you show me some of your work?

Also, where are you from?

I just tried scanning some stuff, but somehow I killed my scanner, so I only have a few sketches I did during class. :/

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/1693/skizzen.jpg

But I'm also really into photomanipulation..

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 4328_n.jpg
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/4326/racoon2.jpg

I'm from Austria.
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Ach, bist du Deutscher dann, ja?

Ich kann nicht sagen, dass wir hier zu viel deinesgleichen haben xD

/bad German mode off

Anyway, nice stuff there. I can see you have a talent for that sort of thing =)

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Naja, wir sprechen nur Deutsch. ^^

Thank you! (:
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You aren't free yet, because you're still trapped under that nagging feeling of "Where to go from here." I fucking tell you people in my Drop Out advice article here to come up with a damn plan before enacting the drop out procedure. So far my advice has fallen on deaf ears.



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Have you even read the whole topic? I already have a job.
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Joey Wrote:Naja, wir sprechen nur Deutsch. ^^

Thank you! (:

Oh shit, that must've been so culturally ignorant of me, sorry. It sort of slipped my mind.

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Joey Wrote:I've finished grade nine, which makes dropping out legal for me in my country. I still can't believe it. I've been waiting for this since the beginning of grade five, when I decided I would never finish school. Is it normal that I still don't feel free of all this shit? /:
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psychopath Wrote:
savagesociety Wrote:You aren't free. You're freed from compulsory education,but you're still not free.

How did I know some idiot like you would come along and say something like that? Please, when it comes to people asking for help, refrain from spreading your agenda.

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Joey Wrote:I expected to feel free from school. But I still feel like it's haunting me or something, I don't really know how to explain that, especially with my horrible English.

I dropped out because I felt like 95% of the things I'd learn in school wouldn't be useful in any way for me. It's just a waste of time. Also, I'm either too stupid or too intelligent to get along with some of the people in there. Who knows. Not like it's going to be a lot better now that I'm out, but still. At least I won't have that many people around me who tell me what I have to do.

In September, I'm starting to work as graphic designer in a printing and ad company, something I'm probably going to enjoy. My long time dream is to be an artist though. I know it's not easy, but honestly, I believe I can do it.

"Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question."- Deschooling Society, ivan Illich

Read this, get wise, you already wise tho.

To be an anarchist, is to suffer greatly. To be a black woman is to suffer secretly. To be the earth, is to suffer silently.

I wish no harm on anyone, but those whose harmful ways will not stop without the same harm.

It's time we kill this cancerous system, before it kills us and everything left of gaia. Rise from our immaturity and take back our autonomy!

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Congratulations on your decision. I hope all goes well in the future for you! Also, do you need qualifications or anything? I know here in Australia, well for my careers at least, half the shit I wanna do needs some 4 year University degree as a qualification!

(01-10-2012 02:15 PM)Maelstrom Wrote:  Efs, your nihilism is beautiful.
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Congrats, Joey Smile

It takes some time for the feeling of trapped-ness to go away. Depending on what you end up doing with your life, it might never go away (people with 9-5 jobs they hate fall into this category). You'll probably be fine though.

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