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It's Finally Over. It's Finally, a-fucking over
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It's Finally Over. It's Finally, a-fucking over

I have graduated from high school officially. Completely. I never ever have to go back into a school ever again... holy shit.

I never thought I'd get here. I remember coming on School Survival back in 2013... I've said many times before that my perspective on life has changed, and it keeps on changing, such as toying with the concept of grey morality and opening new portals in my life. Basically, the last days I just wasted my time talking to random people, getting high with some friends, before eventually getting my diploma (which I'll show you guys eventually)... holy fuck, it's all over. It's all fucking over.

But I have this feeling of... anxiety. Like, I have so much freedom right now. I don't feel excited, I feel scared as fuck. I, as an adult, am expected to make decisions for myself. It's not like the "unwritten laws of high school" apply to me anymore. I'm at my own crossroad, and I can say what I want. It's like playing Grand Theft Auto... except I am the fucking protagonist. This feels so weird..... what the fuck.

Jesus, these next few months are going to be total mindfuck for me.

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Well, congrats!
And good luck in your newfound truly adult life.

I sure do hope that others who struggle with school (like myself, and almost everyone on here) are able to succeed like you, in school and in life.
...I'm looking forward to these 2-or-more years I'll be forced to put up with schooling bullshit. Oh yes.

Sorry for this miniature derail, I kind of had to.
I hope things can only get better for you from now on.
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RE: It's Finally Over. It's Finally, a-fucking over

Congrats! My school will be over soon only after exams, I wish I could've finish earlier like there.
Good luck for your future Smile

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I'm so happy for you Hans. Maybe you could use some of this newly created free time and help DoA and I with ACS. Razz

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I'll see what I can do.

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No... use your free time to help Catalyst! Razz

Really, there are lots of opportunities for collaboration... it'd help if we all started regularly discussing what we're working on along these lines. The summer could be a good time to make some serious progress.

Lots of people are stuck in school and they don't even realize there are options, or they are stuck like so many on SS when it comes to persuading their parents to explore options. Not to mention those who drop out and don't have a support network, and end up being profiled in articles like this: Options Closed for High School Dropouts instead of ones like Back to School - Or Not? Five Reasons to Consider Learning Without Schooling for Your Teen

Just raising awareness of the facts is one thing to work on. Laws that restrict dropping out, GED age, etc. are another thing to address by contacting lawmakers and winning over public support. These ages have been raised in many places over the past years, with the idea that forcing those who hate school to keep going will change the dropout rate and some people can say education is fixed... even if other people are making high-stakes tests harder and harder and saying most young people are failures for not scoring well on them.

It's a tangled mess. Meanwhile, one of the most promising options I see are self-directed learning centers, including online, which have staff and volunteers who can talk to parents and work with young people to figure out their learning and lives, using homeschooling laws or just dropping out where possible. If we can help promote this approach, it'll help more people leave school and find success, as well as raising awareness that school, and parent-run homeschooling, aren't the only paths to success.

That in turn will make it easier to change laws that are based on the "force everyone to suffer through school so we have less drug addicts and criminals" paradigm.

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(06-06-2015 03:23 AM)Hansgrohe Wrote:  But I have this feeling of... anxiety. Like, I have so much freedom right now. I don't feel excited, I feel scared as fuck. I, as an adult, am expected to make decisions for myself. It's not like the "unwritten laws of high school" apply to me anymore. I'm at my own crossroad, and I can say what I want. It's like playing Grand Theft Auto... except I am the fucking protagonist. This feels so weird..... what the fuck.

I think that may be one reason a lot of people, even those who really hate school, don't always to everything they could to research options and convince their parents. There's something safe about following a known path and being told what to do... and especially if that's all one's mind has known, beyond temporary moments like summers and weekends, experiencing it can feel quite weird.

I didn't feel any of that fear or too much of that uncertainty after I dropped out of high school. I had about a 7-8 month period before I was going to start college, since I dropped out mid-year (11th grade.) During that time you could say that I unschooled. I could write something about it... but I played video games, looked things up online, explored math a bit, chatted with friends on IRC, and at one point took a spontaneous trip to another state, which was interesting.

But overall, I had at least some sort of plan for the future, like you do: college. In many ways, going to college can provide a similar thing to what earlier levels of school do -- some basic structure and expectations, even if it's voluntary and more flexible.

It wasn't until after I first quit college AND after I started feeling like my first full-time job wasn't a good fit that I really confronted the complete open-endedness of my future and life, and my role in figuring it out. I'd had bits an pieces of the experience earlier on, but once I had the experience earning a solid living and one level of success, and learned more about how open the world was to possibilities, it activated a lot of things in my psyche that before hadn't been active. Imagination, terror, inspiration, all kinds of things.

It's all worth it, though, to figure out how to live as a free human being. Of course, if you have goals, plans, relationships, values, etc. those things can all start to turn total uncertainty into something more specific... as can just exploring the world more.

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