Please convince me that doing well in school is important and despite the fact that I have no idea what I want to do with my life I should actually try.


Carlo said, (34 days ago)

I have a degree in English and literature and now I run a restaurant!

Britt said, (34 days ago)

I've narrowed down what I could possibly want to do at uni to 'arts degree'. Wooooo ambiguous career choices.

Make Art said, (34 days ago)

You'll probably find you'll that you'll have more options and opportunities with than without. Plus it's better than trying to find a job, especially in the current climate. Why not ride out the recession in school while deciding what you want to do with your life?

And if you're gonna do a degree you might as well make an effort, if only to get best value for the investment of time and money.

That's my $0.02 anyway.

sv said, (34 days ago)

I guess in a few years I'll know whether or not I regret my decisions regarding school. After basically dropping out in 8th grade and doing 4 years of reading novels and watching pbs documentaries in my pajamas, I never bothered seeking a diploma. Then a couple of years ago, right before I decided it was too late, I applied to a whole bunch of art schools. Eventually I came to the decision that it seemed like a very expensive way to kill time. For me, anyhow. But still I don't know.

sv said, (34 days ago)

God, that was probably horribly unhelpful.

YOU SHOULD STAY IN SCHOOL or you'll end up like me, future murdered hooker.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

That's kind of what I'm thinking, it'll be a way of avoiding the real world for another three or four years. School right now though is horrendously uninspiring and I have difficulty forcing myself to try really hard in what's effectively just a test of my ability to learn crap for the sake of learning crap. So uuuggghhh.

P.S. Stellaluna, I'm strangely jealous somehow. My dropping out and leaving the world fantasies usually involve secluded houses on the tops of hills with a ton of books and nothing else.

Carlo said, (34 days ago)

Stay in school and you too can be part of the illustrious food service industry!

Britt said, (34 days ago)

Thing is, all the dropkicks I know who've already left are in the food industry now. Literally. All of them.

Carlo said, (34 days ago)

I actually don't care what job I have, as long as it's not behind a desk. Trust me, it sucks.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

That's kind of what I've been telling my parents. I'm like you know, I'll be fine with a menial job as long as the rest of my life is alright. I don't want a shit-ton of money, nor do I want to do anything doing really well in school is going to lead to. As long as I'm surrounded by good people and good music and good drugs I think I'll be ok.

sv said, (34 days ago)

I'm just reading palms and selling my underwear until I get signed by Ford Models.

sv said, (34 days ago)

I do think that school gives you a certain aura of responsibility though, that will serve you well in the future.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

Ahhh I'm a signed model. I don't actually do any work anymore because I gained like 4kg and don't look 'mainstream' enough', but it was good when I was 16. At the moment I'm piercing kids and making octopus bags and avoiding reality. I wish I could turn all of that into a feasible future life-plan whatever.

sv said, (34 days ago)

I bet you can. You sound pretty resourceful, and I would buy lots of octopus bags from you if I had extra funds.

I am not actually a model. Probably too short. But I used to model for an art class, which was weird and cold. And I took a modeling workshop when I was 13 but I didn't like all the makeup and weird hairdo they gave me. I guess that's mainstream for you.

mattpotato said, (34 days ago)

Even if you don't get the marks to get into anything that has a firm career path attached to it you can wait a few years and gain entry as a "mature" student or do a 6 month bridging course and get into almost any course anyways.

The pressure put on people for the HSC is a bit over the top. It really doesn't matter that much. I've seen people with UAIs less than 30 get into university.

Britt said, (34 days ago)

Ugh, thankyou Matt. Everyone takes it SO INCREDIBLY SERIOUSLY LIKE OMG END OF THE WORLD. I may not really know what I want to do right now, but I'm pretty much 100% sure I'm never going to want to do anything that requires a 99 UAI. I mean yeah I probably should be trying a bit harder, because getting by on natural talent isn't really something you can do in year 12, but I don't see the point in wasting energy to get a result I don't need.

+ said, (34 days ago)

do an arts degree if you're happy to do another degree afterwards..... or go on the dole

emm said, (34 days ago)

You're eighteen, right? Practically no one knows what they want to do with THE REST OF THEIR MORTAL LIIIIVES at eighteen! But school is a good investment anyway; you get to FIND YERSELF and get a degree, and look educated, which is really important. And you can always chuck the degree into storage and do what makes you happy, like Carlo's done, if that turns out to be something different.

I vote continue schooling, with an openmind. Think of it as covering all your bases.

thejoyofsound said, (34 days ago)

You're still in High School, aren't you? That's definitely important to finish. I didn't and now it's a giant struggle to get a job that pays more than the minimum wage. Not cool.

Branwell-the-Pooh? said, (34 days ago)

Yeah... just get the degree. There's a good chance you'll find something that interests you while you're there. It might be related to what you're studying; it might be tangentially related; it might just be that spending four years (or thereabouts) in an environment where people are encouraged to figure this question out will make matters clearer.

And if you don't find anything, or if what you find doesn't pay immediately/ever, you have a degree -- which makes it a lot easier to get a job in an office or something along those lines. Which I know doesn't sound exciting, and it generally isn't. But it basically ensures that, when things get down to it, you can support yourself comfortably -- and having struggled to do that for half of 2003 and most of 2006, I can tell you that the alternative is no way to live. As much as anyone might dislike working in an office -- and I wasn't crazy about it myself, albeit mostly because of the hours and the commute -- constantly living in poverty and uncertainty is much worse. It may not seem horrible now, but it will.

Also remember that university courses are generally a lot less regimented than high school courses -- there's going to be a lot less busy-work, and nobody is really going to devote too much time to making you do certain things in a certain way. They'll want you to go to class, and they'll want you to do whatever assignments they hand out -- usually essays in the humanities; I don't know about other fields -- and maybe the occasional test. But even the tests generally make some degree of sense, as opposed to high school tests, which are (as often as not) largely based on memorization.

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