I've been too afraid to consider that I may have spent years studying something I have no passion for. Total apathy towards the field, 25+ hr a week job and the aforementioned trepidation to make a big change resulted in a really shitty (sub-3.0) GPA. That, and the fact that I have no real research experience (not necessary at all in this field, but would have helped) and no employment in the field beyond superficial summer internships, made me a long-shot for grad school. I'm still waiting to hear back from half, but the first schools have been rejections - including the safest safety school. I planned on using grad school to see if this field is what I really want to do, then either look for a private sector job or apply to professional school in another field accordingly. The M.S. degree would have been a big help in making either of those options possible. Really didn't want this to turn into another bitch-and-moan thread. Just feeling profoundly blue about the consequences of my own dumbass actions. And since I may have to do something very un-planned, I'm genuinely curious about what the esteemed SFer did after 16th grade.