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post #91 of 163
1. Learn to cook. 2. Buy very low quantity at very high quality. 3. Stay off the internet.
post #92 of 163
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What advice would you give to a 2L in this position? Stick it out until graduation and then try to do something else? Drop out now? I'm at a top 20 law school if that matters, but I definitely feel like I should be doing a philosophy or classics PhD.

Wonderful thought, but it's very tough to pursue that line of work without being independently wealthy or being already recognized as a genius/prodigy in the field..


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What kind of job would you advise studying for? I'm trying to think of jobs that don't involve an office or outside labor.

I think he meant base level blue collar/non-professional office.

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1. Learn to cook.

2. Buy very low quantity at very high quality.

3. Stay off the internet.

too late for that
post #93 of 163
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What advice would you give to a 2L in this position? Stick it out until graduation and then try to do something else? Drop out now? I'm at a top 20 law school if that matters, but I definitely feel like I should be doing a philosophy or classics PhD.

Oh, I dunno . . . I mean it's a very personal decision. My inclination is that by 2L, you should probably finish no matter what. This sort of thing requires reflection and talking to close friends, family, and a trusted professor or two, not SF.
post #94 of 163
Damn just 3 things?

1. Bust ass + stay at your first job. It's a keeper!

2. Put away at least 20% of every paycheck no matter what. You'll need it!

3. Buy + keep an E36 328iS if the insurance is low enough to let you do #2.

Truthfully though, and I'm sure someone said this earlier, but to a degree I'm glad I made some of the mistakes I did... some of them cost me a lot of money, but if I hadn't made them I'd be that much more of an idiot today.
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Well, my advice only applies to personalities similar to mine. I tend to be a very long-term planner, constantly thinking about the future. By the time I entered high school, I had everything plotted out until my 30's. Given hard work, some talent (I'd like to think, at least), and some luck, I got pretty much everything I wanted, only to realize I didn't pause along the way to consider other paths. After all, my experiences naturally changed me as a person over time. It would have made sense to reassess on a periodic basis. Now, I can't help but feel I've built a life I've already outgrown in many respects. Of course, I'm trying to remedy things, but it's hard to do.

Signs are pointing to an epic midlife crisis. But it'll be a good thing.
post #96 of 163
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Wonderful thought, but it's very tough to pursue that line of work without being independently wealthy or being already recognized as a genius/prodigy in the field..

Or ready to lead a life of semi-poverty.
post #97 of 163
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Thanks, man. But I'm actually okay now: I'm just 28, and I'm already making changes. I think things are looking up.
Aren't you in finance now? Doesn't seem like a big departure? This thread reminds me of that Star Trek episode where Picard is given an opportunity to change a mistake in his younger years and the alternate reality totally sucks -- he's no longer captain and some low level schmuck because he deprived himself of an experience that defined who he was. Lessons are easier learned from experiencing it, rather than being told it.
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Edited by Radagast - 10/23/11 at 9:26am
post #99 of 163
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^That was a GREAT episode of TNG
post #100 of 163
I'm 20 and I wish I had locked down more finance internships (4 is not enough) instead of dicking around my first 2 years of college.

Would've helped me get into IB.
post #101 of 163
Not sure the details but if 4 finance internships didn't help you, I don't see how 5 or 6 would've helped.
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I should've just went straight into art school instead of dicking around for two years in politics. I'd have graduated with honours by now and be well on my way in my 'career'.

post #103 of 163
I'd have told myself to get out of academics more and get some industry and/or government experience. I knew I wasn't going to stick on the academic track, but didn't realize how little academic research experience would mean outside of academia. Hasn't cost me too badly so far, but things could have been much easier.

As far as the "study harder you fool" stuff, that was part of the learning process. Can't really see how I could have changed it. What I would have done, is told myself not to listen to all my "friends" who tried to convince me that I didn't need to study. They had their motivations for doing it and it was not because it was in my best interest.
post #104 of 163
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As far as the "study harder you fool" stuff, that was part of the learning process. Can't really see how I could have changed it. What I would have done, is told myself not to listen to all my "friends" who tried to convince me that I didn't need to study. They had their motivations for doing it and it was not because it was in my best interest.

 

That's the kind of shit that gave me hell for two years

post #105 of 163
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That's the kind of shit that gave me hell for two years

Kind of a problem with going to school with a bunch of really smart kids. None of us really had to work in high school and some of us didn't want to let on that we actually had to in college (and/or it took us awhile to learn that). Some people were more committed to the lie than others, or wanted to have more strings on their friend's time (c'mon let's play Frisbee you don't need to do homework). One kid was just a manipulative shitbag, never figured out his deal.
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