Originally Posted by hoozah
i'm a college dropout. taking a trade instead (welding)
I can respect this a lot. I don't know if I'd be a good welder but I know I'm close to this in spirit, and would've made a success of myself if I'd done what you are doing. It was quite apparent I shouldn't have gone to college - I have no attention span, and didn't have any interest in what people were 'teaching' me in college - and I really didn't learn a thing. I took maybe 2 or 3 interesting classes, but general education was a bore, I didn't really find any higher level courses interesting and couldn't stand to have 201-level undergrad people TA'ing me in 101, but that was the nature of things 6 or 7 years ago when schools started to realize they had no money. Typical middle-class liberal arts degree, and I went on an academic scholarship, so I had no one to pressure me.
About the 2nd or 3rd year in, I started getting thoughts of jumping ship and trying to do something that required the use of my hands, which I am fairly adept at. I was getting my degree for free and I only had to keep a 2.0, so I stayed, and studied Korean celadon pottery and did like 21 hours in that instead. I walked at graduation with nothing but some green plates, basically. In hindsight, I should've quit college and studied joinery, or possibly automotive bodywork. Even if I had, I may not be doing the same thing today, but I feel I would've enjoyed the past 10 years more had I done so, and would have more money to show for myself.