If I knew when I was 20 what I know now....

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  1. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Dont get tattoos, work hard and talk to middle aged men more than 17 year old girls.
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    -If you absolutely must drop out of school after sophomore year to get the GI Bill, take the Germany assignment.

    -Unless you plan to stay in the academy, higher learning is vocational school. Major in something that pays.

    -Realize that others are working with advantages you don't have. Do not let their success make you feel like a failure.
     
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    George Senior member

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    Why?
    Well a) Because he clearly doesn't like it. b) Because it's wretched. I don't think I've ever met a lawyer that that profession hasn't turned into a cynical bastard. I just think it sucks the 'marrow' of people.
     
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    mkarim Senior member

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    + Take some time off between high school and university. Spend it working manual labour and in an office setting. This is real life for most people, soul-crushing drudgery. Back in school work your ass off and enjoy every minute of it accordingly.

    + Don't start drinking alcohol. It will do nothing but damage your health, your finances, and your relationships. You're perfectly fine without it, but once you develop the crutch it's a hard one to get rid of.

    + Spend as little time looking at a screen as possible. Cut out television and video games. Limit your internet usage. No long term good will come from these things.

    + You will be shaped by the people you spend time with. When a friend is going down a path that doesn't align with your goals, don't be hesitant to cut them loose.

    + That thing you wish you had done five years ago. Five years from now you'll wish you had done it now.


    Golden words! Wonderful advice - for people of all ages!
     
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    deadly7 Senior member

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    + Spend as little time looking at a screen as possible. Cut out television and video games. Limit your internet usage. No long term good will come from these things.
    [​IMG] What about all the people that taught themselves things they found interesting relating to computers, TV, or video games? Their lives are unimportant and all mistakes, right?
     
  7. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    [​IMG] What about all the people that taught themselves things they found interesting relating to computers, TV, or video games? Their lives are unimportant and all mistakes, right?
    He means don't waste unecessary time on TV, internet etc.
     
  8. longskate88

    longskate88 Senior member

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    + Take some time off between high school and university. Spend it working manual labour and in an office setting. This is real life for most people, soul-crushing drudgery. Back in school work your ass off and enjoy every minute of it accordingly.

    + Don't start drinking alcohol. It will do nothing but damage your health, your finances, and your relationships. You're perfectly fine without it, but once you develop the crutch it's a hard one to get rid of.

    + Spend as little time looking at a screen as possible. Cut out television and video games. Limit your internet usage. No long term good will come from these things.

    + You will be shaped by the people you spend time with. When a friend is going down a path that doesn't align with your goals, don't be hesitant to cut them loose.

    + That thing you wish you had done five years ago. Five years from now you'll wish you had done it now.


    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.
     
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    I'm 18 in college working hard then partying harder. And I'm working really hard, I'm pretty sure of that.

    Should I be changing this mindset?
     
  10. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    I'm 18 in college working hard then partying harder. And I'm working really hard, I'm pretty sure of that.

    Should I be changing this mindset?

    Just make sure your partying is recreational and doesn't interfere with your studies or work. Make sure its a hobby, not the main reason you wake up every morning.
     
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    mkarim Senior member

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    I'm trying to think of jobs that don't involve an office or outside labor.
    Most paying jobs are office jobs or manual labor. The only ones I can think of that are not are sales, teaching, nursing, writing?
     
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    Make sure its a hobby, not the main reason you wake up every morning.

    I should rethink...
     
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    [​IMG] What about all the people that taught themselves things they found interesting relating to computers, TV, or video games? Their lives are unimportant and all mistakes, right?

    Moderate your time on there. There's no realistic reason to be spending the majority of your free time isolated on computers, tv or video games unless you are benefiting somehow from it. Spending every hour plugged in when you aren't in class/work is indeed a mistake.
     
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    I am very happy with the personal aspects of my life--at least, the ones I can control for. However, I'm not so happy with the professional path I took. I actually really don't like being a lawyer. I hate it, to be frank. Yet, I went that way because I wanted to mildly rebel against a family of doctors and saw "Time to Kill" in middle school. I changed a lot between 13 and 22, but didn't inspect my aspirations. I merely re-shaped the notion of what my future life as a lawyer would be like, veering further and further from reality. Amongst other things, I wish I had given more consideration to art, design, architecture, and philosophy. I have raw talent in visual arts, but never really nurtured it. My professors in college wanted me to do a philosophy PhD--hell, some had close connections with places like Princeton and NYU (philosophy hotbeds) and suggested they could get me far. Everyone was disappointed when I told them I was going to law school. My favorite professor, something of a mentor to me, totally lost interest in talking to me afterward. He was pretty direct about what he thought of "legal scholarship." Now I know what he means. What's most tragic in retrospect is that I had tangibly demonstrated the ability to excel at art and particularly philosophy, and I really loved immersing myself in them, yet I wound up taking the "safe" route to a professional career I have exceedingly little interest or talent in.
    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.
     
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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.
    the best kind of job is the kind where you'd pay them to let you do it. they don't come fast, but if you can figure a way to work it, it makes a great life.
     

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