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Old 02-21-2006, 10:34 PM   #11
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Once you get out in the workforce, it will be very hard to let it all go and return to school. It'* difficult to give up earning money (job) and go back to having none (school). That, and you'll probably start forgetting the things that you learned; if you don't use it, you lose it.

The financial rewards can be immense. At the risk of sounding conceited, I earn more now, 21 months out of school, than many people earn at the peaks of their careers. Do I use anything I learned in college? Not really. However, that piece of paper makes all the difference in the eyes of the world.

The long-term benefits of education far outweigh the short-term costs.
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Old 02-21-2006, 10:39 PM   #12
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SCHOOL!!!!!!!!
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Get a degree. If that is impossible to do, second choice is get a degree. The best fallback position, if those two don't work out, is to get a degree. And the total disaster plan is to get a degree.

You realize that a lot of people graduate with degrees in accounting, engineering, computer science etc and they don't know what they want to do... because they matriculated based on a decision of a 17 yr old. And now they are 21, and they have changed.

But they have many more options than someone without a degree. The fact that you don't know what you want to do is the most compelling argument for getting a degree, any degree.

You do know there are a boatload of schools that have undergrad degrees in Liberal Arts/Sciences. That'* the academic version of 'I don't know what i want to do, but i have a degree."
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OK.......
I had the opprotunity to go to 4 years of school which the parents would have paid. I was living at home and not working after classes in the evening. I got tired of not having of not having ANY disposable income and decided that I would rather work instead of go to school.

BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 odd years later I'm busting my butt in a steel plant for 15.00 an hour. Sure,it gets the bills paid and there is some money in the bank between paydays. I regret the decision I made every day. I could be sitting in an office somewhere making more money than I'm making now and not having to bust my butt to do it.

Take it from an old man................stay on school !!!!!!!!!!!! (i wish I had)
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:15 PM   #15
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I'm 21 yeas old, finishing up my 4th year of school and i have about 3 more to go. its a HUGE pain and i am so sick of school right now but i know i have to keep at it. if i where to take time off i'd never be able to get back into it again. the sooner you get that little peice of paper the better off you'll be.
I say go off to a university, if you don't know what to take you can always fall back onto Gen Eds... math and science are almost always needed in most degrees. after you get into the university life you might just figure out what you like to do. Stick with it and good luck!!!
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Stay in school!! It will be well worth it in the long run. Do whatever it takes to continue your education. It will mean the difference between $$$$ and "Would you like fries with that?" !!! If you don't finish you will spend the rest of your life saying "coulda, shoulda, woulda" and that is no way to live. If you don't finish you will try to go back but things will always stand in your way to prevent it. You are young, finish it and be done with it.
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Once you get out in the workforce, it will be very hard to let it all go and return to school. It'* difficult to give up earning money (job) and go back to having none (school). That, and you'll probably start forgetting the things that you learned; if you don't use it, you lose it.

The financial rewards can be immense. At the risk of sounding conceited, I earn more now, 21 months out of school, than many people earn at the peaks of their careers. Do I use anything I learned in college? Not really. However, that piece of paper makes all the difference in the eyes of the world.

The long-term benefits of education far outweigh the short-term costs.

um ya what he said!!!!!! i was in the work force for um 8 yrs and now back at school full time.... i hate being broke.... oh well i figure it will be worth it in um 3 yrs!!!
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:42 AM   #18
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I'm gonna vote school, too, but.....

You should definitely talk to the counseler'* (or whatever they call them now) about credit transfers, scholarships and grants, all that fun stuff, rather than having us guess.

They may have a program where you could do both.

Seek professional help....

I mean, get professional advice.....
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Okay this is random, but since you are in Michigan, just wanted to tell you that when you do transfer try really hard to transfer out with your MACRO agreement-it makes all the difference.
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I'm with the rest of the gang.... Stay in school. The long term effects of staying in school are almost unmeasurable. Opportunities will arise because of that degree. It shows tenacity.

Since it sounds like money is your motive, have you thought about reducing your financial obligations? My motto is to live as debt free as possible. If monthly obligations aren't making you any money, then get rid of them (ie., I have notes on some rental houses, but they generate cash flow). This might hit a sore spot, but a car is a money pit. Depreciates like a rock. Furthermore, you have to pay interest on that already depreciating item. It'* a double negative. Even if you don't owe on it, consider selling it, buying something cheap, and using the difference to pay down on other obligations.

Seems ludacris to leave college for a $35,000 a year job. My $.02......
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