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hating college (am I alone?)

JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting DefensePlace at the tableRegistered User regular
edited March 2011 in Social Entropy++
I had a terrible, terrible time in college.

True story.

I was not an introvert, I was not lonely, but I honestly just...found it to be so over-rated and disappointing, such a vacuous extension of the high school experience I detested. Here I thought I was finally leveled up and ready for PVP and the endgame just...sucked like the grind.

Socially, ever since, I've felt really, really bewildered and alienated when people say "college is the best time of your life, man."

Jumped up jesus on a pogo stick...really?

Granted I didn't really max out on the drinking and fucking, but I didn't do NONE, either...so it's not just me being a stick in the mud...but I just...don't look back on it very fondly.

I'm in the dumps about it now because I am thinking I have to go back at this time in my life, and I'm really not looking forward to it - it wasn't fun at 20, how fun could it be at thirty...

Am I alone here? Does anyone else hate college, hate the practice and the idea of it? Or are you the only person that hates something ELSE everyone else likes? That might make a good thread. Or not. If you vote not, you can post little links to DND and H/A or rollys or something, I don't mind if it makes you happy.

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    RialeRiale I'm a little slow Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    college, just like anything else, is a different experience for every person. which also means it's whatever the heck you make it to be. If you're dreading going back, then change the things that made you dread it in the first place.

    also don't we still have a school thread floating around here somewhere?

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't really trust anybody who says college was the best years of their life. I always wonder what the people who say that have done in the rest of their lives that makes college seem so much greater.

    Basically you have fewer obligations, but not that many fewer ultimately, and have easy access to more eligible members of the opposite sex. Also everybody (more or less) is healthy and at the peak of their physical ability.

    So college is awesome for some reasons, but it also sucks for some reasons. Best years of your life? Man.

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    UlisesUlises Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    nah college blows but i'm pretty sure it's my fault

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    ASimPersonASimPerson Cold... and hard.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I enjoyed college much more than high school.

    Though my college choice was definitely about challenging myself to get a degree and a job and not really about drinking at all. And it definitely, definitely was not about women, 'cause the only way I think I could've ever met or been around less women would've been to go somewhere with literally no women.

    That's not to say I didn't have a good time. I made some good friends along the way, I got the challenge and the job I sought. Frankly, it's the post-collegiate life I'm still a little bewildered by.

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    SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    What the fuck college/high school did you go to where it was an extension of the high school experience? College was where I realized that high school was a shitty time. Try going to a different college with more mature people or something?

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    LachrymiteLachrymite Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I failed out of college when I was 19 because I just started working full time at my internship and basically blew off my classes. I disliked almost everything about the experience.

    I went back to school full time at age 29, and I love it now. I think in many ways the reason I had an awful time was I just wasn't mature enough to enjoy it. Ten years made a huge difference. I have no real interest in the partying type stuff that most people might consider the fun part, but I enjoy almost all of my classes immensely.

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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    If college is anything like movies usually portray it, I have no idea how America has any people with higher education.

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    HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Maybe part of the problem was you using MMO terminology to describe high school and college life.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Cool story?

    It's not like college is a tv show where every experience is identical.

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Man, college is like anything.

    You get exactly what you put into it.

    Americans like to bang on about their college experience do you know why? Because that's how they justify to their parents why they did a degree and still don't have a job.

    The reason why they don't have a job is because they did fuck all besides smoking weed and complaining about how life sucks because everyone doesn't follow your political ideas.

    You don't go to college for a fucking experience, you go there to work hard and with a goal to get a job.

    Suck it up finish your degree and go get a job.

    Possibly stop whining.

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    College had moments of extremely amazing highs and depressingly crushing lows, but it was mostly boredom and overwork from studies. If I could, I probably wouldn't take engineering again, blech (that's a lie, I love money and tolerate my job). I just wish I went abroad a semester or two. Though I was disappointed college wasn't more like the movies, I got over it quick

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    HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Blake T wrote: »
    Man, college is like anything.

    You get exactly what you put into it.

    Americans like to bang on about their college experience do you know why? Because that's how they justify to their parents why they did a degree and still don't have a job.

    The reason why they don't have a job is because they did fuck all besides smoking weed and complaining about how life sucks because everyone doesn't follow your political ideas.

    You don't go to college for a fucking experience, you go there to work hard and with a goal to get a job.

    Suck it up finish your degree and go get a job.

    Possibly stop whining.

    That's what I did, it's what I usually say, and I catch crap from people about "it's not job training, it's an experience".

    I'm glad someone else has the same view as me about college, even if it's a person who is a descendant of criminals on some island in Mordor.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    It's not like it can't be both. I plan to work hard and get a great job and have an excellent college experience and maybe study abroad a semester.

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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Hunter wrote: »
    Maybe part of the problem was you using MMO terminology to describe high school and college life.

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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    College was a blast and I finally got to focus on my lit studies.

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    As many have said, your experience in college, like most things in life, will depend heavily on your own outlook and investment.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that going back at 30 will mean you have an entirely different perspective and set of priorities, and your experience is likely to be completely different. When you first went to college right after high school you were still an adolescent, and college was going to naturally be as much a social experience as an academic one. Now it seems likely that you're going back with a more focused academic pursuit in mind, and presumably you're not planning on it being such a life-changing experience socially. Basically, this time around is going to be a whole lot different.

    That said, it's still an opportunity that can either be great or awful based on your outlook. Maybe stop worrying so much about whether other people had a great time or not and focus on what you think will make you happy. What do you want to get out of the experience this time around? Think about what you want and how you plan to make that happen, while still being open to the possibility that you might find some pleasant surprises.

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I left college alone, and college left me alone

    Worked out pretty well for the both of us

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I loved college! The only reason I dropped out was because of all the "homework" and "tests" that people kept bugging me about.

    It's okay, though. The Marine Corps helped me get my party on after I left.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I went to ITT, so all you fuckers should be happy because wow was that a shithole.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    bowen wrote: »
    I went to ITT, so all you fuckers should be happy because wow was that a shithole.

    But the ads on tv...

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    bowen wrote: »
    I went to ITT, so all you fuckers should be happy because wow was that a shithole.

    Why would you go to a school that markets itself the same way Shamwow does

    I am curious

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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Well, I am not overly enjoying the experience of University myself.

    But hey, that is just a thing. Some people love it, some people don't. I don't hate it either, but you are not there to enjoy yourself, to be honest. I don't know many people here, and I don't really care to expand that group of loose friends, but again, that is just a thing.

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    FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    school sucks always and forever, find a job work, fuck your wife pump out some kids and just die

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Every time I see dancing Asian girls in someone's avatar, my morning is just gone.

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    College checklist:
    1) be drunk 6 out of 7 nights of the week, do kegstands brah
    2) bang hot sorority babes
    3) pull a wicked prank on the dean, causing him to yell your name to the the skies in anger
    4) sleep with a hot professor
    5) play hackysack and ultimate frisbee during the day instead of going to class

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    bowen wrote: »
    I went to ITT, so all you fuckers should be happy because wow was that a shithole.

    Why would you go to a school that markets itself the same way Shamwow does

    I am curious

    I actually went before they really aired those commercials. Being a naive kid sucked.

    And then I was in the hole equal to what I would've paid if I had went to fucking Harvard! For a fucking associates. And that is the single largest mistake in my life that I regret. In fact, I make it my mission to tell people not to let their kids go there. One of my friend's parents pulled him from ITT after a month and he gave me a high five after that when he saw what his degree would've cost him.

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    CogliostroCogliostro Marginal Opinions Spring, TXRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I had a terrible, terrible time in college.

    True story.

    I was not an introvert, I was not lonely, but I honestly just...found it to be so over-rated and disappointing, such a vacuous extension of the high school experience I detested. Here I thought I was finally leveled up and ready for PVP and the endgame just...sucked like the grind.

    Socially, ever since, I've felt really, really bewildered and alienated when people say "college is the best time of your life, man."

    Jumped up jesus on a pogo stick...really?

    Granted I didn't really max out on the drinking and fucking, but I didn't do NONE, either...so it's not just me being a stick in the mud...but I just...don't look back on it very fondly.

    I'm in the dumps about it now because I am thinking I have to go back at this time in my life, and I'm really not looking forward to it - it wasn't fun at 20, how fun could it be at thirty...

    Am I alone here? Does anyone else hate college, hate the practice and the idea of it? Or are you the only person that hates something ELSE everyone else likes? That might make a good thread. Or not. If you vote not, you can post little links to DND and H/A or rollys or something, I don't mind if it makes you happy.

    I was both a college student and a college instructor around the same time in my life. Granted I had a very specific thing I taught, however I did notice in both cases the same high-school mentality - but only among the younger students fresh out. The 'adults' (over 24) were much more mature and were to me what college was about.

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    bowen wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    I went to ITT, so all you fuckers should be happy because wow was that a shithole.

    Why would you go to a school that markets itself the same way Shamwow does

    I am curious

    I actually went before they really aired those commercials. Being a naive kid sucked.

    And then I was in the hole equal to what I would've paid if I had went to fucking Harvard! For a fucking associates. And that is the single largest mistake in my life that I regret. In fact, I make it my mission to tell people not to let their kids go there. One of my friend's parents pulled him from ITT after a month and he gave me a high five after that when he saw what his degree would've cost him.

    Jesus Christ.

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    SixSix Caches Tweets in the mainframe cyberhex Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I wish I'd gone to Bovine University

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    Indie WinterIndie Winter die Krähe Rudi Hurzlmeier (German, b. 1952)Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Blake T wrote: »
    Man, college is like anything.

    You get exactly what you put into it.

    Americans like to bang on about their college experience do you know why? Because that's how they justify to their parents why they did a degree and still don't have a job.

    The reason why they don't have a job is because they did fuck all besides smoking weed and complaining about how life sucks because everyone doesn't follow your political ideas.

    You don't go to college for a fucking experience, you go there to work hard and with a goal to get a job.

    Suck it up finish your degree and go get a job.

    Possibly stop whining.

    see, that's part of the reason I'm glad most everyone here has done their tenure in the army

    because, no matter what type of experience they've had, by the time they finished and are considering going to collage or uni they know most certainly well not to dick around

    makes them more mature in that respect

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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Party all day and night.
    Never get a proper education.
    When people ask about it say "IN THIIIIIIIIIS ECONOMYYYYYYYY??????"

    Put on your college face.

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    CogliostroCogliostro Marginal Opinions Spring, TXRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Home of the Fighting Cows?

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    yeah for-profit schools are being cracked down on now, thank goodness.

    Yeah too late for me. I'm actually just outside the window of the whole Sallie-Mae/ITT buttfuck partnership where Sallie-Mae basically paid off the loan advisors at ITT to make people sign up for these horrible loans.

    Sallie-Mae is a dickfucker though.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Blake T wrote: »
    Man, college is like anything.

    You get exactly what you put into it.

    Americans like to bang on about their college experience do you know why? Because that's how they justify to their parents why they did a degree and still don't have a job.

    The reason why they don't have a job is because they did fuck all besides smoking weed and complaining about how life sucks because everyone doesn't follow your political ideas.

    You don't go to college for a fucking experience, you go there to work hard and with a goal to get a job.

    Suck it up finish your degree and go get a job.

    Possibly stop whining.

    see, that's part of the reason I'm glad most everyone here has done their tenure in the army

    because, no matter what type of experience they've had, by the time they finished and are considering going to collage or uni they know most certainly well not to dick around

    makes them more mature in that respect

    This is why I'm happy I went to CC before applying to a four year college. I know what an empty and ultimately useless experience it is if you don't give a shit, and some pretty shitty mistakes that you can make.

    In other news I should maybe start looking at study abroad programs. I heard it's best if you organize those as early as possible.

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    PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    yeah for-profit schools are being cracked down on now, thank goodness.

    And yet, I still know people at Full Sail.

    Jeez, that place.

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    JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Place at the tableRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Blake T wrote: »
    Man, college is like anything.

    You get exactly what you put into it.

    Americans like to bang on about their college experience do you know why? Because that's how they justify to their parents why they did a degree and still don't have a job.

    The reason why they don't have a job is because they did fuck all besides smoking weed and complaining about how life sucks because everyone doesn't follow your political ideas.

    You don't go to college for a fucking experience, you go there to work hard and with a goal to get a job.

    Suck it up finish your degree and go get a job.

    Possibly stop whining.

    I went to the one where two of your friends dive out windows and one of them goes streaking past a mutual pal's dorm window while you're watching, then spits himself on a bike rack, and you never talk about it and get homicidally stressed, then someone in your circle gets murdered and it's a national theater trial. Oh, and you're sick as a fucking dog the whole time and no one will be able to tell you why for at least six more years...

    perhaps you have seen our tshirts at local sporting events

    But really, that's neither here nor there. That's just shit that happens.

    I am more talking about the expectation that college would be a place of greater intellectual rigor, creativity, and academic freedom, and it turning out to be all the same games and politics and bureaucracy and generalized horse-shit

    Yes, part of that is DEFINITELY the specific institution I attended - and I shant be back, to say the least.

    I guess I glossed over my real point - the feeling of disconnection I was going through as everyone around me seemed to be enjoying this right of passage while all I felt was dreary sameness.

    I hate feeling left out. I hate talking to people about my thoughts and experiences and opinions and getting that look - Bill Hicks described as being look of "a monkey trying to figure out a card trick."

    Parents, teachers, bosses, friends, then college teachers, co workers, etc.

    That look has been a dominant experience in my life. I'm trying to figure out if there's a place without that look and/or if it's a more common experience than I think.

    So big or small - what experiences can you just not seem to share with the rest of society?

    edit: FWIW I don't actually play MMOs, btw. It was just one of those things where an abstract analogy pops into mind at a point where you have a rare change to use it in front of an audience that will get it. And they weren't really even a thing yet when I was a freshman in college. I'm ANCIENT. Almost ready for Carousel.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I kind of doubt that's college's fault.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    Koshian wrote: »
    yeah for-profit schools are being cracked down on now, thank goodness.

    And yet, I still know people at Full Sail.

    Jeez, that place.

    cracked down on in the way the us government cracks down on things that aren't drugs/black people

    so like, a stern word and ...?

    "Accountability."

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Hunter wrote: »
    Blake T wrote: »
    Man, college is like anything.

    You get exactly what you put into it.

    Americans like to bang on about their college experience do you know why? Because that's how they justify to their parents why they did a degree and still don't have a job.

    The reason why they don't have a job is because they did fuck all besides smoking weed and complaining about how life sucks because everyone doesn't follow your political ideas.

    You don't go to college for a fucking experience, you go there to work hard and with a goal to get a job.

    Suck it up finish your degree and go get a job.

    Possibly stop whining.

    That's what I did, it's what I usually say, and I catch crap from people about "it's not job training, it's an experience".

    I'm glad someone else has the same view as me about college, even if it's a person who is a descendant of criminals on some island in Mordor.
    This is the opinion of most people outside America.

    How is it hating freedom?

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