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Wye
Posts: 9,662
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Isabella55 wrote:

Exactly, I feel the same way. Spending a year in the Military would teach me so much more than spending a year in a classroom. The only way you can really learn to navigate your way around life is by living it.

Depends.  If you want to learn mathematics and theoretical computing then I doubt you would learn more in the military than in the classroom.  If you want to learn things that a life in the military will teach you then that is the way to go.  If not.. then.. well.. it's not.

Only you can answer these questions.  All someone else's answers will tell you is what worked for them.

Dec 06 12 01:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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DarcieK
Posts: 10,874
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


Presley ONeil wrote:
14 tongue

Although I plan on going back when I can(-:

Is that even legal?

Dec 06 12 01:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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Damon Banner
Posts: 85,298
Hayward, California, US


Isabella55 wrote:
Exactly, I feel the same way. Spending a year in the Military would teach me so much more than spending a year in a classroom. The only way you can really learn to navigate your way around life is by living it.
Wye wrote:
Depends.  If you want to learn mathematics and theoretical computing then I doubt you would learn more in the military than in the classroom.  If you want to learn things that a life in the military will teach you then that is the way to go.  If not.. then.. well.. it's not.

Only you can answer these questions.  All someone else's answers will tell you is what worked for them.

Do people really go to college and stop learning how to live their life? 

Ultimately, here is what it is.  Many people say they go to college to find themselves.  Some people don't go to college and "experience life" to find themselves. 

Some people travel to find themselves. 

They are all doing their own thing. 

My brother is current active duty.  He also dropped out of college (had a scholarship) and joined.   I think he's been in for 10 years now.  He has finally reached that point where he is sick of that life and he wants to.... go back to college.

That said, I still think the OP wants enough people to help talk her into pulling the trigger.

Dec 06 12 02:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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SPierce Photography
Posts: 19,671
Amherst, Massachusetts, US


Coming in again (I know I answered before). My advice is: finish. School sucks, I know. For me, high school was terrible. terrible! I hated it. College was much better- not academically, but I found a fellow college-goer, who was my absolute best friend. The nights of hanging out at the grocery store, studying, going out to the local deli after class, spending time together in the dorm rooms- I wouldn't trade that for the world. I was never the best student grade wise, but I sure as hell had a lot of fun.

I also know that, a lot of jobs I had before I went into business for myself? Wouldn't have taken me on if i hadn'tve had a college degree. These days, it's almost required. Shows commitment to future employers.

I also wish I had the money to go back and get a masters.
Dec 06 12 03:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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BorderlineBunny
Posts: 2,201
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US


Dropped out at 16 to become a tattoo artist. Changed my mind because I hate the idea of permanence. Ended up retouching. Haha. Gotta love those layers.
Dec 06 12 04:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


DarcieK wrote:

Is that even legal?

I was enrolled in online school up until this year. So technically yes I think so.

Dec 06 12 05:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Isabella55
Posts: 152
West Hollywood, California, US


Presley ONeil wrote:

I was enrolled in online school up until this year. So technically yes I think so.

It's not illegal at all, I got my GED at 15.

Dec 06 12 05:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


Isabella55 wrote:

It's not illegal at all, I got my GED at 15.

Yes but I dont have mine yet, here I can't get it until 17. When I can I will, then college(: high school was just.. Not for me.

Dec 06 12 07:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,960
Portland, Oregon, US


I registered just last week, so apparently never too old (nor past tense)
Dec 06 12 07:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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Isabella55
Posts: 152
West Hollywood, California, US


Presley ONeil wrote:

Yes but I dont have mine yet, here I can't get it until 17. When I can I will, then college(: high school was just.. Not for me.

Completely how I felt when I was your age.

Dec 06 12 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Honey Stinger
Posts: 6,338
Madison, Wisconsin, US


16, 19, 24, 29.

I'm not done yet.
Dec 06 12 08:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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P I X I E
Posts: 35,309
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


21, then 25? But I might go back in a few years. I'm keeping my options open. Plus my current job would pay for my tuition if I were to study something that would help me get a different job within the company, whether it's in HR or as a financial adviser/rep, for example (I work for a financial institution - groups savings & retirement - btw).
Dec 06 12 08:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


Isabella55 wrote:

Completely how I felt when I was your age.

Glad I'm not alone(-:

Dec 06 12 08:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


Cuica Cafezinho wrote:
16, 19, 24, 29.

I'm not done yet.

❤ The new avatar(:

Dec 06 12 08:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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DarcieK
Posts: 10,874
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


Isabella55 wrote:

It's not illegal at all, I got my GED at 15.

According to this article it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_leaving_age

In fact, in both the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of Ontario and New Brunswick) the legal minimum school "leaving" age is 16, with some exceptions. It may not be enforced much down in the U.S. but in Canada, parents can get in big trouble for allowing their child to drop out before the age of 16.

Dec 07 12 08:17 am  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


DarcieK wrote:

According to this article it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_leaving_age

In fact, in both the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of Ontario and New Brunswick) the legal minimum school "leaving" age is 16, with some exceptions. It may not be enforced much down in the U.S. but in Canada, parents can get in big trouble for allowing their child to drop out before the age of 16.

Wikipedia?(: but yes that is the case, exc. the us/Canada thing..

The schooling system also may be better there. I hear a lot is.

Dec 07 12 12:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Isabella55
Posts: 152
West Hollywood, California, US


DarcieK wrote:

According to this article it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_leaving_age

In fact, in both the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of Ontario and New Brunswick) the legal minimum school "leaving" age is 16, with some exceptions. It may not be enforced much down in the U.S. but in Canada, parents can get in big trouble for allowing their child to drop out before the age of 16.

Did you not notice that the article is outdated?

Dec 07 12 07:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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DarcieK
Posts: 10,874
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


Isabella55 wrote:

Did you not notice that the article is outdated?

The cite something newer that refutes what I said. Outdated articles don't mean they aren't accurate.

Dec 07 12 09:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Damianne
Posts: 15,973
Austin, Texas, US


DarcieK wrote:
The cite something newer that refutes what I said. Outdated articles don't mean they aren't accurate.

You can graduate from school (or get your GED) earlier and stop going, you just can't stop going because you don't feel like it before you turn 16. You can formally drop out before 16 but it's a whole legal process and sometimes requires getting your GED anyway.

Edit: I was citing from my own experiences with the system, but hey look, from your own "article" (wikipedia page): "Students who complete a certain level of secondary education ("high school") may take a standardized test and be graduated from compulsory education, the General Equivalency Degree."

Dec 07 12 09:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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California Girls Skate
Posts: 343
Los Angeles, California, US


Isabella55 wrote:
How old were you when you stopped going to school?

Life is always schooling me.

Dec 07 12 10:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


Damianne wrote:

You can graduate from school (or get your GED) earlier and stop going, you just can't stop going because you don't feel like it before you turn 16. You can formally drop out before 16 but it's a whole legal process and sometimes requires getting your GED anyway.

Edit: I was citing from my own experiences with the system, but hey look, from your own "article" (wikipedia page): "Students who complete a certain level of secondary education ("high school") may take a standardized test and be graduated from compulsory education, the General Equivalency Degree."

Damianne you can drop out here whenever you like. It's called witdrawing and no one has ever questioned me... We simply asked to withdraw and one woman at the guidance office (not in any papers or anything) casually asked why and we told her I'd be schooling online(it was the original plan).

I haven't been schooling, and again, noones carrying my mom off to jail:P

I'm also not allowed to get a GED until I'm 17.

Dec 07 12 11:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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udor
Posts: 22,076
New York, New York, US


Isabella55 wrote:
Because I'm helluva ready to stop now.

Hmmm... graduated highshool at 17 in 1983 (turned 18 a few months later).

Got a degree in electrical engineering... blech!

Studied physics and dropped out to work in finance...

Enrolled in the US in international business, but didn't have time to finish, because I was an executive in that field already...

Continued in my "own" schooling... never really stopping to learn and continue to evolve.

Dec 08 12 08:00 am  Link  Quote 
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California Girls Skate
Posts: 343
Los Angeles, California, US


Presley ONeil wrote:
Damianne you can drop out here whenever you like. It's called witdrawing and no one has ever questioned me... We simply asked to withdraw and one woman at the guidance office (not in any papers or anything) casually asked why and we told her I'd be schooling online(it was the original plan).

I haven't been schooling, and again, noones carrying my mom off to jail:P

I'm also not allowed to get a GED until I'm 17.

The "withdrawing" is the distinction, Presley.

"Withdrawing" is legal. "Dropping out" is not. Big difference.

"Drop out" is when you cease any form of academic education. You legally can't do that until you're 16 or 17 (as the Wikipedia states).

You didn't "drop out" of school. You are doing schooling online. Schooling online or homeschooling are perfectly legal and you can do that at any age. That's why your mother isn't in trouble.

Dec 08 12 01:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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hygvhgvkhy
Posts: 2,092
Chicago, Illinois, US


California Girls Skate wrote:

The "withdrawing" is the distinction, Presley.

"Withdrawing" is legal. "Dropping out" is not. Big difference.

"Drop out" is when you cease any form of academic education. You legally can't do that until you're 16 or 17 (as the Wikipedia states).

You didn't "drop out" of school. You are doing schooling online. Schooling online or homeschooling are perfectly legal and you can do that at any age. That's why your mother isn't in trouble.

And I've stated that I'm not anymore. But like I said, anyone could withdraw, no one checked up on us. I could(&have) have been doing nothing. Which is dropping out, correct? So its just a workaround.

Dec 08 12 02:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Music N Pics
Posts: 352
San Diego, California, US


26... I was going through the rough times so I wasn't able to keep up with school and work.
Dec 08 12 02:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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Axioma
Posts: 6,776
Gent, East Flanders, Belgium


got my master last year, 22
will get my advanced master in june (hopefully), 23
after finishing this one (management school) NEVER AGAIN
Dec 08 12 02:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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egyptmachine
Posts: 11,364
El Paso, Texas, US


I stopped going when I was 24, I'll never go back.
Dec 08 12 02:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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