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I've been thinking very hard about going back to school and finishing my degree. I'm tired of being stuck in dead-end jobs that I hate, tired of trying to figure out if I can afford going to the dentist or the doctor, tired of feeling like I'm stretched too thin to help friends and family if they need it.

Admittedly, becoming a starving college student for a couple years doesn't strike me as a great way to end that feeling. "If I can only survive this acid bath for two years, I will be able to attend to the annoying rash that has plagued me."

My other difficulty with the idea is that I don't have a real passion at the moment - a CS degree with a focus in systems administration or DBA is a fantastic way to get into a job that I might not particularly like any more than what I'm doing now, but with a bigger paycheck. On the other hand, money can't buy happiness, but it helps to let you choose your misery. *shrug*

I don't know. I'm fucking beat on my current situation, but the roads out seem awfully steep, rocky, and dense with cowpats.

In other news, rung 8 on the introductory exercise ladder this morning went well, and I'm down 30 pounds from start weight. I think when I get to the lifetime ladder in 7 weeks, I will start The One Hundred Push Up Challenge. Which means that 13 weeks from now, I should be able to do 100 push ups in a row without stopping. Check back with me on April 1.

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Date: 2008-12-30 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nofantasy.livejournal.com
When I went back spring 06 I didn't really know what I wanted to do and it was PURE FUCKING HELL. I dragged myself to classes I thought were horrid and my grades reflected my ambivalence (not that grades are that important but they do reflect something) and it wasn't until last spring when I found out what I REALLY want to do that I got energized, started attending with enthusiasm and am really "feeling" it. If you're going to spend the money and make the sacrifice, I have to suggest you do something you really LOVE or else it's going to be as bad as your current situation.

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Date: 2008-12-31 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arielmnop.livejournal.com
Remember that going back to school doesn't have to mean attending a university full time. It can mean attending Cuesta part time, or for only one class. Cuesta is way cheaper than Poly. Poke around the catalouge at the cuesta website and take a class that seems like it might be interesting.

Even though I am someone who doesn't use my degree in my work, I feel safer knowing that I have it behind me if I ever need it.

Remember that you don't have to jump into the acid bath head first. You can always dip your toe in and see how much ( or little) it burns. :)

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Date: 2008-12-31 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] turtletoes.livejournal.com
What she said!! Don't go in bigger debt over school. Night classes and one at a time classes work your way through it.


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