Did anyone here go to college who was awful in high school?

Started by Caine, May 4, 2018, in Life Add to Reading List

  1. Caine
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    May 4, 2018
    I've been thinking about going to the community college near me some time because I don't want to make minimum wage for the rest of my life. But I was so hopelessly bad at high school, especially writing and math. No matter what I did I just couldn't do it and always failed those classes. So do you have to take certain classes like that and is it possible to graduate if you don't do good in them?
     
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  2. Big Dangerous
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    May 4, 2018
    It depends on what major you go into
     
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  3. Versace Python
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    May 4, 2018
    I didn't apply myself in the least during high school, and went to college for Multimedia Design & Production because I was interested in web and it didn't really require good grades or any math/science to get in. I then took a one year advanced web dev course after completing the first program (i'm in Canada).

    I'm self employed right now and have been working contract for a company in SF for about 2 years and do pretty well for myself.

    Apply yourself, network, and constantly try to improve your craft.
     
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  4. Sign Language
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    May 4, 2018
    Have you thought about learning a trade? Not sure how much you like that kind of work but you can make pretty good money with that.

    All that college shows a potential employer is that you can put up with years of bs. It’s essentially an insurance policy that costs thousands of dollars. I’m in college but i try everyday to find a suitable alternative.

    And to answer your question writing and math classes are required across the board.
     
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  5. Enigma
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    May 4, 2018
    Math & English are GE (general education) requirements in college so yeah, there’s no getting around them. If you don’t want to put up with that, I’d say learn a trade.
     
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  6. eddie313
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    May 4, 2018
    Still need math
     
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  7. Donkey Kong Country
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    May 4, 2018
    Based upon your posting here I feel like there's no way you'd fail a writing class, I bet in HS they just made you write about s--- that doesn't interest you. In college you're able to be a lot more creative in terms of what you can write about, like I wrote a bunch of papers that had to do with rap and the wire.

    With math my recommendation is to take those classes right away cuz the longer you wait after HS the less you'll remember and you may end up testing into a lower math class and have to take three classes instead of 1-2 to fulfill your math requirement. If your major has nothing to do with math they're not gonna care if you get a C in a general requirement class.

    I say go for your associate's at community college and if you wanna continue to college after do it and if you don't then look into a trade like @Sign Language said.
     
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  8. Sav Stanfield
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    May 4, 2018
    I was a pretty average student in high school and I'm now just about to finish a PhD. I struggled like crazy the first few years of college then got more into it over time. Then again I suppose the education system here is probably pretty different to the US. Either way, learning anything is absolutely always worth it in my opinion.
     
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  9. Caine
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    I've thought about doing something with computers since I'm already kinda good with them and have a family member that makes bank off of it.
    I was just bad at the way I was supposed to go about writing. Like how you have to write way more than is necessary, stretching things out, I never knew what to write. I'm sure I could manage though since like you said it's stuff you can be more creative about.
     
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  10. Xmipod
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    @Caine the biggest lie anyone will tell you is that you need to go to college to succeed in life
     
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  11. Caine
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    Yeah but the problem is I don't really have any skills in anything, I do have a very entrepreneurial mindset and great at finding money in things but nothing to apply it to as a career.
     
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    Go to a technical school. Engineering is an amazing field to get into
     
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  13. Judas Black
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    May 4, 2018
    I went to community college for one year, then another year of night school

    I s----d at Math in high school.... well, s---... I s----d at Math all my life, not just high school
     
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    I went to college on the strength of my abilities in soccer (football!), if I didn't have that scholarship there would have been no way I got accepted (granted 5 schools rejected me) due to a horrible conduct & below average grades. I honestly didn't apply myself in high school, it happens most of us go through rebellious phases of immaturity, but I made sure as h--- I would not take college for granted and luckily I graduated with honors and found a living that gives me a significant purpose in life. Not trying to flex but it really wasn't that long ago I was floating in uncertainty.

    I co-sign everything everyone has said already, take a moment to contemplate this decision since financially it's a devastating trap especially if you don't reap the benefits and resources certain schools offer. You look like a smart kid, if you defeat your vices and with some perseverance you can find something in college or even without it.
     
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    Donkey Kong Country they can't understand me, i'm talkin hieroglyphics

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    For the people telling you not to go to college: telling people college is worthless is just as much of a lie as saying you have to go to college to be successful. It works for some people and for others it doesn't. But only you can figure that out for yourself.

    To me college was worth it not even because it would help get me a job or whatever but because I'm the type of person who school comes easy to and I love learning in that type of environment. But not everyone does. For me however that and the friends and connections I made and the overall experience was invaluable. It sounds cliche but it really is a time where it's easy to start "finding yourself" (I say start because I'm four years out and still figuring myself out)
     
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  16. Caine
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    lol same I went to a nicer high school freshman year which had trades, but when I was going there they wouldn't let me take any of the trades because bad conduct and grades in middle school. I just said f--- it the rest of high school because I was in s--- schools and s--- classes. Would've been nice though if I could've went to a good college straight after high school, but neither my family or me have much money in the first place. Whole system is a trap honestly.
     
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    This .
     
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