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What are you doing with your life?

Parhelion

Joined: Mar 02 2009

This was inspired by someone's post which stated that a lot of people here are in college or in the workforce. So I'm curious.

Here's my story:

I got fooled into getting a BS in biomedical engineering (December 2011), believing there would be at least a healthy amount of opportunities. I did an internship that didn't amount to a full time job, and here I am almost 12 months later still applying to the big names in industry, the government, and to every startup company I can find.

I'm thinking of either preparing for med school, teaching English in South Korea, or selling my soul to the USPTO. In fact, I actually had an interview with the PTO today, and based on the interviewer's remarks, I just might end up with an entry level offer. The thing is, my friends have warned me that if I accept the position, I'll likely never work as an actual engineer again. The thought scares me, but at this point I think I'm willing to take anything I can get.

Also, there was an interesting article in the New York Times that I think many of you might appreciate:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/magazine/22Adulthood-t.html?_r=1&ref=g...

I kinda stopped playing

StrangeJam

Da Manliness

Joined: Aug 23 2009

I kinda stopped playing guitar as I felt I hit the milestone I set myself to do when I started a guitar youtube channel, which was thousands of video views and suscribers, so after I hit 1000 suscribers and over 500,000 video views I decided I need a break and a shift of activities. closed down my channel and started to focus on my CS major, currently i've taken a huge liking to video game coding. I still have a year and a half left in college so i'm taking it ez. Sorta. also took a break off gametabs and the IRC channel, but we're all pretty much back.

To keep it short and unneeded

Hakoria

Laon King

Location: gmt+1

Joined: Apr 03 2011

To keep it short and unneeded details set aside:
Haven't gone to a single class for more than a month and I haven't socialized with a single person (saying 'thanks and bye' at the supermarket is the most conversation I get twice per week) during this period. Already decided to re-do my first year as I skipped the start of this semester's finals this week and haven't done any written projects. Music student, had thought such a development wouldn't happen because I like Music.
What I noticed was this started at the same time as I had finally received a great Kawai electric piano. It seems I only cared to go to uni for the piano practice rooms, but since I have my own now I don't have the drive to go back.
I have been slightly relaxing with amount of pieces learned on piano lately since I've had finished my first Chopin etude but I should have already gotten back on track. My sleeping pattern is chaotic/random, still haven't gotten back to guitaring.
Positive point is I've started to read books. But eh, stuff like Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality isn't what helps you want to jump back into life.
That's the general idea.

I'm becoming hikki.

There better be people who have good things to say because nada of that so far.
SJ temp dropping guitar counts as depressing.

i joined the army and then

Jacob31593

Location: Tampa, FL

Joined: Jan 04 2009

i joined the army and then got discharged for having asthma
i currently have no aspirations

walked out on my job dropped

karathrow

Joined: Oct 26 2010

walked out on my job
dropped out of school
living at home
24
drinking
generally being a worthless piece of shit.

I fully expect all the

Parhelion

Joined: Mar 02 2009

I fully expect all the gloomiest thoughts in this community to be herded into this one thread.

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Friend of the pag.

About to finish my career as

SalemJenet

Joined: Sep 22 2011

About to finish my career as an electric engineer and wondering if i should get a master(I think that's what you call it) in protection or potential systems. Already got my car and I'll get my own house in march of the next year(Now i won't have money for new strings again D:).
I got a new guitar and a podHD which i barely use because of school :< But I've also thought about studying something with music after I get my job as an engineer.
Can't complain about anything in my life except for the serious lack of Laon ;A;

still pursuing a writing

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

still pursuing a writing career... not going good, but who knows?

waiting on a call from an employer, start work, bank money, ship out to stephenville for the MIP (music industry and performance) course. then probably open my own music store.

but, fill up one hand with shit and the other with wishes... see which one fills up first.

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

Re: still pursuing a writing

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

wayfaerer said

still pursuing a writing career... not going good, but who knows?

http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/4217.html

...

Jacob31593 said

i joined the army and then got discharged for having asthma
i currently have no aspirations

*groan*

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Auriplane!!

Re: To keep it short and unneeded

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

Hakoria

To keep it short and unneeded details set aside:
Haven't gone to a single class for more than a month and I haven't socialized with a single person (saying 'thanks and bye' at the supermarket is the most conversation I get twice per week) during this period. Already decided to re-do my first year as I skipped the start of this semester's finals this week and haven't done any written projects. Music student, had thought such a development wouldn't happen because I like Music.
What I noticed was this started at the same time as I had finally received a great Kawai electric piano. It seems I only cared to go to uni for the piano practice rooms, but since I have my own now I don't have the drive to go back.
I have been slightly relaxing with amount of pieces learned on piano lately since I've had finished my first Chopin etude but I should have already gotten back on track. My sleeping pattern is chaotic/random, still haven't gotten back to guitaring.
Positive point is I've started to read books. But eh, stuff like Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality isn't what helps you want to jump back into life.
That's the general idea.

I'm becoming hikki.

There better be people who have good things to say because nada of that so far.
SJ temp dropping guitar counts as depressing.

That sounds like me two years ago. :|

Re: still pursuing a writing

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

thanks auri!

that was actually rather inspirational!

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

My life

yashakenkyaku

Joined: Nov 24 2009

How to begin? o.0 Well I lost my job recently. So, I've been homeless for about a month. I'll spare you some other tedious details, but that's about it for me. I did think that was inspirational though Auriplane. ^_^ I'll just have to write down what I have.

currently still in

Lemoncobbler

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Location: SoCal

Joined: Dec 22 2010

currently still in highschool, everythings going alright, basically just waiting for school to end, enjoying whatever time I have left with my friends before we all go our seperate ways, which sucks. applying to art colleges, going to major in game art, I'd be learning 3d rendering and 2d tradional techniques.
Ultimately I want to end up working for sony or some other producer, dunno. considering not going to college so I don't have to pay the 30k per year, and teaching myself at home, but I don't think I want to miss out on the social experience of college.
I don't like the idea of splitting up with all my friends and starting a brand new life. I kind of liked being a kid and playing video games all day.

god you people are fucking

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

god you people are fucking depressing.

good thing im getting drunk woot!!

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

Yeah you guys should all be

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

Yeah you guys should all be inspiring me and making my life easier and making me more motivated. Cause that's your job. As opposed to just saying what's going on in your life, which, oh wait, was the purpose of the thread.

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

Ahahaha okay. Currently

surreal

Eric: tank,godlike

Location: Arizona

Joined: Jan 04 2009

Ahahaha okay.

Currently living in Tucson, AZ. Been looking for a job for about two months now, unsuccessful so far. Nobody seems to be even hiring these days.

I still make an adamant effort to practice guitar and stuff. Otherwise it's been a constant cycle of applying during the day and chilling with roommates and bros during the night.

I'm poor and all, but at least I have that.

We don't have enough money to turn gas on, so cold showers during winter are quite overwhelming. The electricity also remains mysteriously on despite no word from them for the last two months. We'll see though.

I currently can't afford to eat really, so I'm likely to stop by my parents place out of town for my birthday on sunday and eat all their food for a day or two.

We'll see though.

Seems a lot of people are

BacardiBreezer

My life is a chip in your pile. Ante up!

Location: NE Ohio

Joined: Aug 16 2010

Seems a lot of people are down the past year or two, the economy sucks, and the way of the world goes with it. I haven't gone back to school yet. I actually have changed my mind over the years - I initially wanted to be a meteorologist from like 8-18, then realized how much math is involved and said meh, I'll leave it as a hobby (I do still storm chase, and once I get a better camera am definitely going to get into weather photography). Me and math don't get along. I'm the cliche "good at art, hates math" thing, and I excelled in reading/writing in school. That being said, I wouldn't mind writing as a career, just not sure how to really make money off of that. The thing that held me back was the debt. I'm almost 27 and have no debt to my name. It's nice not having it, I know if I ever want a house I'll have to deal with it, but for now I'm fine. I buy cars outright and I'm good at looking them over and working on them, so I have no issue with that. My mom has a degree in web design and my aunt is a doctor, they both waited to go back to school and are very successful so that gives me hope about it. I do not feel like everyone needs to go to college from 18-22. 18 year olds know NOTHING of debt and loans the papers they are signing. I feel bad for my friends who graduated and are loaded down with debt. One of them is an engineer, he has a good job, but his monthly loan payments are the cost of a house loan and he still lives at home! Yikes. Anyway, it's definitely in the plan, just not now, when I feel ready and can pay it as I go.

I've worked not-so-exciting jobs, but I do okay. I am pretty easy to entertain and a positive person who finds happiness in about everything. The sun being out means a good day to me. I fill my free time with things I am passionate about and friends who I have a great time with and who care about me and vice versa. The older I get, the better life is. Happiness is right in front of your face, it's a state of mind, really. I'm alive and healthy and in the best shape of my life, I don't compare my life to anyone else's because I'm different. Most of my friends are married, dating and/or have kids. I kind of feel sorry for them, because I believe in freedom and doing what I want, but that's the beauty of how different human beings are. I hate how people act like if you don't settle before you're 30, you're washed up and you're time's up. I feel like my life is just beginning. I'm excited to get older. With age comes wisdom and learning is fun.

Lemon, you are a very

BacardiBreezer

My life is a chip in your pile. Ante up!

Location: NE Ohio

Joined: Aug 16 2010

Lemon, you are a very talented artist and I really hope you don't give it up. So many of us just kind of do it here and there and it fades into the background for a while, comes back up, and the cycle begins. It's hard to make money off of art, I think, because the best art is produced from the soul, with feeling, and it's hard to give something like that away. But I could see you making it for sure. I wish you the best of luck. I will always do many forms of art in my life...but I doubt I'd ever make anything of it.

I was on my ass over the

CpxAzn

Lurker

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Joined: Sep 21 2007

I was on my ass over the summer but my parent made me get off my ass and get a job. Two weeks after that, the three companies I went to have an interview with all sent me offer letters. I started working at Accenture as a software engineer, and I'm still working now.

Is this the first successful story we've had so far?

Let's get some more misery in

Parhelion

Joined: Mar 02 2009

Let's get some more misery in this thread.

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Friend of the pag.

Standard story: Went through

Bhael

Location: Newcastle, UK

Joined: Feb 18 2010

Standard story: Went through school and sixth form umotivated, getting decent grades with the least amount effort and spending the rest of the time playing video games. Carried on to A Levels in the same manner, with the addition of electric guitar and bass in the second year. Got solid grades and proceeded to study Law in university, while learning classical guitar to help with the increasing boredom. In the middle of the first year it hit me that I had no desire to work in Law, and had no end goal to get me through the degree. For the sake of ego .I finished the year and passed my exams, after which I quit the programme and jumped into a 1 year music A Level. I applied to a good university, and through some trick of fate got accepted. Life's picking up, and I'm getting closer to my goal of being a games composer :). If all goes according to plan I'll start composing in my second year, and have some semblance of a career when I finish the course. I'll probably go on to do a MA and a PHD. Lol.

Re: I was on my ass over the

BacardiBreezer

My life is a chip in your pile. Ante up!

Location: NE Ohio

Joined: Aug 16 2010

CpxAzn said

I was on my ass over the summer but my parent made me get off my ass and get a job. Two weeks after that, the three companies I went to have an interview with all sent me offer letters. I started working at Accenture as a software engineer, and I'm still working now.

Is this the first successful story we've had so far?

Success is subjective. I don't consider my life a failure at all. I am constantly setting and achieving goals.

Well I didn't really mean

CpxAzn

Lurker

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Joined: Sep 21 2007

Well I didn't really mean success at life. I meant success at getting a job/occupation.

you WANT misery? well heres

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

you WANT misery?

well heres the worst fucking day in my life

in 5 hours i was: kicked out school because i missed to many days (post-secondary, doing grade 12 equivalency) because i was losing sleep (about 2 hours each night) because my mother was in the hospital battling breast cancer. being no longer a student at CONA, i was kicked out of residence. this sucked because all my family was in another province with my mom, while i attended school, or tried to. whilst moving my things from res i called my boss and told him i had to move and couldnt come to work, so he fired me from my only job and only source of income.

so i was jobless, no money, nowhere to go, only the streets of goosebay labrador, no calling on my cell or texting cause the bill hadnt been paid, couldnt call my mother cause she had so much going on, and i only felt as if id disappoint her and make what she was going through worse, and had no way to contact any other family member because they were all gone.

kicked out of school, no bed, no money, no cigarettes, and no one to turn to.

that night, i slept in a cardboard box in a blizzard.

every mistake made is a lesson learned.

while on the airplane to come home, i looked out my window (my grandmother came home and bought me a ticket) and i saw a rainbow, no clouds anywhere in the sky, no rain, just sun and cerulean endlessness overhead.

that rainbow told me that there is a silver lining, it just doesnt come for those who wait, you have to find it for yourself; someone tells you theres always a silver lining? wrong, life sucks. gotta do it for yourself.

when it rains it pours, it all happens in 3's blahblahblah.

if that ISNT rockbottom, i dont wanna know what it feels like.

THERES some fucking misery.

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

I'm in school, having

ChelseaRare

Location: New York

Joined: Dec 01 2008

I'm in school, having bullshit problems with professors, aspiring to become a pharmacist,and teaching kids/teenageers who could care less how to play either guitar , flute or piano and music theory. My boss at that job also has me bullshit lessons on how to play instruments I have never even touched and certainly don't really plan on touching. Also have an impractical job at a Spencer Gifts that's barely worth the drive and I'm probably gonna quit or ask for a transfer. Oh and I'm in a band that's making progress, but very very slowly.

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(.?!)

wayfaerer, glad you overcame

BacardiBreezer

My life is a chip in your pile. Ante up!

Location: NE Ohio

Joined: Aug 16 2010

wayfaerer, glad you overcame that dude. It's only those who've been to the bottom who can appreciate the top.

havent beatin it yet, still

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

havent beatin it yet, still gets me down from time to time, but i accept it all.

acceptance is half the battle.

thanks for your kindness, appreciate it.

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

Re: wayfaerer, glad you overcame

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

its funny, when i went to take a piss that night, i remember turning on my cell phone to get some light, and when i turned to look at the box it said "this side up" with an arrow pointing right at me.

turned off my phone and told the box to go fuck itself.

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

Restoring hot rods. We just

kage25130

Joined: Aug 02 2011

Restoring hot rods. We just finished with a 56 Chevy Bel Air and right now we're working on a 47 Ford Truck and a Galaxie 500. Will post some before and after shots soon.

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Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!

Here's the Bel Air after a

kage25130

Joined: Aug 02 2011

Here's the Bel Air after a lot of body work and before paint:

And here it is after paint:

And this is the Ford so far:

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Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!

Hey guise. Long time no see.

archard

Joined: Jan 11 2007

Hey guise. Long time no see. Saw this thread and figured it would be a good place to catch up with everyone. I know I've been really REALLY uninvolved with the site lately, and for that I am sorry. I started a Ph.D. in physics this semester after graduating from college last May. I'm currently at The University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, but have decided to transfer to another school because I hate living here. I've made a lot of good friends, and I like the program here a lot, but I just can't stand being in the desert. It depresses the hell out of me. I went to college in Washington DC and I miss the city life soo soooooo much. I was extremely idealistic and optimistic about life when I came out here and I thought it would be good to try something new because who the hell knows, maybe I'll like it. Since coming here my outlook on life has changed in a lot of ways. I'm still a huge optimist and I'm always positive about everything, but being in the "real world" has forced me to think about what it is I really want out of life, and has made me look into the future at things like thinking about getting married and starting a family and doing something career-wise that will allow me to support said family. So basically, I'm dropping out of the physics program at Arizona and transferring to Boston University next fall where I believe I will be much happier. In the meantime I'm going to get a job, most likely doing web development, and re-evaluate my life for a little before I return to getting my Ph.D.

So you'll have to excuse me for being M.I.A. on the site for the past few months. Unfortunately I don't see my life getting any less hectic than it is right now, and so I've decided to sell the site. I think it's best for everyone that I do this, as it will remain more or less stagnant if I am in charge, but if someone with the desire and expertise to make this place better is in control, things can get quite a bit awesomer around here I do believe. I will say more on this later, but I wanted you all to know.

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DANG

I've been part of a place

surreal

Eric: tank,godlike

Location: Arizona

Joined: Jan 04 2009

I've been part of a place that got sold to a different party. Just be careful on who or what you hand the reigns to. Mmmmkay?

Yeah, I hope it won't be a

Hakoria

Laon King

Location: gmt+1

Joined: Apr 03 2011

Yeah, I hope it won't be a team that will enjoy doing whatever it wants such as Google sometimes does with Youtube.
So wanting a family eh, good luck with life then; I just don't share the emotions you probably have for marriage/kids.

Have you already considered if the IRC will stay under SJ's hands or it'll only be known once the new party has been chosen and said a word on it?

selling the site? D:

Lemoncobbler

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Location: SoCal

Joined: Dec 22 2010

selling the site? D:

Well Arch, you gotta do what

BacardiBreezer

My life is a chip in your pile. Ante up!

Location: NE Ohio

Joined: Aug 16 2010

Well Arch, you gotta do what you gotta do...glad you at least figured some stuff out. I also hope you will pass it on to someone who's been on here for a long time and understands the way things have worked - I think the site is good as-is.

At work I'm designing and

Gnilp

Joined: Jul 07 2008

At work I'm designing and coding and when I'm leisure suit larry I'm playing guitar, playing games or doing whatever comes to mind. I'm also planning on buying my own apartment. I don't really like paying rent.

But right now I'm drinking beer and watching concerts. Love it!

Just got all A's for my first

Ranulf

I will not join your gametabs.

Joined: Oct 15 2009

Just got all A's for my first semester of college! Also, I am sad Archard is selling the site, but I hope everything works out for you, Fearless Leader!

Selling the site.... :s

karathrow

Joined: Oct 26 2010

Selling the site.... :s

Lol tinypic. Now people will

Hakoria

Laon King

Location: gmt+1

Joined: Apr 03 2011

Lol tinypic. Now people will start pondering about the state of their life when uploading images.
Ha-ha--ha---ha.

Re: you WANT misery?well heres

Ash

Joined: Dec 10 2011

wayfaerer said

you WANT misery?

if that ISNT rockbottom, i dont wanna know what it feels like.

THERES some fucking misery.

Oh, you want a misery battle? :p Rock bottom is watching your mother lose her battle with cancer. I hope you only have to take my word for that and don't experience it for yourself. You can get as comfortable as anyone can with the concept of death, but no one can prepare you for the way a person's last breath sounds. It's haunting. Seriously though, my best wishes for you, your mother and your family.
If you ever want to talk about it, give me a shout.

Re: you WANT misery?well heres

wayfaerer

"Embrace your dreams."

Location: The Lifestream

Joined: Apr 03 2011

Ash said

wayfaerer said

you WANT misery?

if that ISNT rockbottom, i dont wanna know what it feels like.

THERES some fucking misery.

Oh, you want a misery battle? :p Rock bottom is watching your mother lose her battle with cancer. I hope you only have to take my word for that and don't experience it for yourself. You can get as comfortable as anyone can with the concept of death, but no one can prepare you for the way a person's last breath sounds. It's haunting. Seriously though, my best wishes for you, your mother and your family.
If you ever want to talk about it, give me a shout.

thank you very much ash. im impressed already haha.

i appreciate the offer, but im not an open person. i have my poetry, and it gets me by.

my mother is doing fine now, still more treatment down the road, but it seems the worst is over. pain is accumulative ive found, and its rarely the wound, more so the knife, if you see what im saying.

again i appreciate your kindness ash, and if i feel the need to do so, i shall turn to thee.

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"i seem to be find a lot that apparently dont contain the .exe actually" -Anonymous

"Has anyone really been far as decided to use even go want to look more like?" -Pherioxus

Oh, I can't say that my life

AleksShamles

Joined: Nov 09 2021

Oh, I can't say that my life has been the best lately. I have problems at my job, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting fired soon. But I'm happy I have the best girlfriend that I've found on https://datinger.uk/ , and I have no idea how I'd handle things without her support. Hopefully, I won't lose my job because I'm not ready for financial problems at all.

Re: What are you doing with your life?

ErvinSmith

Joined: Dec 06 2021

yeah, I understand you

hi

Joined: Dec 31 1969

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I've stopped enjoying

Zyece

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I'm just enjoying my life

Kris Hulsey

Joined: Jan 31 2022

I'm just enjoying my life with my family and friends. I travel a lot, I surf, streaming games online and drinking beers. I have made a list of best surfing spots in Asia that every surfers will enjoy.

Has anyone used dating sites?

Zyece

Joined: Jan 26 2022

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There are so many dating

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