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when i grow up...

a classic todd comment:

[01:59] me: i feel that the human mind and brain are one of the last uncharted territories, and that fascinates me
[02:01] him: Oh, it's pretty neat stuff, but unless you're gonna pursue it to doctorate levels, it's really nothing more than a hobby, which is why I'm getting an engineering degree :)
[02:02] me: i wish there was some way i could test my ability to handle taking science classes before i embarked on the whole career path...
[02:02] me: or if i could just know where to begin, what classes to start taking...
[02:02] him: Isn't that what high school is for?
[02:03] him: Sorry, cynicism...
[02:04] me: are you saying i should have figure that out ten years ago?
[02:07] me: at least i got a sociology degree, which is vaguely appropriate :)
[02:08] me: i'm trying to assume you didn't mean that meanly, though
[02:12] him: No, or yes and no... In general the purpose of pre-collegiate education is preparatory not only in acquiring skills, but in discovering aptitudes.
[02:13] me: The only thing I discovered an aptitude for in high school was slacking and crushing on boys...
[02:13] me: oops!
[02:14] me: time wasted. oh well. i'll just have to be late on this "figuring out what i ultimately want to do" thing :)

apart from that, it has been a fun conversation where i got to talk about anti-depressants. and it's renewing my urge to start my long-term plan to become a psychiatrist. apart from that whole not-knowing-if-i'm-up-to-the-task-of-med-school thing.

i slept 8 hours today; a nice bit of catch-up. it meant i didn't actually *do* anything today, though. why can't i have another weird dream that inspires me to be productive? i did have a weird dream about going on vacation to a time-share with all my friends and fighting over who got to take a shower first. i have no idea why.

kevin lane icq'ed me out of the blue today. now i'm all wishing (again) i could orchestrate an NRV reunion. i would need to rent like, a HOUSE for a weekend though, and i have no idea how you would go about doing that. i guess i can fantasize about finding the perfect abandoned victorian mansion in the hills for now.



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Aug. 22nd, 2002 07:51 am (UTC)
Why does that sound like the beginning of a Slasher movie to me?
Voice Over: Kim invites her friends to an abandoned victorian mansion in the hills for a weekend get together. Little did she know there would be one guest she didn't invite; Murder! Now, her friends must fight to survive as they try to avoid being killed off one by one.

Now a major motion picture - based on a true story.
A Galtham Film Release

Aug. 22nd, 2002 10:25 am (UTC)
Re: Why does that sound like the beginning of a Slasher movie to me?
Man, I hate it when Murder crashes the party. Murder never brings chips or offers to help clean up; you can't even get Murder to make a beer run, unless it's some place where a lot of machinery and heavy kegs can go wrong. Murder is just the worst party guest ever. P
Aug. 22nd, 2002 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: Why does that sound like the beginning of a Slasher movie to me?
No kidding! Don't even get me started about the blood stains on the carpet. You'd think murder was raised in a barn, I swear.
Aug. 22nd, 2002 06:05 pm (UTC)
Friend of mine, very close friend, great guy, is looking towards a similar career path. He's currently a sysadmin, has a very stable work environment (a double blessing these days) and is paid well enough. Problem being, he knows it's not what he wants to do forever, and he's trying to move things so he can end up pursuing education and a subsequent career in psychology.

He's go things pretty together. He knows what field he wants to pursue, he's looked into the available programs around the country and generally done his homework quite thoroughly. Obviously, it's not to easy - he's not going to be able to go to school and make the kind of salary he is now, and making a jump from something comfortable and solid (even if it's stifling) into the unknown is never, ever easy.

This guy's a little older than me, and he may just now be heading into what I think may be one of the roughest chapters of his life. Course, I know this guy and am pretty sure he'll get through it, and probably come out the other end smelling of roses.

Relevant? Dunno. Maybe. Figure it worth mentioning to say it's doable, and it's a whole lotta hell for other folks too.

Luck. :)
Aug. 27th, 2002 01:27 am (UTC)
What you're describing sound so familiar. I've been through it FOUR TIMES now. First, it was library science. I was sure I wanted to go and I researched the programs, however, that was right out of college, and truth be told I was loathe to sign on for more homework at that point. The second idea was Information Management - the high tech version of the library science degree. I went so far as to take the GMATs. Then I realized, soon enough fortunately, that I didn't want to be a high tech librarian, I wanted to be a regular old librarian, so there was no use fooling myself. The third round, I had this boyfriend that wanted to be a lawyer and convinced me that I'd be a great lawyer too. I learned all about the challenge of law school, how long it would take, what kind of law practice meant making money and what kind meant starving... unfortunately, that boyfriend also had me in such a state that I wanted to jump off a bridge. Not conducive to buckling down and financing/attending law school. Finally, I knew that I wanted to Help People, so I researched and applied to schools for Social Work. I got my acceptance letter for Radford the same day I got my job offer at Intermedia. I thought, well, I could make X dollars after 2 years of school and accruing that much more debt, OR, I could make X dollars NEXT WEEK. You know which won out, as otherwise we wouldn't be having this dialogue.

Now I am sure I want to be a psychiatrist. As sure as I was when I wanted to be a lawyer (which is still compelling) or when I wanted to be a librarian (not nearly as compelling as it was in 1997). Am I going to ever actually go down that road? Not in the next 2 years, I'd bet. I'm in no position to go back to school. Right now, I have to think about laying a foundation... thus far I've been miserable at it. But, I have faith, that if I want it bad enough, I can make it happen.

The one thing I do wish I had was something like an "academic advisor". I think I'm at the point where I have to be my own academic advisor, though. :) If I knew where to start, see, I might take a class at night school here or there...
Apr. 23rd, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
So, was Corolla anything like the dream?
Apr. 24th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
haha, nope, because we all had our own bathrooms! i don't remember that dream at. all.
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