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College and Majors and Stuff!

[Christopher's note: split from https://greaterthangames.com/forum/topic/vengeance-matriarch-4652]

 

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He's an English Major people.Don't try to figure out how his mind works.

 

We're actually quite simple creatures most of the time, just don't take away our coffee.

 

Or give us too much coffee, that's bad too.


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Don't make fun of our favorite T.V shows or books either. Those are among the small number of things we'd be willing to fight for.


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I'm just saying that we have a lot of people who look at the text of cards from a legal, engineering, or proggramming background, and the ways of the literary crowd are not our ways.

Honestly so much made sense the second I read that Christopher was an English major.

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I play with a lot of lawyers too... nothing irks them more than vague rules. If SotM was a competitive they would have come to blows by now. As it is they just rather not play it that often. 

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We have two English Literature students, a Philosophy student, an Art student, a Theatre student, and a Nursing student.

We generally just run to the forum with rules questions!


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Please tell me I'm not the only one here who hasn't had the time or money for college in their life....


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My weekly game group consists of 2 doctoral candidates who work at the Wright Patterson AFB, a Masters' student studying English as a Second Language, an ex-teacher turned defense contractor, my wife (who's a thesis presentation away from having her Masters' in Biology), and myself with a Master of Arts in Teaching (English/Language Arts).  

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Envisioner wrote:

Please tell me I'm not the only one here who hasn't had the time or money for college in their life....

Don't worry! I'm totally in a very similar boat!

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Please tell me I'm not the only one here who hasn't had the time or money for college in their life....

I didn't, so I took out huge loans over 6 years (leaving twice to work for more money) and now It's 10 years later and I don't have a degree and those loans will be paid off in another 10 years.

I learned a lot, and met my wife so no complaints there, but yeah, that's my story.

I was one class from graduating (dumb error on several people's part) when My wife got her job in Chicago, and after moving to Pittsburgh I looked into finishing, but you can't take your last classes off campus or transfer them in, and 4hours of driving 3 days a week with an infant I was responsible for wasn't going to happen.

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I've made two attempts at a degree at university and had to give up half-way through both times due to fibromyalgia. Lack of sleep, constant pain and fatigue and cognitive difficulties due to said pain and fatigue don't mesh terribly well with studying, unfortunately. I'm smart and used to do well academically but now I'm often completely unable to think or learn or remember anything in the slightest bit complicated, like my natural brain's all covered up with a heavy blanket. 

I'd totally go back and finish if it was possible. But I can't see it happening. :/ I'm stuck in idiot mode.

 


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My group consists entirely of college students, with majors including film (which is what I am), computer science, biology (focus veterinarian), psychology, and music. So we've got a diverse group of scientists and artists.


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EvanDan55 wrote:

My group consists entirely of college students, with majors including film (which is what I am), computer science, biology (focus veterinarian), psychology, and music. So we've got a diverse group of scientists and artists.

Ahh, film. My undergrad in media theory/production was filled with being on student film sets. I swear most PA's got treated better than I did as the "sound guy". Really choose the bottom rung of that social ladder. Most of them never noticed the hidden fart sounds scattered through their films.

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Ahh, film. My undergrad in media theory/production was filled with being on student film sets. I swear most PA's got treated better than I did as the "sound guy". Really choose the bottom rung of that social ladder. Most of them never noticed the hidden fart sounds scattered through their films.

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Silverleaf wrote:

I'm stuck in idiot mode. 

I hope that you meant this sarcastically, because I've run into far too many people who think that the fact they didn't go to college meant they weren't smart or something. Drives me crazy when we create unfair expectations like that...

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film (which is what I am)

Ahem. Shouldn't you be working on some film...

(Totally kidding, Evan - given how long I sat on that "project", I'm the last person to complain! )


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Rabit wrote:
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I'm stuck in idiot mode. 

I hope that you meant this sarcastically, because I've run into far too many people who think that the fact they didn't go to college meant they weren't smart or something. Drives me crazy when we create unfair expectations like that...

Nah, I'm smart. It's just, you know like in an RPG when you get hit with a curse or accidentally drink a potion that halves your INT score? That's what it feels like, like my brain can't work anywhere near the capacity I know it has. I call it "idiot mode" because it doesn't reflect my true intelligence. I got into one of the best universities in the country (twice) and I have 6 A Levels, so I can't be naturally stupid. ;)

No negativity towards non-college-people, smart or otherwise - I know many smart people who didn't go and many not-so-smart people who did. And there's different kinds of intelligence anyway, I just happen to be lucky enough to be good at traditional learn-stuff-then-take-an-exam-on-it type intelligence. My dad didn't go to college and couldn't understand calculus if I spent months coaching him, but he can work out how to score a given number in so many darts finishing on a double like lightning, and recalculate if he misses a shot. And you should see him reversing a car with a trailer or caravan - he does it more easily than most people drive forwards. It's very impressive.

Meh, it's also cool if you're not smart in any way. If you're happy, and occasionally doing something useful in some way, I'm good with that. 


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Rabit wrote:
I hope that you meant this sarcastically, because I've run into far too many people who think that the fact they didn't go to college meant they weren't smart or something. Drives me crazy when we create unfair expectations like that...

It's not an entirely unfair expectation...from the situation that Silverleaf describes, she has a hard time doing anything that would make her feel like she was improving her own mind, so being bummed out as a result isn't entirely a result of her being brainwashed by the for-profit education industry.  (Though of course such brainwashing does totally exist.)

Some sort of education is a very good thing to have, and we should probably not encourage a social perspective that it's unnecessary and that a completely un-educated hick's IQ means as much as the same number attached to someone who's literate and scholastically well-rounded.  The issue is that the Institutions of higher learning are far too stultified and formal, and do not make proper allowances for people's individuality (such as the issues that Silverleaf describes).  If someone isn't able to study, they shouldn't be expected to; they might take far longer to achieve the same amount of coursework, but they ought not to be charged far more money as a result (especially on top of their medical bills).  There are other ways for them to demonstrate progress and prove their worth as a human being - but it should require some proving.  Even if all people are created equal, they definitely aren't all equal by the time they reach the age of majority; they deserve to have the same opportunities, but some people never take any advantage of said opportunities, and shouldn't be entitled to all the same rewards as those who did.


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College isn't for everyone in the same vein that the millitary isn't for everyone. Some people don't need a college education to make a successful business to be happy in life, other people like the academic environment as well as the people they meet there. I think education is great and something everyone should strive for, but if you go to college it should be because you want to. If you're only going because you feel some obligation to, then you probably will get burned out quickly and have a miserable time. Although I think college is great, I do think it's wrong to look down on people who didn't go or jobs such as garbage collectors, mechanics, or coffee shop workers because those jobs are needed and performed by real people with their own hopes and dreams.


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Nielzabub wrote:
I do think it's wrong to look down on people who didn't go or jobs such as garbage collectors, mechanics, or coffee shop workers because those jobs are needed and performed by real people with their own hopes and dreams.

Those jobs may be needed, but most people who are doing them would rather be doing something else, if doing something else didn't arbitrarily require a college degree.  (I have literally seen job postings where they don't care WHAT your degree is, but absolutely insist you MUST have one.  I want to see someone who has a degree in something utterly ridiculous like Pre-Columbian Nuclear Economics apply to those jobs.)


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That's a gross overgeneralization.  There are some mechanics who love working on cars.  There are people in the food service industry who love making food (I look at the huge amount of food trucks in major cities right now).  

Implying that a 'utilitarian' job isn't as worthy as an academically-rigorous job and that every mechanics must have some deeper desire to do something "worthwhile" is a disservice to both their job and their choices as a human being.

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They want to know you have the commitment and ability and work skills like organisation and such (and let's face it, intelligence) necessary to gain a degree. They don't care what you actually know, just that you were able to be successful at that level, since it's easier than actually testing everyone for the relevant skills.

In fact the opposite is also true: some people don't get jobs because they're overqualified, and employers understandably assume that they just want a stopgap job until a "real" job comes along. No point wasting your time and money training the person who'll have moved on in three months. 


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There are plenty of people in jobs that require college degrees that would rather be doing something else if they could. Most work just kind of sucks. It's very rare for someone to be in a job that gives them both financial security and intellectual and emotional fulfillment. For the most part, work is something you do to pay the bills and hopefully have some money aside to enjoy and pursue other hobbies like Sentinels.


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My dad escaped civil war Guatemala and the squalor down there (yes he was an illegal immigrant but is now a US citizen if anyone cares) and is now an autobody technician aka mechanic. He loves his job! Until he gets tired of it and moves to a different auto-body shop. That is more due to management than anything else though. I'm not offended just offering up a different viewpoint. 

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Silverleaf wrote:

Nah, I'm smart. It's just, you know like in an RPG when you get hit with a curse or accidentally drink a potion that halves your INT score? That's what it feels like, like my brain can't work anywhere near the capacity I know it has. I call it "idiot mode" because it doesn't reflect my true intelligence. 

Yeah, totally get that. I think I've shown my idiot side enough on these forums to prove it. Struggled with ADHD all my life, along with other crap that just makes it worse. You know what I mean: life.


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Odin wrote:

My dad escaped civil war Guatemala and the squalor down there (yes he was an illegal immigrant but is now a US citizen if anyone cares)

That's really interesting. Can't be easy moving to an alien country, even if you're moving from somewhere that's not too nice.

(I'm secretly jealous of people with exciting family stuff like that. As far back as I've traced my family history, I keep seeing English, English, English, coal miner, agricultural labourer, cutler/tool grinder, coal miner, coal miner. Makes the record-hunting easier, but much more boring). 


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Rabit wrote:
Silverleaf wrote:
Nah, I'm smart. It's just, you know like in an RPG when you get hit with a curse or accidentally drink a potion that halves your INT score? That's what it feels like, like my brain can't work anywhere near the capacity I know it has. I call it "idiot mode" because it doesn't reflect my true intelligence. 

Yeah, totally get that. I think I've shown my idiot side enough on these forums to prove it. Struggled with ADHD all my life, along with other crap that just makes it worse. You know what I mean: life.

I sympathise, it's difficult to deal with stuff like that that feels like it holds you back. That balance between fight and beat it and accept that you can't realistically have much effect on it is a tricky thing to achieve. 


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Silverleaf wrote:

(I'm secretly jealous of people with exciting family stuff like that. As far back as I've traced my family history, I keep seeing English, English, English, coal miner, agricultural labourer, cutler/tool grinder, coal miner, coal miner. Makes the record-hunting easier, but much more boring). 

Not to imply your excitement is "bad" or anything, but I know a guy who got deep into his family tree and found connections to Nazis.  It really shook him up.  Sometimes boring is better than excitement.

But, we all have our family burdens.  I seem to remember reading about an ancestor on my father's side who regularly scalped Native Americans.  Can't say that I was sad to find out he got dead because of it.


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Rabit wrote:

Ahem. Shouldn't you be working on some film... (Totally kidding, Evan - given how long I sat on that "project", I'm the last person to complain! )

I just got access to my editing lab again. Considering it's my job to sit around in a lab full of computers with Adobe Premiere, it'll get done quite soon. wink

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Spouse dug in to her genealogy and discovered it wasn't so much a tree as a bush. Lots of interconnecting branches. Appalachia!


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Reckless wrote:
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(I'm secretly jealous of people with exciting family stuff like that. As far back as I've traced my family history, I keep seeing English, English, English, coal miner, agricultural labourer, cutler/tool grinder, coal miner, coal miner. Makes the record-hunting easier, but much more boring). 

Not to imply your excitement is "bad" or anything, but I know a guy who got deep into his family tree and found connections to Nazis.  It really shook him up.  Sometimes boring is better than excitement.But, we all have our family burdens.  I seem to remember reading about an ancestor on my father's side who regularly scalped Native Americans.  Can't say that I was sad to find out he got dead because of it.

Nah, it's fine, I'm not really attached to the ancestors or anything, and I know whatever I find doesn't reflect on me anyway. I've felt a bit sad when I found out my great great grandfather died in the Somme in WW1 (it made the war real to me in a way that school never did) and another great great grandfather died in a mining accident (looking at the lists of deaths in just that one coal mine is pretty sobering), but that sadness is actually kind of nice, in a weird way.

Scalping! Wow, harsh. Was he killed by Native Americans then, if you don't mind me asking?


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Spouse dug in to her genealogy and discovered it wasn't so much a tree as a bush. Lots of interconnecting branches. Appalachia!

I was expecting more of that in my own tree to be honest, but it turns out that miners move around a lot, and despite there being obvious patterns of lots of people moving in the same way (e.g. in one census I saw so many people living in the little village of Poolsbrook who were born in the town of Dudley 85 miles away), they tended to marry "out".


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My Wife has Hessian Mercenaries from the Revolutionin her family, they fought for the Brittish, then after we kicked stinky Brittish back across the ocean they took their pay and bought farmland in PA.

All the rest of her family fled europe (Ireland and the famine, Italy and Slovakia before WWII)

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Was he killed by Native Americans then, if you don't mind me asking?

I believe so, but I'm not sure.  I was in 8th grade the last time I did any research.  To give you context for how long ago that was, I'll be turning twenty-four in about two weeks.


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See, you people are interesting. Not just miners and farm workers for you!

Had to look up how old 8th graders are. ;)  Yeah, that's a while ago. 

 


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I am the descendant of a bastard son of King Robert the Bruce, born during his reign to a woman of Clan Donnachaidh. Don't know too much more than that, other than he would have been in reasonable favour with the royal family of Scotland and allowed to keep the family name, "mac Robert."

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On my end, family lore says that we're descended from Francis Scott Key (author of "The Defense of Fort McHenry", better known as "The Star-Spangled Banner."). However, we also think there's a name change in there so that the person we believe to be said bastard son is named George Washington Kay rather than Key. Corroborating circumstantial evidence is that nobody who has tried to tackle the problem can find anything about his parents. Everything just stops there.

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Speaking of ancestors, it's kind of funny for me.  I'm half Scottish on both sides, and from my mom's side, we're related to this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cochrane,_10th_Earl_of_Dundonald)  TL;DR: He was a famous naval officer who helped start several South American navies and has a huge floor plaque in Westerminster Abbey as a result.

From my dad's side, we're descended from the Grahams of Montrose that were best known for an event where they surrendered in a clan war, then woke up in the middle of the night, massacred all the women and children, and fled into the night.  So....yeah.

Edit: Oh yeah, and we're related (via mom's side) to Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States.


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Edit: Oh yeah, and we're related (via mom's side) to Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States.

One of my groomsmen was also related to/descended from John Adams. He's even been named appropriately as J(ohn) Adam(s) Wyatt. J. Adam, and usually just called Adam.

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Speaking of ancestors, it's kind of funny for me.  I'm half Scottish on both sides, and from my mom's side, we're related to this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cochrane,_10th_Earl_of_Dundonald)  TL;DR: He was a famous naval officer who helped start several South American navies and has a huge floor plaque in Westerminster Abbey as a result.From my dad's side, we're descended from the Grahams of Montrose that were best known for an event where they surrendered in a clan war, then woke up in the middle of the night, massacred all the women and children, and fled into the night.  So....yeah.Edit: Oh yeah, and we're related (via mom's side) to Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States.

You're not talking about the massacre at Glen Coe, are you? Because we may have words.


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ahem. i was a NHS student, scored a 1400 on my SAT anf 32 on my ACT, and had two full ride academic scholarships offered to me when i was a jr in hs.

i soon flunked out of the college i chose to go to within 2 years (therr was a girl involved....)

after 8 more years of putzing around community college, i got an Associates Degree... in culinary arts.

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those are filled with people with a passion. who answered a calling...... because we wanted to


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Speaking of ancestors, it's kind of funny for me.  I'm half Scottish on both sides, and from my mom's side, we're related to this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cochrane,_10th_Earl_of_Dundonald)  TL;DR: He was a famous naval officer who helped start several South American navies and has a huge floor plaque in Westerminster Abbey as a result.From my dad's side, we're descended from the Grahams of Montrose that were best known for an event where they surrendered in a clan war, then woke up in the middle of the night, massacred all the women and children, and fled into the night.  So....yeah.Edit: Oh yeah, and we're related (via mom's side) to Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States.

 

You're not talking about the massacre at Glen Coe, are you? Because we may have words.

Nah, while there was a Graham involved in that (John Graham), I THINK he was a Graham of Melinthe instead of a Graham of Montrose, and it was mostly Campbells that did that.  In that one, they massacred after accepting the hospitality of the MacDonald's.  In the one I'm talking about, they had actually surrendered in battle.  I forget the specific name, but it wasn't nearly as famous as the massacre of Glen Coe, which spawned like a 100 year feud and numerous songs and poems.


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Yeah. Honestly, I automatically think less of someone with the last name of Campbell because of that. I won't even wear Argyle socks, seriously.


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lynkfox wrote:

ahem. i was a NHS student, scored a 1400 on my SAT anf 32 on my ACT, and had two full ride academic scholarships offered to me when i was a jr in hs.

i soon flunked out of the college i chose to go to within 2 years (therr was a girl involved....)

after 8 more years of putzing around community college, i got an Associates Degree... in culinary arts.

I am Chef. i would never give this up for anything less, nor want to be anything but this. while the rank and file cooks at places like bob evans or max and ermas may only be there cause they are stuck.or dont have an.education, the /true/ part of the culinary world, the award winning food trucks, the catering services (mine), the restaurants that dont just microwave your meal...

those are filled with people with a passion. who answered a calling...... because we wanted to

Thats about the boat I am just entering..... slightly lower SAT and ACT scores. I don't want to drop out of college but if I find something else I love, I can very much see myself switching. hmmm a chef huh? Hoping to find that passion one day (not necessarily as a cook). Also I have an ancestor who was the only one in her family to make it to America before the rest of her family was killed by Nazis. Greatgrandmother i think...

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I double majored in English and History.  My last two years at college, I worked in the Library as a reference assistant.  Before that job, I had vague hopes abut being a teacher.  After my first couple of days in the library, answering questions, I knew what I wanted to do.

I managed to get a reference job in a public library right after college.  Five years later I went and got my Masters in Library science and a job as a reference/research Librarian.  

I got really, really, really lucky both in figuring out what I loved doing, and in the opportunity to do it.

I'll be paying off student loans for a LONG time, but don't regret it.

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braith, im curious. one of the dishwashers here part times at a library and has been talking of going back for his masters as.well.

what do you do? what is your job desc? on one hand it seems like you wouldnt need a degree to work anything in a library, but i know thats not true so om genuinely curious what duties and things a masters of library sciences prepares you to do?


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It's funny where life leads you; I'm excited/terrified to figure out what will come of mine and if I'll ever "figure it out".  I'm lucky enough to be very academically capable without putting much effort into it.  School always just clicked for me and taking tests and writing papers, no matter how little time I put into studying, usually netted me with excellent grades.

After graduating college with a double major in Economics and Finance I had this big "Now what?!" moment.  It had never really bothered me before; I chose an Econ/Finance major because I was good at it and found it mildly interesting (and my parents wouldn't let me choose a major that wasn't guaranteed to open some profitable doors).  But after taking that daunting step from college life to the real world, I realized I had very little idea what it was I wanted to be doing.

So, I just rolled with it; I got a great job, lived with my parents for about a year, and was completely debt free only a dozen or so months out of college (many of my friends who are 4 years out of college aren't even half way to paying off their loans).  Since moving back out on my own into the cities, I've bounced around a few jobs, but the fact that I really don't care for what I'm doing keeps pressing into the back of my skull no matter how much money I'm making or how financially secure my future looks.  It kind of sucks.

Don't get me wrong; I'm quite happy and have a great life.  I have a great group of friends, a loving girlfriend, a very good job, a healthy body and have the inherent priveledge of being a tall, attractive, white, physically fit male who is well-spoken, owns a degree, and stays socially active.  In all seriousness the world SHOULD be my oyster.  And yet, I just can't figure out what I want.  I don't care about money, I have no desire to drive a fancy car or take out a mortgage on a nice home, and there are few material things I really "need" (video games, board games, a good snowboard, a sturdy road bike, nice clothes).  So I'm left asking, "If I don't care about money, why don't I just go get a job that I love?"

And so far the only answer I've come up with is, "I have no idea what that would even look like."

...unless >G is hiring ;)

Sorry to bog down the forums with this life story; it's just been on my mind and the irony that I'm typing this while at work is not lost on me.

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lynkfox wrote:

braith, im curious. one of the dishwashers here part times at a library and has been talking of going back for his masters as.well.

what do you do? what is your job desc? on one hand it seems like you wouldnt need a degree to work anything in a library, but i know thats not true so om genuinely curious what duties and things a masters of library sciences prepares you to do?

Mainly I find things for people.  

In all seriousness, a lot of research is finding out what has been done on your topic, and finding out where the unexplored holes are.  So the people planning a project will ask me to find EVERYTHING on a topic.  Then we'll talk and start adding constraints... do you really want everything?  What about press releases and non-peer reviewed literature?  What is the cutoff point- do you want stuff all the way back to the dawn of time, or only the past 10 years?

then we get more refined- there are multiple conversations to find out what they are talking about.  I operate from a position of ignorance- no matter how much I know about the general subject, they tend to have multiple PHD's in a specific arena, and have usually been working on their specific topic area for years.  so they throw a lot of acronyms and terms at me that I have to decipher.   

Then I spend hours and hours trying to find ways to find ONLY what they want, without finding irrelevant stuff.  I usually have to re-write my keywords at least three times because there are always words that seem like they should bring up all sorts of good stuff, but end up adding thousands of citations on another topic entirely.

Some recent examples are the words "Transfer" and "reassign".  I was trying to find out about students transferring from specialized classes to mainstream classrooms- and those words seemed like they would lead to highly relevant articles.

What I didn't take into account is that transfer and reassign are also really important words for students undergoing gender reassignment and articles on LGBT students.  Incredibly good articles...just not what I needed at that moment.  so I had to re-write everything to try and filter them out without losing anything on-topic.  Its incredibly obvious in retrospect, but...

I also do a lot of customer-related stuff-- answering phones, answering questions, and getting walk-in people what they need to do their jobs.

When I worked at the public library, I did a lot of homework help and finding reliable information for people.  not everyone knows how to distinguish between reliable, vetted, factually correct information and opinion (especially when using the internet).  Even websites that seem legit can turn out to have really biased baselines (because they are funded by organizations with a bias).  I learned a lot of the techniques I use for searching and vetting information at library school- though a lot more is just from experience and trial and error.  I also wanted to work in a specialized (Education) library because I hate working weekends, which you have to do in a public library.  And you can't get a job in a specialized library (and sometimes not in a public library in anything other than a volunteer or part-time capacity) without a master's degree.

So thats why I got an MLS.   

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danmarshall14 wrote:

It's funny where life leads you; I'm excited/terrified to figure out what will come of mine and if I'll ever "figure it out".  

 

I know a man who didn't figure it out until he was 50, he sold his house, took his huge bank account and moved with his wife to Hawaii, where they run a T-Shirt stand.

If he hadn't spent 30 years saving money and trying to figure it out he never would have been able to do it.

You don't have to hurry life, your path will find you, just keep right and be ready.

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For some people who find out exactly what they want to do with their life, keeping the day job that they don't enjoy is necessary to allow them to pursue the thing they love as a hobby.


Just assume I'm always doing that.

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Yeah. Honestly, I automatically think less of someone with the last name of Campbell because of that. I won't even wear Argyle socks, seriously.

I feel you. Having grown up learning about how Germans treated Jews during WWII, I have a gut, negative reaction to Germany and Germans. Logically, I don't blame today's individuals. I have even managed to rise above that reaction on an individual level to the point of having a friend whose parents were born in Germany as a groomsman, as well as such things as enjoying meeting and knowing Sentinels fans from Germany. (Hi, Julia!) It can, however, take me a little extra mental energy to get over the hump.

 

And if the occassion ever arises, I hope to be able to introduce you to my friend Lara Campbell. She's fantastic.


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danmarshall14 wrote:

So I'm left asking, "If I don't care about money, why don't I just go get a job that I love?"And so far the only answer I've come up with is, "I have no idea what that would even look like."

 

This is exactly how I feel. I am 43. I have, at least, gained a fair bit of insight as to what I think is important in life, even if that hasn't lead to any particular work.

 

Currently, in the absence of any other obvious goals, I am working (albeit slowly) on reducing my desires and expenses with the vague goal that I might be able to retire earlier if I do so.

 

Not sure how well that's really working, given that I'm going on a cruise next week.

 

 


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