Help me stay motivated in school.

Got a case of the fuck this.

God damn idk I work myself into these little rutts. Phone Post 3.0

I need this as well. Midterms kicked my ass and I need a nap. Phone Post 3.0

I tried going to college twice. Both times I didn't even make it a semester. Fuck algebra.

I JUST PAID $7 TO PISS MY GOD SAUCE IN YOUR DADS SHIT POCKET...............DON'T END UP LIKE YOUR DUMB WHORE OF A FATHER.  GET AN EDUCATION........

BIGWHITESEXY - 


I JUST PAID $7 TO PISS MY GOD SAUCE IN YOUR DADS SHIT POCKET...............DON'T END UP LIKE YOUR DUMB WHORE OF A FATHER.  GET AN EDUCATION........


7 bucks? He charged me 10, and I had to finish in his mouth. I guess you're just bigger, whiter, and sexier.

I fucked around and got kicked out of community college for shitty grades.  The only motivation I ended up needing was a year working at Lowes full time as the "millworks specialist".  I went back to school with a promise to myself that I would never work retail again, and 3 years later I had a job that paid well and that I actually enjoyed.

Honestly, you may want to take a break from school and either you'll find a job that you love or you'll decide that you want a degree to avoid a job that you hate.

There isn't much out there for people with no degrees or experience that's worth doing. Depends on geographies. Phone Post 3.0

I decided traveling around and smoking pot like a stupid hippy would be more fun than college. It was fun, but now I'm in my mid 30's and essentially stuck in a job that I'm underqualified for on paper and getting a different job with equal pay is almost impossible because I don't have a degree. I got lucky to score a job like this quite frankly and I need it to support my family, but I'm dying inside a little every day.

On the flipside, my brother went to college and still had fun. Now he has a job doing what he has some passion for and can move into a number of different fields if he ever decides to.

Does that help? Phone Post 3.0

My grades sucked so bad after my sophomore year my parents said, "if you want to go back next semester, you're paying for it". I took a semester off to regroup. I worked at Target, did construction, waited tables, and delivered pizzas that summer and the following semester home all while taking 6 hours at a community college. It was a smack in the head of what my life would be like if I didn't finish college. At target, most of the managers had degrees and were working their asses off for $24k a year after a few years on the job. That was shit starting pay out of college at the time. Most kids I knew were making $30-40 coming out. Pretty sure some went on to become execs at Dayton Hudson (now disolved) but not all did. Construction is tough work. Waiting tables could lead to managing a restaurant but the hours and constant exposure to blow were awful. Delivering pizzas may have been the best job i've ever had in terms of the pay to work/stress balance, but would never see more than about $65K/ year (pre tax equivalent of tips on-top of wages).

I ended up pulling my grades out of the gutter and went on to graduate. I found a job and used their tuition reimbursement program to pay for an MBA.

In today's world, a bachelor's degree won't get you much. You'd better plan on an advanced degree or certification after you graduate if you want to clear 100k. "I don't need $100k to be happy" you may say. Go check real estate prices in the area you want to live in. on $100k salary alone, you can probably swing a $150k house. That ain't much these days. You want to roll in an Accord? Nice try. Not on $100k. You want to retire at 65? With what savings? $100k after taxes, medical insurance, and savings will bring you in around $60k. That's $5k a month. a mortgage on a $300k house? $1750. taxes and insurance? another $500. Groceries a month? you may live off $50 now, but I spend at least $500 for my family. utilities, cable, cell phones, gas, auto insurance, dry cleaning, hair cuts, student loans, another $1.5k. where are we, 4250? you got about $750 left. And we haven't even talked about kids yet. I was paying $1200/ month for one just for day care until she started school. Now I pay less but not much for after school care, gymnastics, girl scouts, soccer etc. And they don't even get expensive until they turn 18!!! College, weddings, down payments for houses.

College isn't just about money either. It's about the experience of living on your own, solving problems on your own, and creating relationships with people your own age that will last a lifetime. Just had Sunday dinner with a friend I made in college. Was neat watching our kids play together. It's about taking required classes you wouldn't normally take in British Lit that one day will allow you the opportunity to make a witty reference in front of the right person that lands you the job where you meet your wife.

You grow up a lot in college; more than you realize until your finished with it. I laugh when I think about the kid i was when I arrived vs the man I was when I left. Night and day.

Don't cave man. Trust me. Quitting is an easy out. But remember, the biggest decisions in your life are the easiest to make, but the hardest to follow through with. Stay in school. Finish. And enjoy the enriched world it will provide you for the rest of your life.

^ that was an awesome post. Vote up. I agree a bachelors isn't worth much. But I'm just at the beginning and I'm leggings some adversity fuck me. I'm going to school with the end goal being a CRNA which makes about 160-180k a year here. I agree that I have to go for something that makes money.

Your post was just fucking awesome man. Really appreciate that and you taking the time to do that. Phone Post 3.0

If you don't quit, you will succeed.

It is worth a few years of struggle to have a much easier life later on.

There's a thread by GenericAmerican about going to school and there's a lot of support in there. Subscribe any time you feel like quitting, get support from us.

myersei - My grades sucked so bad after my sophomore year my parents said, "if you want to go back next semester, you're paying for it". I took a semester off to regroup. I worked at Target, did construction, waited tables, and delivered pizzas that summer and the following semester home all while taking 6 hours at a community college. It was a smack in the head of what my life would be like if I didn't finish college. At target, most of the managers had degrees and were working their asses off for $24k a year after a few years on the job. That was shit starting pay out of college at the time. Most kids I knew were making $30-40 coming out. Pretty sure some went on to become execs at Dayton Hudson (now disolved) but not all did. Construction is tough work. Waiting tables could lead to managing a restaurant but the hours and constant exposure to blow were awful. Delivering pizzas may have been the best job i've ever had in terms of the pay to work/stress balance, but would never see more than about $65K/ year (pre tax equivalent of tips on-top of wages).

I ended up pulling my grades out of the gutter and went on to graduate. I found a job and used their tuition reimbursement program to pay for an MBA.

In today's world, a bachelor's degree won't get you much. You'd better plan on an advanced degree or certification after you graduate if you want to clear 100k. "I don't need $100k to be happy" you may say. Go check real estate prices in the area you want to live in. on $100k salary alone, you can probably swing a $150k house. That ain't much these days. You want to roll in an Accord? Nice try. Not on $100k. You want to retire at 65? With what savings? $100k after taxes, medical insurance, and savings will bring you in around $60k. That's $5k a month. a mortgage on a $300k house? $1750. taxes and insurance? another $500. Groceries a month? you may live off $50 now, but I spend at least $500 for my family. utilities, cable, cell phones, gas, auto insurance, dry cleaning, hair cuts, student loans, another $1.5k. where are we, 4250? you got about $750 left. And we haven't even talked about kids yet. I was paying $1200/ month for one just for day care until she started school. Now I pay less but not much for after school care, gymnastics, girl scouts, soccer etc. And they don't even get expensive until they turn 18!!! College, weddings, down payments for houses.

College isn't just about money either. It's about the experience of living on your own, solving problems on your own, and creating relationships with people your own age that will last a lifetime. Just had Sunday dinner with a friend I made in college. Was neat watching our kids play together. It's about taking required classes you wouldn't normally take in British Lit that one day will allow you the opportunity to make a witty reference in front of the right person that lands you the job where you meet your wife.

You grow up a lot in college; more than you realize until your finished with it. I laugh when I think about the kid i was when I arrived vs the man I was when I left. Night and day.

Don't cave man. Trust me. Quitting is an easy out. But remember, the biggest decisions in your life are the easiest to make, but the hardest to follow through with. Stay in school. Finish. And enjoy the enriched world it will provide you for the rest of your life.
I joined the Marines after high school, after I got out I worked odd jobs until I started doing construction. I realized I was too smart to be breaking my back everyday and enrolled at my local community college. I used my gi bill and eventually transfered to a university. I'm in my last year now and feel exactly like you do right now op. Some days I wonder if I'm built for college and other days I'm really happy I chose this route and think about getting my masters. Nothing in life that is worth it comes easy and we need to keep at it. Phone Post 3.0

I dropped out of school twice. Could've been a doctor with the time I've spent at community college and university.

After learning to enjoy the experience, my grades have gone from C's, D's, straight F's to all A's and B's.

Just view it as an investment. Try to take things you learn in class and think about how you could possibly use them in a professional workplace.


The closer you get to graduating, the easier it gets IMO. Im going to school to be a technical writer, now that I'm at university my classes are all more geared towards my profession. Assignments and projects you do in these classes can be used with your job resume (in a portfolio demonstrating your work).

Also, you meet a lot of really cool people. Collaborating and networking is really helpful. My tech writing teacher is offering jobs and internships through his connections to students who get B 's or higher in his class. Pretty good incentive to do well, lol.

Good luck buddy. Phone Post 3.0

if you need other people to motivate you, you aren't going to make it

If you stop going to school you need to start paying back student loans. That's motivation to never stop going. Phone Post 3.0

OutTapped - If you stop going to school you need to start paying back student loans. That's motivation to never stop going. Phone Post 3.0

This. I spent 22k on trade school and dropped out 3 months before I finished.

Now, a decade later, I still owe over 9 grand. Now that I'm back in school for the second time (never do tradeschool!) Anything I accrue goes on top of the 9k I already owe.

myersei - My grades sucked so bad after my sophomore year my parents said, "if you want to go back next semester, you're paying for it". I took a semester off to regroup. I worked at Target, did construction, waited tables, and delivered pizzas that summer and the following semester home all while taking 6 hours at a community college. It was a smack in the head of what my life would be like if I didn't finish college. At target, most of the managers had degrees and were working their asses off for $24k a year after a few years on the job. That was shit starting pay out of college at the time. Most kids I knew were making $30-40 coming out. Pretty sure some went on to become execs at Dayton Hudson (now disolved) but not all did. Construction is tough work. Waiting tables could lead to managing a restaurant but the hours and constant exposure to blow were awful. Delivering pizzas may have been the best job i've ever had in terms of the pay to work/stress balance, but would never see more than about $65K/ year (pre tax equivalent of tips on-top of wages).

I ended up pulling my grades out of the gutter and went on to graduate. I found a job and used their tuition reimbursement program to pay for an MBA.

In today's world, a bachelor's degree won't get you much. You'd better plan on an advanced degree or certification after you graduate if you want to clear 100k. "I don't need $100k to be happy" you may say. Go check real estate prices in the area you want to live in. on $100k salary alone, you can probably swing a $150k house. That ain't much these days. You want to roll in an Accord? Nice try. Not on $100k. You want to retire at 65? With what savings? $100k after taxes, medical insurance, and savings will bring you in around $60k. That's $5k a month. a mortgage on a $300k house? $1750. taxes and insurance? another $500. Groceries a month? you may live off $50 now, but I spend at least $500 for my family. utilities, cable, cell phones, gas, auto insurance, dry cleaning, hair cuts, student loans, another $1.5k. where are we, 4250? you got about $750 left. And we haven't even talked about kids yet. I was paying $1200/ month for one just for day care until she started school. Now I pay less but not much for after school care, gymnastics, girl scouts, soccer etc. And they don't even get expensive until they turn 18!!! College, weddings, down payments for houses.

College isn't just about money either. It's about the experience of living on your own, solving problems on your own, and creating relationships with people your own age that will last a lifetime. Just had Sunday dinner with a friend I made in college. Was neat watching our kids play together. It's about taking required classes you wouldn't normally take in British Lit that one day will allow you the opportunity to make a witty reference in front of the right person that lands you the job where you meet your wife.

You grow up a lot in college; more than you realize until your finished with it. I laugh when I think about the kid i was when I arrived vs the man I was when I left. Night and day.

Don't cave man. Trust me. Quitting is an easy out. But remember, the biggest decisions in your life are the easiest to make, but the hardest to follow through with. Stay in school. Finish. And enjoy the enriched world it will provide you for the rest of your life.
Sub'd just to read this again!
VTFU Phone Post 3.0

myersei - My grades sucked so bad after my sophomore year my parents said, "if you want to go back next semester, you're paying for it". I took a semester off to regroup. I worked at Target, did construction, waited tables, and delivered pizzas that summer and the following semester home all while taking 6 hours at a community college. It was a smack in the head of what my life would be like if I didn't finish college. At target, most of the managers had degrees and were working their asses off for $24k a year after a few years on the job. That was shit starting pay out of college at the time. Most kids I knew were making $30-40 coming out. Pretty sure some went on to become execs at Dayton Hudson (now disolved) but not all did. Construction is tough work. Waiting tables could lead to managing a restaurant but the hours and constant exposure to blow were awful. Delivering pizzas may have been the best job i've ever had in terms of the pay to work/stress balance, but would never see more than about $65K/ year (pre tax equivalent of tips on-top of wages).

I ended up pulling my grades out of the gutter and went on to graduate. I found a job and used their tuition reimbursement program to pay for an MBA.

In today's world, a bachelor's degree won't get you much. You'd better plan on an advanced degree or certification after you graduate if you want to clear 100k. "I don't need $100k to be happy" you may say. Go check real estate prices in the area you want to live in. on $100k salary alone, you can probably swing a $150k house. That ain't much these days. You want to roll in an Accord? Nice try. Not on $100k. You want to retire at 65? With what savings? $100k after taxes, medical insurance, and savings will bring you in around $60k. That's $5k a month. a mortgage on a $300k house? $1750. taxes and insurance? another $500. Groceries a month? you may live off $50 now, but I spend at least $500 for my family. utilities, cable, cell phones, gas, auto insurance, dry cleaning, hair cuts, student loans, another $1.5k. where are we, 4250? you got about $750 left. And we haven't even talked about kids yet. I was paying $1200/ month for one just for day care until she started school. Now I pay less but not much for after school care, gymnastics, girl scouts, soccer etc. And they don't even get expensive until they turn 18!!! College, weddings, down payments for houses.

College isn't just about money either. It's about the experience of living on your own, solving problems on your own, and creating relationships with people your own age that will last a lifetime. Just had Sunday dinner with a friend I made in college. Was neat watching our kids play together. It's about taking required classes you wouldn't normally take in British Lit that one day will allow you the opportunity to make a witty reference in front of the right person that lands you the job where you meet your wife.

You grow up a lot in college; more than you realize until your finished with it. I laugh when I think about the kid i was when I arrived vs the man I was when I left. Night and day.

Don't cave man. Trust me. Quitting is an easy out. But remember, the biggest decisions in your life are the easiest to make, but the hardest to follow through with. Stay in school. Finish. And enjoy the enriched world it will provide you for the rest of your life.
VU. Definitely needed that today. In my last year for my bachelors and working on graduate school. Sometimes it's too disheartening. Phone Post 3.0

rekt - if you need other people to motivate you, you aren't going to make it

i agree with this to some extent. however, the two things that motivate me the most are my wife and kid. everything i do is for them.

anyway, glad i could be motivational to you. hang in there man, we all hit rough patches.