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Posted by Lelia on October 28, 2002 at 21:46:42:

In reply to: Big question, a bit off topic, though not completely... posted by Joan on October 28, 2002 at 02:07:27:

As I just got thru this spot in life I figure I can come up for air
from my tests and through in my 2 cents - for whats it worth.

In high school I was a pretty good student, Actually the group I
assocaited with and still do were the top kids in the class. I was
considered the "creative one" I was always into alternative medicine.
However, as I hung out with the "brains" it was pretty much a decided
that I absolutly had to go to college and get a degree and get out
and work for the rest of my life. Its a given - today young adults
aren't really offered any other ideas - the way it looks is either A.
go to school in a compatative field and make tons of money so you can
be deemed succesful by the rest of the world or B. spend the rest of
your life miserably poor, bitter and on the street. I swear thats all
the hope my teachers had for me.

So I went to school I spent a lot of money hoping around in fields
and majors that I would have made an okay life out of. But somehow in
the rat race of it all I realized I wasn't doing what was in me. So I
left school (but why Lelia - you could have succesed!!) and now
attend an occupational school were I'm state certified as an
herbalist. And after I leave this state my certification won't mean
much to anyone.

I don't know if I'll ever go back to school - some of the best and
most brillant herbalist I've meet have NEVER gone to school. Most
dropped our of high school. However if I do, it will be to further my
education in something genuine to me. Not chasing after some title
that will fall away after my death.

I think education is incredabily important. And yes, the job market
is out for people with degrees it doesn't matter where, but they like
their pretty pieces of paper. It makes it easier, yes. But for me it
just wasnt worth it anymore. It's important to make bread money - but
it's equally important to honour your true self. So if you want to
follow though with your art, go for the gusto put your heart into.
Yeah, it'll be tough. and yeah, you'll never have your own jet,
you'll work cheezy resturant jobs and dilever papers at 4 am, but
hopefully somewhere between it all, you will enjoy your life and live
it fully.

It's difficult to find a balance but it is possible to honour your
creative side and eat, just make sure you keep your eyes peeled, ask
lots of people lot's of questions and bug your carrier counsilers at
school NUTS - that's what they're there for. Welp, back to the books.
I should be done By mid novemeber and thus will be able to
particpiate in the forum a bit more.

Hope any of this made sense. Lelia


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