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Post by YoungAndWise » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:51 pm

Alright, now that the grey, dull, fog of winter is beginning to lessen it effect on me, I can see several different paths or options to see upon graduation, none of which are exclusive of each other.

A) Get a job.
The most standard (and boring :| ) option for me. I can easily get a job if need be with my experience (internship and a year abroad are in my favor, alongside the shenanigans I pull of my last year aka possible cultural ambassador alongside Honor's ambassador)

B) Internship (to get foot into geopolitical think-tanks)
I have been researching a couple places that are think tanks that offer internships to recent graduates, which I can try to get into. The difficulty with is I doubt my abilities to get my foot into the door with my current state of knowledge and skillset (mostly technical (read: GIS) and social sciences (read: development and human geography)). But who knows? I might be able to pull it off.

C) Graduate School in Europe (Specifically Finland and Estonia)
The reason being I want to go to graduate school in Finland and Estonia is the lower cost as opposed to the U.S. graduate school (read: Finland is free, Estonia has a lower COL in exchange for actually paying for school). Specifically between Quantitative Economics (Eesti) and Geography Regional Studies w/ focus on Development/Planning Geography (Finland). These two could be potential stepping stones into different careers that are kind of related to geopolitics/geoeconomics.

D) Gap Year
Have a gap year in-between Master's and/or career. Basically, build a buffer of money/experience while I am young, while enjoying life. Probably work at a hostel, internships in different companies to set what I want out of life or work, and so on. I might do this because I am graduating one year earlier that most American students.

And as for this semester? Finishes classes strong, getting ready for the final onslaught that is next year and in general try to install habits that will help me in the long run in ERE Marathon (i.e. working out consistently, eating more fruits and vegetables with less meat/no meat, and financial sensibilities.)

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Post by reepicheep » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:09 am

I took a gap year before college and loved it. If I were to do it again I would have gone for more depth of experience rather than breadth--I moved around a lot--and I would have been more financially conscious.

Still, highly recommend.

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Post by leeholsen » Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:20 pm

reepicheep wrote:I took a gap year before college and loved it. If I were to do it again I would have gone for more depth of experience rather than breadth--I moved around a lot--and I would have been more financially conscious.

Still, highly recommend.
i would second that.

don't put yourself in a box from going ere asap because you loaded up credit cards doing it, but if I could have done it all over again; i'd have been all over the states in the closest campground. spending 3 months on the west coast and 3 in the applachains is something I would have done.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:35 am

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i would second that.

don't put yourself in a box from going ere asap because you loaded up credit cards doing it, but if I could have done it all over again; i'd have been all over the states in the closest campground. spending 3 months on the west coast and 3 in the applachains is something I would have done.

I have been leaning towards gap year because honestly this coming up last year is going to be hell for me between academics, school activity programs and trying to get a research paper out alongside my undergraduate thesis while maintaining my GPA at a Magna Cum Laude worthy level (Right now if were to graduate I would be Summa Cum Laude).*

My only worry would be losing momentum for graduate school. But I can push my way through that by saving enough money during my last year to pay off my student loans (which is around $3,625 ATM; $3,625 too much IMO) and then during summer just work like crazy (2 Jobs basically) to live in either Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania for a while until I can get a hostel job in one of the the capitals.

*I know these only mean shit for my first job, but they are solid goals for me to concentrate on.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:07 am

No Longer a Stupid Teenager; Now just another 20-something year old college student who has debt :P.

Talking about debt, I have bad news: I have to take on more debt during my last year in college. Reason being I am only getting $2,425 in grants instead of crap load of money got these past two semesters (I am going to miss having $2,000 in scholarship money per semester :( ), which will only offset the rising cost of housing. If I work a full-time job at the super-market I am going to get around $3,200 by the time college starts up which bring how much I am going to pay with loans for F15 down to $1,225.

It is S16 that I am worried about because if I quit the job when university starts up, I won't have that much money to put away for next semester. In which case I will have to pay the entire tuition then with student loans, which is horrible idea.

So am I going to do two things:

1) Work like crazy over the summer
During the summer work a full-time job and a part-time job to save enough money to pay for my semester in full for F15 without taking on debt (okay it is about $60 but I hope my parents could cover that much for me).

2) Maybe get a part-time on campus
Even though I have a little bit over a full course load I could squeez in twenty hours of work during the semester on a campus job. The reason I say this because if I study an hour per hour of course I have, I would be focusing on my class work 34 hours a week. Even on 5 day, twelve hour schedule that I have sixty hours of time to work with. In that case, I can have a part-time job for minimum wage and save up to $2,320 in one semester. That leave only $3,041 left to pay off.

Hmmm...I could work two full-time jobs during the summer, I could save up enough for both semesters.
And if I can't get that full-time job, I can just be waiter.

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Post by Quadalupe » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:35 am

Make sure that you also allocate some time for yourself besides study + work. If I were to go for your option 2, I'd become very stressed out. It's of course commendable to strife for a low debt, but don't get a burn out in the process! Of course, you might react different to a high workload, so your mileage may vary.

By the way, can you explain to me, as a non-USA person what F16 and S16 are?

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Post by YoungAndWise » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:35 am

Fall Semester of 2015 and Spring Semester of 2016.

I just decided to shorten the terms into a short phrase.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:43 am

...And fuck my university.

Seems like if I live on campus next semester I have to buy one of the $1,700+ student meal plans except if I live in one of the apartments owned by the schooll.

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Post by bottlerocks » Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:03 pm

YoungAndWise wrote: Seems like if I live on campus next semester I have to buy one of the $1,700+ student meal plans except if I live in one of the apartments owned by the schooll.
My university instituted the same requirement towards the end of my undergrad except it applied to anyone who lived within 30 miles of campus. I think they've since scaled it back to on-campus living but I was able to get out of it by writing what I called a "Letter of Financial Hardship" to the bursar. If there isn't an official means of getting out of it I would just annoy enough of the administration until they cave in. Or when you don't pay it and they try and prevent your from taking classes, threaten with legal or media attention. $1700 is worth a lot of time spent on the phone whining and bitching, to me.

I used a similar tactic to get out of parking passes as a part time grad student...why should I pay $300+/year to park in a single specific lot that is never at capacity? University standardization is a joke and flies in the face of academic endeavor.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Sat May 02, 2015 5:16 pm

@bottlerocks: Agreed. The standardized package of education system for everyone, is very annoying to me. I hate the fact that I have to waste time on some core curricular classes that could spend on studying different subjects that I want to learn about.

But good news!

There pulled back the stupid meal plan so I am going to go live in the cheaper dorm!

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Post by reepicheep » Thu May 07, 2015 2:55 am

Yay!

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Post by YoungAndWise » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:51 pm

So the adventure is over...

My year abroad is over, my life is different, my desires and wants are more solidified (I hope), and the tales and memories I have shared with people, while financially did not make sense, in the long-run I am glad I have done this.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:52 pm

It has been a couple months since my last post. And honestly it has been dull as fuck-all to be blunt. After have a year-long adventure in a foreign country coming to a town of 18,000 is boring as crap.

Also college selection has changed; I am more than likely not going to Finland for my Master's as the recent education budget cuts made the possibility of Finnish Master's being free unlikely*


*Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Finland or its people. I just feel like I can find a degree plan that fits my needs and with the the possibility of it no longer being makes me look to other options for programs, such as Germany, Iceland, or Norway. (Estonia as well)

However there is the entire possibility of me getting a Master' degree is up in the air at the moment. The reason I say that is because, well, I don't know exactly where I would best use my skills.

Right now I am applying for jobs on campus so I can start saving money for paying off my student loans. However starting in a couple weeks I am going to start hitting careers fairs and trying to find a possibility for a summer internship or job.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:25 am

A couple weeks have passed and so far everything is going well.

My only worry is when college is over. Right now, I am going back to my idea of several different possible branches, which causes stress.

Honestly, I am leaning towards just saying to not bother about going graduate school or what to afterwards and just take a gap year.

Pay off my students loans, get a breather from the annoyances of college, and honestly enjoy life a little bit.

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Post by El Duderino » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:32 am

Having lived in a town if 15K people for about 9 months and since traveled a good bit around the world, I can't imagine going back to that small scale stuff. Kudos to you for keeping yourself busy in a small pond.

I had the same issue when looking to graduate from university; no clue as to where the next move would take me, but optimistically excited about getting setup with an adult lifestyle and grown up responsibilities like having a steady job. The groundwork you lay now for your future career will pay off, so landing a good internship or entry type job will be really helpful.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:22 pm

@El Duderino: Have an internship a couple year's before. As to how good it was? Meh. Learned a lot about Economic Development in tiny towns but beyond that not much else.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:39 pm

YAW steps into the room broom in hand, and turns on the lights. He sweeps the cobwebs around room, and desk. In an hour, his job is done and he sits down at the desk and opens the journal, its pages turning yellow, wrinkles of its age and memoir of his youthful stupidity.

Hello.

I am back, from the dead. :)

Last semester was stressful as I was adjusting to going to college in the United States, going through bureaucratic bullshit getting my classes properly exchanged, and having a couple deaths in the family. Overall, emotionally I am holding up as I struggle to find what the next step in this grand adventure of life all the while maintaining my academic score.

This semester has been going well so far, as I have gotten into a routine that is healthier and less crisis oriented, with me completing my weekly assignments a couple days before they are due. Hell, I have even gotten back into writing fiction and have begun literature review for the research I am doing with my professor. And I have also found a possible internship with NASA, so that rocks. :)

Overall, I am doing fine, with only a little over 7k in debt, and meet going to look for an apartment that is right next to the college campus that has cheaper rent (WOOOT!) and closer to the store I usually get groceries from.

P.S. Reason I am moving is multiple reasons, everyone I know is moving out of the dorm, the dorm is losing its special status, and they are introducing over-priced meal plan unless you live in the most expensive apartments.

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Post by saving-10-years » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:42 am

Welcome back. Sounds great that you have your assignments routine under control (something I never sorted myself so huge admiration) and also some writing happening. With so much disruption in your life either one of those would be an achievement. Good luck with the move and college (and NASA).

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Post by George the original one » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:01 pm

It sounds like you have more control of your life now, like you're doing the things you really want to do?

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Post by YoungAndWise » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:20 pm

George the original one wrote:It sounds like you have more control of your life now, like you're doing the things you really want to do?
I feel like I have more control over my life, in that I am doing something towards goals. And I feel like I am doing something possibly important, with my literature research. As to if I truly want this or that I have control over my life? I frankly don't give a shit. I just know that I am actively doing something instead of just sitting with my thumb up my ass.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:40 pm

February Update:

Seemingly doing well in classes (Feeling like I am in the midst of of Impostor Syndrome at times but I just tell myself to breath and stay calm.)
But more good news:
I am now sleeping at a healthier time and trying to workout everyday (Wednesday being breakday as those are my "easy" days, with easy being only in the fact I only have the hated three hour lab I have to take alongside the one hour class I actually like. *insert gagging emote*). Beyond that, I submitted my application to NASA and went a career fair to talk to the private firm recruiter.

And good news everyone; I think I have foot in the door!

The submitted my resume to HR (woot!) noting I was talkative, amicable, and current project I am working on. She suggested I pick up learning a couple programming skills (which I start on pronto Friday) and gave me a couple suggests for apply for internships, summer jobs---and careers.

So overall, the year has not been bad.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:13 pm

Monthly Update; March

So far my class are ranging from C- to B+, which kind of worries me. So right now I am cracking knuckles, and double downing on my school work. Interview with NASA was over with the phone; it felt awkward which sucks. However backup internship within state is possible; that is paid and comes with housing!

:)

So if the NASA thing does not work, I will opt for that. Heck, even if the thing with NASA works out I just might opt for this if it pays good enough; save me money, time, and headache by staying in state and have my housing paid for than having to work out of state, finding housing, then coming back. And not worrying about my car breaking down on the way back.

And after debating it, I am going for my Master's at a minimum; I believe I can get a research assistantship where ever I go which will cover tuition and my COL; my even putting back for savings. I will probably aim for more of a Spatial Statistics route, as I feel that prevents the problem of over-specialization, than say going for Earth Sciences and Systems. However I still have a little time left so I am not freaking out.

Student Loans:
Ewww....that thing. Yeah, I have a meeting with the Student Money Management Center with an adviser Monday to take about how to approach it.

It is not bad at the moment. But it is still an amount I don't like. So I am going to talk to him about it.

Beyond that, that is it for this monthly update.

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Post by YoungAndWise » Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:00 pm

April Update:
21st Birthday, and here I am with a massive headache as I struggle to figure out what to with my life. My previous back-up plans have suck with the decline of the oil and gas industry (the company I was interested in had a branch in Houston), taking a year off in the New Zealand to refocus myself is turning out fruitless as I have no idea how to break into it, and my passion for GIS and Geography is waning recently. I just dread the thought of doing that sort of work for the rest of my life. And I am beginning to dread having to go to graduate school. Overall, life this month has been annoying.

However I can legally drink alcohol in the U.S! So there is that.*

*No I am coping with my issues with alcohol if I came off as applying that. I honestly just wanted joke about that.

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Post by Olaz » Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:18 pm

I just turned 22 today, April 25th. Birthday buddies!

I also just finished my junior year. If it helps, I'm choosing the job + microadventure route this summer and beyond (until I raise at least 175k--I'll have 40 by the end of college thankfully). I'm also majoring in geology, which is similar to your geography interests. Interestingly, I will NOT be doing graduate school until (hopefully not) later. Instead, I've been doing finance programs left and right to get my foot in the door. This summer (rising fourth-year summer) I'll be working for the Chamber of Commerce in my area and shadowing two personal wealth managers in the area while networking with asset management or financial planning firms for post-college. Ideally this will lead to a 60k/yr+ job in a relatively low cost and progressive city like Minneapolis, Chicago, or Portland, which I could then work for 5-10 years to raise 500k. I would then hard switch to a life of hardcore adventure-travel. Let's see what actually happens. :mrgreen:

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Post by YoungAndWise » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:06 pm

Zalo wrote:I just turned 22 today, April 25th. Birthday buddies!

I also just finished my junior year. If it helps, I'm choosing the job + microadventure route this summer and beyond (until I raise at least 175k--I'll have 40 by the end of college thankfully). I'm also majoring in geology, which is similar to your geography interests. Interestingly, I will NOT be doing graduate school until (hopefully not) later. Instead, I've been doing finance programs left and right to get my foot in the door. This summer (rising fourth-year summer) I'll be working for the Chamber of Commerce in my area and shadowing two personal wealth managers in the area while networking with asset management or financial planning firms for post-college. Ideally this will lead to a 60k/yr+ job in a relatively low cost and progressive city like Minneapolis, Chicago, or Portland, which I could then work for 5-10 years to raise 500k. I would then hard switch to a life of hardcore adventure-travel. Let's see what actually happens. :mrgreen:
Holy shit are serious?

I guess we have the same birthday! :D

Yeah I am looking towards just getting a job so I can start paying off my student loans *shakes fist angrily in the air*.

I honestly want to aim to jump into a Business Analysis program as I can make a decent wage in a low cost city so I can pull off the same thing you are doing. Hopefully by the time I am thirty I have enough I can start travelling more and focus on my writing full-time.

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