Should I get another bachelors degree?
June 13, 2010 7:25 AM Subscribe
I have a bachelors degree in philosophy. I wasn't a great student. My career path seems to be boring and unpredictable. I want a job where I can use my brain and be a part of pushing the world into a techno-utopia. Do I need a new bachelors degree? How will the admissions process go for me? How can I prove to myself that I can do my degree well?
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I entered university with a 1220 (650m/570v) on my (old style) SATs and a 3.15 GPA from high school. I graduated from James Madison University in 2005. With a philosophy major and a 2.74 GPA. At the time I didn't care about school, nor did I put any effort into it. I just showed up to classes for the most part. I loved classes, I found them easy and interesting, but I didn't study for tests and wrote all my papers at the last minute. I did horribly badly in a few courses and was constantly debating with myself whether school was important or not.
For the past 5 years (wow) I've been traveling around, teaching in South Korea and traveling some more. My job is alright but has 0 intellectual challenge and I feel like I'm getting dumber by the day. I've worked on multiple projects for the past 5 years too. I did hapkido for more than 1 year 5 days per week 1-1.5 hours per day. I did pickup (yes Mystery, Neil Strauss stuff) and I got really good at getting girls. I worked on the internet, making up to $200/day though this has been semi inconsistent. Now I'm learning Japanese and have been studying about 2 hours everyday for 3 months. So I list all that as hopefully proof that I have changed since my university days and can do it now. Can't I? I think so.
So now I'm looking at the future ahead and I know I don't want to be teaching. I'm only 50% confident about making money on the internet for the future. I've always been fascinated by science and technology. Did I mention I'm a computer nerd and taught myself to program in high school? I want to be part of the future and ideally something big. I love sci-fi. So 2 major things I'm interested in are alternative energy sources and biotechnology. I'm also fascinated by all the other sciences especially evolution, astronomy, chemistry, physics etc.
So now that the back story has been revealed, on to my questions:
1. Do I need another bachelors degree?
2. How are admissions people going to treat me? Is there anything I can do about this?
3. How can I test my interests in certain fields to both
a. Find out if it's right for me.
b. Prove to myself I can do it.