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September 29, 2012 3:27 PM Subscribe
It's probably about time I go to college. I'm kind of (actually, very) confused. What do I do? (Wall of text inside)
posted by Redfield to education (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Right now, I'm really confused about life and stuck in a dead-end, awful retail job that has had a pretty negative effect on me mentally and physically (especially mentally). I need to get out, but I've found it incredibly difficult to get an interview. It seems everybody wants somebody with a bachelor's degree or years of experience to make up for the lack of one. I don't have either.
So, I decided that it's probably about time I go to college so I can at least have a somewhat better chance of getting a better job and getting my life together. But, I don't know what to do. I don't know what I want to do with my life. Ideally, I'd like to wind up as a producer (a localization producer for video games would be nice) or a sound designer, but those are just pipe dreams. I was looking at Full Sail University, just for the hell of it, and they have a course called "Entertainment Business", which sounds appealing, but if I'm going to wind up $50,000 in debt, I don't want to just have a useless degree to show for it.
I also don't know what path I should take. Do I go to a community college first, then transfer somewhere to get my bachelor's degree, or do I skip community college altogether and just try to go for my bachelor's degree? And where do I go? I'd love to use college as an excuse to get out of where I currently am (inland Southern California). I'd like to try Northern California, or at least go to one of the coastal counties in Southern California. I don't know how feasible that is for somebody with very low income, though.
Additionally, I've also read just about everywhere that a bachelor of arts degree is useless, and to go for a bachelor of science. I am very bad at math (this was always my biggest obstacle in school), so I don't know how well I'd do getting one of those.
I want to be successful. At the very least, I want to be able to say that I tried. I'm going to be thirty in five years, and I'm terrified of the idea of being in the same place I am now.
I don't really know of anyone to talk to that could give me good advice. That's why I'm asking here.
So, I guess my question is: do you have any advice to offer on this? Have you ever been in the same (or a similar) situation, and what did you do? Are there any good options for me in California?
(If it matters, I'm a 25-year-old male, and I have graduated high school).
(I also apologize if this comes off as "help me sort my life out!" I just want to figure out this college thing, as I feel it'd be a good first step in beginning an actual life, rather than being depressed and working retail for another several years. I realize I'll probably still have to work retail while I'm doing school, but I'm hoping college will motivate me with the knowledge that I may be able to get a better job).