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Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.

I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

What are some alternatives to going to college?

What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Aug 10, 2013 - 38 answers

What do I do with myself during a break from school + beyond?

Because of troubles at school, I have been forced to take some time off to re-evaluate. My question is, what would be beneficial things to do, what should I try and focus on, how can I improve myself within the context of my situation, etc. [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Jul 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Going into my late 20's = Harder time meeting people. Is this common??

I'm going to turn 28 this year, and I've noticed a trend when it comes to meeting people as I get older. It's become a lot tougher to meet people and hang out with them outside the workplace or school setting. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Jul 8, 2013 - 16 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Starting over at 24

I'm 24 and very recently my first serious relationship (7 years) ended. Starting over with my life after my first traumatic upset and in need of some recommendations for... well, life (career, relationships, finances, the whole gamut). (please forgive the length) [more inside]
posted by znith on Nov 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Questioning life decisions about college and the future. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Where can I find a university/life adviser?

Is there some sort of 'career/life counselor' out there that can help me navigate college/university programs and requirements after dropping out last year? [more inside]
posted by Huck on Nov 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Take a little time to improve your life.

It's probably about time I go to college. I'm kind of (actually, very) confused. What do I do? (Wall of text inside) [more inside]
posted by Redfield on Sep 29, 2012 - 27 answers

Advice/Thoughts for a recent college grad who doesn't like his job.

I just graduated college and have been working full-time for one month. I really don't like my job because I think I ended up in the wrong industry/type of business. I'm hoping for any suggestions, advice, or thoughts about how I can go about figuring out what industry/type of business/job would be a better fit for me. I am talented, smart, and hard working, but I feel like I am wasting my life because I'm not interested in my company or the work we do. [more inside]
posted by laffytaffy9000 on Aug 12, 2012 - 24 answers

Can or should I go back to college?

I'm in my 30s. Can/should I go back to college? What about student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jul 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

Several years ago, my husband's close friend died suddenly. Now the friend's oldest son is graduating from high school, and his wife asked my husband (and others) to pass on some personal accumulated wisdom and memories. What kinds of things should we address? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 22, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I get out of this low GPA mess?

End of junior year in college, biology major, low GPA, just feel miserable. Is there any hope left for me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on May 17, 2012 - 38 answers

Help me get over my decade-long addiction to the Internet.

I've been addicted to the Internet for a decade now and every aspect of my life has been affected. Help me rejoin society, get past this, learn time management skills, develop a work ethic, and piece my life back together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Life/School/Work advice, please!

Struggling, College Educated 23-year-old Needs Solid Life Advice [more inside]
posted by foreversport on Mar 16, 2012 - 26 answers

I feel like college is ruining my life and I'm not sure what to do about it.

I feel like college is ruining my life and I'm not sure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Mar 10, 2012 - 41 answers

Help an ENTP narrow down their career path choices....

In the last couple months I've come to realize that I am not alone. My personality is my problem and it is what has made this post-college thing so hard on me. ENTPs are sort of visionaries who can be the best and innovate and succeed at anything we put our heart to but we get bored very easily if we aren't socially, creatively satisfied and doing some "analysis" or "innovation" or "problem solving". We also don't take well to being "told what to do". (Sort of like a cross between Steve Jobs (visionary, creative, secretly self-obsessed) Calvin (from the comic), Jack Sparrow, The Joker, and Wile E. Coyote. ) [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jan 9, 2012 - 69 answers

I need life advice badly......

Need some life advice, I don't really know what I'm doing, I've failed so far miserably. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Nov 1, 2011 - 39 answers

I've been to school, now I'd like an education!

After years of mulling about, I've come to realize that I want to to go to university and gain a proper liberal arts education. For the first time in what feels like eons, I feel enthusiastic and motivated. Trouble is, my first attempt at doing so was three years ago and under much different and more trying circumstances. It seems that the consequences of my halfhearted younger self have severely damaged my future possibilities. What can this 21-year-old do to demonstrate his new-found ardor for all pursuits academic? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Oct 5, 2011 - 13 answers

I know the magnitude of my life vector and now I need direction

I've failed college and I don't feel like returning, at all. In fact, every single day I stay here seems like a waste. So, I might as well do what I was planning on graduation: Get as far away as possible and start over. Question is, where? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Jul 12, 2011 - 31 answers

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more?

Should I pursue my interest and study college physics more? Specifically, should I take a year-long calculus-based program, until I get comfortable that I'm on top of it-- and can really judge my level of interest and aptitude fairly? Considering I'm a Junior English major. Also considering that it's been 15 years since HS algebra and I've never been good at math. But I want to be. [more inside]
posted by reenka on Feb 10, 2011 - 31 answers

Avoiding undergraduate regret

Looking for advice on avoiding undergraduate regret... [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 15, 2010 - 36 answers

Want to start school and get our life on track, but how?

Want to start school and get our life on track, but how? I've made some mistakes in college by not showing up an entire semester so my GPA is 1.05, even the lower university's here in TN like austin peay won't take me because my grades suck. I live a hour away from the two community colleges in my area. I also have to figure out how I'm going to give my family a place to live, I lost my job in missouri and moved down to TN with my mom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 - 37 answers

Life stinks, I'd like to change it.

I should probably talk to a therapist, but what can I do ON MY OWN regarding general distaste for my life complicated by apathetic depression? Wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Life advice for the newly agnostic.

After doing pretty poorly at a four year university and having been kicked out for leaving their religion, how should I go about judging community colleges to attend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2010 - 19 answers

What to do about my incessant longing for life like it was in college?

What to do about my incessant longing for life like it was in college? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jul 18, 2010 - 33 answers

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

I think I want to move but don't know how, nor if it's wise to do so right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I drop out? How do I tell my parents?

Feeling very lost and confused about my life. Should I drop out of college? How do I tell my parents? [more inside]
posted by herebedragons on Jun 5, 2010 - 36 answers

Carleton v. Wesleyan

Carleton v. Wesleyan. I'll be seeing my nephew next week, and he has his future whittled down to these two colleges. Not that it will really have an effect, but I'd like to appear to know more than that it is colder in Minnesota, and asking MeFites seemed easier (and maybe more astute) than reading a lot of PR things. Neither he nor I know what he will major in, but probably nothing practical (ie. if he doesn't wind up an academic, he'll be applying to law schools sooner or later.). Any opinions or insights?
posted by Some1 on Mar 22, 2010 - 19 answers

Should I register for classes in the fall?

So I'm about to start my 7th year of community college... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 11 answers

What do you wish you had known or learned in school?

What skills or subjects or topics or experiences -- not just academic but professional, social, and even personal -- do you wish you had learned or acquired in college? [more inside]
posted by adamrobinson on Oct 14, 2008 - 29 answers

Work Hard and Hope for the Best, or Stay Safe and Lose It All?

Am I making a huge mistake? I'm deciding whether I should take a term off from my beloved college in order to work in the "real world", scraping together money for a study abroad program (Semester at Sea). My instincts say to do it, but I'm suddenly hesitant and wonder if others might have suggestions. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Aug 7, 2008 - 39 answers

Want to have a real college "experience" but limited to community college and a state school in a city I just don't like.

Want to have a real college "experience" but limited to community college and a state school in a city I just don't like. [more inside]
posted by evanrodge on Jul 17, 2008 - 17 answers

I am 21 and bored with life

I am 21, male, and I'm pretty bored with life, I feel stressed about doing nothing. I am having trouble figuring out what it is I really want to do with all of the time I have right now, and I've definitely been stagnating. Give me some advice! [more inside]
posted by thegmann on May 8, 2008 - 19 answers

What. to. do.

How can I reconcile two different and conflicting plans for my future? (long-ish explanation) [more inside]
posted by brynna on Apr 28, 2008 - 11 answers

I can has right to privacy too?

Damn silly college "visitation hours" rules at a public state university. Help me fight the man? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 19, 2008 - 44 answers

How to balance social life with full load of college studies?

Little Sister advice for balancing new social life and college [more inside]
posted by Snoogylips on Sep 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Should I go back to school for a second degree?

Should I go back to school for a second degree in something I feel very passionately about? [more inside]
posted by misled on Aug 15, 2007 - 16 answers

Working 9 to 9.05, what a way to make a living.

I find it nearly impossible to do any real work, unless I happen to feel like it. But I don't want to end up drifting through life, settling for mediocrity. If you managed to get your act together and are now able work hard on things you aren't interested in, as we all should be able to do from time to time, then my question is: how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 - 26 answers

What should I do with my life?

About a week ago I graduated from high school—finally. I graduated with honors and have a very large scholarship to a state university here. It's all planned for me to go to university. But I am not sure if I want this. [more inside]
posted by fjardt on Jun 4, 2007 - 44 answers

Y'know, I'd really like to be a luthier.

I'm a college sophomore on my way to a CS Major / Religion Minor. Apparently my initial career options (just from that major) are a little bit better than my English-major friends. But I'd much rather make interesting things than work in a cubicle. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 13, 2007 - 13 answers

What can a new student at American University in Washington expect?

What can a new student at American University in Washington DC expect as far as her life at AU and as a student in DC? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on May 4, 2007 - 27 answers

I failed college again. What now?

What do I do now? I haven't attended a class since sometime in February. Do I try to go to every class from now on, or just chill out until May since I've already screwed myself. Again. [more inside]
posted by cellojoe on Mar 20, 2007 - 39 answers

Advice on finding a non-teaching but education-related job for a college student.

I need to find a summer job. Ideally I'd like to do something related to education, as I'm hoping to work in education (explained in more detail inside) when I'm finished with my own education - but I am much more interested in research and theory than in classroom work, so I'm having a hard time coming up with ideas. I'm interested in ideas that are very tangentially related to education as well as ones that are very related. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me get a clue on my future options.

I'm about to graduate and have no clue about the options for my future, and no one to talk to about it. Help me get a clue. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jan 3, 2007 - 13 answers

What should I be when I "grow up"?

Based on my job skills, what should I go back to school and study, in order to have one of those "career" thingys? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Oct 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Can I take a mulligan on college?

ReDoFilter: Is it a good idea to go back to college? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Apr 24, 2006 - 23 answers

Morning routine for an internet-addicted college student?

What is the best morning routine, especially for someone who is (a) in college and (b) wants to fight something starting to look like internet addiction? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

What should I do with the next few years of my life?

I'm a high school senior trying to plan the next few years of my life. I'll definitely take a year off before college, but everything else is still up in the air. [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jan 14, 2006 - 30 answers

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