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Snapzites, what did you do directly after high school?

By directly I mean the time span of the next 1 year.

3 years ago by Pfennig88 with 17 comments

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  • twoBits (edited 3 years ago)
    +6

    I dropped out of high school. Ended up getting my G.E.D and working various jobs until I was 26. Met my girlfriend (at the time) wife and ended up going back to school to get a B.S. in Computer Info Systems. Going back to school, best thing I could have ever done.

    I worked at Metakote, I think that's how you spell it. It was a factory where they painted parts for large Caterpillar tractors. Then worked at Farm Supply helping farmers manage their crops. My favorite was working on the river. I worked on the Illinois River tug boats. That job was the BIGGEST pain in the fucking ass ever But, it was also the most fun. When I was on the night shift - if nothing was going on I got to sleep all night. But, during the rain and winter months; the worst job imaginable.

    • idlethreat
      +4

      Woohoo! GED-bro's-who-went-into-IT!

      There's millions of us ;)

  • Vera
    +6

    I moved to Milwaukee WI, then Houston TX, then Austin TX, then NYC within 2 years time.

  • amar771
    +5

    finished high school half a year ago, spent 2 months studying for entrance exam for uni, passed, and in process of getting paperwork and stuff for it, next half year should be attending classes and passing exams (hopefully)

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  • perfect
    +4

    Took a year off to travel and followed the sheep into college

  • racerxonclar
    +4

    Worked at a job I thought was bad, quit, then got a new one that was 10 times worse. And there was a trip to Sweden and Philly in there

  • idlethreat
    +4

    I dropped out from school. Spent about a year between work and going to the library. Read a lot, learned far more than I was ever clued in during my HS days. After a year or two of that, took GED. Eventually moved to KC and started my IT career doing tech support for Gateway.

    • Francopoli
      +4

      Gateway. Now there is a name I have not hear in a forever. How was working there?

      • idlethreat
        +3

        Technical phone support for any large company is generally quite hellish. Between clueless users, relentless efficiency rules and mediocre pay, it's pretty high turnover. For example, with the 39 people I started with on the phones, there was two left at the company at the end of two years when I left.

        That being said, I left with a high tolerance for pressure, creative troubleshooting skills and a drive to devour technical information at alarming rates.Those skills and habits served me well ever since.

  • FivesandSevens
    +4

    A year of college, then dropped out and spent ten years as a musician, then back to college, then grad school, now teaching college. That year after high school was one of the better ones though.

  • stitches
    +1

    The year after: started sixth form, drank a lot, got thrown out of sixth form, worked for the council, started a new sixth form college. Pretty much one big circle for me.
    I did manage to finish that sixth form with A levels though (and not get thrown out).

  • moe
    +1

    Went straight to uni. Not a fan of doing physical labor, and it doesn't seem easy finding a job with lucrative pay without upper-level education.

  • JTtheGhost
    +1

    I went to college, dropped out, and ended up working at a small computer shop while gaining social skills on the internet. WTF happened to those good times?

  • Qukatt
    +1

    I left school a year early (the way it works here is you can leave at 16 or do an extra 1 or 2 optional years so i didn't really drop out) and went on to college. It was an action packed year full of underage drinking, discovering MMOs and my flatmate hanging herself in her room. Fun times!