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Old 09-15-2019, 11:31 AM   #41
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I ended up dropping out of college at age 19 and doing 20 years of hard labor for low wages so I would say to do whatever is needed to get a degree. Get a tudor. Take 12 credits per semester and take 5 years to get the degree if needed. Take on more debt so I don't have to work much so I can focus on school. The extra debt would be no problem to pay off with the much better job I would get with a degree.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:33 PM   #42
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I do not know if I would say anything to my 18 year old self, as my 18 year old self would not listen.
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:31 PM   #44
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:59 PM   #45
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Switch majors to the one you really want (STEM) instead of trying to please another & so you can get Uncle Sam to pay for undergrad (my school was weird...only one major, no minors)

And take the MCATs like you wanted...same guy could have paid for that as well.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:09 PM   #46
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I'd say "Want to see my Time Machine?"
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:11 PM   #47
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:46 PM   #48
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I dunno that I'd do a whole lot different. If I had, I wouldn't be who I am. For example, I could say to my younger self "Don't marry the first one who says 'yes'." But if I hadn't married wrong the first time, I wouldn't appreciate DW as much as I do.

Other examples abound, I did a lot of learning at the School Of Hard Knocks.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:54 PM   #49
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Have more fun along the way. Take some risks.

When the college boyfriend asks you to visit him in Germany, go. He will go back to his country of origin, and you will never see him again, but you could have more memories to cherish.
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:17 PM   #50
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better enjoy that decade of just scraping by and living the life of an artist, because after that it's nose to the grindstone for the next decade, and then comes the family.....
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Even as late as the 1990's, your career will be negatively affected by sex discrimination in a Fortune 50 company. Carefully document what is happening and sue the bastards!
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I'd say to my 18yo self: boy you sure screwed up, did not choose your parents well. Now get on and deal with it.
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Old 09-16-2019, 06:26 AM   #53
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:10 AM   #54
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I would say, "move to a better climate area (than Northern Ohio), and take some chances with investing, start up your own business, and stay away from the dope, and the dopes (dopehead friends).

No reason for a college degree if you make your own way !
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:30 AM   #55
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Keep doing what you're doing - stay in college, get your degree. But maybe think more about possibly going grad school. Oh, and that girl you're going to meet late in your junior year? You guys really don't need to take a job in the same city after graduation and certainly not in the same company.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:53 AM   #56
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Dear 18 year old me,

you know you are not mature or responsible enough to handle a 4 year university right now. Go to junior college for a few years and get yourself together.

My dearest Grandparents offered me a full ride to college and with pressure from my parents I was convinced it's what I had to do. I wasted 2 years of their funds with failing grades and late nights before I left hanging my head. It wasn't until I spent a few years on a forklift that I decided that wasn't the life I wanted. I put myself through college the second time and graduated with a 3.85. I never missed a day or an assignment once the money and responsibility was on me. Everyone is different and has their own story to tell but I wasted a tremendous opportunity because I didn't have the courage to admit I wasn't ready.
Personally, I think your grandparents STILL did you a great favor, as you learned a lot along the way of screwing up. IMO, they would be proud.
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I would tell my self that "nothing is ever as bad, nor as good as it seems. Plan accordingly."
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:54 PM   #58
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If I had kept a detailed journal, I would say, "here, read my/your journal and avoid all the stupid mistakes I/you wrote about there." Since I didn't keep a detailed journal, I would say, "Keep a detailed journal."
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:29 PM   #59
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Buy gold at $35 an ounce.
Invest in Apple and Amazon.

Keep the 65 mustang. (yes, at 16 my dad had one and gave it to me at high school graduation)
Stop at 2 kids.


Seriously though, I can think of nothing I'd really advise myself on as it all worked out better than I thought it ever could. Not in my wildest dreams did I think I'd marry my high school sweet heart, land my dream job after military service, have 2 sons who I am in awe of for their life choices, own the beautiful home we have or be financially independent by age 50.

I've lived a very blessed life.
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Don't stress out about being single. It has lots of positives.
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