Originally Posted by MorbidToaster
I work a ****ty dead end retail job. I've worked full time since I turned 15. Oh, but I do a little bit of freelance IT on the side.
I basically just work hard and I'm really stingy...I only make 25k a year (often less). I've pretty much got a year's salary invested in my system. :D
My philosophy was always this...I'm not going to go to school for something like a liberal arts degree (which is what I really want) because I'd pile up debt and end up in the same crappy job I have now...and I wasn't going to go to school to get a degree in something I hate to get a better job, to pay off all the debt from school.
I really wanted to get a music theory degree...maybe even a Ph D so I could be a professor.
EDIT: To chime in on the Math discussion. I got a perfect score on my math SAT and I loathe it.
Wow, amazing on the math score I "only" got a 770 (darn that 1 wrong easy question!). You definitely would have gotten good scholarships to a state school though? Working part time would still have been a viable option.
I'm lucky enough to have my parents pay the bulk of a private tuition, with me paying back ~30k-45k loans after I graduate. But I'm pretty much stuck with a STEM major, and being Asian doesn't help convince my parents to let me change. Maybe Business, Finance, or Economics would be worth it if I made a top 15 school, but that wasn't really an option so here comes another Asian engineering among the thousands of others.
I never really understand it when some people (especially obviously very capable people, like you, Morbid) choose to skip out on college. It's not mandatory by any standards, but public schools are very do-able with part time jobs and a chunk off tuition from scholarships. There has to be something there that has a decent career path that you don't despise...
Anyways, strange thing, two giants on head-fi, you and ljokerl, work retail. Strange coincidence..