#1
Like most retarded teenagers, I plan to go to college to get some back-up if my project with music fails.

I really don't know what to do though, I started a math minor to buy some time and get something done, but after this year I'll be lost again in the sea of the modern falsehood of hope. (the math turned out to be boring, although not too challenging)

UG is the best place to ask, 'cause you don't know who the hell I am and we share a common passion : music. I am 17, 18 in 2 weeks, already wishing I could start my life over, so I want to know what other people did, yes, you people.

What are you guys studying ? Or what DID you study ? Or just what did you do to make it in your life ?

I'm looking for some advice here, and I'd like for you guys to share, if at least to get some inspiration, because besides my guitar, I don't know what else I love.
#2
How did you start a math minor at age 17 or in high school?

I'm 19 and studying Electronics Engineering. I'm in my second year and I just got hired for a software job at Ericsson. Shit's pretty cash.
#3
TS, nobody your age knows what they want to do.

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#4
there is a whole world out there. even if you just meet one new person a day some cool stuff is bound to happen. maybe not cool per se but at least an adventure.
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#6
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How did you start a math minor at age 17 or in high school?


I don't know.....

I tried engineering before math, earlier this year. I was doing industrial engineering, where you don't find a lot of physics (I hate physics, no offence), but it turned out to be utterly boring. Electronics is a good job though, especially in their cooperative program, they got the best internships ($$$). Quit after about a month, had to get that refund in time.
#7
actually i think it comes down to doing what you love like Yoko Ono, no matter what anyone else thinks.
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actually i think it comes down to doing what you love like Yoko Ono, no matter what anyone else thinks.


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#9
what if you don't know ? Does yoko know ? (Yoko Ono, please, that was brilliant)
#10
Do whatever the **** you want.

I'm studying music at uni because I was sick of sitting on my arse in the family home, wondering what I was going to do with my life. I applied and auditioned cause I thought it might be fun, and I was right. I've got no idea what I'm going get out of it, if anything, or what I'm going to do after it's over but that's for future me to worry about. I'm just going to enjoy myself until then and then presumably come up with another distraction.
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#12
I went into university not knowing what I wanted to do. I'm in third year and still have no idea. I'm currently in a business management program doing a major in marketing management and minor in professional communications. It's not bad and it has quite a bit of career opportunities apart from advertising like most people think.
Just talk to people (e.g. your professors) about the industry and what it offers. You'll get ideas and have a little more direction.
#13
I'm 17...Still no idea what I want to do. Honestly my two dream jobs would be composer, or game dev. Of course neither of those are practical, so I am going to college to possibly be a lawyer, or politician. Law, and politics are really the only realistic careers that interest me.
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I'm 17...Still no idea what I want to do. .

you mean besides catch them all?
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#15
I'm 18. I'd like to do something musical or be an editor, preferably for novels.
"The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted."
#16
Also, don't take advice from heavily career-minded people. I ****ing hate people who think that life is Birth>Childhood>Graduation>Work>Die. I know I could happily go my whole life without "getting a real job." Obviously from time to time you may have to work to survive, but I'm never planning on getting caught up in a career, and my life's goal is not "Earn lots of money and then die" like so many others'.
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#17
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Do whatever the **** you want.

I'm studying music at uni because I was sick of sitting on my arse in the family home, wondering what I was going to do with my life. I applied and auditioned cause I thought it might be fun, and I was right. I've got no idea what I'm going get out of it, if anything, or what I'm going to do after it's over but that's for future me to worry about. I'm just going to enjoy myself until then and then presumably come up with another distraction.


I don't think that my level, or even style, would allow me to go beyond the auditions, it is worth a shot though, how does it go (the audition, requirements et...) ?

EDIT: Just saw your other post, and I agree, I personally hate the way the whole job thing works in our world, but hey if I wanna get started with something a degree is always welcome to baby me to something good.
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#18
That reminds me, today we had a career planning thing at school and I was basically called lazy and that I need to catch up with everybody else for not having a specific job in a future career already picked out. lol.

I'm a bit younger than you (16 about to turn 17) but I can say that you shouldn't rush to pick something. Experiment until you find what you like, and while going to school is a good idea, you don't have to strictly follow the born->childhood->graduation->work->die path.
#19
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you mean besides catch them all?


Oh there will always be that.

Because you know...to catch them is the real test, and training them being the cause.
#20
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I am 17, 18 in 2 weeks, already wishing I could start my life over, so I want to know what other people did, yes, you people.
At that age? Over something like that?? Seriously???
Jeez man, quit stressing it. Almost EVERYONE that age doesn't know what to do next. But relax, you still have time to decide that for yourself.

I personally just went to an 8 month college to become a certified medical billing & coding specialist. Because whatever. I'll still get a decent paycheck.
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#21
Just turned 22 and I still don't know what I want to do.
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#22
I think it's stupid that schools push careers onto you so early.

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#23
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At that age? Over something like that?? Seriously???
Jeez man, quit stressing it. Almost EVERYONE that age doesn't know what to do next. But relax, you still have time to decide that for yourself.

I personally just went to an 8 month college to become a certified medical billing & coding specialist. Because whatever. I'll still get a decent paycheck.


I don't really have time, because I simply don't possess the money to buy me that time. Studies aren't free, neither is food, rent etc... And the hobo lifestyle doesn't really appeal to me, you know.
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#24
I just figured college was my only option after high school. I was a pretty good student in high school, so that made it easier to get accepted. I'm studying chemistry, third year, and I'm almost clueless about what kind of job I want after college. I have a summer job, but it's just a side thing, but even I think I'm young enough to not know what exactly my career will be or my future. You've got time.
#25
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I don't think that my level, or even style, would allow me to go beyond the auditions, it is worth a shot though, how does it go (the audition, requirements et...) ?

It depends entirely on the institution. I almost certainly cannot give you any advice in regards to that.

If you're not confident with your performance you could always look into sound engineering instead.
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It depends entirely on the institution. I almost certainly cannot give you any advice in regards to that.

If you're not confident with your performance you could always look into sound engineering instead.


Go ahead, tell me what you did for your audition(style, instrument..), how hard it was and how experienced you were at the time. Anything is welcome. I think that the mystery is what's making me nervous.

I tried doing the Dj stuff when I was younger, but I turned out to be better at a real instrument, turning that into a job is something else though.
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#27
When I finished high school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I went into politics and economics at uni. It was a pretty tumultuous time in my life, and I soon became disinterested and basically wasted that year. Took the next year [this year] off and reevaluated my priorities.

tbh it was probably the best decision I've ever made. Still don't really know what I want to do; but am overall a much happier person. And I'm no longer stressed that I don't know what I want to do with my life.

Probably going to shift my major towards philosophy of science next year, and keep music going on the side. Not sure about a career path - but I'm not so worried about that at the moment. I'd rather do/learn things that interest me
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#28
im about to turn 21 and I have no clue. I work a shitty mall job and still live with my parents.

The fact that education is so expensive really frustrates me and I really just don't know what I can do. Nothing seems to interest me besides music and I don't believe that will get me anywhere.
#29
Don't force it. Spend a year on your own, supporting yourself. Smartest decision you could make. Then get the boring shit out of the way at a cheap community college. By then you should be ready to take a direction.
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#30
mainly just try to die smarter than you were born. See stuff, do stuff and have a few beer on the way.
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#31
I'm 23 and studying Ancient History at uni, will actually be completely finished in less than a month's time. I switched course during my time here and still no idea what I want to do. I enjoy what I've studied but have no real interest in pursuing it.

It's scary because I'm about to be thrust out of uni and into the real world (cliche) without the faintest idea of what I want to do next. I have a desire to work in radio or something similar, having done a lot at student radio here but god knows.
#32
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Go ahead, tell me what you did for your audition(style, instrument..), how hard it was and how experienced you were at the time. Anything is welcome. I think that the mystery is what's making me nervous.

I tried doing the Dj stuff when I was younger, but I turned out to be better at a real instrument, turning that into a job is something else though.

Well first I had to pick a major to apply for out of Performance, Composition/songwriting and Creative Production (Audio Engineering.) I chose Performance as I had more experience with it than the other two.

I had to play 3 pieces of contrasting style. I played Melancolie by Napoleon Coste, a classical guitar piece; Si Bheag Si Mhor, an Irish harp piece (arranged for guitar); and Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson.

For the composition one you had to send in 3 pieces you wrote of contrasting style, and the production one required 3 pieces you'd recorded showcasing different techniques or sounds or programs and equipment.

I'm far from a virtuoso, I'd barely even call myself intermediate compared to some of the people in my course, but I showed off a few skills and that I could handle myself in a performance (even if it was an audition with two guys sitting across the room from me) and I got in.

The performance bit only makes up 1/4 courses per semester though, and the remaining 3 courses include composition, production, video and audio editing and academic writing, among other aspects of the musical academia. I started off being pretty terrible with my reading and theory, with no knowledge at all of production, and a little bit of compositional skill.

I've improved vastly in all aspects of musicianship in the year that I've been studying. I'd highly recommend it. Even if you're not going to get a job out of it (I probably wont) it makes you feel so much better about yourself.
#33
Ts////not alot of people are good at math...i would stick with it. good money. And you say it is not challenging for you? geez dude, id stay with that.
#34
I'm 21. Fourth year of Electronic Engineering. Still have no idea what job I want to have, or how I'm going to obtain it with so much competition. I'm not sure I'm cut out to be an engineer. I'm not passionate about it and I don't have the self-discipline that my friends and coursemates have.
As far as I'm concerned, any job that won't drive me into depression and lets me have enough time/money to pursue my hobbies is good enough.
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#35
Read
Play games
Music
Fap
Eat
Sleep
Exercise
Travel
Abuse substances

There's so much to do that I can't understand how you can even ask that question
#36
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#37
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Read
Play games
Music
Fap
Eat
Sleep
Exercise
Travel
Abuse substances

There's so much to do that I can't understand how you can even ask that question

All of these. So much.

They're not in order of priority (for me) but this is sage advice.
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Not everybody asks about it, but I suspect everybody these days does more than just consider it. A big part of youth is worrying about what's yet to come.
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#38
Only meaningful thing you can do is to travel around.

Yeah you can have career,family and all that shit but its so trivial...
#39
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I swear to god I was thinking about that just now haha

Jyrgen : How do I get drugs/games or travel if I don't have the $$$ ?

I could just take a random program, say the one I'm doing right now and turn it into a B.S, it's just that I already find it boring and kinda depressing, math seemed ok at first but the more I did them the uglier they got.

I want some kind of middle path, just enough money to be happy, and a job good enough to keep me sane.
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#40
I'm studying Music Technology with a view to doing a PGCE and being a secondary school Music teacher.

If you don't love anything besides your guitar I'd consider withdrawing from music for a while and getting your life in order.