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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

If you had the ability to go back to school, what would you do differently?

Asked by Imadethisupwithnoforethought (14671points) September 17th, 2012

Would you pick a different major or career trajectory? Would it matter at all to you? Would you take classes to excel at what you do now, or would you take something wildly different than the field you make a living in.

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gailcalled's avatar

I would have gone in my early forties rather than matriculating at 17 ½. I was too unformed and too confused about other issues in my life.

Hard to know about course or major choices. As a mature and experienced adult, I might well have picked differently.

boxer3's avatar

I don’t even want to think about going back. Too soon. Ha

Bellatrix's avatar

I would do what I did but in contrast to @gailcalled, I would have done it much sooner. Perhaps not so young as 17 but in my early 20s.

JLeslie's avatar

Read the text books and study more. I would have tried a few courses in Packaging Engineering. I would have dropped the term when I broke off with my long time boyfriend instead of getting crappy grades and missing an opportunity to go to Chicago for a Direct Marketing seminar, because I could barely function. I would have taken more varied electives instead of taking so much psychology. I also would have taken a science course or two.

Overall I had a great time in college though. I loved living in the dorms. I liked the majority of my campus was beautiful. The food was decent. Made fantastic friends. Glad I went to a different region of the country.

ucme's avatar

Make out with my English literature teacher, she was hawt stuff.

tedd's avatar

Bang chics with more confidence :D

Seek's avatar

Are we talking about starting over, or just going back today?

If I were to go back to school today, I’d probably do the responsible adult thing and pick a career – I’ve thought about being a paramedic.

If I were to start over entirely, I would have taken more art classes, and continued into college.

tedd's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Actually I’ve heard there isn’t much money or respect in being a paramedic. I considered being one out of high school, but never got around to it… and now my friends who are RN’s from college tell me they’re like the low rung on the hospital-totem pole. Surprising to me honestly.

JLeslie's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Interesting, I interpreted it as going back and doing it over, not going back as an adult. I’m now not sure which it was supposed to be.

Seek's avatar

@tedd – I know that, but someone has to do it. I’m not easily turned off by sights or smells, and I’m strong enough for someone my size. I think it’s something I would be good at, and it would allow me to be active in the medical field (something I’ve always been interested in) without needing malpractice insurance. ^_^

rojo's avatar

After having had to live with my previous choice, I would major in something I enjoy and not only something I could make money at.
This goes for both scenarios mentioned by @Seek_Kolinahr

Berserker's avatar


I’d not drop out like I did, for starters. Having to catch up later is a pain in the ass, unless you’re not working I guess, which I was at the time.

chyna's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I know that paramedics are grossly underpaid. As for being “disrespected” per @tedd, I don’t agree. I have had many, many dealings with paramedics as my mom was sick for many years and every single one of them have my utmost respect. Their knowledge and kindness were most appreciated.

JLeslie's avatar

@chyna I think he meant respect from other medical professionals.

Seek_Kolinahr I think you should do it. At least look into it.

chyna's avatar

@JLeslie I know what he meant. I don’t agree that medical professionals should disrespect paramedics.

JLeslie's avatar

@chyna Should and do are very different things. I’m sure some doctors respect paramedics, like anything one can never say all or none. I certainly was very happy when the ambulance workers got to me after my accident.

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