Worldy advice from me: the idiot who made all the mistakes.

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM By: hylianux

High school is a waste of time. You're judged by stupid shit like "how many friends you have" or "how cool you are" rather than actually practical things like "can you get a job done in a timely manner" and "are you low maintenance" and "are you self-sustaining." for those of you still in high school, i have this big secret for you: all the friends and enemies you have in school will completely DISAPPEAR when you leave! all the bullshit you're going through is a lie. everyone moves on to start their own lives, and suddenly being the "most popular" is no longer important in lieu of "oh shit, how am i going to eat/stay warm/survive/keep my damn job!" seriously, it all ends. same for the popular ones... they lose all their friends too.

I'll also put this out there: you're not actually learning anything. all your lessons and classes are so dumbed down to accommodate every no child left behind moron that you're truthfully getting a watered down education. nothing is better than on the job experience.

here's worldly advice from a person who was just as young and stupid as everyone else was... i'd highly recommend:

A. get into AP classes so you don't have to take 'em again (seriously, the less time you have to spend in college, the better. the degree you get from college is worthwhile since every company uses it as a cheap screening process for what they believe is an apt employee [even though it actually doesn't prove shit]. that being said, all you will go through in college will be completely useless to you.)
B. get into internships asap, even if you don't know a damn thing. on the job experience will teach you everything you need to know, not sitting in a classroom becoming more scholarly. i took an internship after 3 years and was still clueless. i may as well have entered with my basic high school knowledge for all college did for me. also, you're more likely to get a decent career job from an internship you excel at because it's easier for them to hire you as an employee full time since they don't have to spend time training you.

in my state, local community colleges here have programs that give you: an associate's degree, all BS "core classes" completed with full transferable credit to almost any college, and an automatic acceptance to a college of your choice (from their list). Then you'll only need to spend 2 years in a university for a bachelor's degree. i'm not saying your family or parents will be keen on the idea, but as an option, i could have dropped out of high school early, got a GED, then attended community college for 2 years, and started the main university college and graduated the same year everyone else was starting. not all states do that, but look into it if you'd like to get a head start on actually doing something with your life instead of playing the social political cloud game. you could have a bachelor's degree (the bare minimum for a decent job) by the age of ... oh, 19-20 and be employed somewhere by the age of 18-19 making enough money to move out and afford your own apartment.

Your resume would have: an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, and a line of internships proving at least 2 years' worth of practical experience. you'd be the most valuable teenager/early 20-something out there.

Also: College =\= high school at all. treat all college classes like you would a job rather than a high school class. make sure the teacher knows you by name and face. you have no idea how much room a teacher actually has when it comes to "lenient grading". the better impression you make on the teacher, the better your grade (the more likely your teacher will say "close enough") the powers that be did not put you here to prove to the world that you're a genius, and the college system is fundamentally flawed anyway. just do all your homework, do all extra credit, and make sure the teacher knows who you are. you'll pass well enough for a decent degree. all you gotta do is stick it out. there's no such thing as a "teacher's pet" in college. that's a person who wants to be done with the whole damn thing as quickly as possible.

don't wind up like me with only an associate's degree and absolutely no chance in hell of going back. i can't even do simple math anymore (having written computer programs to do 4 function math for me for so long). do it all now while the stuff's still fresh in your mind.

i guess that's it... :D good luck, young ones!

  1. Untouchable1989 avatar

    On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM, Untouchable1989 said:

    Korn I would love for you guys to come play in New York City at the Apollo theatre again.....if not there would be even better if you guys played at Yankee stadium in the Bronx New York...please guys...we need it out here.

  2. cdu avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:29 PM, cdu said:

    Well Australian schools also don't teach financial literacy very well, we have that in common.

  3. hylianux avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:09 PM, hylianux said:

    short story long: get college done as quickly as possible, and you'll have a document that'll keep you employed for the rest of your life. just suffer for a couple years now while your mind can still handle it.

  4. hylianux avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:09 PM, hylianux said:

    The learning is a complete joke. I never learned anything worthwhile, like which documents to save for my taxes, budgeting, how to do my taxes, the process of signing a lease on an apartment, building credit, or the process of purchasing a house. I also never learned anything about work ethic, or office etiquette. Everything was more about world history, writing haikus and poetry (rather than writing technical documents or process flows), reports, or mathematics. I never got the sense that I learned a damn thing from high school because of how much I struggled with all of the real-world stuff. instead, i was urged to join groups to learn it.

    i'm starting to think it's the rich's way of keeping people dumb so nobody bothers to figure anything out to become useful. Keep the poor dumb so the rich can stay rich. That's my theory at least... Doesn't matter, because I don't think there's any explanation good enough.

    Classes in college aren't even worthwhile... It's just something to waste money on for a certificate of scholastic achievement that companies use as a way of cheap screening... it's a common misconception that a college education makes a better worker. I've met tons of people with bachelor's, master's, even doctorate's that still can't do simple things like spell "definite" or come up with a quick, effective, and efficient solution to even the most simplest of problems.

    the best part is that if you took a computer course today, the same credit would transfer in 30 years from now. right... like computers don't vastly change in 5 years, let alone 30.

  5. hylianux avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM, hylianux said:

    In America, government-run high schools pretty much gather a bunch of students at once into a tiny place and spread out a bunch of learning from the teachers. They gather all kinds of students, thus many allowances must be made. There is a huge urging of social engagement with groups (e.g. the chess club, the sports team, the theater club, etc.). The problem is these groups gather a certain cultural group within them that pretty much control the whole thing... enough to the point where joining a group means joining that particular crowd, and vice versa.

  6. cdu avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM, cdu said:

    Here in Aus I guess we have a little bit more discipline from teachers, the whole "try to fit in" thing was a part of school but never overshadowed the fact that high school is a place of learning to help you better yourself and get an education. School uniforms are compulsory in all schools, maybe that helped foster a sense of community and equality. Yes there was some bullying and "cool groups" but never to the same degree as what I read above and what is put out on American TV shows. Could also be due to smaller class sizes and better paid teachers. If you have problems at school here you can change pretty easily too. Schools is hard work but you are better for it by the end.

  7. Wind Dancer avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 4:21 PM, Wind Dancer said:

    You are awesome-Real and truthful, much wisdom! I enjoy reading your blogs. I always shake my head in agreement or say to myself that is me-the loner child who still walks alone. (I so loved your last post-I did not have time to reply before it was history in the pages, did not want to go back)

    Do not feel left out, I am an idiot who made all the mistakes too!



  8. Big Shark avatar

    On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM, Big Shark said:

    I wish someone had told me this when I started high school.

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