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Old Dec 26, 2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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If you could go back in time...

Knowing what you do now, if you could go back in time to college again would you have studied something else and taken a different route in life? Were your efforts worth what you've earned? If not, what do you think you'd be doing?

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Old Dec 26, 2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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Heh. On one hand, I was studying completely the wrong thing, and went astray for ~7 years for nothing. However, I wouldn't have met my SO if I went down the "right" path.

So... no.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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I don't know. I'm quite happy the way things worked out for me, but I'm so hopelessly curious I'd probably go study something else just to mix things up!
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 12:54 PM   #4
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I would. I would have gone to Harvard instead and asked to be roommates with Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Like the old saying goes: "It's not what you know, it's who you know." I could have been the Marcus Crassus of the First Triumvirate. I could have been the Joe Besser of the 3 Stooges. I could have been the Ronald Wayne of Computers, Inc.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Knowing what you do now, if you could go back in time to college again would you have studied something else and taken a different route in life? Were your efforts worth what you've earned? If not, what do you think you'd be doing?
If I knew what I know now, I'd go back solely for the social aspect. I was a quiet, withdrawn, yet driven and egotistical in college. I am now much more outgoing, but much more laid back, while still being driven. I tend to get along with people a lot more now, and wish I could have experienced that in college (graduated 15 years ago).

As far as changing my field of study, no way (I changed it at the end of my freshman year). I love what I do and it's what I wanted to do since I was a kid.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 06:07 PM   #6
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Yep, would have gone into some sort of engineering/science/IT major instead of my B.A. in Communications/Journalism. Would have been much easier to find a suitable job after graduation.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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If I could I would have liked to have gone for psychology and/or behavioral sciences rather than computers and networks.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 06:52 PM   #8
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I did. BS in computer science, BA in graphic design, AA in boatbuilding. Currently studying environmental science with a focus on sustainable urban agriculture. Life is a learning experience. Wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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I was a scholarshiped athlete which demanded a large time commitment so I picked an easy but pretty worthless major. I had a great experience and suppose I wouldn't do it differently but today a couple decades later it's tempting. After college I went into the service, then college again. I've retired from one career and now on a second path.

Any physicians Participating here? I wonder if they feel medical school was worth it.

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Old Dec 28, 2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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I'd go back to the year 1999 and buy a boatload of /google stock. And of course change some of the decisions i made...or didn't make as it turns out.

Probably warned some people i know/knew who ended up making mistakes as well...some of which proved fatal.
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Knowing what you do now, if you could go back in time to college again would you have studied something else and taken a different route in life? Were your efforts worth what you've earned? If not, what do you think you'd be doing?
Pretty much the question asked in Ken Grimwood's novel Replay, which hopefully will get made into a movie someday.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 03:30 AM   #12
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Invest everything in gold when I started work 23 years ago. I would have been retired by now!
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 04:15 AM   #13
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Life's been good for me so far but if I knew how some things would change beforehand, I'd definitely be more rich!
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I'm pretty much fine with what I did, but if I could preserve my current life, spouse and living situation I'd have studied pure math.

Through studying Physics, computer science and ElecEng I've come to appreciate just how beautiful mathematics can be, I think focusing on that would have set me up better in life.
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