If you could go back in time...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Gutwrench, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. Gutwrench, Dec 26, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012

    Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    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?
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    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. :)
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    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!
  4. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I would. I would have gone to Harvard instead and asked to be roommates with Bill Gates and Paul Allen.:p 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 :apple: Computers, Inc.
  5. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    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 I was a quiet, withdrawn, yet driven and egotistical in college.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.
  6. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    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.
  7. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    If I could I would have liked to have gone for psychology and/or behavioral sciences rather than computers and networks.
  8. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    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.
  9. Gutwrench, Dec 28, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2012

    Gutwrench thread starter Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    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.
  10. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    I'd go back to the year 1999 and buy a boatload of :apple:/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.
  11. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    Pretty much the question asked in Ken Grimwood's novel Replay, which hopefully will get made into a movie someday.
  12. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Invest everything in gold when I started work 23 years ago. I would have been retired by now!
  13. HectorBrower85 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2012
    Life's been good for me so far but if I knew how some things would change beforehand, I'd definitely be more rich! :)
  14. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    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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