My Quarter Life Crisis


horribly drawn crossroads
which way do I go now?

I’ve taken a step back from this whole world of blogging for a while to research everything about it. I looked at the technicalities, legalities, and learned a lot about affiliate marketing. The more and more I learn about marketing the more I don’t like it, I’m starting to not like marketing in general.

Here’s my story about life so far and what I’ve learned.

I’m in my mid 20s, at that stage in life where I don’t know where I’m going in the work/career direction. Every day I wake up and ask myself, “Why do I have to go to work today? Do I honestly want to sit on this assembly line assembling product and running machines for the rest of my career? If I could pick a new career direction what would it be?”

The answers are YES! I have to go to work today because being a grown up means going to work to pay bills and acquire more bills to pay. No I don’t want to sit on the assembly line for the rest of my career but for now yes I will. I still have no idea what career direction I should go in.

I remember back in high school (sadly 8 years ago) when the teachers and counselors would constantly remind us that we needed good grades to put on those college applications! They made it feel as if we didn’t go to college right after high school that we wouldn’t be able to go at all. If we didn’t graduate college that we would end up working as a fry cook for our entire career, retiring from the local fast food joint.

What happens if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up?

What happens if you do figure out what you want to be and graduate college, but get out and realize that there aren’t any jobs for your degree?

Well those topics weren’t discussed much but from what I’ve seen, you have to work an entry level job, or go work at the fast food joint to pay off the student loans.

After high school I went to work, just trying to survive after escaping the borg. I worked in fast food until I got hired into electronic manufacturing. Then one day I got a call from one of those colleges that our teachers and counselors said, “You need good grades to get into that college!” I thought, OK I’ll give it a shot. I set up an appointment to talk to the admissions guy. My mom went with me. I took a few tests and filled out some paperwork, then went home. A few days later I had been ACCEPTED! I just thought WHOA! I spent half of my senior year in “in-school suspension” for skipping classes that I didn’t like or care about. I had an amazing 2.10 GPA at graduation, and I just got accepted into a college 3 years after graduation!

This is when I learned that colleges (private colleges) don’t exactly care if you have straight A’s or even a high school diploma! As long as you (and/or your parents) have good credit you’re going to school! It’s easier if you do have good grades and a high school diploma to get scholarships.

I wanted to go for game design but that’s the only time my GPA came up to haunt me.

They said they had a cap on the game design program and they were only accepting people with 2.5 or higher GPA.

I was accepted into the network administration program. I just thought that working with computers sounds like a good idea. That energy worked for me until I got to the fun courses about subnetting. Uggh, just thinking about subnetting I see the nightmare command line and a lot of IP addresses.

I researched what jobs are available with this degree and to start with it’s mostly help desk. That fun job where you sit in a cube with a computer and a headset and fix angry people’s computers. I tried to picture myself doing that. I know I would be the next employee fired because I told somebody to just box up their computer and send it back because they’re too dumb to use it!

Sadly I had this realization half way through the associate degree.

I couldn’t bring myself to finish it at the time, so I went back to the assembly lines. I’ve been on the lines for 7 years now. I could go get an engineering degree and actually get a job right after graduation because I have more than 5 years experience in the field!

That’s where I’m at right now work/career wise in this quarter life crisis, thank you for checking out my site!