Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:22 PM
Well I have some news...I am quitting college. For the past 4 weeks I've been absolutely miserable here. You see...I want to be an actress more than anything in this world. And I don't want to pay money to go to college to learn about ecology and mathematics when I could be taking acting classes and learning about what I really want. I know every freshman has their "hard times"...but in my heart I feel like I belong elsewhere. I am 10000% sure this is what I want to do. People have told me that they've heard stories about regretting quitting. Well, I want to go for my dreams. I hate being tied down. And if worse comes to worse, I can always go back, or go to a community college.
This is pure craziness for me. I've been a "goodie-good" ever since I was in kindergarten. There are going to be a lot of shocked people, and a lot of disappointed people. But I am so happy with my decison. I'm kind of getting a new life. I know exactly what I'm going to do when I quit. So don't think I'm gonna be a bum living in my mom's basement!
I thought I'd share this news since this is basically life changing for me, and you all are so important to me! I'll keep you updated on everything! ;D
Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:32 PM
Our actions always cause reactions but I believe that one has to be happy with themselves first and foremost before one finds their true purpose in life.(or at least what they think their purpose is)
Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:36 PM
And what you put in your post- "Our actions always cause reactions but I believe that one has to be happy with themselves first and foremost before one finds their true purpose in life." That is truly inspiring to me. Really...it is...it's amazing how words can move you so much. Thank you!
Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:46 PM
We are all ultimately in charge of our own destiny and I have learned that trying to always please others first often leads to regret of some sort. Take care of yourself first and everything else will fall in place in time.
Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:54 PM
Posted 23 September 2003 - 04:53 AM
Posted 05 October 2003 - 06:23 PM
I did quit college. A LOT of people were shocked, including my mom. It took her some time to deal with it, but she's totally cool with it now. I'm living with my best friend until I can find a place of my own. I had a job interview for a nurse's assistant this past Friday at a local nursing home. (Which happens to be haunted! SCORE!)I find out later this week if I got the job. Later this winter I'm going to take Certified Nurses Assistant classes, and later on get even more training to be a higher ranking nurse. I do love helping people, so I know I'll enjoy this for awhile!
I've talked to the guy I've been seeing. We've been dating for 16 months, and I broke up with him while at college, because I was an emotional wreck. It's been a rocky...VERY rocky few weeks, but we've settled EVERYTHING and we couldn't be happier! We've been talking about our future, and so far everything looks pretty promising!
But one thing that's been a bummer...I MISS GHOST HUNTING! But I do get to go this Saturday! I'm SOOOOOO excited! Now that it's getting closer to Halloween, the atmosphere is just crying ghosthunting! I might get to take a haunted trolley ride in Atchison, KS later too. YAY!
Life is so great right now! I just wish everyone the same happiness! ;D
Posted 05 October 2003 - 06:43 PM
Posted 06 October 2003 - 08:29 AM
i applaud your decision, but i wanted to tell you from the voice of absolute experience that if you ever do decide to go back to college, you will really want to and you'll love every minute of it.
when i was a college freshman about ten years ago, i was a "goody goody" myself and felt that i was shoved into going to college because all of my friends were, too. i was a painter, but i didn't have any concept of what i wanted to do with my life, except that it involved art.
i floundered miserably through college at the "wrong university" for three semesters and then came back to my hometown - where my destiny caught up with me three days later.
it was 1993, and i was given a graphics job by a little family tee shirt place that didn't care if i had training - i only had to be able to draw and be willing to work. i had that job until 1999, when my boyfriend (now husband) talked me into moving to his town and going back to school.
it was the right time to go back, and i never regretted taking six years off.
when i did go back to college, no one told me what to study or how many classes to take - i did it because i knew my passion and i wanted to have the academic recognition for it.
ten years previous, i found all those nasty classes in algebra, environmental science, and french had nothing to do with art... but when i returned with fire in my heart and movtivation to test my abilities, i found that i expanded my horizons even more that i had ever imagined when i took non-major classes in anthropology and asian history and astronomy. my art improved, and i met a lot of incredibly cool friends along the way.
college and all higher education has to be approached from a personal path and inner passion that no one can dictate to you - live your life along your path, ghosthunter_girl, and approach all lessons iin life, college or otherwise, on your own terms!!
** i'm going for a masters in painting next fall at an internationally famous and respected art school that i would never have had a chance to attend if i had not taken six years off to follow my own path in life!!
Posted 06 October 2003 - 09:35 AM
Here's both sides of the coin...
I am a performer. I have been working as an acotr, Storyteller, magician, public speaker, singer, pretty much anything that'll pay...including a stint in stand up comedy and writing for others as well. I went to a small college right out of high school. FAR from a goody goody was I, but I'm getting better at it now . My acting teacher was a fellow named Fred Fate.... I made him show me his ID to prove it too. After my first scene in class with another actor he had me stay after. He asked me what I wanted to accomplish in theatre. I told him I wanted to act. "Nothing else? No direting, teaching, writing, stage-craft,etc.?" Nope, just act. Then he said the words that changed my life. "No one is going to hire you for a degree in this business. All they want to see is what you've done and what you can do. Study with private teachers. Take classes. Do summer stock. But if you only want to be an actor, the only thing their going to look at is what else you've done acting wise. If you only want to act, a degree in theatre isn't worth the paper it's written on."
Do I wish I had stayed in college? Not really. I even went back for three years before my Dad died. But I sure do wish I had more skills to fall back on when the work is thin. Please keep in mind that only like 3% of the Screen Actors Guild work steady. Now all that being said...
Best of luck!!!!!!!
Posted 06 October 2003 - 03:32 PM
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