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Have you ever had a mid-degree crisis?

Would you share your experience of how it turned out?

I'm currently questioning myself regarding what I want to do next year. I want to take some time off from my degree and spend a semester getting a unit clerk certificate, but I don't wait to waste precious time and money for nothing. I'm quite frightened, actually.

DK/DC: What is the craziest thing you have done with your hair? Pictures?
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[User Picture]From: x_disturbed_x
2014-03-05 01:44 am (UTC)

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I'm currently in a mid-degree crisis myself so I don't know if I can be much help. I am trying to figure it out at the moment.

I can't find a picture but the craziest thing I did with my hair was when I chopped it all off and got a pixie cut. It was about past my chest at the time.

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[User Picture]From: gainingvelocity
2014-03-05 02:15 am (UTC)

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I experienced a post-degree crisis. Wasn't really finding anything in my field after graduation and ended up going back to school for a more specialized degree (Associates in the medical field) about 1 1/2 years after I got my Bachelor's. Lasted two semesters - I ended up getting a job in between the two semesters that I interviewed for 5 months prior and this job launched me into a career I love. I feel like no matter how you plan out your future, probably only 20% of your exact plan will happen. Sometimes life will surprise you and hopefully for the best. I would go with your heart.
[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2014-03-05 02:28 am (UTC)

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I got halfway through an apprenticeship and dropped it. Not really the same as the investment of school as I was mostly working and getting paid, but still was a lot of time and energy that I basically wasted. It was a hard decision, I went from making over a hundred grand a year as a second year apprentice to making 50k now (I'm a unit clerk). but I'm much happier.

I cut it all off the day before high school graduation. Cue movie montage haha.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:17 am (UTC)

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What do you think of being a unit clerk?
[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2014-03-05 03:22 am (UTC)

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I love it! For once I don't hate my job. It's very busy and interesting and rewarding. I'm going to keep at it for a good while, I think. I'd like to be a transcriptionist eventually, but I'd need to upgrade my transcription course to advanced, and you also need to have a secure office in your home and I am far far away from ever getting my own space so I'll keep on at the unit I'm on for now.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:25 am (UTC)

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That is awesome :) I haven't spoken with anyone who works as a unit clerk yet so it's great to get some feed back :)
[User Picture]From: crazyhappyface
2014-03-05 02:34 am (UTC)

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Yes. I switched majors from computer engineering to animal & vet science halfway through my sophomore year. Looking back now I think my unhappiness with school was caused by depression and not just being unhappy with my major so I wish I had stuck with engineering because I liked it a lot better. But I'm about to graduate so it's too late to switch back now

I haven't done anything super crazy with my hair but my roommate decided to make my bangs into a big loop on top of my head yesterday
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2014-03-05 02:40 am (UTC)

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Lol sure yes
Went crazy, went in a downward spiral, got help, barely passed, ramped back up, job, graduated, more moving upwards.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:16 am (UTC)

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Happy ending?
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2014-03-05 03:22 am (UTC)

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Haha sure I suppose! The graduation itself was the happy ending for me!!! Ive been out for three years now...woooow I'm old. Love it though.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:23 am (UTC)

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Good for you :)
[User Picture]From: faecat
2014-03-05 02:40 am (UTC)

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Sort of? I didn't change majors, but I changed schools. After one semester, I changed my mind for a variety of reasons and changed back, and now I'm going to be graduating in May.

I don't really do anything super crazy with my hair, the wackiest I've gotten is that for about three years now I've been dyeing it below the shoulders to blue, green or purple (either one color or in combinations).



That was the first time I did either the dyeing or the straightening.

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[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:14 am (UTC)

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You're hair is so long!
[User Picture]From: faecat
2014-03-05 03:17 am (UTC)

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In that picture, I had been almost 14 years without a haircut. :)
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:18 am (UTC)

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Crazy! It's very beautiful :) And I love the colors
[User Picture]From: calzephyr77
2014-03-05 02:43 am (UTC)

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Yes. I have been working on my degree for a long time. I was all set to go into a drawing major when I had the craziest, abusive teacher. There was no avoiding her and I would have had to face her in the third year jury crit and had her as a teacher for many classes. That's the trouble with doing a degree for so long. I was on the verge of quitting completely, then I took another class with a different teacher, and ended up changing my major and staying in school.

I work while going to school, and I'm at the point where I have to hit the pause button on it. I'm find it hard to make up missed time at work. I had not planned on changing jobs. It's never an easy decision - stay in a lousy job and finish my degree (I had 2-3 years left) or take an amazing opportunity?

No education is ever wasted by the way, so don't feel bad about "money for nothing". You're learning all sorts of things not in the curriculum :-)
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:15 am (UTC)

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Thanks for your last comment there, I needed that :)
[User Picture]From: calzephyr77
2014-03-06 02:33 am (UTC)

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You're welcome. I forgot to say, my BFA is my second go-round at education. I was really surprised to find out a few years ago that three classes I took back in the 90s actually counted for credit :-)
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2014-03-05 03:13 am (UTC)

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I did, so I dropped out. It was definitely a good decision for me to have made. I was not a good candidate for college immediately post-high school.

I'll be shaving my head for St. Baldricks in April. I'm super excited! As it grows out, I have plans to bleach it white and then, once my bangs start to irritate me, I think I might get a perm!
[User Picture]From: wanderinspirits
2014-03-05 05:14 am (UTC)

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I...I'm having a pre-graduation crisis. I actually pretty freaked out about trying to get a job in the field that I majored in. *shudders.* I'm really worried that I just wasted 4 years of my life on something that might just be passing interest and not what I want. I would like to go back to school, but I simply don't think I can handle anymore loans right now. (Maybe one day I'll actually decide to take the plunge and attempt LSATs and maybe law school).
[User Picture]From: storm_shadow_88
2014-03-05 10:03 am (UTC)

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Yep, three years into an engineering degree I decided I couldn't bear working as an engineer and was hating it. I switched to science and majored ecology and conservation biology. I loved it, and am now doing honours. It sucks that I did a bunch of units that I won't use and have to pay for, but some of them were transferable to my science degree and hey I still learned some stuff. I guess it's harder to get a job in science and the employment path isn't so clear, but I prefer that to an employment path that I would hate.

I recently got a pixie cut after having long hair all my life. That's not very extreme, but I've never really done much with my hair.

[User Picture]From: storm_shadow_88
2014-03-05 10:05 am (UTC)

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Also if you're not sure, take some time off. What's a semester to the rest of your life?
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:31 pm (UTC)

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That is kind of my mindset right now.
[User Picture]From: ataxia_glaze
2014-03-05 01:34 pm (UTC)

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Halfway through finishing my seminar it was revealed to me that I probably should have picked a different major. It's frustrating.

For a while I was dyeing it red and purple. It looked pretty cool but it got too expensive. Haha.
[User Picture]From: rainsprite67
2014-03-05 03:27 pm (UTC)

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As a Psychology major, during my Junior year, I realized that I really had too much of an interest in Japanese to not major in it. So, I declared a 2nd major in Japanese - making me a dual major, being both in the school of science and school of liberal arts. And, I also wanted to graduate on time (exactly 4 years). Basically - Fall 2012: 19 cr. hrs., Spring 2013: 20 cr. hrs, Summer 2013: 12 cr. hrs., Fall 2013: 19 cr. hrs. And now I'm in my final semester, taking 16 credit hours, but having to do 2 capstone senior projects. And yay, I graduate in May!

I think it was a good choice.. But it has left me feeling burnt out from school. But I'm glad I was able to do it so it didn't delay my graduation from the original time.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 03:30 pm (UTC)

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That is impressive. I wish I had your drive.
[User Picture]From: rainsprite67
2014-03-06 02:16 am (UTC)

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Thank you. I am going through somewhat of a pre-graduation crises, though. I'm just incredibly anxious on whether or not I'll find a good job (or a job at all for that matter). When I was a freshman, I was pretty sure I'd end up going to graduate school. That isn't even one of my options right now... my drive mostly came from the fact that I wanted to be done with schooling as quick as possible. I do feel pretty burnt out from school, but I'm glad it's almost over.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-06 07:29 pm (UTC)

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I'm burning out and I still have years to go :(
[User Picture]From: teefers
2014-03-05 03:49 pm (UTC)

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Yes. I tried another degree for 2 years and ended up going back to what I started in. Waste of time for me but at least I won't have any what ifs :p
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 07:03 pm (UTC)

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I guess that showed you what you really wanted to do .
[User Picture]From: teefers
2014-03-05 09:43 pm (UTC)

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Or what I was better at. I enjoyed the other major but I couldn't work fast enough/handle the workload and it all felt a little too challenging rather than an extension of my education. The other one ended up being more familiar, approachable, and manageable.
[User Picture]From: tigerrfeeet
2014-03-05 10:08 pm (UTC)

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I'm happy it worked out for you :)
[User Picture]From: teefers
2014-03-06 02:43 pm (UTC)

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Thanks :)