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Old 01-23-2018, 12:04 PM
 
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You are correct, however I hyperfocus, so if I am truly learning from something I will not stop doing it until the day of my death. This is why I've gone from playing back in black to Arpeggios from Hell in less than three years, hyperfocus.

That is why they shouldn't give the opening to someone else, because when I hit the point where it's no longer basic education and we actually get to the point where I am learning more and more and more it will become a point of hyperfocus for me, much like my musical pursuits.

The issue is getting myself there.

Also, would you mind quitting with the "you'll never get theres?" If I really wanted to I can do anything in life, why? Because I am capable of manipulating people and I am ruthless. So there you go.

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What if I employ myself?

Then so long as make good on taxes, stay legal and run my business well I can do pretty much whatever I want, no regulations from corporate (I AM THE CEO! SUCK IT!) Maybe I should go to a college for business, I like money and I am good at selling things.

Question is, what business besides the given studio? I could start a business that sells custom effect pedals and amps for a pretty penny. So electrical engineering, sound engineering and business. Lets see, 18 months bachelor for sound, 6 years for a double major in electrical engineering and business.

Problem solved.


And you saved yourself $70,000 per year and learned about running a business through bankruptcy. Now you have a skill/education.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Hi, so I am 1 year behind in school, it is not because I am not capable of the work or that it is too difficult, it is because of a combination of a variety of factors: Firstly I love learning but as soon as a test comes I lose interest, secondly I lost a year of school because I was clinically depressed (Situational, I'm fine now), and finally I have never really been interested in traditional methods of education (The ramping up of difficulty on essentially the same paper or history book, while it was necessary in 6-10th grade is not necessary in 11-12th and generally detracts from my education, assign me a new book and a new type of paper..... lest I procrastinate from frustration at your inability to grasp that I grasp the subject material).

I have about 17 chairs that will pull for me at Notre Dame, but my GPA is about 3.1-3.8 (I don't know at the moment, I am halfway through 11th grade due to procrastination and lack of interest) The thing is, how do I prove that I am intelligent? Short of building a particle accelerator (Yes I would like to do that like Michio Kaku) in my basement that is.

The thing is, I can pick up any concept in math and within just a couple minutes understand a good 80% of that concept with no practice and retain that information (Unless we're talking about a convoluted and extremely drawn out higher math process), and the same with science, I am extremely knowledgeable in the construction of nuclear devices and reactors due to my obsession with radiation and nuclear engineering since I was seven, and I've always been good at hypothesizing well backed points in a variety of sciences ranging from cosmology to medicine.

But without the piece of paper that states that I have a GPA of 4.0 or so what does that say to Notre Dame?
Nothing, that's the issue. They base their choice off that little number, and I'm not a very sociable person (My life consists of guitar, music and other instruments, school, and some games) so I kind of miss the whole club thing, though I have been essentially state president and have been on the board of a major youth organization for like 7 years. And seeing as I'm pretty sure they don't care about musical pursuits (the jazz bands I've been invited to play in, my metal band etc.) that doesn't really do anything. I am an eagle scout, but still, if it took me 2 years to complete one year of school then how does that come across?

Honestly, how the hell do people even get into these schools? There's more hoops to jump through than you can find in all the circuses in the world combined.
It isn't about innate intelligence, it is much more about work ethic when you get to college and beyond. You have not demonstrated a work ethic that makes you a good bet. Why should they use their limited resources on someone like you vs. someone who has worked hard through out school without using excuses? It is harsh but true.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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That is a fair point, but here it is: My procrastination and lack of interest are in humanities, history and English. I love literature, but those are what my lack of interest is due to, once I actually pass the 101 stuff and never have to touch either of those things I don't think I could be more interested or motivated.


Why wouldn't they give me the opportunity? Who else would they give it to?

If all else fails I will go to a sound engineering university and work at or open a studio and make music for a living.

And if that fails, I'm off to weapons development for the military. That is something I am good at.
Someone who works hard.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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The problems you have in high school are going to continue to be problems in college, OP. Luckily, the line that one needs a degree from a prestigious college to be successful is just not true. You made a somewhat sarcastic comment about starting a company and being your own boss, which is a great idea! You don't need college to do that. You seem to have the ability to commit to things that interest you, so focus on that and make it work for you.

There are a lot of alternatives to college which might suit you better. Seek out entrepreneurial or apprentice programs and resources. One to look into might be Praxis (discoverpraxis.com) which pairs young people with startups for learning on the job.

College is great for some people with certain dispositions and certain goals, but it is not for everyone and not the only path to success. Stop trying to fit yourself in the college box and I expect you'll be a lot happier.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Your own business is a good solution. Do not get upset when the first one fails, or the second or even the eighth. It is normal for srat up businesses to fail. Something like 75% of them fail. It is just part of the process. Keep trying. All of the successful business owners I know except two went through a series of failures before they succeeded. How many bankruptcies did Donald Trump have?
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:44 PM
 
Location: East Cobb, GA
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Uh oh. I’m smelling a "good grades doesn’t mean high intelligence" debate.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Honestly, how the hell do people even get into these schools? There's more hoops to jump through than you can find in all the circuses in the world combined.
You go for a second-choice that challenges you. Do your research to find a couple and apply.

I didn't get into my first-choice colleges and ended up at a school that was fondly known as a party school trying to become "the best hick college in the West." I blossomed.
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Old 01-23-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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When you start your own business, who is going to do the work you are not interested in? For example who will read the contracts you sign so you know what risks you are taking?
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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You said "it's not that I'm not capable of the work"...


but if you haven't done the work then you have not demonstrated that you are capable of it. It sounds like your problem isn't raw ability (or so you say, at least), but failure to buckle down and do all the work you're assigned, not just the bits that are interesting or fun to you.


Welcome to the real world.


I think a better question would have been something like


"I goofed off a bunch in high school because I couldn't force myself to do stuff I wasn't interested in. Now I realize I better get on the stick, so who has ideas about not only getting my academic career back on track, but demonstrating to college admissions officers that I have done so?"
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:07 PM
 
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If all else fails I will go to a sound engineering university and work at or open a studio and make music for a living. .

You have no idea what it takes to make a living in that field, and how few actually do. Talk about not wanting to do things you're not interested in: how do you feel about being a counter clerk at Guitar Center, or a middle school band director?

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And if that fails, I'm off to weapons development for the military. That is something I am good at.

Oh really? And you know this exactly how? How many years at General Dynamics or Raytheon do you have? No? Well, maybe you are the world's youngest retired artillery colonel? No?


Here's some real world advice. Go visit some admissions officers at more and less selective colleges. Now! While you still have time to make some changes. Tell them just what I said above: "I screwed off a lot in high school so far, and now I am really worried, I know I have to focus and get my grades up and show that I can do university level work without spending all my time screwing off. What do you recommend?"


Or, alternately, try to get an entry level job in a field you are interested in and actually learn something about that field.
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