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Complete the following: If I were 18 again I would

  1. Feb 21, 2004 #1
    I would absolutely concentrate on going to and finishing college with a degree in either Forestry or Physics, then, after that, I would go thru the process of becoming a family man.
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2004 #2
    I would take more risks in life. I'm not talking about the "skydiving" type of risks, but the "I should have done this instead of nothing" risks.

    Of course, 18 was just under a year ago, so I guess I got some time.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2004 #3
    I am 18,
     
  5. Feb 21, 2004 #4

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    I would oppose my father and go for a degree in astronomy, which had been my lifelong dream.
     
  6. Feb 21, 2004 #5
    So am I. Well. Give or take. 30 years.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2004 #6
    hrrmm, 3 years ago.....I wouldn't change a thing. I'm going back to school now, and sure I could say I would have just stuck with it then, but I wouldn't be the same person I am now (which is a lot more rounded, experienced, and skilled)
     
  8. Feb 22, 2004 #7

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    I'm 19 next month so if i could have the year again, i would proabably have gone out with my friends a lot more, and lived life a little... However i was emotionally attached to someone and that prevented me from seeing my friends as much...sorry guys!!
     
  9. Feb 22, 2004 #8
    As long as you learn from your mistakes.
     
  10. Feb 24, 2004 #9
    Do it now.

    I remember an article by Dear Abby where an older person said she wanted to go back to college, but she thought she was too old. Abby said, "How old will you be if you don't try it?"
     
  11. Feb 24, 2004 #10

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    If I had the time, I would go back in a heartbeat.

    The problem is when you have a huge mortgage, no significant other to help, and you work 12-16 hours a day, and also on weekends, it leaves little time to study, let alone have a life. :frown:
     
  12. Feb 24, 2004 #11
    True, the person Abby was dealing with appeared to have the time, just was afraid to make the attempt.

    You know though, amature astronomy is great too and it has been said that time spent in studying the heavens is not wasted. Are you an amature astronomer?
     
  13. Feb 24, 2004 #12

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    Very amateur. Before I moved here, I had friends with very nice telescopes, went to some great star parties. I haven't been lucky enough to meet anyone with similar interests here.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2004 #13

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    Surely, there is a local college or university with a telescope, though, right? One single class can introduce you to a wealth of people with the same interests and focus. Even if you can't make all of the classes (or even if you end up dropping the class), you'll hopefully find another star-partyer or three! Also, check to see if there are any astronomy clubs at the colleges. At least it's a place to start...:wink:
     
  15. Feb 24, 2004 #14

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    Very good idea Tsunami!

    I may do that if I can ever get out from under this ever increasing pile of work. Right now I'm in the middle of an online course. I'm on a very slow dial up out here in my cow pasture, so I am hopping over here to PF while pages download. [zz)]

    I have 27 hours of coursework (for my job) that I was advised today needs to be completed by Friday. Of course I don't have time during the day to do it, I have too many clients to visit. :frown:
     
  16. Feb 24, 2004 #15

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    One word: SATTELITE!!! :wink:

    :frown: Awwwww... Don't cry! Remember two things: 1. Just like my LEGS (!) - life is SHORT!! and 2. Spring term is just around the corner!!!! Check into it!!

    Like Artman says "DO IT NOW"!!!!
     
  17. Feb 24, 2004 #16
    Evo,

    Do you own a telescope yourself? There are some very nice small scopes available for only a couple hundred dollars that ae very fine quality (Not quite as good as a 14" Dobsonian at a star parties, but nice none the less). Like a 4.5" Dobsonian, or a 3" F/5 Refractor, either are decent and easy to move and setup.

    Even when you have very little time, I am currently going back to school and working a full and part time job, you can grap a short tube 3" and carry it out back in one trip and stay out for fifteen or twenty minutes to see the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, some of the brigher Nebula, star clusters, split doubles, etc.

    I like Tsunami's suggestion of taking a course. Sounds like fun.
     
  18. Feb 24, 2004 #17
    "I'm a boy and I'm a man, I'm 18 and I like it."

    -Alice Cooper

    I would quit pot and undertake more appropriate, prescribed drugs - if I only knew then!
     
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  19. Feb 24, 2004 #18

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    I sold mine when I moved, with the intention of buying a nicer one.

    Actually, I have been intending to buy another one recently.

    Sounds like you're busy too!

    With spring coming up, I will probably buy one. It's much too cold and windy here in the winter.
     
  20. Feb 24, 2004 #19

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    YES!!! DO IT! DO IT!!
     
  21. Feb 24, 2004 #20
    Be some kind of really strange time traveler and invent all sorts of neat paradoxes.

    cookiemonster
     
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