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#164731 - astrolights (12/01/2014) [-]
Trying out the FJ community for the first time, so here it goes. I go to Oregon State University. I'm looking for friends with the same, trolling sense of humor b/c everyone around here is kinda lame. Hit me up with a comment if you go here and maybe we'll chill.

TLR looking for friends at Oregon State University. Comment if close.
User avatar #164855 to #164731 - bobvonbobby (12/02/2014) [-]
I'm sorry you're alone
#164730 - asslackingkrumswag (12/01/2014) [-]
I am going to build a computer soon.    
Can anyone give me advice on tricks  computers plz?
I am going to build a computer soon.
Can anyone give me advice on tricks computers plz?
User avatar #164735 to #164730 - ScottP (12/01/2014) [-]
Buy all the parts online because they're cheaper there. Get an Intel cpu. If you want cheap gpus, get AMD. Use an anti-shock strap when building. Make sure you're careful with the little pins and try not to force anything in.

But above all, have fun with it!
#164726 - thisisestonia (12/01/2014) [-]
I can't make the taskbar like it is on the photo in the tut deviousd0g.kinja.com/the-distraction-reducing-studious-desktop-1660478904
User avatar #164746 to #164726 - xXThatxOnexGuyXx (12/01/2014) [-]
You need RainMeter.
Also it would make a world of a difference if you're on Win7 and not Win8.
User avatar #164755 to #164746 - thisisestonia (12/01/2014) [-]
I am on win7 and that dark bar down there is rainmeter with the enigma theme
User avatar #164724 - ptolomeus (12/01/2014) [-]
If i was to move to the US, is Oakland, California a good City?
#164824 to #164724 - anonymous (12/02/2014) [-]
Depends how well you can take a stabbing. Oakland is basically West Detroit.
User avatar #164728 to #164724 - makotoitou ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
#164722 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Medical advice time because I am dying clearly. Talk about butts and infections below.
Got an infected cut or something. Right at the top of muh buttcrack, so great, can't see a fucking thing. It just leaks off-yellow or red clear liquid all day, literally non-stop. A couple of times I've put antiseptic cream on it, when I clean it it's bled out everywhere.
I should clarify this is a tiny thing from what I can tell, but of course I can't see it.
Now normally I'd just think ah I'll put some cream on it and keep it clean and it will be gone in a few days. But nah. It's totally been there for about 2 months now. Very slowly getting worse, originally it was just some confusing liquid but now there's blood and pain and ass aching.

Why the fuck hasn't this cleared up yet? And I guess it's possibly not just a normal infection, so if not what could it be 0.o

Also fuck going to a doctors, this doesn't seem too serious and hahahahaha going outside.
User avatar #164794 to #164722 - spookyexplain (12/02/2014) [-]
Seriously man, you really need to go to the doctors. Infections are very, very dangerous.
#164727 to #164722 - nonbenderinlife (12/01/2014) [-]
You have to go to a surgeon as soon as possible.
I had bladder coccyx (I dont know if thats the exact medical term in english) and I had my finals at that time and didnt tell anyone about it till I couldnt handle the pain anymore and went to the emergency room. I got half my ass removed (no exaggeration) for what could have been a small wound. Me not letting anyone know about this and letting it grow was the worst thing ever

So yes, go to a doctor as soon as possibe, who knows, you might have caught it early on.
#164771 to #164727 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Hm, not so sure it's much like that. Google related to that term seems to think it might be something like a broken tailbone or related to bladder/bowel pains, and those don't really apply.

It is very much as if I have a minor infection in a cut or something at this point, but I'm fairly sure I haven't injured myself, definitely not near my ass. It's not painful, just uncomfortable to sit like it's inflamed or swollen.
But I appreciate the advice. Since it's only really been noticably 'infected' for a few days, if it doesn't clear up by the end of the week I'll go see a doctor.
User avatar #164723 to #164722 - ptolomeus (12/01/2014) [-]
You say it's been like that for two months and it's getting worse, but you don't want to visit at doctor.
You should probably visit a doctor.
WHY have you not visited a doctor yet.

Also use a mirror to see... It's not that hard to look.
#164772 to #164723 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
We only have chest height mirrors, no full length ones. Even then, it's still difficult to see inbetween my fat asscheeks.

And it's only been in an infected like state for a few days. For the past month or so I've just noticed odd drainage near where I wipe, I narrowed it down to an injury of some sort a bit further up my back a while ago.
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User avatar #164721 to #164720 - yourinvisiblegf ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
Alright FJ, let's write the response together

Dear ...
User avatar #164736 to #164721 - ScottP (12/01/2014) [-]
What was the comment?
User avatar #164719 - KINGOFTHESTARS (12/01/2014) [-]
Is there a set way to make a.girl orgasm.using only your.penis?
User avatar #164737 to #164719 - ScottP (12/01/2014) [-]
You thrust back and forth using your hips, causing friction which translates into electrical impulses that are interpreted as pleasure.

Also tell her that you love her.
#164712 - Archolas (12/01/2014) [-]
Alright /advice/, usually the giver of help but I need some today,

I'm living my dream of backpacking, I've landed a fucking amazing job after months of searching, I am away from my parents, I'm in love...

For the first time in about 5 years, I should finally be happy, I have all the reasons to. But, I'm just not. I don't feel like living is for me anymore. I just don't care about myself enough to care about whether or not I die. I can't stand feeling like this because I feel like I annoy the few friends I have and if it wasn't for them, I'd be 6 feet under at this point.

I've tried meds, I've tried self-medicating and I've sought out professional counseling but none of this helps me for more than a few months at a time.

If anybody has any suggestions as to what I could try, I would greatly appreciate it.

User avatar #164748 to #164712 - xXThatxOnexGuyXx (12/01/2014) [-]
Honestly; Church.
Everyone has that God sized hole in them.
Nothing can fill that void but Jesus.

That, and don't live in Solitude and Silence.
#164732 to #164712 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
how many months did it take?
#164714 to #164712 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
The worst thing you can do is kill yourself.
Explain to your friends what's going on. I'm sure they'll understand and try to help you.
User avatar #164708 - KINGOFTHESTARS (12/01/2014) [-]
Does anyonr know hoe to get rid of a cold?
User avatar #164716 to #164708 - sugoi (12/01/2014) [-]
Just stop being sick and start being awesome.
User avatar #164713 to #164708 - megasharkman (12/01/2014) [-]
Get offbrand mucinex if you're stuffy. But that apple a day thing really is true. Drink fuck tons of water too
User avatar #164711 to #164708 - iridium (12/01/2014) [-]
You go into a lab, get a multi thousand dollar microscope, and then experiment until something works. Then when you develop a cure you submit it to AMSA only for them to remind you the cold virus has so many strains that you'll just have another one next year.

Or just wash your hands all the time, drink herbal tea, eat chicken soup and some spicy foods or wasabi, get plenty of vitamin C, get some nasal strips and just wait it out.
User avatar #164709 to #164708 - theplanetearth (12/01/2014) [-]
No, but chicken noodle soup, and chronic masterbation seems to make it tolerable.
User avatar #164718 to #164709 - KINGOFTHESTARS (12/01/2014) [-]
Im gonma fap in about 40 mins >
User avatar #164696 - feveryoucantsweat (12/01/2014) [-]
I've been thinking about relationships a lot, never really had one or wanted one. Anyway i have always had a question that i obviously didnt find an answer too. Mainly for those who have found their person they chose, how did you know. How did you know that was love and not another emotion that has to deal with human relations, and how did you know it was them. Is there doubt or did you never doubt it? sorry that was a lot to ask in one paragraph
User avatar #164703 to #164696 - megasharkman (12/01/2014) [-]
To know what love is, you have to know what love isn't. Most people get in a relationship(s) amd think they are in love only to have that person destroy your whole world. Then eventualy meet someone who you feel like you've already known them for years because the conversations are like the exact opposite of George Lucas dialogue. The emotion is nothing like the others except kinda similar to a brother or sister. Alot of people mistake the "rush" you get at the beginning of a new relationship as love, but it fades after a few months. Others mistake sympathy for love too.
User avatar #164701 to #164696 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
Sadly I didn't found my person yet, because I got rejected, but you see this one person different than others.
You want to spend every second you have with her, you do everything to make her smile, you love her good sides and bad sides, you love the smell this one person has, you love doing nothing with her, you love telling her about what awesome things happenend to you and you tell her the sad ones to, because you know she cares, the more you hate it when you see her with somebody else or you are just a friend.
Sometime it isn't ment to be, maybe "love" is really something else. When I find the right person, my view will maybe change.
User avatar #164692 - abject (12/01/2014) [-]
Doing shrooms for the first time tomorrow.. any advice?
User avatar #164706 to #164692 - laky (12/01/2014) [-]
meditate beforehand
User avatar #164694 to #164692 - rebornpooper (12/01/2014) [-]
Shove them up your anus instead.
User avatar #164693 to #164692 - makotoitou ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
jump over bowser
#164690 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Anyone knows how to return to the mobile versio of the site? I keep forghetti
User avatar #164666 - delphine ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
Best places to go backpacking in the USA or Canada in the summer? Preferably somewhere without grizzly bears, I have a phobia of them.
User avatar #164710 to #164666 - Archolas (12/01/2014) [-]
Canfag here.

Go to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. You pick fruits, chill and do drugs all day with many other backpackers. Life is good.
User avatar #164705 to #164666 - laky (12/01/2014) [-]
but black bears are so much more dangerous
User avatar #164697 to #164666 - novabird (12/01/2014) [-]
clearwater lake near holbrook or lofton reservoir in oregon, table mountain near howards prairie in oregon, many places in oregon, we just have cougars and brown bears here otherwise watch for elk, deer and cows.
#164698 to #164697 - novabird (12/01/2014) [-]
a pic from near the top of table mountain from the edge of a cliff while i was hunting.
User avatar #164685 to #164666 - iridium (12/01/2014) [-]
Northern California. Not just Bay Area but like Redding to Siskiyou area. It's beautiful but not scorching hot. I won't say "best" but I've heard it's really great. Mount Shasta is beautiful in the summer and the area is very lush.
User avatar #164677 to #164666 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Isn't canada unpopulated for the biggest part?
User avatar #164678 to #164677 - delphine ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
Pretty much. Unless you count the moose.
User avatar #164679 to #164678 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
So uh, anywhere in canada?

Don't catch Dire Aids, though!
User avatar #164680 to #164679 - delphine ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
I was wondering if there was a specific spot with interesting landmarks though.
User avatar #164681 to #164680 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about canada. All I know is fuck Quebec.
#164682 to #164681 - delphine ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
I went there once on a class trip because I took French. I'd been to France and it was lovely, and I was hoping Quebec was a lot like France. I've never been so wrong in my entire life.
I went there once on a class trip because I took French. I'd been to France and it was lovely, and I was hoping Quebec was a lot like France. I've never been so wrong in my entire life.
#164683 to #164682 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Man, I heard speaking english is illegal there. Or not illegal, but if you do it's reason enough for a good beating.

I have a friend on here who lives in Quebec and he says it's a fucking shithole.
User avatar #164684 to #164683 - delphine ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
It's not illegal, but they're fucking rude if you speak English or make a mistake in speaking French.

In France, the Parisians are rude in much the same was as people in LA are rude. It's just an urban culture, everywhere else in France people are quite hospitable and will be kind to you if you at least make a crude attempt at speaking French. They'll help you out.

In Quebec, they're just rude. They act like French is all superior, even though they've totally butchered the language and I could barely understand what they were saying and I'm nearly fluent.
#164665 - theseventhmirror (12/01/2014) [-]
Upon accidentally clicking the link to /advice/, I have realized that the banner provides all the advice anybody here needs.
#164676 to #164665 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Man, I really just want to make friends. At this point I don't give a damn about the D.
#164663 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Here's the deal.

I've been moving a couple months ago because internship as electrician. Lost job because I've lost interest.

Now I ain't planning on moving back because the situation in my former home is just fucking depressing. New job ain't the problem either, counseling tomorrow for that shit.

My problem is, I've tried making new friends here and there, but didn't really work.

Also got told how annoying it is to be around me. Realized the fucker was right, been trying to work on it ever since, hell, even seeing the psychologist because of that in two weeks.

I had friends back home. Friends for everything. Friends for drinking, gaming, toking, having a good sober time, all that stuff. Now I just can't make new friends. Either my friends accepted me for who I am or social shit worked a whole lot different down there.

More of a rant than looking for advice. Still looking for advice, though.
User avatar #164695 to #164663 - rebornpooper (12/01/2014) [-]
"Lost job because I've lost interest."

AHAHA! Faggot, enjoy interviews!
User avatar #164707 to #164695 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Real fucking uplifting. What's so bad about losing interest in a job?
User avatar #164667 to #164663 - sineztro (12/01/2014) [-]
What state you trying to make friends in?
User avatar #164668 to #164667 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Germany, Nordrhein Westfalen, Duisburg.
User avatar #164669 to #164668 - sineztro (12/01/2014) [-]
Shit son umm try meeeting some forgein friends?
#164670 to #164669 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
Foreigners seem to be the only folks who really enjoy my company.   
There was this japanese guy in my former class and he was the only real bro there.
Foreigners seem to be the only folks who really enjoy my company.

There was this japanese guy in my former class and he was the only real bro there.
User avatar #164671 to #164670 - sineztro (12/01/2014) [-]
Forgien people rock yo, try hanging out where they hang out
#164672 to #164671 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
I gonna try to find a place, maybe a place for unemployed folk, too. Gonna hang out on monday evening and such.

Thanks, lad.
User avatar #164673 to #164672 - sineztro (12/01/2014) [-]
or clubs like sports and vidya clubs
User avatar #164674 to #164673 - greedtheavaricious (12/01/2014) [-]
but muh fat ass
and muh black lungs

Seriously though, maybe even a card game club. I think there is one nearby. Would be a good place to start. Haven't played yugioh in a while.
User avatar #164675 to #164674 - sineztro (12/01/2014) [-]
do that homie
#164658 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Friends don't want to do anything besides play video games. I like em', but they probably aren't the best friends to have right now. I want to get out there and do more activities that involve more than just sitting on a couch for hours watching tv or playing video games. Outdoor activities, hobbies, something else. May sound pretty stupid, but how do you get out there and make new friends and find things you wanna do?
User avatar #164686 to #164658 - iridium (12/01/2014) [-]
Look for outdoor clubs. Ironically, you can meet some online, but you can also just meet with people at these places.
#164651 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Ask girl out over interwebs, girl says she likes me too but won't date. Girl is obsessed with some other guy. Also she does more things with the guy she is obsessed with.
What do?
User avatar #164699 to #164651 - EdwardNigma ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
You'll be right!
Sometimes, a girl just won't like ya. You can be shitty about that for ages, or you can accept her decision. One chick not wanting to date you doesn't mean you're the worst guy to ever exist.
#164768 to #164699 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Well we have been close friends for a while ( 6 - 7 months) so its not like I asked her out as a stranger. I've been trying to accept it but it kind of hurts a bit thinking about it. Thanks for the input though.
User avatar #164687 to #164651 - iridium (12/01/2014) [-]
Don't ask girls out over the web unless you literally have no other way, and don't get down when they reject you because it's pretty typical.
User avatar #164660 to #164651 - nigalthornberry ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
Find a new Girl
#164657 to #164651 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
find a girl irl
User avatar #164642 - yoruwaakeru (11/30/2014) [-]
Alright guys, so I need advice on career/study options.

Here's how it works I'm not doing anything right now, not studying or working, mostly because I have not made up my mind on what I want to do yet, and also cause I've always wanted to do nothing ( got this from gr12, was sick and tired of waking up at 7am and studying till 4, getting home at 5 and sleeping, rinse and repeat + I also was working at the time during weekends)

So it has come down to this
WORK (in trades, make fat cash 60k a year starting -> 80-90k a year experienced)
or Study
I've always wanted to study music (not to earn money off of it, but for personal satisfaction) The thing is I have no money for new instruments and equipment, I also need to start buying music theory books and start going ham on catching up ( I've never taken a course on music, but I have taken it in highschool for 2 years)

I have absolutely no idea what to do, I'm scared of choosing the "Wrong" option.

I want to do music, but I don't know if my parents will help me go through all the studying and school + equipment fees.

Any help?

#164647 to #164642 - endospore (12/01/2014) [-]
Don't go to school for music, unless you study like theatre management or producing or something like that. I worked with a guy that went to Berklee music school. He liked it, but it had only a 30 percent graduation rate. This is because people that went there to learn instruments realized they didn't need a formal education for it. The 30 percent that stayed stayed for more business related things.

Something like musical theory is like philosophy. You can only get a job teaching musical theory with a degree in it, which would require grad school.

Don't simply think about what you want to study, think about what you want to do with the degree.
User avatar #164649 to #164647 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
I do not mean to get money off of learning music, I mean to learn it for personal satisfaction. What does that mean "didn't need a formal education for it"?
#164645 to #164642 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
>study music

You took time off from your life to think about whether or not you should study music?
You can literally look up free online tutorials for almost every instrument. You can pay someone to tutor you for a fraction of the cost to get a degree in it.

I just can't even fathom why this is even a concern for you.

Assuming your prior degree is business related, if you already have potential jobs set up go fucking get your masters so you can bump that shit up to 100k otherwise start working and do music as a hobby. If you don't have any jobs lined up try to start working now and get your masters when you need to.
User avatar #164648 to #164645 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
I mean in depth, Music is not as simple as you think it is, I've played guitar for over 7 years and a lot of music theory is just grayed out to me. That's why I want to study it, also I want to clarify I do not mean to make money off of it.

Online tutorials are awful and very time consuming.

Also I'm not going for anything university related besides music, my job options are in trades ( which thankfully in my region give lots of cash and are relatively easy to get in to)
#164656 to #164648 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
Like going to school for music will take up less time than an online tutorial. It's worthless knowledge that you could find for free on the internet. If you don't plan on making money from it don't pay money to learn it.
User avatar #164659 to #164656 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
I don't think it's "worthless" I don't plan to make money from it, why do you pay money for movies or any for of entertainment? I see that was worthless.
#164661 to #164659 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
seems like your mind was made up before you even asked.
User avatar #164662 to #164661 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
I still want to hear advice though.
User avatar #164702 to #164662 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
Well depending on how good you are, I would cancel music.
Don't get me wrong, if I had the opportunity to do so, I would, but I am to bad. You have to be a master on your chosen instrument to get in, there are a lot of good people who try it year after year and fail. Also many unis require you to play piano too.
Also not many people can afford a living just from music, even when it doesn't count for you.
Isn't there something else you want to study?
After rereading your post: Working and you would 60k first year? Holy shitballs! Where would you work?

User avatar #164754 to #164702 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
Also, I've been playing for 7 years, I can easily take a solo or song and play it within minutes by ear, but my lack of practice is in music notation and general theory ( which I'm hoping to study soon) The admission/audience requires me to play fairly easy songs, and know a fairly basic amount of music theory. Not so much of a challenge, as I heard the audience was actually very tough.
User avatar #164757 to #164754 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
Well notation is not that hard to learn, it's like a language you are learning. It needs time till you can read a sheet of musicpaper and doesn't have to ask yourself each stroke if that is now a c# or a c, but music theory is a mistery to myself too
User avatar #164761 to #164757 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
yeah, here's the funny thing, I used to play Sax for 2-3 years, whenever I read notation it makes perfect sense for sax, but does not entirely translate to guitar :/
User avatar #164741 to #164702 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
they're trades. Basically I go to college, they teach me how to handle some shit, I work 50% of the time and study 50% of the time, earning around 25$ during school, once im out of school gives me around 37-40$ an hour starting. The problem is that it's 44hours/week of work and it sounds like a major pain in the ass. I'm gonna end up doing that even if I go to music though.
User avatar #164752 to #164741 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
Yeah, that really sounds like a lot of work to do and the only benefit is the huge pile of money, because I don't think there will be much time for the average college life.
That's really a tough decision man.
User avatar #164756 to #164752 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
Yea, my dad on saturday told me to get up and get CV ready cause he was gonna make me sign up on monday, and I'm like fuck no. If anything I'd rather do something I want, and that's why I think music is the right choice (right as in "its what I want")
but I lack a lot in that field and I don't know if I have what it takes, I expected music people to help me
User avatar #164760 to #164756 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
Well it sounds like you have made up your mind. Try it and see if you gonna pass. All that music theory stuff isn't nuclear physic, it's "just" remembering stuff. I know a few people who are very good at it, but they can't even solve the simplest equations.
User avatar #164763 to #164760 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
Hey, different minds work well with different things. And yea, I already ordered a fuck ton of books, I have like 6 months to learn 2 years' worth of theory. Wish me luck, and thanks, friend.
User avatar #164765 to #164763 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
I hope you gonna rock that audience off their asses. Best Wishes!
User avatar #164766 to #164765 - yoruwaakeru (12/01/2014) [-]
I hope so too, I'll update you if you want :p
User avatar #164775 to #164766 - dudeheit (12/01/2014) [-]
Send me a PM, I'm curious!
#164640 - anonymous (11/30/2014) [-]
So, i've been visiting theRedPill subreddit www.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/ and I've read a couple of stories saying women only go for alpha males and they cheat on betas and hamsters and whatever. I've been in a relationship with this 9/10 girl for around 6 months now and as a non alpha im worried she will eventually lose interest in me We dont have any issues at the moment, im just worried in general . Is there any way to "alpha up" ?

Any advice in general would be great, thanks in advance.

Pic unrelated.
User avatar #164715 to #164640 - schurftinator ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
She is with you because she loves you for who you are apparently, there is no manual out there for girls or whatever what they want. If you know her, you know what she likes. Talk with her if you're uncertain what she thinks about you, don't go to some stupid website that supposedly should tell you how she feels. that's just bullshit.
User avatar #164704 to #164640 - laky (12/01/2014) [-]
Take everything with a grain of salt. Especially /pol/, redpill, r9k etc. Those subcultures do have gems of truth, but they are embedded in a sea of bias and misrepresentation.
User avatar #164688 to #164640 - iridium (12/01/2014) [-]
/r/theredpill? Dude, do your girlfriend and yourself a favor and stop going there. You're going to end up getting cancer and leaving her behind too early.
User avatar #164652 to #164640 - sugoi (12/01/2014) [-]
Go to the gym and be confident in yourself.
That's about it, you don't need to do anything else that you might of read on that shitty subreddit.
User avatar #164641 to #164640 - teoberry (11/30/2014) [-]
>reading /r/theredpill

you have to be joking. it's blanket stereotypes made by 27 year old kissless virgins. all ledez are different. if you've been dating a solid 9 for half a year, keep it up. trying to "alpha up" or any stupid shit like that will lead to you losing her
#164639 - endospore (11/30/2014) [-]
I'm having trouble deciding if I want a master's or a PhD, or if even want either, so I figured I'd ask here for some unbiased opinions.

Graduated college with a BS about a year ago - double major in Biology and Environmental Science. 3.4 GPA, enough for cum laude.
Took the GRE, 80th percentile.
I have a job, semi-related to my field but not exactly what I want and not a lot of room for advancement with or without degrees. (Meaning I would need to find an entirely new career after graduating)
To get exactly what I want, careers ask for 5 years of experience, or 2 years plus a Master's This means a Master's would not immediately open any new avenues, but would make advancing slightly faster. PhD would be different careers, but require little or no experience.

The big problem, I don't want to just be starting my career at 30 years old.

Possible PhD choices would be:
Entomology - spider specialty
Zoology with either mammology or ethology specialty. Maybe husbandry.

Master's would be Environmental Science with GIS certification - I've been accepted to the University of New Haven but decided to pass since I got a job.

Has anyone here gotten/getting their PhD or a Master's?
User avatar #164717 to #164639 - schurftinator ONLINE (12/01/2014) [-]
Huh. How are you even supposed to get a PhD without a masters degree? I really don't understand how the US school system works >_>

I have a MSc degree in Marine Biology and a BSc degree in ecology and biodiversity. I am starting my PhD in March on sharks in the North Sea. I could not have ever applied for a PhD without even having a masters degree, it's one of the basic requirements here?
Also don't underestimate that you're selling your soul doing a PhD, you're going to work weekends and nights, and you're going to be bitched at all the time anyway for all that work as it still isn't enough. And even then there's no certainty that what you're doing is the right thing and will get you further. You have to absolutely love your subject, because it's going to be the most angry period of your life.
And even then you can't simply decide to do a PhD, it's a job you need to apply for and there will be many many others looking for the same job. You need something to stand out to get such a job, having spoken at conferences or published your previous work.
It's not meant to be demotivating, but if you want to be the next Attenborough this should be worth it.
#164643 to #164639 - anonymous (11/30/2014) [-]
Unfortunately, getting a masters without any work experience is pretty much career suicide. There is no reason a company is going to want to pay someone with a masters a huge sum of money for doing a job that anyone with an undergrad degree can do for 10k+ less.

However, getting a PhD opens up a world of possibilities. So, if you were to get a masters you would almost have to get a PhD right away to make sure you can be employed somewhere. Should ask Human Resources at a local university because with degrees like that in the best case that is where you would be working.

Furthermore, if you are living at home and aren't working you could zip through a masters in a year no problem.

Personally, since your degree is science related, I would go for the PhD.
#164644 to #164643 - endospore (12/01/2014) [-]
Thanks, that's what I thought. So Master's is essentially out, then. My only concern with PhD is just the time requirement. If I'm average, I won't be starting my career until I'm 30 at this rate, and that's assuming I get a job straight away. I guess it's a matter of staying the course making ~40k in a pretty good job or trying for the dream. The dream is being the next David Attenborough or EO Wilson >.>

Of course, that's assuming I can find a good school that has a professor studying something I'm interested in who also happens to be accepting more students.
#164646 to #164644 - anonymous (12/01/2014) [-]
If you are gifted in science and math and are thinking about settling for a wage income that someone only gifted in english or history ASPIRE to get, I will reach my hand through this monitor and slap your shit. Go for the dream, and do it in 2 years less than planned. That will look good on the resume.
#164650 to #164646 - endospore (12/01/2014) [-]
Yeah, yeah, you're probably right. It's just tough because my current job is a cushy government job second only to my dream job, which is pretty much a pipedream. I really only got it thanks to quite a bit of luck and the only real problem is that there's only one promotion above it, which doesn't have a much better salary but has loads more stress. It's a very comfortable life, but I probably will get sick of it in twenty or thirty years. Where with a PhD, it'll take another decade to get into it, but the job isvaried enough that I probably wouldn't get bored.
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