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post #31 of 51 Old 01-20-2013, 03:04 PM
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Fair enough Northern. :) Though I would've never gotten the initial interview without that degree.
Oh, then in that case, your degree was the sine qua non for your getting hired, so I retract my statement!

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... According to that chart I make as much as a person without a high school diploma!
Another instance of charts being deceptive!

OP, at least you have 4 months, iirc, to talk to counselors, etc.! I'll bet that by that time, you'll have arrived at the best course of action for yourself! Again, good luck!
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post #32 of 51 Old 01-20-2013, 03:16 PM
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Is your degree purely vocational or does it also cover anything that amounts to Business Studies?
Newly qualified students from Equestrian Colleges aren't likely to go to the top of the ladder anywhere unless you already have some proven record in competing so you're not likely to earn much. I know lots of yards in the UK that don't want equestrian college students because they usually only have a limited experience with horses - the types that the colleges use - which are mostly riding school sorts.
Now you've gone this far it would be a shame to throw it all away by quitting so you really have to carry on with it
Could you not take a 'gap year', work somewhere with horses and earn some money?
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... I know lots of yards in the UK that don't want equestrian college students because they usually only have a limited experience with horses ...
Highlighting the crux: So, it's same in UK (& anywhere, I'm sure!) as here, because it's common sense: only experience gives one the wisdom & savvy to care for, handle, & ride horses.
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post #34 of 51 Old 01-21-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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I talked to my dad this weekend about it. He said that he saw it coming, he knew I wasn't happy at the barn. I think I am going to consider my options and see how much it would save me just to drop the barn. I would like to take the classes I have an finish with a marketing or business degree. That might leave me with an extra semester of classes after senior year. I don't know if loans will cover that or not. I hope so.

I appreciate all the input you guys have given me. I hope whatever path I chose is the right one. I have certainly made a mess things, now its time to clean it up.
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post #35 of 51 Old 01-21-2013, 01:36 PM
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I appreciate all the input you guys have given me. I hope whatever path I chose is the right one. I have certainly made a mess things, now its time to clean it up.
I wouldn't say you have made a mess of it - for a person to get out of high school, know exactly what they want to do, obtain the appropriate education, and work in that field their whole career, is the exception rather than the rule. Almost all of us flail around a bit at your age. Whatever you do, you will shortly have 3 years of college on which to build...that's a whole lot better than starting from zero...
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Northern, the advice you've given here has me hanging my head and hoping beyond all hope that anyone reading this thread ignores your advice... Holy crow.
Having a degree - in almost anything - shows employers that you have the discipline to achieve higher learning to further yourself. I know many people that have degrees in fields other than the one they have their career in, but are able to advance because of that piece of paper.
Delete, stick with it. You're almost there. If you withdraw now, you'd be in debt to your eyeballs without anything to show for it.
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post #37 of 51 Old 01-21-2013, 02:15 PM
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Get your degree! You've already put so much time and effort into it. Your loans can be payed back over a long period of time at a low interest rate. Do not see yourself short if this is your passion!!!!! You do NOT want to end up working in a job that you kind of like or hate and think what could've been!!!! Findlay is a good school. Other areas of study are just as important has the equine study classes. Having a good buisness mind and know-how will make your business so much more successful!! Having an education is NEVER a waste and doing it now while you're young is so much easier than going back when you're an adult!! TRUST ME!!!!! Follow your passion!!!!!!!!!
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It's also easier to transfer to another school for a different degree program when you're coming with a degree.

Are you not interested in a horse job at all? If you are, make some connections to get the horse job you would be happy with.
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post #39 of 51 Old 01-21-2013, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Currently I am just focusing on sales. I have no interest in seeking a horse career. Quite frankly I want a break from horses for a few years. Till I am financially stable enough to once again dabble into horses, then I might consider it.

I am really looking into just dropping out of the barn and graduating with a marketing or business degree.
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post #40 of 51 Old 01-23-2013, 04:42 PM
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Stick it out and get your degree. You'll be glad you did when you're older.





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