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Where are you heading?
« on: August 09, 2006, 02:01:21 pm »
Inspired by Lukipela's comment in the Role Call thread...

Where would you like your future to go to? What aspirations do you have, what would you like for your future? Are there any particular things you like to do know, and would want to do something with in the near/far future? Is there anything you would've liked to achieve, but have missed, or have not yet achieved?

Share your stories, here's mine.

As some of you may know, about 2 years ago I dropped out  of school. Having a simple diploma (VMBO, Level 3 in the field of Administration and Commerce, In Holland) I wanted to get into programming, and started an education that was supposed to lead up to that. It was a Level 3 Education focussing on Assistant System Managment. After I would've finished this one, I would have stepped into the Level 4 Education, called Program Design.

All this fueled by the desire to one day make games, and provide a new impulse of (self acclaimed) innovative games.

Unfortunatly, the Education wasn't what it was cracked up to be. There was a lot of theory that would have no merit in actually repairing/servicing Computers and where just there to show you how things work. Also, the Traject I followed was rather loose in that it wasn't particularly clear as to what you where supposed to do, and how you where supposed to do it.

I got fed up with it, and as a result dropped out from school for the next 2 years.

I did a lot of self-reflecting in the 2 years that followed. I wanted to go into game Development, but I was (still am) also actively practicing to play the guitar, hoping to one day be one of the best guitar players that ever lived. For some of you that might seem like a bit far-fetched, and maybe a too amitious goal, but if you're gonna set a goal, you'd better pick one that you won't achieve TOO fast, so you'll have something to do. At least, that's my view on the matter :)

Anyway, I spent a lot of time having meaningful conversations with a ** Not a psychiatrist, but someone who can help people tackle problems of their own, helps people understand their own minds etc. ** and learned a lot about how I worked, and how I reacted to the people around me, and also about how non-verbal communication worked. Wich is something I wasn't aware of up and until that point.

After all of that, I realised that Game Development was still an ultimate goal, but unfortunatly there isn't somekind of an education that aims at just that. There where options, like learning to program (something I've been good at back in the Qbasic days) but things like that cost money, something wich I didn't abundantly have. So I deciced to go to another school, and take the Education for System Management (- A school wich takes a more personal approach at supporting it's students with finishing the Traject). I'd be working with computers, troubleshooting, tech supporting and all that jazz, to make money, to fund my efforts into the Game Dev area of things.

I think this would be a good moment to tell you that I'm not the kind of guy that can 'self-teach' things like programming. It works with my Guitarplay, but that's because how you play has little effect on what sound you get, wich is the actual point of playing guitar. Since Programming requires a bit more theory, it's not as easy to just start with and learn until you're good.

Currently I'm waiting for mid-september, where the Education is supposed to start off, and in the meen time, I play guitar, I game, I do some freelance game development (writing a simple game with someone I know from another forum) and I socialise to get a hang of that part of life.

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But enough about me, how about yourselves? :)
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2006, 11:01:39 am »
This is an interesting story, and certainly helps me understand your situation better.  Game development seems to be very broad term though.

Tell me, what is it that you feel you have to offer game development? Are you an ideas man, that would like to plan the background story of the game? Would you like to construct the layout of the game itself, crafting an engine capable of conveying the story? Are you interested in the graphical design of ingame objects, such as characters, spaceships and weapons? Do you think that you are just the right man too create an atmosphere through compelling music? Or is it the actual hard coding of events that you wish to work on? In short, there are an enormous amount of different psoitions in game development. which one do you want?

Freelancing sounds like a very good idea. From everything I've read about game developing, i have come to understand that those hiring are much more interested in what projects you have done before, than in any grades you have amassed. So the more side projects you work on, and the more succesful they are, the beter for your future.

Also, do you really need an education to work in tech support? Every single help line I have ever called has been staffed by someone sitting in front of a computer, entering my query, and reading me the answers from a database. Still, any work done around computers and system will probably be good, as it'll serve to familiarise you with different technical branches.

Alright, seing as this is a topic about where we are heading, I might as well tell you about my future.

The future is uncertain. Of course, this is the nature of futures, but mine is far more uncertain than I'd like it to be. I am currently completing my masters thesis, and hopefully I'll be graduated by the end of next month. I have studied process technology, and done my masters in bioprocesstechnology, working with genetically modified cells. So school is out. This of course raises the ugly question "What next?".

Of course, there are several options. Howver, there is one very limiting factor as well. My girlfriend. She is studying to become a teacher. This means she has a minimum of three years of school left. As I am unwilling to separate msyelf from the person I love above all other things, any job I apply for needs to be close enough to my current position for me to either commute or be able to return home for the weekends. This severly limits my possibilities.

There is however, another option. My current boss has several times expressed an interest in having me stay on and do a Ph.D. Such a task would take about 4 years, and would mean that I can stay right where I am. I am not averse to attempting to attain this lofty academic title myself, though I harbour some slight doubts about my abilities to do so.

Of course, things are not that cut and dry. In order take a Ph.D, I need financing. This is notoriously difficult to come by. At earliest, i will find out wether I have any chance to receive financing after christmas. Thefore, at this stage I am completely unsure as to wether I will be able to do this. So my autumn will be spent taking some courses that could be useful for the Ph.D, and looking for jobs at the side. However, if I receive no funding after christmas, I will have to start searching for a job in earnest.

So that's my future. Will I get funding? Wont I? Will I find a job? What if I don't? Insecurity the whole way around.
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006, 02:28:00 am »
So, I've now given in all my papers, and will probably be able to graduate this month. That will make me unemployed, so I am now searching for a job. Anyone got any hot tips?

EDIT: I also just turned 25, so now I'm halfway to 50. I feel incredibly old.
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006, 05:46:06 pm »
I applied for a tech support job once.. they turned me down, cause I had to much in-formal training (namely self taught they didn't like that.... evil D%!! wait I wasn't supposed to mention their name!!! duh duh duh!!!)

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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2006, 09:40:26 pm »
Before I really get into ideas about my future, it is better that I start with the past. Seems logical, right?

Since my youth, playing the NES, my dream has been to be a part of creating video games. This what I felt I should be doing. My "destiny", if you will. I have gone through several phases of this. I learned programming in the BASIC days, and have managed to adapt to any other langauge I've had the dedication and patience to put my mind to. I have created art for various concepts, the complexity of which has evolved over the ages. I have tons of ideas in storage. Hell, I'm even attempting to compile some of these ideas into a book!

So what, you ask, is stopping me from doing anything with all of this? Time. It's a bitch. Unfortunately, it is not my bitch. I never seem to have enough of it, and what little I have to myself has been slowly eroding. Some years back (three, I think?), it was the introduction of a girlfriend into my life. Now, it's the introduction of my daughter (yes, that's right, I'm a father).

Despite all of this, I am trying to (paraphrasing Eth) "create my masterpiece" despite the hardships surrounding me. Will I complete it? I don't know. Perhaps on some path of probability I will create something so stupendously spectacular that all will be forced to kneel before my visage and crown me the King of All Space/Time/Probability/*Frog*. Whether my future lies upon that, or some similar, path... Well, only time will tell.

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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2006, 12:34:13 am »
I guess I have to explain a bit first before going into my "future."

Family has always been the most important thing in my life.  Ever since I was a child I always wanted to have sons and/or daughters and instill upon them the values that I would later prove to mostly fail to uphold.  Bear in mind that until the age of 23 I had uncompromising integrity and tried to be (and often found myself) the most morally anchored person anyone would have ever met.

Anyway, I always had great potential.  I showed amazing learning abilities in all areas of study and was always placed in the "advanced" classes -- my parents refused to allow me to skip classes, as even at a young age I had a disdain for other children as they were "weak" (mentally, morally, ect.), and they felt I needed the social immersion.  I got bored in school and essentially decided that I enjoyed frustrating others, mostly by "wasting" my potential.  For about the last six or seven years of school I pretty much only did what I wanted (played chess, horsed around on the computer, practiced judo, and antagonized people) and maintained a C average.

After three hours of sleep and no studying, I got a 33 (out of 36) on my ACT and was hungover when I took it.  I fell asleep twice during the testing.  After school I decided to work rather than go to college.  Over the next few years, my moral integrity would slowly erode and I wound up in jail.  After jail I met Jesica, which brings us to the present.

As of right now, I have one plan.  Marry Jesica and start a family.  Seriously, I have no career goals or anything outside of that.  I find it strange that when I went to jail I abandoned the hope I'd had for two decades -- to raise a family -- and buckled down in educational, physical fitness, and career aspects.  All of which kept me busy but none of which made me happy.  Since I've met Jesica I feel like I can focus on doing what makes me happy again.

Objectively, I look at myself and must admit that other people who don't know how happy I am (or that I'm achieving my life's goal) have to consider me a total loser who has nothing but a life of failure ahead.  Occasionally I convince myself that even Jesica must think that.  But she doesn't.  She sees deeper than that.  And that's why I love her -- she understands me.

I used to think that I wanted to achieve a lot.  To be remembered for inventing something great or doing something spectacular.  I thought that when I had kids they'd have some kind of legacy to carry on, to help the world in some way.  But that's not what I want.  I want to be able to do what my father somehow taught me to do -- teach my children how to be happy, regardless of how much or how little impact they have on the world.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2006, 04:30:37 am »
Guess where I'm going? To my very first interview. On Wednesday, at 10.00, I will show up at my potential employers doorstep to be interviewed, and judged. To some of you, this may not seem as much, but this is the first time I've ever been to such an occasion. And if all works out well, I might land an exciting and interesting job close to where I already live and my girlfriend still studies. If this goes well, it's goodbye "student life" and welcome "Life of Luxury"!!

I'm so psyched that i can't believe it. This is going to be so cool. even if I don't get the job, at least I'll know that all those applications I've been sending out are being read, and not just used as toilet paper.
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2006, 08:09:38 am »
You know that first interview? I got the job. I started this Monday, and am now working as a process planner at an engineering firm. This Tuesday I received my graduation papers from the university. So apparently my heading somewhere is all done now. It all feels rather strange. Two weeks ago I did a whole week in a bar to lift some money for rent and necessities. Last week I was sending out applications, and last weekend I was yet again working in a bar. This Monday I started working a real, day-time job with a good wage. I've been working towards my Masters for five years, and secretly been worried all that time about finding a job afterwards. and then it just happens. And not just any job, exactly what I've been studying to do, what I'm interested in. Everyone at work is nice and helpful, and I get to start off slow and get a feel for it. It's like a dream come true. I still can't quite believe it's true, but I've worked three days already. Sometimes, the Lord moves in mysterious ways.


So, all that remains is work and earning money. Does anyone have a new goal for me to strive toward? Perhaps I should start working on a masterpiece. But what kind of masterpiece?
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2006, 01:20:03 pm »
Perhaps I should start working on a masterpiece. But what kind of masterpiece?

  A process plan masterpiece? 

  Congratulations, Luki.  I hope I have the same luck when I finish school again. 

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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2006, 07:56:00 am »
Congrats Luki!  As for what's next, well, why are you asking a bunch of people who still play a fifteen year old video game?

Ironically, you've done what I always thought I wanted to do in grade school.  Not necessarily the process planning, but the "continue school, get a job" thing.  As it turns out, I'm content to drift for the time being.  I always get apprehensive when people ask me about school or getting a "real" job again (I currently deliver pizza and gross about $20/hr which is about $5/hr more than I ever did with even my best "real job").

Do I have "plans"?  No.  I'd like to go back to school; I sincerely enjoy the learning process and the schools I've gone to are actually focused on mental agility rather than drinking, but education is simply no longer an imperitive in my life and the whole "spend more time away from home than at it" thing is really starting to be at odds with my worldview.  As far as a job goes, well, the more "serious" jobs I seem to work the more I realize I dislike their fundamental underpinnings.  Pizza delivery driving is the first job I've truly "enjoyed" for more than 6 weeks and I make enough money doing it that I can buy my needs, afford my wants, and even have money left over.

Besides, Jesica is going to be starting her massage practice in this upcoming year and at $60/hr + tips she's the one with the "career."  btw, I've got the ring and I propose in about four days (give or take; a better opportunity may present itself).
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2006, 09:50:01 am »
Congrats Luki!  As for what's next, well, why are you asking a bunch of people who still play a fifteen year old video game?

Ironically, you've done what I always thought I wanted to do in grade school.  Not necessarily the process planning, but the "continue school, get a job" thing.  As it turns out, I'm content to drift for the time being.  I always get apprehensive when people ask me about school or getting a "real" job again (I currently deliver pizza and gross about $20/hr which is about $5/hr more than I ever did with even my best "real job").

  Nice.  Nearly twice as much as I make as a retail slob (though there are plenty of bennies and perks). 

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Do I have "plans"?  No.  I'd like to go back to school; I sincerely enjoy the learning process and the schools I've gone to are actually focused on mental agility rather than drinking, but education is simply no longer an imperitive in my life and the whole "spend more time away from home than at it" thing is really starting to be at odds with my worldview.  As far as a job goes, well, the more "serious" jobs I seem to work the more I realize I dislike their fundamental underpinnings.  Pizza delivery driving is the first job I've truly "enjoyed" for more than 6 weeks and I make enough money doing it that I can buy my needs, afford my wants, and even have money left over.

  That sounds pleasant.  I did that for a few years, at my current job.  I got depressed after a while and eventually needed a change, so I went back to school with the aim to changing to a more fast-paced career where I wouldn't consider a promotion to be "selling out." 

  Not saying you should follow my example or anything; if you're satisfied with the deliverator life, stay there.  Few enough people have jobs they consider to be merely tolerable.  If your bride-to-be is raking in $60, you should have nothing to worry about, financially. 

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btw, I've got the ring and I propose in about four days (give or take; a better opportunity may present itself).

  Yay!  Go, Clark!  Um, she doesn't have any psychsomatic food allergies, does she?   ;)

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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2006, 12:03:22 am »
1)  Plenty of bennies and perks as a delivery driver:
  • I haven't yet received a speeding ticket -- since I've started this job I routinely break the speed limit by 7-15 MPH and have even passed cops (one being the very same who previously gave me a warning for 3 MPH over).  They seem to recognize our drivers' cars and since we give them free mistake pizzas and we all have impeccable driving records they let us slide.
  • Free food.  Between Oct. 17 and Nov. 17 I gained 20 lbs on the "pizza and pasta" diet.  I've since lost it after realizing that such a massive fluctuation COULDN'T be healthy (especially considering a metabolism that can lose 20 lbs in a month and a half on the "video game and one meal a day" diet) and focusing more on the rather impressive variety of fruits and vegetables available for our salads.  I've spent $0 on food -- aside from going out to eat with Jesica -- since October.
  • You're left to claim your tips for tax purposes at the end of the night.  There is no obligation or attempt from the store to keep track.  Tonight I made over $70 in tips in 5 hours, on top of the $40 I made for wages.  $110 is NOT the amount I'll be paying taxes on.
  • Whatever music I want, as loud as I want.  I might look like a jackass while singing to "Possum Kingdom" but I'm getting PAID to do it; the poor sap laughing at me in the next lane is either on his way to a job where he won't be having NEARLY as much fun or on his way home were he also won't be having nearly as much fun.
  • I can smoke on the job.  So long as it's not on my way TO a delivery.  Considering I've taken to rolling my own cigarettes, I've got a great way to spend my time at red lights.
  • As anyone who's worked in a restaurant knows, it's a GREAT environment to find contacts for illicit recreational substances; or, if you have a surplus, a great place to get rid of your stock.  Not that I take part in either aspect of that, but it's nice to know it's readily accessible should I choose to.
  • Adventures!  And, unsusually, seemingly master-level ability at anything.  Yes, always something new.  Whether it be stopping at a college dorm (we're right down the street from a private college) and having a rather striking and rather friendly lass greet you topless, or putting the showoff of a party to shame in a round of "Guitar Hero," or receiving a handful of drink tokens in exchange for a mistake pizza there's always fun to be had.  It seems that as "The mid 20's Pizza Guy" a level of conduct is expected.  A level which involves "staying cool" and being unbeatable at things you may have never even done before.  Mostly drinking games.
  • Firendly people.  Aside from Paul, who's the obligatory 60-something pervert who's amazingly intolerant of seemingly any horseplay aside from his own disgusting displays of crude and downright harassing comments made to the underage waitresses, everyone there is great.  Even the managers, who've both routinely hung up on people complaining about something or another because "we're busy, we don't have time to listen to people bitching."  Many of us, male and female, slap each other on the ass REALLY hard in a sick version of "tag" wherein as long as you say "good game" it's not sexual assault or harassment.

2)  I'm sure that at some point I'll be interested in more of a "career" but for now I've found a way to make an obscene amount of money for very easy work that I really enjoy for a company I really enjoy working for.  It's like the four components I never thought could exist in any single line of employment.  It's strange because we have people who've been delivering there for over a decade now (one of them has an appearance, manner, and education that's UNCANNILY similar to Eth's) and on one hand I think how pathetic they must be to be in their late 30's or early 40's and delivering pizzas, while on the other it really makes me think that maybe I've stumbled into that "secret job" that's just perfect and vitually nobody knows about.

3)  She's mildly lactose intolerant, but that's about it.  A bigger deal than anyone not in "the dairy state" would figure it to be, but just slightly on the radar nonetheless.  She'll eat a piece of cheese pizza or have a glass of milk, but will forego seconds.  By no means will she die from simply viewing dairy products.  The real problem is her wine preference -- she prefers very dry white wines while I lean more toward full-bodied reds (which give her a headache).  That being the case we usually compromise.  At home we'll end up with something offbeat like a plum sake or meade, while when we're out at a restaurant it ends up being a mixer or specialty drink from the bar or simply single glasses of our preferred pick from the wine list.

As an aside, her brother is Dana Vanden Heuvel.  If you care to, you can very easily find him on the internet.  He's the industry expert on "B2B blogging" and does symposiums all over the world.  Seven-digit-income type of prominence and seems to always have time to just sit and relax between globetrotting.  On a personal level, he and his chiropractor fiancee are great people.  Tiny little house not even 10 miles from me, Jesica and I to dinner occasionally and being wine enthusiasts (this is where it ties in) they're never hesitant to break out a decade-old Bordeaux even if we're just having stir-fry from a bag.  He and I hit it off pretty well on a techie-level (he's not just someone who's all BS and "how to sell yourself" books) while Timothea and Jesica have a shared interest in bodywork.
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2006, 12:22:31 am »
  Hmmm...  My sister-in-law threw a Playstation through a plate-glass window once... 

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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2006, 12:59:15 am »
I'm sort of suprised regarding how much I'm enjoying reading about other peoples lives... I don't know, maybe it's because most of you have a most excellent writing style, or maybe it distracts from my own life... wich at the moment isn't too "hot" :)

I've moved to a different city about a month ago, it's a lot closer to school, and instead of having to travel 4 hours a day by train (2 hours, to school, and 2 back) and wasting most of my day either traveling or being 'in school' I now can take a 10 minute bustrip to and from school and I have a lot more free time on my hands, which is cool! I also have really great neighbours (they're at the same school, one of 'em is also in my class, and the other's in Graphical design, and completely insane! But they're both fun to be around... did I mention they have a Wii?) and a very laid back roommate.

With this being the first time I'm "on my own" it brings a lot of new challenges (like groceries, laundry, rent and all that jazz) and a lot of joys!

On the downside, I'm still returning "home" in the weekends which makes my weekdays at home sort of chaotic because I have to calculate the fact that groceries, laundry and all that stuff has to be taken care of in the 4 days that I'm in my own appartment. It's a little hectic and I really hope things will "settle down" though I fear that may take a while.

On a completely different note I've been thinking about the "what's next?" question a lot lately... and I've come to the conclusion that I really want to do something with music. I've always been a musical person, and recently (say the past half year) I've become convinced that I have some sort of talent for playing the guitar. I spend a lot of time with people that are into music themselves (Musicians from many different 'genres', Metalheads etc.) and the general opinion on my guitarplay apears to be very positive... so I think I might do a musical education at a conservatory after I'm done with this education and have a 'day-job' or equivalent.

It's still future music (heh) at this point, because they don't just let anyone join and there's a lot I want to learn in the field of music AND in regard to computers and related affairs, because I'm not too shabby there either...

Oh well, I suppose time will tell :)

Oh and Sedodes, congratulations man! Hope she accepts!
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Re: Where are you heading?
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2006, 09:52:26 am »
Congrats Luki!  As for what's next, well, why are you asking a bunch of people who still play a fifteen year old video game?

Because you're just as qualified to guess as anyone else I suppose.

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Ironically, you've done what I always thought I wanted to do in grade school.  Not necessarily the process planning, but the "continue school, get a job" thing.

I never really planned it that way though. I was never really interested in finishing school, I kept branching out and taking courses in different subjects because I found them interesting. The only reason I did a thesis was because I was offered one that seemed interesting. After that, I just kind of stumbled upon a job opportunity and figured that it would be something new and interesting.

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As it turns out, I'm content to drift for the time being.  I always get apprehensive when people ask me about school or getting a "real" job again (I currently deliver pizza and gross about $20/hr which is about $5/hr more than I ever did with even my best "real job").

Each to their own. It's good to rememebr that any job is a "real" job. If you enjoy it and can support yourself on it, then it's "real" enough.

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As far as a job goes, well, the more "serious" jobs I seem to work the more I realize I dislike their fundamental underpinnings.  Pizza delivery driving is the first job I've truly "enjoyed" for more than 6 weeks and I make enough money doing it that I can buy my needs, afford my wants, and even have money left over.

Beyond the fact that the work seems interesting and varied, the underpinnings are really what attract me. I've been doing bar work and shifts in a factory since I was 18. I've never had a job with regular times, where you have the weekends off and don't have to stay up half the night. I'm going to enjoy that.

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Besides, Jesica is going to be starting her massage practice in this upcoming year and at $60/hr + tips she's the one with the "career."  btw, I've got the ring and I propose in about four days (give or take; a better opportunity may present itself).

Your girlfriend is a masseuse? Congratulations. Have you popped the question yet?

Oh, and as to sisters-in laws and brother-in-laws, I suggest you google the company Shareware Promotions. While I have no idea how it works, it essentially meant that when my brother-in-law moved to Finland, he was on the dole, and when they moved away 6 or so years later, he paid slightly over 50% income tax due to his high income. Sometimes the internet works wonders.

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I've moved to a different city about a month ago, it's a lot closer to school, and instead of having to travel 4 hours a day by train (2 hours, to school, and 2 back) and wasting most of my day either traveling or being 'in school' I now can take a 10 minute bustrip to and from school and I have a lot more free time on my hands, which is cool! I also have really great neighbours (they're at the same school, one of 'em is also in my class, and the other's in Graphical design, and completely insane! But they're both fun to be around... did I mention they have a Wii?) and a very laid back roommate.

With this being the first time I'm "on my own" it brings a lot of new challenges (like groceries, laundry, rent and all that jazz) and a lot of joys!

You are living at a good point in life. While it might not feel that hot to have to do your own laundry and cook your own food, this is where you turn into something more than just a teenager, and learn about how the world really works. I'm almost jealous of you, the first time on your own is an inspiring and defining time. Well, unless you took care of the household at home too. If so, then not so much, but still slightly. This is also a great opportunity to forge friendships that will last, and enlargen your contact network, as well as the possibility to leave any old emotional baggage behind.

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On the downside, I'm still returning "home" in the weekends which makes my weekdays at home sort of chaotic because I have to calculate the fact that groceries, laundry and all that stuff has to be taken care of in the 4 days that I'm in my own appartment. It's a little hectic and I really hope things will "settle down" though I fear that may take a while.

Why are you returning home every weekend though? From experience, I'd say that the people who go home the most are the ones who take the longest to get used to their new home, and who have the most trouble creating a new social life there. Try staying there a few weekends, hanging out and enjoying your own peace.

Good luck with the music thing. Keep in mind that professional music is very hard work, to which you have to devote a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears.


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