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    What do you do career wise? Going for my ba, or bs. Advice needed please

    Maybe some of you could help me figure out what i want to Major in.

    I've got a little over a year until i get my BA, or BS. basically the only classes i have to take are those that i'll be majoring in.

    Me and my GF think it would be a good idea if i were to get into sports medicine eventually getting my Masters. i suggested it first because i like the gym; helping people; physiology: how living systems function and are effected by drugs; and I've liked science since i was very young

    I find AAS fascinating and that's why i'm asking you guys. i don't know what the hell to do. I made the mistake of believing that i wanted to be an accountant when i should have been a corpsman some real help would be appreciated. actually that would be cool if i Branched moved into the navy to be a corpsman.

    anyways, I checked out the descriptions for sports medicine degrees and it seems ok. i like nutritionist. it doesn't really sound awesome to me. i want to love what i do. If i love what i do the money will come.

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    What is a ba and bs?

    You should do whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you happy bra
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    thanks Honkey Kong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euroholic View Post
    What is a ba and bs?

    You should do whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you happy bra
    BA and BS Bachelor or Arts and Bachelor of Science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euroholic View Post
    What is a ba and bs?

    You should do whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you happy bra
    Whatever makes you happen doesn't necessarily pay enough to keep the lights on. It'd be great if everybody could just live their dreams and all that bullshit. But in the real world, we need to make a living. So the key is to find an occupation that is in demand, pays well and you don't mind doing it too much (money always helps with this part).
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    yea that's true. maybe i'll just continue with finances... it's so lame though, i'm a bill collector, and receipt checker right now. i maintain files and fix lines of accounting that are messed up... i just don't like it very much, but i'm in the military and things are a little different in the military

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong View Post
    Whatever makes you happen doesn't necessarily pay enough to keep the lights on. It'd be great if everybody could just live their dreams and all that bullshit. But in the real world, we need to make a living. So the key is to find an occupation that is in demand, pays well and you don't mind doing it too much (money always helps with this part).
    Not really id trade my job now which pays good for my old job which pays pretty bad because my old job is what i loved to do. Money is not everything. I earn ok money and i dont feel happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euroholic View Post
    Not really id trade my job now which pays good for my old job which pays pretty bad because my old job is what i loved to do. Money is not everything. I earn ok money and i dont feel happy.
    If you don't like what you do, get a hobby.

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    Whatever you decide to major in be sure to get some practical experience before graduating through an internship for example. One way to accomplish this would be locate an alumnist from your school and contact them asking for an internship at their place of business. Too many graduates leave school with little to no experience on their resumes and expect these huge salaries to come pouring in. Since your leaning towards a business degree, look into a major or minor in international business. It's very interesting and more relevant than ever in today's business environment. Good luck...

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    Just keep looking and researching. It's very possible to have an occupation you enjoy AND pays well.

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    I am not trying to be a dick, but you shouldn’t be making life decisions based off of advice from members on a random site like steroid .com. Hell you shouldn’t even completely base your choices on advice from people whom you are close to (keyword here is “completely”). The reality is we don’t know you and the things that you like. No one knows your interests, skill set, and primary driving forces better than yourself.

    In general I would recommend choosing a path and job that makes you happy as long as it is within reason (i.e. you make enough that you don’t live in squalor). The reality is a lot of jobs are sufficient enough. Depending on your situation (e.g. single or married, children or not, place of residence, etc.), a job where you make $35k may be enough where you can afford necessities and even a few luxuries. If money has always been something you really wanted (e.g. you have been determined your whole life to have a Porsche, a multi-million dollar home, etc.), then you better choose a path that will lead to a career where you make a lot of money. Again, only you know what you want.

    The last comment I will make is on the fact that you only have one year to complete the classes necessary to obtain a degree. I don’t know what school you attend; but if you haven’t already taken several classes for a given major, then there is no way that will be enough time. Many majors require courses that are only offered in a specific semester, some classes that are necessary require certain prerequisites, there is a cap on the maximum amount of credit hours one can take in a given semester, and some majors are just too complex for one to enroll in more than three classes in a semester. Because of this, your options are greatly reduced; but again, we don’t know the courses you have taken or the courses necessary for a particular degree at your university or college. We also don’t know what you are good at. If you suck at math, then a degree in physics or mathematics is not ideal. If you suck at art, then an art degree is not the best choice.

    You can always change your career or even go back to school. I talked to some professors who spoke of friends that have doctorate degrees that chose a different path when they were in their 40s. My undergraduate thesis adviser was in his 30s, but he told me he still didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. It would be nice if you had a crystal ball that told you exactly what would be the best career choice and the path necessary to reach it, but you don’t. As long as you are on the right path, you are in good shape.
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    Im a male prostitute I make about 6 bucks a job and I just love my work on google and yelp nothing but positive reviews it really takes a motivated person to get it done so make sure your mentally ready! Best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKilliWiggle View Post
    Im a male prostitute I make about 6 bucks a job and I just love my work on google and yelp nothing but positive reviews it really takes a motivated person to get it done so make sure your mentally ready! Best of luck

    No!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euroholic
    No!!!
    wait are you euro my apparent new best friend haha

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    Take one of those employment tests....it will suggests jobs/fields you would best fit in based on questions answered

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    Quote Originally Posted by basketballfan22 View Post
    I am not trying to be a dick, but you shouldn’t be making life decisions based off of advice from members on a random site like steroid .com. Hell you shouldn’t even completely base your choices on advice from people whom you are close to (keyword here is “completely”). The reality is we don’t know you and the things that you like. No one knows your interests, skill set, and primary driving forces better than yourself.

    In general I would recommend choosing a path and job that makes you happy as long as it is within reason (i.e. you make enough that you don’t live in squalor). The reality is a lot of jobs are sufficient enough. Depending on your situation (e.g. single or married, children or not, place of residence, etc.), a job where you make $35k may be enough where you can afford necessities and even a few luxuries. If money has always been something you really wanted (e.g. you have been determined your whole life to have a Porsche, a multi-million dollar home, etc.); then you better choose a path that will lead to a career where you make a lot of money. Again, only you know what you want.

    The last comment I will make is on the fact that you only have one year to complete the classes necessary to obtain a degree. I don’t know what school you attend; but if you haven’t already taken several classes for a given major; then there is no way that will be enough time. Many majors require courses that are only offered in a specific semester, some classes that are necessary require certain prerequisites, there is a cap on the maximum amount of credit hours one can take in a given semester, and some majors are just too complex for one to enroll in more than three classes in a semester. Because of this, your options are greatly reduced; but again, we don’t know the courses you have taken or the courses necessary for a particular degree at your university or college. We also don’t know what you are good at. If you suck at math, then a degree in physics or mathematics is not ideal. If you suck at art, then an art degree is not the best choice.

    You can always change your career or even go back to school. I talked to some professors who spoke of friends that have doctorate degrees that chose a different path when they were in their 40s. My undergraduate thesis adviser was in his 30s, but he told me he still didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. It would be nice if you had a crystal ball that told you exactly what would be the best career choice and the path necessary to reach it, but you don’t. As long as you are on the right path, you are in good shape.
    Thanks that help a lot. people tell me i think deeply about things, I'm honest, that i'm logical with my feelings, and that i'm often doing a million things at once. the fact that i do a million things at once, I feel is my biggest flaw. i mean in some ways, multi-tasking is good. talking to people about how they think and feel about their lives has always gotten really talking with a person. psychologist is a consideration, and the schooling wouldn't be difficult for me, as opposed to something in the medical failed.

    sports psychology sounds legit - i care and i'm into physiology

    well, i've got a shit ton of credits and i think the counselor was giving me an estimate towards a business degree

    I should find a career board somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKilliWiggle View Post
    Im a male prostitute I make about 6 bucks a job and I just love my work on google and yelp nothing but positive reviews it really takes a motivated person to get it done so make sure your mentally ready! Best of luck
    lol gross

    by all means bury the root
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    Medicine, computer sciences, or accounting/finance (suggested exclusively on job outlook). I'd pick Medicine if I were to do it over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basketballfan22 View Post
    I am not trying to be a dick, but you shouldn’t be making life decisions based off of advice from members on a random site like steroid .com. Hell you shouldn’t even completely base your choices on advice from people whom you are close to (keyword here is “completely”). The reality is we don’t know you and the things that you like. No one knows your interests, skill set, and primary driving forces better than yourself.

    In general I would recommend choosing a path and job that makes you happy as long as it is within reason (i.e. you make enough that you don’t live in squalor). The reality is a lot of jobs are sufficient enough. Depending on your situation (e.g. single or married, children or not, place of residence, etc.), a job where you make $35k may be enough where you can afford necessities and even a few luxuries. If money has always been something you really wanted (e.g. you have been determined your whole life to have a Porsche, a multi-million dollar home, etc.); then you better choose a path that will lead to a career where you make a lot of money. Again, only you know what you want.

    The last comment I will make is on the fact that you only have one year to complete the classes necessary to obtain a degree. I don’t know what school you attend; but if you haven’t already taken several classes for a given major; then there is no way that will be enough time. Many majors require courses that are only offered in a specific semester, some classes that are necessary require certain prerequisites, there is a cap on the maximum amount of credit hours one can take in a given semester, and some majors are just too complex for one to enroll in more than three classes in a semester. Because of this, your options are greatly reduced; but again, we don’t know the courses you have taken or the courses necessary for a particular degree at your university or college. We also don’t know what you are good at. If you suck at math, then a degree in physics or mathematics is not ideal. If you suck at art, then an art degree is not the best choice.

    You can always change your career or even go back to school. I talked to some professors who spoke of friends that have doctorate degrees that chose a different path when they were in their 40s. My undergraduate thesis adviser was in his 30s, but he told me he still didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. It would be nice if you had a crystal ball that told you exactly what would be the best career choice and the path necessary to reach it, but you don’t. As long as you are on the right path, you are in good shape.
    I'm moving to wherever you are. If 35k can provide necessities, I'm there tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post

    I'm moving to wherever you are. If 35k can provide necessities, I'm there tomorrow.
    Agreed.
    Money isnt everything but it sure helps, i can come home from a job i hate, and find something to.make me happy with money.
    But a job u love isnt great if you can't afford shit and the collectors are calling
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    I'm moving to wherever you are. If 35k can provide necessities, I'm there tomorrow.
    Are you serious? Here is a budget of my finances which includes over $8 per day on supplements (thanks a lot!).

    Monthly Costs:
    Rent:$600
    Food: $450
    Car: $200
    Phone: $75
    Supplements: $244
    Insurance: $35
    Gas: $100
    Credit card debt: $100
    Utilities (including television and Internet): $120
    Gym: $38

    This totals out to $1962 per month or $23,544 per year. Maybe our definitions defer on "necessities." Some of the things I mentioned are far from necessities too.

    Personally, I am taking a path that I love because it is what makes me happy. Money is not as important to me as it may be to others. As long as I am able to make enough to live comfortably, then enjoyment in what I do is what is most important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basketballfan22 View Post
    Are you serious? Here is a budget of my finances which includes over $8 per day on supplements (thanks a lot!).

    Monthly Costs:
    Rent:$600
    Food: $450
    Car: $200
    Phone: $75
    Supplements: $244
    Insurance: $35
    Gas: $100
    Credit card debt: $100
    Utilities (including television and Internet): $120
    Gym: $38

    This totals out to $1962 per month or $23,544 per year. Maybe our definitions defer on "necessities." Some of the things I mentioned are far from necessities too.
    LMAO! Love that first line.

    $600 rent? The city wouldn't even let me stay under a bridge for that little. The fact is, most of what you listed are luxuries. Car, phone, supps, insurance, gas, CC, gym, most utilities. So yeah, one could cut down and live off of 18k per year, but forget all that noise. Where I live, you can multiply your list x 2. at minimum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basketballfan22 View Post

    Are you serious? Here is a budget of my finances which includes over $8 per day on supplements (thanks a lot!).

    Monthly Costs:
    Rent:$600
    Food: $450
    Car: $200
    Phone: $75
    Supplements: $244
    Insurance: $35
    Gas: $100
    Credit card debt: $100
    Utilities (including television and Internet): $120
    Gym: $38

    This totals out to $1962 per month or $23,544 per year. Maybe our definitions defer on "necessities." Some of the things I mentioned are far from necessities too.

    Personally, I am taking a path that I love because it is what makes me happy. Money is not as important to me as it may be to others. As long as I am able to make enough to live comfortably, then enjoyment in what I do is what is most important.
    I never lived in an area the rent was $600 and u can an insure a car for $35. And i soend alot more at food store then $450
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    LMAO! Love that first line.

    $600 rent? The city wouldn't even let me stay under a bridge for that little. The fact is, most of what you listed are luxuries. Car, phone, supps, insurance, gas, CC, gym, most utilities. So yeah, one could cut down and live off of 18k per year, but forget all that noise. Where I live, you can multiply your list x 2. at minimum.
    I have two roommates in a $500k home. I used to live in Boulder for five years (which is well known for being pricey), and I was paying $580 per month on rent. Again, it depends on the situation. Owning a home in Boulder? Expect to pay over a million dollars, but renting a decent apartment along with one other person was not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxerboy1 View Post
    I never lived in an area the rent was $600 and u can an insure a car for $35. And i soend alot more at food store then $450
    You should really look at places then. Tell me where you live, and I guarantee I can find some places for $600. I am very intelligent with my money. I buy all organic meats and produce too. Even if you do spend more than $450 on food, even $700 per month is only an additional (250)(12) = $3000 per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basketballfan22 View Post

    You should really look at places then. Tell me where you live, and I guarantee I can find some places for $600. I am very intelligent with my money. I buy all organic meats and produce too. Even if you do spend more than $450 on food, even $700 per month is only an additional (250)(12) = $3000 per year.
    Im sure you can find a shithole in areas.
    When i lived in north jersey my rent was $1450 for a 1bedroom
    Mt girls was $1500 for a 2 bedroom in brooklyn. Im sure you coukd cind a place for $600 in Brooklyn but you may get killed.
    Ill take a job i dont like as much and live in a nicer area.
    You mention roommates, eventually you grow up and cant have roomates
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    Roommates? You couldn't pay me enough. But I understand, I had roommates on and off till I was 25. So yeah, that makes sense. But rent for a decent apartment here is over a grand. And that's probably 650 sqft. My last apartment was 900 sqft and was 1800. Full coverage insurance for $35? No way. I don't drive a 4 door civic but still, no way I could come close, not even liability.

    Things will change for you as you get older, acquire a monthly medical bill, relocating a few times, etc... I wouldn't want to live in certain places unless I absolutely had to. I've lived in crummy places in my younger years, but you grow out of that and become accustomed to a certain lifestyle (which does not mean super fancy life). But even the cheapest places in Austin, you'd still incur a lot more expenses than your list.

    Food is one of my biggest expenses. I would need an ambulance on standby if I are 450 a month worth of food. Not because I can't, of course I can stretch every dollar, but I don't want to live like that. I did all that in my 20's.

    Gas lately hasn't been so bad because I'm working from home now, but I was spending upwards of $600 per month for gas. The only place that shocked me in pricing was Calabasas, Cali. It was triple Austin prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxerboy1 View Post
    Im sure you can find a shithole in areas.
    When i lived in north jersey my rent was $1450 for a 1bedroom
    Mt girls was $1500 for a 2 bedroom in brooklyn. Im sure you coukd cind a place for $600 in Brooklyn but you may get killed.
    Ill take a job i dont like as much and live in a nicer area.
    You mention roommates, eventually you grow up and cant have roomates
    We have different priorities and values then. You are correct about the roommates thing as I am only 24, but I have found one bedroom places for $850 per month. You value money, and that is fine. Personally I value self-improvement, knowledge, and happiness/pride in what I do. Don't get me wrong, if I can have an identical career that pays more than what I am receiving, then of course I would take it. Money is not a huge deal to me. It is nice to have, but there are other things I value more. Again, I don't live in squalor or in a place where there is high crime rate; and $35k would be enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    Roommates? You couldn't pay me enough. But I understand, I had roommates on and off till I was 25. So yeah, that makes sense. Full coverage insurance for $35? No way. I don't drive a 4 door civic but still, no way I could come close, not even liability.

    Things will change for you as you get older, acquire a monthly medical bill, relocating a few times, etc... I wouldn't want to live in certain places unless I absolutely had to. I've lived in crummy places in my younger years, but you grow out of that and become accustomed to a certain lifestyle (which does not mean super fancy life). But even the cheapest places in Austin, you'd still incur a lot more expenses than your list.

    Food is one of my biggest expenses. I would need an ambulance on standby if I are 450 a month worth of food. Not because I can't, of course I can stretch every dollar, but I don't want to live like that. I did all that in my 20's.

    Gas lately hasn't been so bad because I'm working from home now, but I was spending upwards of $600 per month for gas. The only place that shocked me in pricing was Calabasas, Cali. It was triple Austin prices.
    I just bought a used car, and that is exactly what I pay. I have done price quotes on a brand new $45k vehicle, and my insurance would be around $90. You are correct about things changing as you get older. I never had a lot of money growing up, and I am a recent college graduate so I am used to not living lavishly. I also plan to attend graduate school, so I expect this type of life to continue for a while. Once you have experienced a higher cost of living, then I am sure it would be difficult to "downgrade." Right now a Ph.D. means a lot more to me, and I don't think I live that bad.

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    No I believe you. I'm just saying I can't get away with that myself. I've driven the most beat up cars on earth to save money. I don't want t do any of that anymore. Had enough of it. I'd rather sacrifice other things so that I can have a car that I like, a place that doesn't drive me crazy and plenty of food that I actually enjoy in my fridge.

    I think everyone should save as much as they can, I did. But I never did it to be buried with my money, I do it so that when the shit hits the fan, I can maintain sanity for a while until things get better. Meanwhile, keeping the IRA running...
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    All i want to know is where do you live that car insurance is that cheap?

    Also 35k maybe enough now, but if that's your career for life how much will that increas?
    What about when you have a wife or kids?
    Health insurance and all the other bills that add up as you get older. We pay almost $900 a month on insurance, between cars, health, renters
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    Quote Originally Posted by gixxerboy1 View Post
    All i want to know is where do you live that car insurance is that cheap?

    Also 35k maybe enough now, but if that's your career for life how much will that increas?
    What about when you have a wife or kids?
    Health insurance and all the other bills that add up as you get older. We pay almost $900 a month on insurance, between cars, health, renters
    Oh I agree. Again, that is why in my first post I said it depends on a variety of things, including whether or not you are married or have children. Luckily for me, my job options are pretty great. Starting salaries for the careers I am and will be capable of having start at $45k. Obviously after promotions this would drastically increase. It is more than possible to find something you enjoy while still being able to make enough to live off of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    No I believe you. I'm just saying I can't get away with that myself. I've driven the most beat up cars on earth to save money. I don't want t do any of that anymore. Had enough of it. I'd rather sacrifice other things so that I can have a car that I like, a place that doesn't drive me crazy and plenty of food that I actually enjoy in my fridge.

    I think everyone should save as much as they can, I did. But I never did it to be buried with my money, I do it so that when the shit hits the fan, I can maintain sanity for a while until things get better. Meanwhile, keeping the IRA running...
    From your posts in the past, you sound very financially savvy. I understand not wanting to drive beat up cars. My used car is all right, but even I have plans to purchase a brand new vehicle once I have saved enough money and begin earning enough money. As it has been mentioned before in other threads, everyone's priorities change as they get older, even just a little. This will be the first time in my life where I will be making an okay amount of money, and I am afraid I will enjoy it too much that I won't want to go to graduate school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basketballfan22 View Post
    From your posts in the past, you sound very financially savvy. I understand not wanting to drive beat up cars. My used car is all right, but even I have plans to purchase a brand new vehicle once I have saved enough money and begin earning enough money. As it has been mentioned before in other threads, everyone's priorities change as they get older, even just a little. This will be the first time in my life where I will be making an okay amount of money, and I am afraid I will enjoy it too much that I won't want to go to graduate school.
    You crazy? lol. Even if I won the lotto today I wouldn't buy a brand new car. I like cars, but I like resale value, too!

    None of this matters. You'll be just fine. You're a very smart guy. I wish my little brother would smarten up.
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    Oh I agree. Again, that is why in my first post I said it depends on a variety of things, including whether or not you are married or have children. Luckily for me, my job options are pretty great. Starting salaries for the careers I am and will be capable of having start at $45k. Obviously after promotions this would drastically increase. It is more than possible to find something you enjoy while still being able to make enough to live off of.
    Hopefully everyone can find a job they enjoy and can live a good life.
    I just think as your young and single making a career choice for your future, you need to plan for the future you wasn't. If that include wife and kis
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    I don't have the mentality you guys have. I've never taken budgeting to the point where i'm creating specific categories of totals. I've been in the Military for 6 plus years and i'm single with only $1500.00 debt-computer and car maintenance payments. cars have never been my thing and buying brand new isn't ever a good idea, unless you've got that kind of cash to blow, IMO. also, I've never had to actually pay rent; i pay rent in the military, but it's a salary deduction.

    realistically, how do my prospects look?

    I've got my Associate of Arts degree and just my major to think about. sports medicine is looking pretty sweet because there is a plan b, nutritionist. i'd like to continue from nutritionist to sports psychologist.

    i've also got the military to think about. I want to deploy to the middle east for pride, money, and promotion. there's decent security in the military-in garrison-if you can do it and i'm thinking of going the whole 20 years if i can.

    I've also got to change jobs specialties in the corps if i want to stay in. my current specialty is too small and i see a zillion idiots a year promoted that are in other job specialties with easier promotion terms.

    i just have all these options! i don't know what to do!

    I think right now, i'll focus on my job specialty and sign up for college courses because it will increase my promotion likelihood. on the side i'll work out something for changing specialties.
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