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Do you think you'll ever go back to school? A few classes, or a whole degree? I mean, if yes.

Seeing as how I completely fell apart in the first semester of my second year and haven't been the same since? Probably not.

I wish I could go back to school. There are a lot of things that I wish I'd studied. I wish I could have taken every single language that UBC taught and more on top of that. Instead, I signed up for two language classes while I was there, and had to drop both of them. Never mind the linguistics class I also took for all of about 5 minutes.

I wish I could have taken more Biology classes, just because it was one science I was pretty okay at, if you didn't count the class I actually took, which was boring as shit and I hated it. If we're getting to a point here, I *really* wish I had just taken Biology in high school, so that I could have taken the more advanced biology classes in university - the ones that *aren't* designed to bore you out of your skull.

I don't see much of a point in going back to school for just a few classes. Why not get the entire degree? And if I can't afford to go back to get the degree, why would I go back and take classes at all, exactly? I mean, Continuing Education and the various rec centres between here and my parents' house all have a variety of options if I wanted to learn a language. For example, I could finally learn more in ASL than just "I like boobs." A highly useful phrase, appropriate in every situation, as you can guess.

I will always wish I could get that astrophsyics degree, but at some point, I really need to face up to the fact that I can do Physics about as well as a turtle can do advanced math. Astronomy will always be my hobby, but I'm never going to understand the fucking Physics behind it. If you were to ask me, gravity exists so the Sun doesn't fall into the Earth and because hovering tennis balls would be too distracting. Electricity exists because of electrons, magnetism exists because of magnetic fields, and electromagnetism exists to confuse me.

The reality is that I will likely have to take some classes again, if only to get certification of some kind for whatever job I end up getting. I'm okay with that. That will be about as much school as I can handle.

Also, I'm pretty sure I can live vicariously through my kids, but I guarantee that when they get to Grade 12, I'm still not going to be very helpful in Physics, for which I apologize in advance.

As for more advanced schooling, like getting a Masters or a PhD, it just isn't going to happen. I read my brother's thesis. Even if I *could* bullshit my way through 300 pages of extreme boringness, I'd have to defend it, and I had enough trouble doing group presentations in front of my classes in university. Thesis defense committees are *so* much more judgy. Besides, what would I get a Masters in? Comp Sci? I think not. I crawled through one degree on a wing and a prayer - I think trying to do advanced *anything* with it would be next to impossible, lest my fragile understanding of the subject just shatter completely.

I love writing, but there isn't a chance in hell I want to analyze enough books to complete a Masters in English. There's just too much bullshit there. Too much bullshit, and not a lot of actual, you know, production of original writing. Also, I am more or less morally opposed to analyzing anything. Except relationships in TV shows. I think we can safely say I'm pretty good at that. Can I get a degree in that?

There's always law school, but even if my grades were good enough to *just* scrape an entrance, I'd still have to write the LSAT. I saw how both my brother and brother-in-law did on the LSAT, so I don't think my chances are terribly great. Besides, I looked through my brother's LSAT review books, and too many of the practice questions remind me of the logic problems that you find in puzzle magazines, and I never was terribly good at those.

So, in conclusion, no, I don't think I'll be going back to school. Not on purpose, anyway.

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