Re: A year in Oklahoma

I started to write out a comment that turned into a bigger piece that I was hoping to get some feedback on so I decided to post it here instead.  It’s great to hear from readers of all different ages and it’s also nice to get feedback from people who grew (are growing) up in other parts of the world.  I don’t know if it’s gaming, or simply luck of the draw, but the diversity in this audience is pretty amazing.  Well, aside from the lack of females.  But still!  Five years from now who can say where we’ll be..

I love all the responses. It was a lot of fun to read about where everyone has grown up and what they think of where they live.  It’s great perspective and good information to have.

Up until recently I hadn’t given much thought to where I live because it really wasn’t an option to live anywhere else. Of course, much of that has changed with graduation and working as an RN which makes it simple to grab a job anywhere. Things that weren’t even on the radar are now significant factors. Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems?

TLDR; OK is far from the worst place on the planet, it’s just not a state that most people actively seek to move to. It’s a state that people from away from. Regardless of your political, religious, or economic views, I’d assume most people would be happier in states that have for a variety of reasons, people actively seeking to move there.

I’m also a bit embarrassed with how much it appears I stressed the importance of $$. I don’t lead an extravagant lifestyle, although I’m sure I would be more grandiose if I made millions of dollars. I don’t desire to eat out at all the best restaurants every day of the week, so once I buy a TV or two, my consoles and a computer, I’m pretty much set.

If I wanted to make a lot of money I’d be going back to school in order to get a degree in business and working my ass off to make it big. My father is a fairly wealthy man and I have to say that under no circumstances am I willing to work as hard as he has to make that much money. It seems like such a waste of time. Life is so short and as far as I’m concerned we only get 1 shot at this so I want to make the most of it. I want enough money to get around, but I don’t want to spend my life making it either. It’s a tough balance.

Anywho, back to my original point about emphasizing the size of my wallet. I’m a pretty typical college grad with large amounts of student loans and it’s really expensive to pay those back in combination with also taking care of basic bills such as rent/food/utilities. Thank god I have my car paid off otherwise I’d really be hurting.

I did attend a private school which increased the tuition for becoming an RN, however I can’t even think of any non-private institutions that offered RN programs so it’s a bit of a moot point. School was about 45k a year or so which puts me into six figure debt for the next 20-30 years (depends on how fast I pay it off). As of right now that’s enough to make my student loans cost around $800/month. When I start factoring in everything else, my paycheck starts looking fairly underwhelming compared to what my friends are making doing the identical job back home.

I really don’t place money that high on my list of priorities, but having school loans kind of forces you to rearrange them. It doesn’t matter as much what I want because of how much I owe. Priority number 1 at this point is making sure I’m able to just pay my damn bills. I could go on and on about how this affects the types of jobs people pursue , the degrees they obtain, or people being forced to manage debt with more debt, etc.

I really don’t know how most people make it in today’s world. If the average family income for a family of 4 is $45,000 and I feel as though I’m barely making ends meet on $40,000, how do other people do it?  How the hell does anyone possibly afford to live with children making less than I do?

The idea of making double what I do now seems…surreal.  Not only that, but it just doesn’t seem fair.  How much money does any 1 person need to live?  Need to survive?  How does it make sense that any 1 person deserves to make life altering amounts of cash but other people struggle to simply make their way through life?

I remember finishing up the last of my clinicals when the realization that I’d be making more money that I had ever had before in my life started to hit me.  My first thought was “Woah, that’s crazy”.  My second thought was more along the lines of “This doesn’t seem fair.”  Are you telling me that I was only worth $8.00/hr before my degree and now I’m worth $40?  What?!  I don’t buy or agree that I deserve to make that much more than another human being.  Examining the ratio of salaries paid to top-tier CEO’s versus those of the average employee yields the following information (excerpt taken from Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris):

Britain – 24:1
France – 15:1
Sweden – 13:1
United States: 475:1

Could anyone really come up with an argument as to why any given human being should be making 475 times more than another?  Hah, I know I’ve gone off on a bit of tangent but I despise money and I hate that it has to be such a big component to my life.  That said, it really does simplify things and man, it sure is nice making more than $8.00/hr.  I can’t fathom what it would be like to make anywhere close to six figures and not have children to support.

Edit: As you can plainly see, I don’t mind talking about specific financial figures (and it doesn’t hurt that I make nominal amounts of $$ so people can’t accuse me of showing off).  The reason why I do this is because it was such a fucking mystery as to how much people made and what the costs were to just…live.  My own parents refused to share anything with me and when I tried to ask teachers or aunts and uncles, they’d just laugh it off and you don’t talk about those sorts of things.  Horseshit!

How are you ever supposed to learn or gain any perspective without knowledge?  If you’re embarrassed about how much you make then you should probably go back to school or find a different job.  Preferably a CEO.

While I have no issues sharing this with everyone, I would prefer if the actual figures didn’t make their way into the top comments on subsequent videos or spammed all over twitter (yes I realize the inherent risk in posting this).  However, I do want people to feel safe talking about finances and breaking down that barrier or taboo that surrounds how much people make.

My parents reasons for hiding what they make revolved around status; those who made more are seen as superior.  Youtubers often do it to hide the fact that they’re making large sums for minimal effort (play PoE and watch people discuss how much they think Kripp makes).

There’s no shame if you’re not in the six figure club and according to statistics from the US census bureau, most Americans aren’t and even if you are, what you’re making is still orders of magnitude less than some corpora CEO’s bonus check.

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  1. I’m a 13 year old but I know most of the bills in my family (That happens when your dad forgets his reading glasses :P) We live in Australia and the living costs are quite high here. But the most expensive are our studying fees. My school is a private/independent school and my sister goes to another different one. My older two siblings go to uni and stay on campus. All up it costs about 80 000 per annum. Fortunately my dad is a hard working dentist so we can afford the bills.

    The property here is quite expensive compared to America. ($250 000 – $300 000 for a 4 bedroom house in a town with a population of 40 000). The power bills are also going up. So I guess I am fortunate to have this opportunity to study well.

    I also travel a lot to play basketball. It’s about $20 000 due to accommodation and fuel mostly. I sure hope I can do this for my children one day (not too soon I hope!)

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  2. Money is always a stressful topic to discuss, I’m about to be 20 and I took a year off from college so I can hope to work, and with shit for experience I can only get hourly pays at jobs that I don’t want to do. As for college, I’m terrified about student loans, especially if I choose to attend a private university. I’m planning on doing ROTC in college so I can be (mostly) financially secure after I graduate.

    You also need to factor in the cost of living, I don’t know The cost of living where you are, but I’m from NYC. The cost of living here is high as most people know, and while 40k is attainable for a single person with no dependents, 45k for a family of four is a very bad situation.

    As to what you said about growing up an your elders not discussing finances; the same thing with my family. While knowing how much my parents made, I was told to never repeat it to anyone else. Whenever asking about anything related to money is was a huge disrespect to people, how is someone supposed to know how to live on their own when you neglected to talk to them, and inform them on serious factors of life.

    As always good to hear your perspective and keeping it honest.

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  3. In NZ you can get an interest free student loan provided by the government (rare you wouldn’t be eligible for it) that only requires compulsory repayments if you earn above a certain amount at which point you will pay a 10% of your earnings above said specified amount.

    I am coming up on 5-6 years of study at university, I graduated with a BCA in Marketing and Management found it not quite where I wanted to be so am back studying again this time in e-commerce and information systems, after all that my student loan might have hit $25k when I finish my study next year.

    I am so detached from my loan bouncing from interest to interest because it plays virtually no part in my life and with the median income hitting just under 63K and relatively low expenses (computer, tv, internet and basic necessities) I would have no trouble paying it off. I cannot fathom how different I would be if I grew up in an environment with the figures you provided waldodude, certainly a more motivated existence I’m sure.

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  4. If I made as much as you do I would be living the dream, literally. I made just over 10k last year and I have no clue how I got by other than by the skin of my teeth, lots of ramen and cheap tuna. Plus hand outs from friends and some family. Then again I live in Georgia, in a small spit hole town, working for a penny pinching boss who believes her workers are only worth an additional .15 cents per year. Work out here is scarce and it’s a stroke of excellent luck if you can find a factory job or something that pays at least $8.00/hr starting off.

    I honestly hate money and everything about it. If you need something, chances are you are going to have to pay for it. If you got it for free, someone else paid for it. It would be super totes legit if the world didn’t have such a raging hard on for money. Especially here in the states where just about every CEO and business owner hoards every cent and dollar for themselves to make themselves feel good and seem ‘important’.

    Let’s not forget that some places over work their workers, under staff their shifts and still don’t pay their workers even dog shit for the amount/how hard they work.

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  5. I am 18 years old, soon to be 19, studying at a university in Greece(Europe, if anyone hasn’t heard of us by now). Our country currently owes billions of money and things are pretty rough over here. Jobs aren’t available, unemployment has reached outlandish numbers and frankly for a young student like me is pretty discouraging hearing my friends leaving abroad to search for a job, or getting underpaid in jobs that require no degree whatsoever. Honestly, I too am thinking of moving to another country if things in 4-5 years that i will have my degree stay the same(or even get worse).

    Young people that are lucky enough to have a job in their field here are straggling to make a living out of what they make and most of them end up staying in their parents’ homes until even the age of 30. So yeah money is a very big issue here. My parents luckily have the ability to support me without a problem until I get my degree, but then I will have to worry a little more about how to make a living and honestly I don’t think I am gonna have so much of a problem as some of my friends will, because despite the fact that a lot of young people are leaving abroad for jobs, as i mentioned above, a lot more are very scared of the idea of living somewhere else in the world.

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  6. Oh and i forgot to mention in my comment that the average salary here is as low as 550 euros(you can convert that to dollars) and reaching as high as 1500 euros for younger people depending on your field and how lucky you are. For families i don’t even feel like talking because things are quite depressing.

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  7. We in America do everything bass ackwards in terms of minimum wage and tuition costs and dozens of other things. If there is a better system that another country is using, then why wouldn’t we follow their example? “Yeah, but we’re America and we do what we want.” Bullshit! Stubborn pride won’t help people get out of debt, get a job, or go to school. If something works in another country with a similar government system, then why the fuck WOULDN’T you at least try to do the same?

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  8. glad to be canadian then i guess.

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  9. I’m sure you know by now that salary isn’t even remotely the only thing that determines relative “wealth”. There are also things like the cost of living in that area and how extravagantly your lifestyle is. From what you’ve said before, yes, salaries in your part of OK are much lower than they were in Oregon, but the costs of housing, food, etc. should’ve all decreased proportionally.

    The median income of the county in which I live is 100k per goddamn family. That’s fucking huge amount! Yet the average house costs upwards of 500k and the larger neighborhoods will easily push into the millions. Living in a big city like New York or San Francisco is even more goddamn insane.

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  10. Thanks for sharing Waldo! I grew up in a family with old money and parents that made quite good money, but we lived well below our means. I went to a state university in Ohio which was cheap, and the GI bill paid for it. And believe me I earned every fucking cent and then some of that fucking thing, 3 tours of pure hell! I got in good with BP America when they still had offices in Cleveland so I later got the job I just left, working client relations for a law firm. Made 110k a year not counting bonuses and honestly I had no idea what to do with the money, also never had time to spend it. Most people I was around just wasted it on stupid shit, was with two guys in France when they both dropped their 50k bonus on a watch. I drive an okay car, own an okay house in an area with low cost of living and invested or saved most of my money. I live like I’m broke and that is okay with me. Money is not everything but it helps, still doesn’t make me happy or healthy.

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  11. The thing about how does it seem fair that some people are making 475x what others are:

    It doesn’t seem fair, but when you think about it it can be justified. Going to what you said about how much work you are willing to put into your career. The people at the top put in a shit ton of work to get started, or had made a really good product (which usually involves a lot of work…). What did the people who he makes 475x as much as do? Probably not too much.

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  12. I am also kept in the dark about money by my parents. One thing I don’t understand about my Dad, is that he still pays for a lot of luxury while putting 4 kids through college soon 5. And 2 of them are private (my mom helps too, but my dad makes the big bucks, but not so big that he can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for tuition, ( and yes I know student loans help, but they can only help so much with 4 kids). And my mom (my parents are divorced) some how pays for a really nice house not really making that much, but my step-dad is really good with money and loans so that helped. And my mom makes a lot of big purchases. Maybe I am just dumb.

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  13. 45k a year for uni/college for you i guess! That is outrageous. How can the american society deal with figures being that high? And the obvious affront it creates to equality in possibilities? I’m in the UK and there was a shit storm when the fees raised to 9k a year but everyone is still entitled to a government loan which is obviously paid back when you have a decent salaried job. But I’m not sure whether the US government gives out similar types of loans, if not then that is outrageous.

    On the whole CEO massive paycheck thing you should watch, if you havent already, Inside Job with the voice of Matt Damon. Great doc about the financial crisis.

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  14. You know you make many good points. This comment is on both of your posts on this, and figured I’d just give a response on one of them. First off, I’m from a small town called Windom in the state of Minnesota. At the age of 18 I’m getting ready to graduate from highschool, and that has been my biggest concern. Where am I going to live and what am I gonna do for money. Well I’m starting college next year in Mankato and plan to study as a computer technician. MSU, the college I plan to attend, doesn’t offer a field of Computer Science, so for the moment I’m majoring as a CIT and I plan on getting a field in Software Design. That career manages six figures, and as it stands there are more jobs opening in this field, then there are students entering in it in study. This would be substantial, seeing as I was the son of a recently decseased Pastor(God Bless him, as he died of cancer this summer.) and now my family struggles for money, barely living off the Social Security they keep trying to strip us of, and my mom’s small time job at a local Department store called ShopKo. My father took the pastoring career knowing he wouldn’t make much(in fact, the only reason we aren’t paying his college loan anymore is because that became void when he died). Minnesota is a nice state, lots of hills, hunting, fishing, and many other activities that can be done throughout the year. I however keep myself busy on my laptop that I got as a pre-graduation present, working towards my goal of making youtube videos, while working a part-time job making just over minimum wage at the same facility my mom works at. I understand its hard to get by, but as to answer your question on how those families get by, it’s mostly with the aid of EBT and Social Security. You know to be honest I did get a chance to see all of Oklahoma, because recently I spent everything I had in money to visit my girlfriend in Texas, just south of Houston(all I thought on my trip down is, “Hey, I’m passing near where WaldoDude and Xcal live. Cool.”) and got a chance to see the landscape. This was the farthest south I had been, but not my first visit to Oklahoma, for I had been in and near Tulsa visiting family, but it was my first time in Oklahoma city. The trip through that and Kansas was dull and the people were by far not the nicest, so I see what you mean. It’s a scary thought thinking, “Hey in 4 years time I’ll be on my own, dealing with all the money problems that everyone else has to deal with.” It frightens me with the fear of not knowing how I’ll handle the classes I’ll be in. And even after that, finding a good job in the field. In the school I currently work for the school’s Tech Specialist, and wonder if I’ll be like him, or be in a big city programming games for large companies, etc etc.
    The trip opened my eyes up to the people around me, and all the paperwork and money problems we’ve run into since my dad’s death has really given me aspect and sight into the world’s troubles. You work hard, not sure I could pull 12 hours and then some, then coming and making videos and doing livestreams for us, your followers(makes you sound like a cult. ALL HAIL DRJ!)
    Well I hope your success on Youtube goes better, and I hope mine hits off somewhat well. Your in my prayers, as is all the people struggling.
    Oh, and if your interested, your always welcome in Minnesota if you can handle the winters.(We hit -9 degrees the other day. Go figure our heat goes out that night -_- ) And you may like the “Minnesota Nice” a little better then Oklahoma.
    Oh and not that I’ve had a chance to post much, but Imurashi is my youtube name. I just recently got Fraps and Sony Vegas, and hoping to do a channel with lots of varied gameplay. Hit me up sometime if you ever wanna do anything, and I’d be glad to support you any way I can. Love what you and the VDFB do both together and seperately. Thanks and stay awesome.

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  15. My single mother earns 12,000 or less a year and so far we are holding up pretty well and really money for me a is not huge priority in my life. The only thing I hope in the future for me, after I graduate is to a find a descent career that I will enjoy doing for the rest of my life. Being born in a low income family really teaches you to appreciate the small stuff in life. Thx for posting this Dino:)

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  16. Hey WaldoDude, great article. Just one quick question, where did you attend to college? My whole Dad’s side lives up in Oregon and my brother went to Lewis & Clark University in Portland. Also, do like the show Portlandia?

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  17. Forgi:
    We in America do everything bass ackwards in terms of minimum wage and tuition costs and dozens of other things.If there is a better system that another country is using, then why wouldn’t we follow their example?“Yeah, but we’re America and we do what we want.”Bullshit!Stubborn pride won’t help people get out of debt, get a job, or go to school.If something works in another country with a similar government system, then why the fuck WOULDN’T you at least try to do the same?

    It’s less the “we’re America and we do what we want” and more of, those that have the power to change the systems in place are those making 475x what the average person makes, and those people are happy just the way things are.

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  18. I know your feels, Wally. 20 years old and taking a break from college so I can build up financials (trying to get through without taking a loan). I still have no idea what I want to major in too, but that’s a different topic for a different time.

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  19. 45k/year for college is just insane considering how lacking education in the US is (or so I’ve heard). I started the first year of game development here in Belgium and it’s about 500 euro to enlist and an additional ~2600 euro for a laptop/software, so the second and third year I don’t have to pay that anymore. And if I pass the first year in one go, the company my mother works for will pay the 500 euro back (Biggest belgian company, InBev (they bought Budweiser), so not all multinationals are as bad as they’re being portrayed). The point is that education is really cheap, as it should be.

    I don’t really understand the whole problem of finding a job as nurse, here there is a massive shortage of nurses as people don’t want to study it anymore so we have to hire spanish nurses to come work here. Hell, even a 16-year old can (or could rather) get a student job and make about 6,50-7 euro (8,50 – 9,50 dollar) an hour in summer time when school is over. And he/she doesn’t even need any experience, it’s usually boring/tedious work that requires no skill.

    I just can’t imagine how somebody who graduated already has a six-figure debt.

    As for the 475x thing, I don’t know why people get so upset about it…I mean it’s high and all but companies are meant to make money and create welfare. And succesful companies just make more profit than others, why should we penalize success? The only thing that bothers me is companies avoiding taxes with loopholes and such, that’s just complete bullshit but they can get as much as profit as they want as long as they pay the country for the services they provide via taxes.
    Also, Waldo, you should know that Europe has a totally different approach to the economy than America. You might as well compare apples to bananas. Europe controls its economy way more which leads to lower maxima and higher minima, creating more stability(I would need a curve to show it). If the economy is doing great, they’ll try to slow it down and decrease it while boosting it when it’s doing bad. That’s what the ECB ( European Central Bank) is for. In America, they just let the economy do its thing without interfering so if the economy is doing bad, you’ll be more affected by it. I wouldn’t compare the two.

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  20. Yea, the student loans in your country are incredible, Waldo.

    For example I am studying Business Admin right now at the second best University in Berlin ( it is is a private one acknowledged by the government ). I pay around 700€ a month ( I also pay for the months where I don’t go to lectures which is great … not ), but the government basically comes up with half of the costs. I get 450€ from the government for studying and then I get 150€ extra for “children money” which you basically get until you are 26. Those 450€ that I get from the government can be considered a credit check, but you have to pay ONLY THE HALF of the loan in the end. Not only that, but you have 20-25 years time and if you pay them back all in one piece you only have to pay the government like 30-40% depending on the time when you paid them back.

    Basically as soon as you have finished “high school” in Germany you should go mad and study as much as you can, because it is cheap as shit and only takes you 3 years to get a B.A. I already study for the second time and I don’t regret anything. When I heard that most of the students in the US graduate and go out with a 500k debt I wouldn’t believe it first.

    Germany is no exception. Not much different in most other “1st speed” EU states.

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  21. I went to a school that cost around $45k (not including living expenses), but after a year I realizing my parents were putting all the cost on me. My plan was to transfer to a state college which was about $10,000 and go back my senior year. It never happened, but I’m currently making great money and paid off my loans in about 3 years.

    The strangest part of college is that I got my last 3 jobs based on the High School I went to and some connections. A prestigious High School and local jobs is surprisingly effective, because you either run into rich exstudents and/or rich people planning on sending their kids to your HS.

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  22. thatsleepyguy:
    I’m sure you know by now that salary isn’t even remotely the only thing that determines relative “wealth”. There are also things like the cost of living in that area and how extravagantly your lifestyle is. From what you’ve said before, yes, salaries in your part of OK are much lower than they were in Oregon, but the costs of housing, food, etc. should’ve all decreased proportionally.

    The median income of the county in which I live is 100k per goddamn family. That’s fucking huge amount! Yet the average house costs upwards of 500k and the larger neighborhoods will easily push into the millions. Living in a big city like New York or San Francisco is even more goddamn insane.

    In my experience there are very few places in the US that have a substantially higher cost of living. Short of attempting to live in a million dollar neighborhood, neither Oklahoma or Oregon are either one of those places. I actually pay more for rent here than I would be paying back home because there are fewer options and it’s a military town (their stipends increase rent).

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  23. klax04:
    Thanks for sharing Waldo! I grew up in a family with old money and parents that made quite good money, but we lived well below our means. I went to a state university in Ohio which was cheap, and the GI bill paid for it. And believe me I earned every fucking cent and then some of that fucking thing, 3 tours of pure hell! I got in good with BP America when they still had offices in Cleveland so I later got the job I just left, working client relations for a law firm. Made 110k a year not counting bonuses and honestly I had no idea what to do with the money, also never had time to spend it. Most people I was around just wasted it on stupid shit, was with two guys in France when they both dropped their 50k bonus on a watch. I drive an okay car, own an okay house in an area with low cost of living and invested or saved most of my money. I live like I’m broke and that is okay with me. Money is not everything but it helps, still doesn’t make me happy or healthy.

    Money contributes to buying insurance which would/should keep you more healthy than someone who doesn’t have it. I used an insurance card at the doctor for the first time in nearly 10 years after not being able to afford it for so long. Didn’t even know what to do with it to be honest.

    It also contributes to the types of neighborhoods you’re able to live in. I’m assuming you don’t eat meals on the floor or have cast iron bars over your doors and windows. I had a co-worker whose car broke down a block or two from their home and they still called for a ride just to make it back home safely.

    Money isn’t everything, but as you said, it definitely helps.

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  24. Russell:
    Hey WaldoDude, great article. Just one quick question, where did you attend to college? My whole Dad’s side lives up in Oregon and my brother went to Lewis & Clark University in Portland. Also, do like the show Portlandia?

    I’ve never seen Portlandia >< and I did my first two years at PCC and my last two at Linfield.

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  • Smoise:
    45k a year for uni/college for you i guess! That is outrageous. How can the american society deal with figures being that high? And the obvious affront it creates to equality in possibilities? I’m in the UK and there was a shit storm when the fees raised to 9k a year but everyone is still entitled to a government loan which is obviously paid back when you have a decent salaried job. But I’m not sure whether the US government gives out similar types of loans, if not then that is outrageous.

    On the whole CEO massive paycheck thing you should watch, if you havent already, Inside Job with the voice of Matt Damon. Great doc about the financial crisis.

    We have a variety of loans available although it can be difficult to qualify depending on your financial status. As someone who went through the loan system, it’s anything but straight forward and the people who seem to do well with it tend to get $$ kicked to them under the table via their parents without claiming it on taxes.

    I would not have been able to attend school without my parents co-signing for my student loans.

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  • Jens:

    As for the 475x thing, I don’t know why people get so upset about it…I mean it’s high and all but companies are meant to make money and create welfare. And succesful companies just make more profit than others, why should we penalize success?

    If there was an easy solution I’m sure someone would’ve come up with it already. I don’t think anyone is arguing that we should penalize success, but when the average american family borders on the poverty line, it seems a bit silly when a CEO’s bonus check is greater than the sum a large city made over the last year.

    Every year more wealth becomes concentrated in the hands of less people. It takes more money and more school to make less money than it did 20 years ago. Plotting this over the course of the last 50 years you can see that it’s simply not possible to continue the current trend we’re on. Something will have to change sooner or later.

    On a different note, as an RN I see people taking advantage of social welfare programs on a weekly basis. It’s really frustrating to be caught up in a system of abuse but feel like you can’t do anything about it. I don’t want to go off on tangent revolving around our healthcare system, but I do see that there are multiple sides to the issue.

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  • Jens:
    45k/year for college is just insane considering how lacking education in the US is (or so I’ve heard).

    I’m not going to argue the public education system, but we do have excellent college programs that continue to create the most science related degrees, but the people who obtain them tend to leave with them.

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  • Nolan Jones:
    I understand its hard to get by, but as to answer your question on how those families get by, it’s mostly with the aid of EBT and Social Security.

    EBT is part of the student loan package and without it I would not have been able to afford to eat. It’s a strange system. Day 1 of orientation our instructors tell us to quit our jobs if we have them because they wont be working around our schedule, but even with working as an RA and having my dorm rent cut in half, I still wouldn’t have been able to eat without food stamps.

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  • WaldoDude: EBT is part of the student loan package and without it I would not have been able to afford to eat.It’s a strange system.Day 1 of orientation our instructors tell us to quit our jobs if we have them because they wont be working around our schedule, but even with working as an RA and having my dorm rent cut in half, I still wouldn’t have been able to eat without food stamps.

    Yeah and that has become something that scares me. I mean we were on food stamps until recently. The reason being is because the bills and the loss of my angers pay while he was in the nursing home fighting left us qualified for around $550 dollars in EBT a month, enough to buy most if not all our groceries. But then why as soon as my mom makes like an extra $100 do they decide we suddenly no longer need that money? In fact they tried to accuse her of lieing and charged us for using the EBT past the date they never warned us of. I guess it makes me wonder what to do in college.

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  • Nolan Jones: Yeah and that has become something that scares me. I mean we were on food stamps until recently. The reason being is because the bills and the loss of my angers pay while he was in the nursing home fighting left us qualified for around $550 dollars in EBT a month, enough to buy most if not all our groceries. But then why as soon as my mom makes like an extra $100 do they decide we suddenly no longer need that money? In fact they tried to accuse her of lieing and charged us for using the EBT past the date they never warned us of. I guess it makes me wonder what to do in college.

    Father’s pay* not angers pay

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  • WaldoDude: Money contributes to buying insurance which would/should keep you more healthy than someone who doesn’t have it.I used an insurance card at the doctor for the first time in nearly 10 years after not being able to afford it for so long.Didn’t even know what to do with it to be honest.

    It also contributes to the types of neighborhoods you’re able to live in.I’m assuming you don’t eat meals on the floor or have cast iron bars over your doors and windows.I had a co-worker whose car broke down a block or two from their home and they still called for a ride just to make it back home safely.

    Money isn’t everything, but as you said, it definitely helps.

    The insurance issue does not apply to me thankfully. I received insurance from my employers, and do so for 6 months after I quit. But even without it I could, and do, go to the VA. My girlfriend however freaks out about insurance as her medications would be around 600 dollars a month without it. She even stuck with a job she hated for an extra year because of it. However after getting fired I helped her pick a plan that would cover all her needs and she could afford after giving up a few luxuries. Many of my friends bitch about not having enough money and yet continue to have more kids and still get premium cable, eat out a lot, have the best cell phone plans. I notice a lot of people that live way beyond their means and just keep spending on dumb shit and not the basics.
    Anyways I do live in a nice area, used to live in a very nice area but the horrible neighborhood next to us and the wonderful city buses from east Cleveland turned the area into a bad area, so I left. Most people without money could not afford to do that and would have to watch their property value be destroyed with no escape.
    The biggest problem I see right now is the mentality of “I deserve this” instead of “I earned this through hard work”. CEOs think they deserve huge bonuses even when they sink a company. People think they deserve higher education without sacrificing for it. I could not afford private colleges so I went public and used the GI bill to pay. I sacrificed a lot of my time and mental health to achieve what I wanted. I constantly notice people that feel entitled to shit without doing anything to earn it. I just don’t understand how people can feel like they deserve something without doing anything to earn it. Like free health care for people that pay no taxes and cannot be bothered to give up an unhealthy lifestyle. If I saw poor thin people buying fruit in Walmart maybe I would think differently. Nope 400 pounders on scooters with cigarette packs in their shirts, 6 kids running round grabbing soda and processed crap.

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  • Sorry everyone for the long posts!!!

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  • I live in Houston and am not worried about going over near specific $$ details.

    I am 19 years old currently and am going to UofH. That’s a TIER 1 school in Texas and probly one of the best in the country. I came from a high school with a 3.6 GPA in the top 10% of my class. You wont believe how many scholarships I got…….1. And the only reason I got that 1 is because my father was in the army and is considered a veteran.
    It’s ridiculous how you can come from “one of the most dangerous high schools”(which is bullshit), have a high GPA, no criminal records, volunteer experience, both an acreditted actor and artist in the school and come away with almost nothing. While at the same time some steroid junkie can waltz up, shoot a basketball, and have every school in the country fighting for him and throwing money his way.
    That’s the thing. They throw money his way cuz if he wins them a championship, that’s money for them to spend. PATHETIC.

    The hard part isn’t making it in college, the hard part is paying for it. My tuittion is 4,000 a semester. Thats 8,000 a year. Then I have to choosing housing. Can’t live at home because my schedule got fucked up and trying to get me there every morning b4 8:30 would be horrible because of traffic. So thats about 2,400 a semester for that. And they force you to have a meal plan instead of just regular money. So thats 1,700 for 400 school dollars and 160 dining hall meals. Thats the cheapest meal plan. And I have the cheapest housing.

    Fortunately I will only have around 18,000 in school loans when I graduate, so it’s not to bad.

    As far as Houston. It’s a Love-Hate state.

    Houston is one of the most diverse states in the U.S. It is almost impossible to even go down the street to the corner store without seeing one of evry race. And it’s awesome. Some of the best conversations IMO come from ppl who have different beliefes as you. Being able to sit there and discuss fact or fictional dieties and such. Even though you’re older(what are you 60-70, lol) but places like Dave & Busters and Main Event would be fun.

    But then you still have to deal with the occasional country bumpkin racist hicks thaat lurk through south. But those are few and far between.

    All in all………move down here with me and bruce 😀

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  • WaldoDude: If there was an easy solution I’m sure someone would’ve come up with it already.I don’t think anyone is arguing that we should penalize success, but when the average american family borders on the poverty line, it seems a bit silly when a CEO’s bonus check is greater than the sum a large city made over the last year.

    Every year more wealth becomes concentrated in the hands of less people.It takes more money and more school to make less money than it did 20 years ago.Plotting this over the course of the last 50 years you can see that it’s simply not possible to continue the current trend we’re on.Something will have to change sooner or later.

    On a different note, as an RN I see people taking advantage of social welfare programs on a weekly basis.It’s really frustrating to be caught up in a system of abuse but feel like you can’t do anything about it.I don’t want to go off on tangent revolving around our healthcare system, but I do see that there are multiple sides to the issue.

    I agree that it’s a problem but I don’t think the pay check of the CEO is really important. See what happened to France, they wanted a new tax of 75% on people who earned over 1 million/year. The vast majority of them now ‘live’ (they bought a shitty house and claim to live in that country) in countries with a much lower tax rate.
    The CEOs are not the problem, their wage is almost nothing compared to the total profit they make. The problem is companies are abusing laws and regulations to find loopholes to pay as little taxes as possible. If a government would (hypothetically) fix that then they would be getting way more money instead of dealing with a CEO’s wage.
    About 1 out of 5 of the top 100 companies have holdings here in Belgium. They’re basically a sort of bank to store all their money on because taxes are way lower here (and because of some law they can pay even way less). They pay our government exactly 0 euro while they should be paying billions. Compared to that the CEO is nothing. People need to stop focusing on these CEOs because it’s pointless.

    If somebody is making a lot of money then they are being rewarded for a financial risk they took by creating that company, there’s nothing wrong with that and they definitely don’t owe anything to others besides their employees. I know taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor sounds great and all but it solves nothing and it creates more problems.

    As for poverty in the USA, here in Belgium people without work get around 2000 dollar/month. It’s often abused by immigrants and ‘lazy’ people (I mean why work your ass off when you can be unemployed and your lifestyle isn’t expensive). I don’t know what the situation over there is but since there is such a massive shitstorm about healthcare I doubt it’s very good. Poverty can only be fought by the government, not multinationals. And in that case I think the USA is doomed to fail since you don’t have any left parties that I have ever heard of (Democrats aren’t left, they’re very much right-winged compared to our parties). And it’s these left parties that are more socialist and would try to get healthcare or represent the people more.
    Before you do something about poverty, the political system has to be there and it isn’t. Either the republicans cockblock the democrats or vice versa, they don’t seem to work together (Just my impressions from media, you know better how it works).

    So poverty has nothing to do with multinationals, theorethically…It’s the political situation that creates or removes poverty. Unfortunately they just have too much influence on politicians. I mean when some senator says video games kill people, not guns, the NRA has nothing to do with it? Seems a bit dodgy to me.
    Also, sometimes I really wonder if there’s separation of church and state in the US. It’s just insane as an outsider to see how much the church influences politicians (Probably just because idiots from the Tea Party make it into the newspapers here more often). Just a shame to see how idiots are holding such a powerful country back and indirectly hurting other people.

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  • WaldoDude: I’m not going to argue the public education system, but we do have excellent college programs that continue to create the most science related degrees, but the people who obtain them tend to leave with them.

    45k a year and average American can’t spot more than 5 countries from the map, lolzies.

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  • Theytookmydurr: 45k a year and average American can’t spot more than 5 countries from the map, lolzies.

    The average American didn’t graduate college. Numbers are up (hopefully) from in the past but I imagine it’s still not ‘average’ for people to go to college. I wonder if the average american even owns a map of the world.

    As for public universities offering RN programs, I’m not sure how the University of Washington does things or what it offers because I’m still neck deep in undergrad but from what I’ve heard I think it would.

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  • Baldere: The average American didn’t graduate college. Numbers are up (hopefully) from in the past but I imagine it’s still not ‘average’ for people to go to college. I wonder if the average american even owns a map of the world.

    As for public universities offering RN programs, I’m not sure how the University of Washington does things or what it offers because I’m still neck deep in undergrad but from what I’ve heard I think it would.

    I have never heard of any state university of respectable size that doesn’t have a full BSN program. State schools usually cost like $12k annually, including room and board. BSN programs are about 20-30% more expensive.

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  • I’m from a Southern European island Malta. Where I’m from, the government actually pays us to continue to study. We get stipend. If you enter University (Equivalent of College in America, I believe) You are given 900 Euros as starting cash, and if you’re studying Sciences, you get 1400 Euros. In addition you get 140 Euros per month for the whole scholastic year! This is crazy, we rarely ever hear of student loans. You only pay when go for your PhD and Masters.

    It seems weird to me to actually pay for school.

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  • TL;DR Waldodude is a socialist 😉

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  • I’m on my senior year of highschool and I am struggling to see the worth of getting a degree and paying off back breaking student loans that I will have to get even with scholarships. Struggling isn’t really the correct word but I feel helpless when I think about making no extra money for at least 10 years at best. I agree with your points about the CEO pay ratio and about sharing your finances with children and people ignorant of the ways of the world and it makes me happy that other people think this way because I have hopes for a new system of society in the future not centered around values that America has had since the early 1920’s. I think northern Europe is on the right track but they haven’t exactly found the correct proportion of government control and freedoms.

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  • Drake:
    I’m on my senior year of highschool and I am struggling to see the worth of getting a degree and paying off back breaking student loans that I will have to get even with scholarships. Struggling isn’t really the correct word but I feel helpless when I think about making no extra money for at least 10 years at best. I agree with your points about the CEO pay ratio and about sharing your finances with children and people ignorant of the ways of the world and it makes me happy that other people think this way because I have hopes for a new system of society in the future not centered around values that America has had since the early 1920′s. I think northern Europe is on the right track but they haven’t exactly found the correct proportion of government control and freedoms.

    I feel as though it is my duty to help this lost soul. Drake go the fuck to college! Stop questioning it and start making plans to go. Does not matter where, just fucking go. College is amazing! Real life sucks. End of story. For gods sake go to college, get a job to cover rent and booze, and find a health clinic that will give out morning after pills cause fuck that shit do not have kids young. Enjoy your life. Work and misery will always be there but college experience when you are young and stupid is only for a short period. Many state schools have programs where you can work for the university and it will cover your housing or some tuition plus cash in your pocket. Sell weed, or prescription meds, I do not fucking care, just find a way to cover it and you will be grateful to have those years of your life to look back at as the good times. But seriously wear rubbers cause std tests fucking suck and dudes like waldo will be swabbing your junk if you don’t.

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  • I’m in college pursuing fine arts and let me tell you, I’m terrified to graduate. My school is private so tuition is ridiculous. An art degree is almost meaningless but hey I’m doing what I love. I start working on animation next fall and in two years I’ll hopefully be in grad school getting my masters.. which means more student loans haha. I think I’ll just stay in school forever.

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  • Waldo,

    First let me say bravo to you, good sir. I’m sure it’s very tough to open up about your personal/professional affairs in a public space, and I hope you gained something from the comments or the writing process itself.

    I discovered your youtube videos a few months back and can honestly say that you are the funniest dude I’ve ever watched play a video game. It’s refreshing to watch a “youtuber” be so candid, non-money-whorish (youtube monnnaaayyyyss), and entertaining; I sincerely hope that you realize you do, indeed, bring an element of enjoyment to others when they watch your videos.

    I’m probably close in age to you (27) and I share a lot the same beliefs as those you’ve outlined in your recent posts. If you can stand horrific traffic and assholes as equally horrific as said traffic, the Baltimore/DC area would be (I imagine) a great place these days for an RN. I actually used to work for a Nurse staffing agency (worst job of my life), and the hourly rates for RNs in this area are absolutely staggering. Plus, we’re as liberal as it gets on the east coast so you won’t have to deal with too many inbred mongoloids.

    Not sure how to post a figure, but this will give you a good idea of wages in the area (I know you already know this shit, but what the hell): http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/sw291111.gif

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  • Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Waldodude. Wages in my area are fairly low since I live it a small town. Many of the jobs in my town revolve around the local retail plaza since the train repair place layed people off. My mother this year I believe will make about 85k this year working about 50 ish hours a week. That’s a lot higher than the average. I believe the average in my town is about 15k per capita. It’s still scary because she works for a school system as a network administrator and the schools have to cut a lot of workers out of the budget. This means that there is always a good chance that she might be out of a job when budget time comes.

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  • Anvillain:
    TL;DR Waldodude is a socialist

    As if valuing community welfare over individual wealth is something to snark about.

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  • Most schooled peoples make more money because otherwise it wouldnt pay off to get a degree. So it’s not perse because you’re suddenly worth that much more, but it’s more because if the salary wouldnt be that much bigger no one would get a degree anymore.

    I live in The Netherlands and the health insurance is mandatory here, which is a VERY great thing, but that also acounts for some extra bills. So it’s hard for a lot of people to get around during these times. But on the opposite side there is quite a nice system of employment and alimony here too. So it’s quite a good country to live.

    In the end I think that the world is in 10x as much shit as you think it is, because all the mayor problems are kept silent by the governments. So I think that if you would get a look ”behind the screens” you wouldnt be too happy, because you would realise the shit you, and the rest of the world, are in.

    So just be happy with what you got and what you are getting still. And just enjoy some great music (or commentaries by you, both in my case :)) occasionaly and smile. That will get you a very long way.

    Have a good one,

    Greetings from Europe 😛

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  • Theamazinghairball

    I’ve been living on $9 a hour for the past year and a bit. And I have more than enough money, (I live at home and i’m 16). If you ask most people it sounds like you are making nothing, but for me, it can buy everything I need and more.

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  • when reading about these massive student loans people have it makes me kinda sad that i live in scotland and our universities are free for the first degree

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  • Theamazinghairball: ey, (I live at home and i’m 16). If you ask most people it sounds like you are making nothing, but for me, it can buy everything I need and more.

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    You would be impoverished instantaneously if you had to pay 400 dollars a month in rent. Which will afford you a crappy 2 bedroom apartment with a roommate in most of the US.

    That said, I miss being in your position. When I was 17 I lived at home and made 7.75 an hour and it was awesome.

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  • Theamazinghairball:
    I’ve been living on $9 a hour for the past year and a bit. And I have more than enough money, (I live at home and i’m 16). If you ask most people it sounds like you are making nothing, but for me, it can buy everything I need and more.

    This is the most ignorant comment I have ever read. You don’t pay rent. You don’t pay for utilities, or cable. You probably dont even pay your car insurance, if you even pay for your car. You dont pay for food. Anything else I missed?

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  • Theamazinghairball:
    I’ve been living on $9 a hour for the past year and a bit. And I have more than enough money, (I live at home and i’m 16). If you ask most people it sounds like you are making nothing, but for me, it can buy everything I need and more.

    It’s a funny thing, having a job as a teen. Sure, you think you’re making loads of money because you only need to spend it on things you want and maybe a cheap car. Ever thought about rent? Bills? Monetary obligations beyond what video game you want to buy next? See how far that $9 an hour gets you then.

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  • I’m 17 and living in london, so far I’m getting paid of £1000 a month but I still live with my family so I guess that point is null, however I think that this new program that the U.K is implementing for teens is a broken system. Basically, what happens is after you’ve left school, (16-18) you can apply for an apprenticeship, you work full time for a year with a company and if they’re impressed with you then they’ll employ you after the year is up. As a teen I have to say this is amazing because you get on the job training as well as certificates and qualifications while you are getting paid.

    Since I’m training as a DBA, I should be earning about 25k by the time I’m 18. A graduate DBA who went through years of exams and studying could expect the same salary, however I don’t have to go through college/university or student loans. Not to mention taking the academic route will take a few years longer. That’s just the start of my career, I.T is a big industry so there is plenty of room for growth and I can basically get a job anywhere I want. I’m sure that by the time I’m 30, I’ll be earning over 50k without ever getting a degree, however I don’t have my future planned out so who knows what life has in store for me…

    I never went to college or university, and by all means I didn’t get bad grades at school but the government requires a C grade in GCSE english and maths (not sure about american equivalent) if you want an apprenticeship. This opens this program up to allot of people, you wouldn’t need to be a straight A student to get this type of deal.

    I’m just wondering if America has any sort of similar program, because allot of my friends are telling me how unfair it is that I never have to sit another exam to get my job when they have to work there asses of through college and university. I know that this program was developed because the unemployment rate of youth in London was quite high a couple of years back, but making this type scheme seems a bit cheap.

    I don’t live in an wealthy area and I went to a public school, crime rates are slightly high but only among youth and the health care is decent. I’m sure that since I’m so young I’m coming across as ignorant and I’m sure I missed some kind of downside but to me, this type of package makes academic study obsolete, and you can get an apprenticeship in any field. I’m pretty sure at one point even MI6 was hosting an apprenticeship in hacking for youth between 16-19 or some age group along those lines. The question I have is this; does this deal really seem as great as I see it or is there some kind of downfall I’m missing. Also, doesn’t this type of scheme make the academic route a bit obsolete? There is a lot of scrutiny in the U.K over the current education system, however I avoided 4-5 years by taking this apprenticeship. My boss has already confirmed I have a job here after my year as an apprentice is up and I’ll be starting my career with a years experience under my belt. Until November I’ll be earning 500 quid a month but at 17 with no bills to pay I think that’s amazing.

    I’m open to opinions, let me know what you fellow gamers think!

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  • Malicious:
    I’m 17 and living in london, so far I’m getting paid of £1000 a month but I still live with my family so I guess that point is null, however I think that this new program that the U.K is implementing for teens is a broken system. Basically, what happens is after you’ve left school, (16-18) you can apply for an apprenticeship, you work full time for a year with a company and if they’re impressed with you then they’ll employ you after the year is up. As a teen I have to say this is amazing because you get on the job training as well as certificates and qualifications while you are getting paid.

    Since I’m training as a DBA, I should be earning about 25k by the time I’m 18. A graduate DBA who went through years of exams and studying could expect the same salary, however I don’t have to go through college/university or student loans. Not to mention taking the academic route will take a few years longer. That’s just the start of my career, I.T is a big industry so there is plenty of room for growth and I can basically get a job anywhere I want. I’m sure that by the time I’m 30, I’ll be earning over 50k without ever getting a degree, however I don’t have my future planned out so who knows what life has in store for me…

    I never went to college or university, and by all means I didn’t get bad grades at school but the government requires a C grade in GCSE english and maths (not sure about american equivalent) if you want an apprenticeship. This opens this program up to allot of people, you wouldn’t need to be a straight A student to get this type of deal.

    I’m just wondering if America has any sort of similar program, because allot of my friends are telling me how unfair it is that I never have to sit another exam to get my job when they have to work there asses of through college and university. I know that this program was developed because the unemployment rate of youth in London was quite high a couple of years back, but making this type scheme seems a bit cheap.

    I don’t live in an wealthy area and I went to a public school, crime rates are slightly high but only among youth and the health care is decent. I’m sure that since I’m so young I’m coming across as ignorant and I’m sure I missed some kind of downside but to me, this type of package makes academic study obsolete, and you can get an apprenticeship in any field. I’m pretty sure at one point even MI6 was hosting an apprenticeship in hacking for youth between 16-19 or some age group along those lines. The question I have is this; does this deal really seem as great as I see it or is there some kind of downfall I’m missing. Also, doesn’t this type of scheme make the academic route a bit obsolete? There is a lot of scrutiny in the U.K over the current education system, however I avoided 4-5 years by taking this apprenticeship. My boss has already confirmed I have a job here after my year as an apprentice is up and I’ll be starting my career with a years experience under my belt. Until November I’ll be earning 500 quid a month but at 17 with no bills to pay I think that’s amazing.

    I’m open to opinions, let me know what you fellow gamers think!

    That’s an amazing system that needs to be implemented elsewhere. Yes it makes college education obsolete if you aren’t planning on studying law/medicine/sciences/engineering but a liberal arts education is essentially obsolete anyway. I’m in my fourth year at Georgetown University and I honestly think most people are wasting their time going to college. I’ve stayed in because I enjoy what I’m studying and because it’s almost impossible to get a decent job in this country without a college degree. The fact that the UK has implemented a system where that isn’t the case is groundbreaking and shows that you have a better understanding than we do of how to manage your education.

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  • Twin Sock Puppets

    20-30 years to pay off student loans? don’t schools usually give you only around 10 years?

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  • I guess I can’t really defend a CEO making 475 times as much as someone else, but this system of ours is the closest thing to being fair that we humans have managed to come up with. As far as I’m concerned, the harder you work, you more money you make. Or perhaps, the harder and SMARTER you work, the more money you make. You said it yourself, that you’re just not willing to work as hard as your father to make that kind of cash. I agree with you there, I’m probably never going to be willing to do that either, but it does show to a certain extent that money follows merit. Of course, anyone could pull out a thousand and one examples where that’s not the case, but I stress againt, this is the best we have come up with.
    I think the beauty of this system is that we have the choice. If you or I so chose, we could go to business school and start busting our fucking balls for the rest our lives and probably make a lot of money. I’m not going to do that, because it would make me fucking suicidal, but I could if I wanted to.
    We all get to choose, to an extent, the optimal combination of making money and doing what we love in the time we have. For some people, those two fall in line more so than for others, but thats just the way it is.
    So I guess I take issue with what you said about one person not being worthy of making so much more than another. First, I would ask, “is that person happier than the guy pulling 40k a year?” A lot of times the answer is no, anyway. You can only buy so much happiness. And the unfortunate truth is that when you consider society in the aggregate, some people are worth more than others. There will always be freeriders and lazy people that will try to take advantage of any system that trys to claim otherwise. So am I sometimes disgusted at how much some people make when I’m pulling that $8/hr job? Sure. Do I fundamentally believe that at a certain point people make so much more than they need to live that they should be punished for their success and innovation? Hell fucking no.

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  • Hey Waldodude.
    Great article, mate. Happy too see someone seeming so carefree as you or Xcal take a standing in these kinds of matters. Looking forward too see your vids in my subbox again!

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  • TheRaunchyRanter

    Holy shit Waldo D. Dude, I gotta say: although I’m only 17, I can totally empathize with your views on money. I think it was eloquently brilliant when you outlined the dilemma of wanting to make a lot of money, but not spend your whole life training for it.

    I have a part-time job, but I’m so incredibly lucky because I’m going to be attending a college where I’ll get free tuition. I hear about many of my 30-40 year old fucking high school teachers whom are STILL paying off those POS student loans, and I feel infinitely grateful that I will never be in that situation, all because my father is a professor at a university. Luck of the draw I guess.

    Not to get to geopolitical here, but I think the foreign desire to move to the US is becoming smaller and smaller. Our main attractions like the ease of starting a small business and public education for everyone is slowly becoming worse in quality. I’ve never actually seen any statistics for a decreased number of immigrants (which I’m sure would be slightly weird due to our crazy immigration laws) but I’d be interested I’m seeing some of those. Good post.

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  • All I want to know DRJ is where the fuck are you at!? Youtube is a sorry place without you around. New Walking Dead coming out soon!

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  • “Money is a sign of poverty.”

    It’s a quote from the brilliant science-fiction series, Culture, by Iain M. Banks, but I think it rings true to what appears to be your opinion on money.

    In all honesty, communism is the greatest system. But the flaws with communism aren’t actually flaws in communism, but flaws in humanity. People try to take more than what is theirs, and constantly strive to have more power than others.

    Additionally, your circumstance seems to be what I have to look forward to. I’ll be going to college after this next year of school. I want to pursue a degree in physics or math, but if I want to actually have a job that doesn’t pay complete shit (being a HS teacher, for instance), then I would have to go to grad school. If I’m not going to a top 20 grad school, then I’m wasting my time and money. I constantly doubt my ability to accomplish that feat, and fear that I might end up with large amounts of debt with little employability.

    The whole situation is fucked, and college tuition is only rising. Sometimes I think it would be better to just say, “fuck physics and math”, get a degree in mechanical engineering or something (yes I know engineering employs math and physics too, but not the cool theoretical stuff that I like), and just get a nice paying job so that I can live in comfort and do as I please.

    I like reading your blogs, though. You have a lot of the same thoughts that I do, too. Our individuals lives are so rare, that to waste them away working countless hours a week just to have an enormous paycheck seems….. absurd. Why it plagues so many people is beyond me. People seem to have forgotten to have fun with their lives.

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  • Whatever you do, do it as well as you can.

    And I hope noodka doesn’t secretly mean “We discovered a new drug allergy the next day, killing the patient,” in your case.

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  • I hope noodka doesn’t mean Waldo becomes the first infected. Irony at it’s best/worst.

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  • Ive heard that there are some guys on twinks.com looking for male nurses. If you need money. I’m just saying :-!

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  • You know, I have a pretty clear idea of the value of money, and whatnot. But when you get into comparing cross province/state, or even internationally, it gets a lot more complex.

    Example. I live in Calgary, its a city in Canada. My standard of living is higher than a pretty much anyone I know in the US who makes equivalent cashflow. Factor in that they are working high managerial positions, or doing extremely long hours, and I work at a grocery store. I begin to wonder why they don’t move up here =p. Also, a large percentage of my money is going to credit card debt that I pretty carelessly built up during a long period of unemployment.

    TLDR & concluding thoughts;
    Standard of subsequently cost of living will vary greatly depending on where you live. Those who make a large amount more money than someone else, usually went through a lot more hard work to earn it. Why does one person deserve to make that much more than another? Because they worked for it the other one didn’t.

    Look at it this way. If someone else can do it, and it’s physically possible for you to do the same thing as well, then why can’t you? You have to have self accountability. If you want to make more, you have to be willing to do what they did. Or at least want to. Otherwise you never will.

    I feel like I got off on a crazy tangent here, so forgive me if none of this made sense =p

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  • That US CEO ratio, holy fucking banana shit!!!!

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  • You know, based on what I’ve heard through Xcal and the grapevine, it seems all this thought turned into something quite a bit bigger. Life seems to throw curveballs every now and then, but at least it seems you’re starting to get back on your feet.

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  • Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up fast!
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    to your host? I wish my website loaded up
    as fast as yours lol

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