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  • Life After College

    Ok so of course we have thread after thread of graduating high school seniors looking for colleges with equestrian teams, what do us college grads. do after the big day?
    Seriously is there a "Grad" school for the equestrian world? I mean ANYTHING to not have to go into the real world.

    Ideas?
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  • #2
    Ugh.
    I wish.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by TakeNote View Post
      Ok so of course we have thread after thread of graduating high school seniors looking for colleges with equestrian teams, what do us college grads. do after the big day?
      Seriously is there a "Grad" school for the equestrian world? I mean ANYTHING to not have to go into the real world.

      Ideas?
      You need a very rich, very old husband.
      "Go on, Bill — this is no place for a pony."

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      • #4
        I so wish I was back in college. I miss those days. I'd even rather be in my anat and phys class at 8am on Friday morning than be at work!

        I'm trying to get into grad school this fall. I'm still waiting for my dream job to open up (dang you, state budget hiring freezes!)
        Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.

        ~ Douglas MacArthur

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          #5
          Originally posted by InWhyCee Redux View Post
          You need a very rich, very old husband.
          HA! I wish!!! I would comment further but I'm scared of giving Alex any more ammunition. Im sure he's sitting there figuring out what sly comment he can come up with next.
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          • #6
            I wish there were even College equestrian teams here in Ontario (there is only a University circuit but unfortunately where I wanted to go in life, University wouldn't have gotten me there). As of this week I am officially done College as it is my very last week of my internship....and I wish there was something other than the "real world" out there!

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            • #7
              Grad school. Any type will do. I go to the Univ of Denver and it's a top 10 for psych and international relations, but it's not as difficult as other programs, leaving me plenty of time to ride the beasties, get a good advanced degree AND stave off reality!!

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              • #8
                Okay but what about after grad school, is there anything else??? I still don't want to enter the real world.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Parker_Rider View Post
                  Grad school. Any type will do. I go to the Univ of Denver and it's a top 10 for psych and international relations, but it's not as difficult as other programs, leaving me plenty of time to ride the beasties, get a good advanced degree AND stave off reality!!
                  Cop out!

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                  • #10
                    Even though I'm still in highschool, I've got my whole life figured out. After college, I will leave the country, change my name, dye my hair so the student loans people can't find me, and become a groom or something and eat snoballs and dollar menu fries for the rest of my life. Either that or just move to the caribbean and go Jimmy Buffet. High aspirations. My academic advisor would be so freaking proud.
                    "If we we couldn't laugh we'd all go insane, if we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane." ~Jimmy Buffet
                    "Pursuing the life of my high-riding heroes I burned up my childhood days..."-Willie Nelson

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Beau Cheval View Post
                      High aspirations. My academic advisor would be so freaking proud.
                      My high school English teacher had a similar level of proudness when I told her I wanted to be a trophy wife when i grew up.

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                      • #12
                        So I'm an English major graduating in the fall. I intend on applying for the internship with COTH once I'm finished. I met with my adviser about a week aog (who also happens to be the head of the English department) and we discussed what I plan on doing after I graduate. When I told her she said to me "You are aware that I ride, right?" I was like "NO!". So she was really happy to find out there was another horse person in her department and told me she would write me an excellent letter of recommendation from "one horse person to another" lol. Needless to say I was super excited!!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                          My high school English teacher had a similar level of proudness when I told her I wanted to be a trophy wife when i grew up.
                          Ha Ha... thats funny!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Beau Cheval View Post
                            Even though I'm still in highschool, I've got my whole life figured out. After college, I will leave the country, change my name, dye my hair so the student loans people can't find me, and become a groom or something and eat snoballs and dollar menu fries for the rest of my life. Either that or just move to the caribbean and go Jimmy Buffet. High aspirations. My academic advisor would be so freaking proud.


                            This sounds like a lovely plan.

                            I've been out of college for many years, but not many ENOUGH to not still be paying back my student loans. Ever so often, usually on the day of the month they do the auto-withdrawal, I tell everyone that I'm moving - just as soon as I finish researching countries with no extradition treaty with the US. And no super-restrictive quarantine for the horses or the cat, of course.
                            Proud member of the EDRF

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                            • #15
                              You take a year off and go back for a second degree.

                              I swear the only reason the 'rents are cool with it is because my second degree will be more useful and actually get me a solid real life job, but still, it's a nice way to put off the real world for 2.5 years.
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                              "You keep one leg on one side, the other leg on the other side, and your mind in the middle." -- Henry Taylor, "Riding Lesson"

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                              • #16
                                Take a year off, do this: http://www.justworldinternational.org/get.cfm and then go back to graduate school.

                                Seriously. You'd be taking a much needed break from school, donating time to a good cause that has ties to the equestrian community (which helps with networking, btw) and then you would have an advanced degree which would allow you to be able to afford this sport long term!

                                Hmmmm....maybe I should follow my own advice.

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                                • #17
                                  I'm 5 years out of college and wish I could go back all the time.

                                  I live vicariously through my younger friends who are still in school with mom and dad footing the bill for the horses and my older friends who have seniority at their jobs and can head off to the horse shows every weekend.

                                  Can you put off finding the "real" job for a year and live at home and horse show? The job market isn't awesome in a lot of the country right now anyway, right? If you can justify it and can afford it why not?

                                  But on a more serious note, what are you majoring in and what sort of career are you interested in? Is there an area of the country you know you want to live in?

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm sorta in this boat right now since I graduate in December (I'm on the 3.5 year plan). My current plan is to run off and do a working student position somewhere in the world, go to WEG 2010 and then figure out what I can do with my life. I have an ideal path that I'd like to follow, but that totally depends on finding the right opening at the right time.

                                    Five of my (seven ) roommates are graduating this semester and only ONE of them has found a job, but not for the lack of trying. With the rate of hiring college grads expected to go down 42% and (as I read in the news this weekend) grad schools overflowing and getting super competitive with admissions, I'm scared sh*tless about trying to find the kind or employment I want or trying to get into a grad school. I'm not sure what I'd want to go to grad school for, but if I ever decide on a degree plan I may not be able to get into a school. If there's no economy, there sure as heck isn't going to be any demand for people in horsey careers.

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                                    • #19
                                      The joke at my school is that most of the women go there just to get their Mrs. degree, which, well, when you have a hobby as expensive as ours isn't a bad idea.

                                      But anyway... for me the plan is something along the lines of Parker_Rider's. More school in order the stave off reality AND wait out the poor job market.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by theblondejumper View Post
                                        Cop out!
                                        Heck yes!!! I'm not denyin' it! I'm unemployable... I've spent all my time riding horses and not working!! (at least, that's what my career counselor implied today when going over my resume for the 80000th time... she was very nice about it though! )


                                        Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                                        My high school English teacher had a similar level of proudness when I told her I wanted to be a trophy wife when i grew up.
                                        Yeah... I had those aspirations too... and then discovered the love of my life, no-good, useless, Berkeley PhD program bound BF wants to be a history professor and refuses to even consider writing a NYT bestseller to support my trophy wife dreams and horse habit... he tells me I should love him for him and not the money he could make, psh, whatever that means!!! I sure know how to pick 'em... (Please note the "tongue in cheek"ness of that... )

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