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Old 10-17-2014, 11:56 AM   #21101
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Apparently my uni will be getting the first Ginetta LMP3 car early next year. I'm very excite
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:16 PM   #21102
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Any engineers in here? Losing my motivation to continue schooling, any thoughts/suggestions?

I have to work full time to support myself and have failed or dropped my classes the past 2 quarters. Not because I can't do it, I just lost drive. Taking statics this quarter and forcing myself to pass it.

Still have to finish calc 2 and 3
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:39 PM   #21103
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Any engineers in here? Losing my motivation to continue schooling, any thoughts/suggestions?

I have to work full time to support myself and have failed or dropped my classes the past 2 quarters. Not because I can't do it, I just lost drive. Taking statics this quarter and forcing myself to pass it.

Still have to finish calc 2 and 3
You'll get the motivation once it's too late to go back and you are making $30k-ish a year and your former classmates are making $100k plus. Suck it up, buttercup. This is why people with degrees get hired- They stick with it and finish when it sucks and they "don't feel like it". If you wait on everything until you feel like it, you will likely not ever make it very far in life. I don't feel like doing a lot of things I have to do at work and at home. Difference between men and boys yada yada etc.
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Any engineers in here? Losing my motivation to continue schooling, any thoughts/suggestions?

I have to work full time to support myself and have failed or dropped my classes the past 2 quarters. Not because I can't do it, I just lost drive. Taking statics this quarter and forcing myself to pass it.

Still have to finish calc 2 and 3
What do you want?
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:53 PM   #21105
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have failed or dropped my classes the past 2 quarters.

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Based on these statements, it doesn't sound like you've really even gotten started into engineering per se. Are you sure it's even your thing?
That said, working full time while taking a full engineering load could actually be counterproductive for both endeavors. Typically something has to give, even if it ends up being your sanity. Perhaps you're just overloaded; make your choices about what you want to keep, and what you can let go.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:50 PM   #21106
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Any engineers in here? Losing my motivation to continue schooling, any thoughts/suggestions?

I have to work full time to support myself and have failed or dropped my classes the past 2 quarters. Not because I can't do it, I just lost drive. Taking statics this quarter and forcing myself to pass it.

Still have to finish calc 2 and 3
1. get laid
2. delete / sell all your video games
3. less work, more loans
4. statics is pretty fun
5. unless you're in a bad school and don't get to build **** to test
6. alternatives: why yes, I WOULD like fries with that!

I took extra time to finish my four year degree because I loved school. I got (almost) a minor in philosophy. I know that's not realistic for you, but find a way to love your school and it'll be easier to motivate yourself.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:05 PM   #21107
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Any engineers in here? Losing my motivation to continue schooling, any thoughts/suggestions?

I have to work full time to support myself and have failed or dropped my classes the past 2 quarters. Not because I can't do it, I just lost drive. Taking statics this quarter and forcing myself to pass it.

Still have to finish calc 2 and 3
Where do you go to school? Does your school have an FSAE team? It's a great way to have fun with motorsports stuff, while bettering yourself as an engineer. What made you choose engineering in the first choice? I see too many people that choose engineering just for the money, and IMO then it wouldn't be worth staying. Engineering is a lot of hard work, and at the end of the day, you need to love your job.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:53 PM   #21108
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I used to work with engineers a lot, and the shop I worked for made a bunch of parts for KU's FSAE car. Those guys get to build the cool car, and if I'm not mistaken they even get to use some of our old donated CNC gear for in house stuff. About the only way I'd make it through...
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:29 PM   #21109
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Guess who's stuck at IND and almost certainly going to miss his connecting flight home tonight?

This guy!

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Old 10-17-2014, 06:35 PM   #21110
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Joe, is that you?

Time has treated you well since the thermostat test days.
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Well **** i'd take you out to dinner but i'm stuck at work. :(
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Old 10-17-2014, 08:31 PM   #21112
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Time has treated you well since the thermostat test days.
Joe has reached max level.
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been stuck at so many airports due to missed connections lately I probably have ebola. I blame us airways/american.

DFW the day before the ebola news broke

CLT on the way back from same trip. and not in the GOOD terminal, but the shitty one with one tv and a lame bar.
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I didn't know there WAS a crappy terminal at CLT, I only know of the X-shaped one where you can chill in the airport admin conference room after hours on the second floor above the food court and behind the USO.

It's one of my favorite airports.

On a plane to PHL now, hoping for an LGA connection. I ******* hate LGA...
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I didn't know there WAS a crappy terminal at CLT, I only know of the X-shaped one where you can chill in the airport admin conference room after hours on the second floor above the food court and behind the USO.

It's one of my favorite airports.

On a plane to PHL now, hoping for an LGA connection. I ******* hate LGA...
My first flight into LGA, on my first trip to NY, my cab driver "got lost" and "didn't know where the hotel was."

That was the day I learned how NY works.
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Old 10-18-2014, 01:09 AM   #21116
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1. get laid
2. delete / sell all your video games
3. less work, more loans
4. statics is pretty fun
5. unless you're in a bad school and don't get to build **** to test
6. alternatives: why yes, I WOULD like fries with that!

I took extra time to finish my four year degree because I loved school. I got (almost) a minor in philosophy. I know that's not realistic for you, but find a way to love your school and it'll be easier to motivate yourself.
Statics is ok. I'm pretty sure we have to build a minibridge at the end and destroy it. I got bored of video games ages ago.

In the position I'm in I really just can't give up the paychecks. Even if I take 1 or 2 classes a quarter I would rather get my degree slowly than put myself in a financial struggle.

My only motivation at this point really is thinking of the alternative. I'm a mechanic and I don't want to be turning wrenches when I'm 40.

On that note, I got my first midterm back in statics and I got 100% on it.

Getting laid/women are just a distraction to me at this point. Does not help.
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Based on these statements, it doesn't sound like you've really even gotten started into engineering per se. Are you sure it's even your thing?
That said, working full time while taking a full engineering load could actually be counterproductive for both endeavors. Typically something has to give, even if it ends up being your sanity. Perhaps you're just overloaded; make your choices about what you want to keep, and what you can let go.
I'm not sure. All I really know is that nothing else is even remotely interesting to me, but engineering does slightly interest me. If my major was anything else I would've quit a long time ago out of boredom.
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You'll get the motivation once it's too late to go back and you are making $30k-ish a year and your former classmates are making $100k plus. Suck it up, buttercup. This is why people with degrees get hired- They stick with it and finish when it sucks and they "don't feel like it". If you wait on everything until you feel like it, you will likely not ever make it very far in life. I don't feel like doing a lot of things I have to do at work and at home. Difference between men and boys yada yada etc.
This was probably what I needed to hear.
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This was probably what I needed to hear.
It comes from having been through enough of life to have gray hair. I was a big procrastinator in school. I couldn't see the light at the end of the degree. It was all just vapor, a shapeless goal. But once you are out a few years you see that it was the ticket you needed to have in your hand to be able to ride the train to the next stop. Without it I would have never been hired, even though my degree had little to do with my job.

Once you are married with children, have a career, belong to professional and philanthropic organizations, and have some strong long-term friendships, you will often find yourself spending the vast majority of your time engaged in activities not of your choosing. It can be quite consuming. Often, there is neither the time nor the energy to serve your own wants and needs at the end of the day or week. But it is our selfless service to others that makes us worthwhile people. It separates us from those who exist only to take. And it fills your heart to be known for your love of others. To be praised by a good wife or a thankful boss or a roomful of peers is a wonderful thing, or just for that helpless old couple or woman whose tire you helped change. You don't want to get sweaty and dirty and you have other things to do but you do it anyway because it could be your grandparents or wife needing help one day.

Sorry for rambling. In short, you'd be surprised how much of your time is still your own. It gets easier to push yourself when you have more people counting on you. Once you have the love and adoration of a good wife and a child you will want them to have everything you can give them and you will feel much better about it if you are an engineer.
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