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Old 03-26-2014
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Re: Seeking life wisdom, and an opportunity to crew on a passage

I'd look for a job as a field biologist of some kind. Either doing field work, or working on a tour/cruise boat of some kind. Get paid to be out there using your skills, pick up the time out of the office as a bonus. Probably won't be paid much, but at least it is income instead of just expenses.
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Had a friend I meet in my engineering career that was educated as a marine biologist and while he enjoyed it while he was single as soon as he married could not afford the lifestyle so he went back to school and got his engineering degree... worked with him for several years until he got burnt out doing engineering and his passion was the sea and reefs... I left the company to start my own while he stayed... we kept in touch and sure enough heard he left to go back into marine reef biology sector... and now is a professor at U. Miami and does marine research and I even saw him on TV during one of the documentaries on reef ecology... now he makes a decent living!
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Join the Navy or the USCG. Lots of life wisdom to be found there. Caveat: self-absorption not allowed.
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Re: Seeking life wisdom, and an opportunity to crew on a passage

In my experience, "wisdom" is not something you can get off the pages of this or any other forum. Advice, yes. Encouragement, yes. Subject knowledge, yes. After you get to an age of.... oh say 50 or so, and have sailed for many years, then you might have some "sailing" wisdom. Grasshopper.

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Re: Seeking life wisdom, and an opportunity to crew on a passage

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I have realized that I have four basic options after I graduate: 1) go home and live on my parents' couch, 2) find a job, make money, work 9am-5pm every day, 3) apply for PhD programs and spend another 4-5 years in school, or 4) seek out adventure (at least for the short term) and crew for a passage or similar opportunity. What do you suggest?
If you were my son, I would say that the third choice is the most promising. My family is product of the higher education. Without it, I believe I would be working at Kmart as a stock boy. I know, there are plenty of others partied and drunk for 4 years and didn't learn a thing. But I assume that you are NOT one of those.

Enroll into a Ph.D. program with the best professor in the field. Make sure he or she has plenty NIH grants. Don't think it is as an indentured servant, think of it that you get a free ride. I had the best time in the Grad school, I wish it was never ended.

Find a discipline that you don't need another 5 years post-doc to get a low pay academic position. Learning is much easy when you are young and naive. Set your priority, work hard and go after your dream. Being poor and unable to buy the big boy toys and live paycheck by pay check suck.

Ocean will still be there when you are ready. Good luck.

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