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05 January 2005 @ 07:59 pm
Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first give more points than they know what to do with  

My mother's on my case again. All I ever hear nowadays is 'CAO, CAO, CAO and clean the bloody bathroom, you lazy girl'. Apparently, I have to have my mind made up as to what's going on my CAO form before I go back to college on Tuesday. And if what I want to do doesn't meet her spec, there'll be a stethescope around my neck before you can say 'Doctor'.

*heavy sighs and all*

My parents actually offered me ten grand if I'd put down medicine. On top of costs and everything. Can you believe that? After two years of 'Oh no, whatever you want to do, we'll be happy with that' - this. Just because I'm a vacillating bugger and everyone knows it, I'll be trotted off to the Royal College come September whether I yay or nay.

They told me I'm too fanatical about grammar to be an editor, and I'd be bored and unfulfilled doing a scriptwriting degree over in Bournemouth. I can't remember everything else they've shot down.

I think I'll run away to Africa.

Current Mood: intimidatedintimidated
Current Music: 'Scientist', Coldplay
Insufferable, man.: crapcynicalpirate on January 5th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Tell them you want to write fanfiction for a living. Then duck.
I was nodding along sympathetically as I read, getting ready to advise you to stick to your guns 100% and defy your mother on all counts (including the part about cleaning the bathroom), and then I saw this bit:

My parents actually offered me ten grand if I'd put down medicine.

You have the integrity of a killer whale*.

*That's assuming killer whales do have integrity, and are not merely bloodthirsty water-mammals, as their name implies.

Anyway. One can do a lot with ten grand.

*slaps self* But of course you will not allow yourself to be wooed with material goods - you will make the right decision. The right decision being, of course, to turn down the bribe your parents are offering.

I do, however, think you ought to make your mind up. Soon.

If you can't, I would recommend you run away to Africa. Which part, though? In the North there's sand and the Sphinx, and in the South they have kick-ass safaris, and in the West (Ghana, mainly) they pick chocolate. Off trees. *drools*

Though perhaps not running the risk of catching malaria would be preferable?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Vernonscoradh on January 5th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
I told them about the fanfic. They wondered if there were pills I could be taking.
I really should stop bending people's ears about this? But it's never going to be resolved until I stop doing an ostrich with its head in the sand routine. AHHH.

Oh, I wasn't even tempted by that offer. There's nothing I want, save broadband. I really, really don't want to do medicine. Five months ago I could have contemplated it, but when I have to have the application in in a few weeks, it becomes five different colours of unappealing. But I don't have enough conviction in basically anything else to convince them.

SEE! Blathering on again. Definitely going to be Africa.

I think I shall go to all of them, in a tour thing. But I'll go live in Ghana. *puddles of drool*

I'll get a shot.
denial_girl: Faramirdenial_girl on January 5th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
They told me I'm too fanatical about grammar to be an editor

The logic of this has me confused. How can an editor care too much about grammar?
denial_girldenial_girl on January 5th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
Also, you obviously don't want to do medicine. So don't. Your parents aren't going to be miserable for the 40 years doing a job they hate, you will be. It's your life, don't let anybody force you into doing something because it's the "right" thing to do.
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(Anonymous) on January 5th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
its a hard knock life indeed
naturally your parents are gonna want you to do medicine. what parents can honestly say they've never dreamed of saying, My Son/Daughter is a doctor.... But if you follow that road of being lead into things. theres no end. after 7 years you'll be a GP, but i bet you anything that wont be enough. you'll hear start hearing surgeon!!!! before long you'll be the 50yr old psycho living alone with noone to love... anyhoos i think u'd make a great lawyer or an art teacher... the list is endless but you need good kick up hole, wake up, smell the daises and realise what you want... all else fails, try medicine. if you are genuinely unhappy this time next year, reapply again. after all, 3rd time lucky!!!!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 6th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Re: its a hard knock life indeed
Law is on my dad's list too. Arglebarf. Why can't they leave me alone? I'm HAPPY as an ostrich?

Er. Being nearly twenty starting uni isn't that appealing, when all the boys'll be eighteen...

A good kick up the hole. There it is again. Oh dear...
bat crimeiceetoile on January 6th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Or, you could write books. That could be fun. Plus, you could write them in a shed in the bit of Africa with the chocolate in. Then everyone would be happy! And you could ship chocolate out to us!

hey, food, that reminds me, I've got a raspberry sorbet waiting on me. no dilemms solving now, it's time for eats. I'm going to find me a spoon.

Oh. There. You could be a professional bearded spoon! but. still the thing with the clowns.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Snhscoradh on January 6th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
I've thought about writing books. Sadly, they do not let you publish characters called 'Harry Potter' and the like.

Definitely going to Africa, uh-huh.

A professional spoon?...

...that sounds really, really tempting, actually. Particularly the beard part.
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henbock on January 6th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
Its about tact!!!
If you want to get your parents off your back just say to your mother " I know medicine was what you wanted to do but you cant keep trying to live your dreams through me !1 That usually shuts them up and tell them to imagine you in an emergency and that youre no Noah Wyle!! Dam straight!You could do psychology or something mental as I feel you have a close connection to that area. Look at all the courses in UCC and imagine yourself doing the job at the end of the day!!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 6th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Re: Its about tact!!!
I know medicine was what you wanted to do but you cant keep trying to live your dreams through me !

I've TRIED that, mate. No go.

Something mental, well cheers.

I know what I'm going to do, I'm going to keep pestering Waterstones till they give me a job and then NEVER LEAVE.

You students have a lot of lab time, I have to say. Why don't you read your replies as well?
My imaginary friend thinks I'm brilliant.: Closet Land Animatedlanitha on January 6th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)
Whatever you do, do something you feel motivated for. If there is nothing that comes to mind specifically, choose something that comes closest to where you want to spend your precious time on for now.
Also don't forget that there is plenty of time to change your mind along the way even.

Most importantly: It is your choice; you need to be happy with what you are going to do!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Prongsscoradh on January 6th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)
Cheers! I know I'll find something. If left ALONE.

BTW, your icons always make my smile. You make Alan look, if possible, even prettier than he really is.
Caitcoralia13 on January 7th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Jeez and Yikes! I'm sorry your parents are being so hard on you. I wish I had some useful insight or helpful advise, but I've got nothing. Except for support from across the sea, which I offer freely and in buckets. And also a really nice guest room in Connecticut.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 8th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
Actually, they're coming round. My mum was talking on the phone about me to one of her friends, when I was there; and she kind of paused and said, 'Well, actually, she's interested in writing and...editing and stuff. She does things on the Internet; it's amazing what you can do these days...' Which I took as a positive sign! (She also said I was computer-literate, which is amusing. Being able to use HTML or even knowing what it means is computer literacy, not being able to type!)

If Africa palls, I shall be on the first boat to Connecticut!
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gabbysun on January 10th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
too fanatical about grammar to be an editor

Wait, what?

And you know what, I can't say anything about what you are or are not going to do, because in all honesty I know nothing of these things. xD; But I am behind you 100% in everything you might choose to do, including running to Africa. :D

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 11th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
Because I'd rewrite the book, or summink.

You have no idea how much that means to me *glomps excessively*!
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