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Today feels like a Saturday because everyone's home, but it's actually because my baby bro is graduating today. We're going to be dropping him off at the school (they're bussing the kids over) and then driving down to the city, parking at Mum's parking space in Foggy Bottom (swear to God, that's what that part of town is actually called, and walking to DAR Constitution Hall. A teeny part of me is jealous--my graduation was at this horrific Baptist church because we did badly in the DAR lottery that year--but I'm just so proud of him. It was kind of touch and go there for a little while.

Plus, Frank Warren is his graduation speaker, so that's neat, too.

I have to say, I'm really worried about my bro. He's always had trouble in school: first, because he had undiagnosed learning disorders until a teacher told my parents to get him checked out in fifth grade (though I'd been trying to tell my parents the same thing since he was much younger, not that anyone listened to me); and then later because he just doesn't care if it doesn't interest him, and all that interests him is computer games. He's going to be starting at an in-state school that's a few hours away (MD is long from certain angles), and I'm really, really worried that he's going to make all the same mistakes of not going to class that I did, though for the reason that he just doesn't care. I had a goal in mind, even then, but he doesn't.

I've been saying for years now that he should have deferred a year and worked in between, to learn that RL sucks if you don't have a bachelor's degree (in general, but I'd rather have him learn the lesson and then not need it than the other way 'round). Naturally, I got informed that I could tell other people what to do with their lives once I got mine sorted out. My family goes for the jugular.

The child is going to be going to school without having picked a major, and he has no idea what he wants to do with his life. He's also got no real self-discipline. I'm assuming everyone can see why I'm worried.

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ibneko
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
If games interest him, see if you can get him interested in making games - either programming or designing art / game levels. Show him job offers from game companies, like, say, Blizzard. That might give him a goal to shoot for, which... even if he doesn't get hired by a gaming company, he'll have marketable skills if he tries really hard to get there.

Word of caution though - since the number of people that want to work in the gaming industry is so high, salaries aren't exactly awesome and normal gaming companies (not startups like the one I'm at) are rumored to be very stressful.

Edited at 2009-06-12 05:53 pm (UTC)
melayneseahawk
Jun. 13th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
We've suggested that, but he's done some programming in school and it's never interested him.

I'd like for him to have a goal, since it makes it easier to weather the crap, but I know I can't make him have one.

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