Well, as to college, as expensive as it is, if at the moment you have no
idea what you would want to study, I would say there is no harm to not
attending college at least for the present.
I did 6 years in the USMC right out of high school. I am 41 now, in the
years since I have picked up nearly 2 college degrees by taking courses
that interested me as they were offered at various area schools. I am also
aconstant reader and enjoy learning about nearly anything. I was just not
interested in being told what to study by a school that wants me to take
filler/fluff courses to fatten their bottom line. I do not feel I have
suffered financially, and have usually made employment decisions based on
if I thought the job was interesting.
However as the one poster pointed out, health insurance alone is a
significant benefit. I too would have been financially demolished this
year without health insurance. This was just for a shoulder repair, over
100 grand. No cancer or heart problem or anything serious.
Continue with poker if you desire to do so, but it would be good to have a
fallback position. Consider a job in the gaming/resort industry, AC,
Vegas, etc. This also would let you see if you want to spend your life in
this environment. That, or try to pick up some other fun/interesting job
that you find with health benefits. This would allow you to continue to
develop your game without worrying where your next meal is coming from.
Your poker decisions will be far more profitable if winning the next pot
does not determine if you eat a meal that day or sleep in your car that
Remember, you can quit any job you do not like, but this way you can keep
building your bankroll to a point where you can use a portion of your
winnings for living expenses without affecting your ability to play at the
stakes you desire. Remember, your bankroll is your toolbox in poker. Until
you build up some pretty fat stacks, the only thing you want to use your
poker bankroll for is poker.
At 18, if you take care of yourself, you have a minimum of 50 years of
poker or anything else ahead of you if that is your desire. An extra year
or two of prep work will really pay off. You already seem plenty smart,
you will be fine.
Best of luck, neal
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