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Old 07-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my name is Sam. I'm a 17 years old and I live in Belgium (Western-Europe).
I started snowboarding when I was 12 years old and when I got the hang of it I wanted to improve my skills.
I kept practicing and practicing. Me and my family went to the Alps 2 weeks a year for 5 years.
All I did was hitting the slopes, the park and the powder. I mastered the technique of snowboarding pretty much, my tutor told me that I should take some courses to become a tutor myself, so I did.
I followed a course for snowboard initiator. Snowboard really became my passion over the years, I really enjoy it!

Okay, that's my background on snowboarding. But now there is a problem..
I just finished high school and this fall I'm going to college to study civil engineering which will be a real pain in the ass but my parents insist that I try it.
I will do my best to make them proud and eventually be proud on myself BUT I don't want to give up snowboarding :s.
It's the only sport I'm really good at, I tried soccer.. that didn't work out, I tried tennis.. Didn't work out as well.

Does someone has any experience with combining (engineering) studies and snowboarding?
What's the best thing to do?
Should I concentrate on my studies and forget snowboarding? *sad face*
Should I go for snowboarding and drop out of college and risk the fact of not having a decent job in the future?
Or is their a mid-way solution?

Any advice is welcome!

P.S. Sorry if I made any spelling/grammar mistakes
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It is a hard one to answer, there is a difference between loving a sport and having to give it up though...

Why would you have to give it up...???

I mean you will have lots of opportunity to board on holiday periods, and you will have a few of them i'm sure, couple of weeks over xmas, half term, easter, so you still have the opportunity to carry on what you love, but education is important, and with an education comes good employment that allows you to work in the field you love, so aim at getting the education, and then consider applying that to some sort of resort work where you get to live and work doing what you love...

Just an idea..
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?????WTF?????

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt right now and assume this is a serious question and not a troll,..

Where in your college submissions forms does it state that you've got to "Give Up Snowboarding" to go to school????? What, they don't have a X-mas, spring, New Years breaks in Europe????? Seriously,.. if you've only been going 2 weeks a year living at home? What makes you think you can't go a week or two a year while in school???

Most of us on this forum would consider 14 days of boarding a year as "Dabbling" in the sport!!!!!

Go to school, snowboard on your breaks, graduate, get a good job, make lots of money, and then Shred ALL YOU WANT!!!!!!
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Everyone has their own answer. I made surfing my priority in college. I would probably be better off if I hadn't, but I had majors like English so even if I got A's is not like there is some job future in that field with big $$ or anything.

You are probably not going to be a pro snowboarder? just perhaps a part-time tutor and mostly personal enjoyment right? Seems like a civil engineer does not have much time to snowboard. I put up with kitchen work so that I can work nights and weekends and ride 4-5 days a week when the crowds are minimal.

You are young, now is the time for everything. If you are going to take college with a serious application like civil engineering with serious job intentions, then you should probably focus. If you are going to college to get drunk and see some theatre with the ladies, make sure to get your snowboarding in.
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Go to school and get educated, snowboard on breaks and when school is out. There is a minimal chance you will make a decent living snowboarding. There is a high likelyhood if you finish school you will be able to afford to continue snowboarding and taking yearly trips.
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I will point out for you NON EUROPEANS that it is not a case of just driving for an hour to get to a slope...

Belgium, is very very flat, i don't think they even have snow there... Haha

So while holidays are always an answer, it will not be pop to the slope for a weekend scenario for this lad...

Although with some careful planning and good friends that drive as well, you should be able to get in at least 4 weeks boarding while studying, that is for sure...
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I will point out for you NON EUROPEANS that it is not a case of just driving for an hour to get to a slope...

Belgium, is very very flat, i don't think they even have snow there... Haha

So while holidays are always an answer, it will not be pop to the slope for a weekend scenario for this lad...

Although with some careful planning and good friends that drive as well, you should be able to get in at least 4 weeks boarding while studying, that is for sure...
It can't be that far, Brussels to verbier shows on the map as 800km/8 hours drive. That is not far at all. I'm sure that is not the closest slope either. Go to school and snowboard when you can. Graduate, make decent Money while living closer to the slopes and snowboard a lot.
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It can't be that far, Brussels to verbier shows on the map as 800km/8 hours drive. That is not far at all. I'm sure that is not the closest slope either. Go to school and snowboard when you can. Graduate, make decent Money while living closer to the slopes and snowboard a lot.
An 8 hour drive isn't far?

I guess for a week long trip it isn't far.
For a weekend trip, I'll pass.
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Haha, you haven't driven in Europe then, tailbacks, congestion, accidents, on roads half the size of yours... I did Oslo from London and that is 1800km that takes 28 hours so 800km i would reckon on taking about 12-14 hours at a sensible pace...

Add into it, this kid already said he is 17, he may not even drive...
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An 8 hour drive isn't far?

I guess for a week long trip it isn't far.
For a weekend trip, I'll pass.



Guess I just wanted to board more than you guys before moving to the mountains. Class mon-Thursday. Get outta class Thursday hopefully you schedule early classes, drive to the mtn that night(leave at 2 and be there by 11) ride fri/sat/sun and drive home that night for class Monday morning..... do homework mtn side at night if you have any for the weekend.
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