The Kolléisch, pictured left, is located just a few kilometres from where I used to live. When I attended, it was one of the larger schools in the country, with over one thousand students aged from around thirteen to nineteen. I didn't particularly care for school - I didn't think it was all that useful in preparing me for life, and I felt it concentrated entirely too much on having people cram unimportant text book contents into their heads for papers, which we'd promptly forget again just a few quick hours later.
My highschool career wasn't as straightforward as that of most other people, but one year I will always remember with fondness is the school year 1997-1998, maybe because it was at that time that so many other changes happened in my life.
For a long time during my highschool years, studying computer science had been at the top of my list of what I wanted to do with my life after graduation.
But when the time came to sign up, I took a long look at the advantages and disadvantages and finally decided to not do any more studies. Getting an IT degree would have meant a commitment of at least five more years (in Germany), and I preferred to gain experience in a job during those years, and earn money doing so, rather than depleting my savings and building up debt so much longer - especially since I had a promising job offer right as I finished highschool.
These days, I am trying to stay current on new developments and interesting technologies by reading various blogs, websites and books.