Things I’ve Learned

I graduate this week; yet the feeling of accomplishment doesn’t exist. A four-year degree sounds “prestigious,” but it’s just paper representing a combination of units at “certified” educational institutions. Maybe that feeling of accomplishment will surface when I successfully market my abilities.

As I work on two other reviews, I compiled a half-assed list of the things I learned during college.

Ten Things I Learned During College.
1. Many call themselves teachers; few actually teach.
2. Students don’t want their backpacks dirty, so they take up seat space instead.
3. Bureaucracy is easy on human resources; difficult on students.
4. Academic counselors are only good for signatures.
5. If your group member has a full-time job, be prepared to match their daily labor output. Triple it if they have kids too.
6. Photocopy EVERYTHING with your signature on it.
7. There isn’t a significant difference between community college and high school.
8. Commuting daily costs just as much as renting an apartment.
9. Pizza and 8oz of Red Bull make an excellent endurance meal.
10. A degree is nothing, without experience beyond academics, to brag about.

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2 Comments on “Things I’ve Learned”

  1. Terrapod
    December 12, 2007 at 12:31 am #

    Firstly – let me extend my warmest congratulations on getting that first piece of vellum, as valuless as it appears now, it will prove it’s worth over time.

    Be prepared, if you are lucky, to apply maybe 10% of what you have learned over the rest of your lifetime. What will carry you through though, is critical thinking, people skills and logic. If you learned these skills, you will do well no matter what the world throws at you.

    After working a year or two in your first job, take a good long hard objective look at whether you are truly enjoying the work and if it has a path for promotion and advancement. If it does not, look for something that you think may be more interesting and enjoyable.

    This is not my original thought, but someone once said that if you truly enjoy your work, it is no longer work, it is fun and it motivates you to keep doing it.

    Take business risks when you are younger, before having responsibility to others than yourself (and don’t regret it later in life, not everyone is cut out to go the entreprenurial route).

    These few things truly will carry you forward. Another degree is often usefull, especially if it is to gain you entry to what you have determined is a true and enjoyable career.

    Terrapod

  2. December 12, 2007 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you for your warm and reassuring comments.

    Your optimism is nice to read – it’s certainly different coming from someone other than a family member.

    I suppose it comes down to what I gained from my experiences and what I will eventually do with it – it’ll be just a matter of time.

    Now that I think about it, my attitude about my degree is similar to my Eagle Scout rank. When I was certified as an Eagle Scout, it was just another patch on my left pocket. Only recently did I understand how valuable those skills I’ve gained truly are.

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