“If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart… where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again.”—Everwood (via julie911)
1. What is more difficult for you, looking into someones eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someones eyes when they are telling you how they feel?
2. Think of the last time you were REALLY angry. WHY were you angry? Do you still feel the same way?
3. You are on a flight from Honolulu to Chicago non-stop. There is a fire in the back of the plane. You have enough time to make ONE phone call. Who do you call? What do you tell them?
4. You are at the doctor’s office and he has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? What do you do with your remaining days? Would you be afraid?
5. You can have one of the following two things. Which do you choose? Why? Love and Trust.
6. You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late even once more, you are fired. Do you take the time to save the dogs life? Why or Why not?
7. Would you rather be hurt by the one you trust the most or the one you love the most?
8. Your best friend confesses that he/she has feelings for you more than just friendship. He/she is falling in love with you. What do you (or did you) do/say?
9. Think of the last person who you know that died. You have the chance to give them 1 hour of life back, but you have to give up one year of yours. Do you do it? Why or Why not?
10. Are you the kind of friend that you would want to have as a friend?
11. Does love = sex?
12.Your boss tells your coworker that they have to let them go because of work shortage, and they are the newest employee. You have been there much longer. Your coworker has a family to support and no other means of income. Do you go to your boss and offer to leave the company? Why or Why not?
13.When was the last time you told someone HONESTLY how you felt regardless of how difficult it was for you to say? Who was it? What did you have to tell the person?
14. What would be (or what was) harder for you to tell a member of the opposite/same sex, you love them or that you do not love them back?
15. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up? Why would it be hard to lose?
16. Excluding romantic love, when was the last time you told someone you loved them. Who were they to you?
17. If there was one moment and one time in the last month what would you change and why?
18.Imagine it is a dark night, you are alone, it is raining outside, you hear someone walking around outside your window. WHO do you wish was there with you?
19. Would you give a homeless person CPR if they were dying? Why or Why not?
21.You are holding onto your grandmother’s hand and the hand of a newborn that you do not know as they hang over the edge of a cliff. You have to let one go to save the other. Who do you let fall to their death? What was your rationale for making the decision?
22. Are you old fashioned?
23. When was the last time you were nice to someone and did NOT expect anything in return for it?
24.Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a broken heart, or never loved at all? Why?
25.If you could do anything or wish anything, what would it be?
“All of us have theories about the world and about ourselves. We will go to great lengths to prove ourselves right because it keeps the world in our head coherent and understandable.”—Marya Hornbacher, Wasted. (via mustardhat)
professors don’t give feedback. They say ask questions and ask for help, and then when you do they have no answer and nothing to say. Or some don’t even show up to their office hours and cancel classes like it ain’t nothing. Or some aren’t critical whatsoever with their grading. Or some that are super unorganized and assign and cancel things left and right, which is why students become so freakin’ lazy because obviously you show you don’t care about the content of your lessons and assignments. Okay… why are you even teaching?!?!?!?
I FILL OUT YOUR EVALUATIONS HONESTLY WHILE OTHER PEOPLE JUST BUBBLE RANDOM STUFFFFFF.. WHY CAN’T I GET ANY QUESTIONS ANSWERED?!? I DON’T PAY FOR THIS KIND OF EDUCATION!
None of this even makes sense. I’m just trying to distract myself.. I guess
The class of 2012 is on the verge of closing the book on one chapter of their adult lives. Many of these graduates will be doomed to sitting in a mass hall teeming with thousands of people for hours and forced to listen to nonsensical speeches by the valedictorian or the guest speakers that the school hires. They will also be granted a piece of paper, popularly known as a diploma, stating, “Thank you for wasting close to 200k of your parents’ money on a piece of paper.”
We came across an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about the 10 things they don’t tell you at graduation, but after reading it, we felt like it was written by an individual who isn’t very knowledgeable on this matter. It was written for pedestrians, by a pedestrian. If you want to peruse this article yourself, click here.
Thus, we decided to present our expertise on the matter and explain to you the 10 vital things they don’t tell you at graduation.
Dear Class of 2012,
Throughout your time in your collegiate career you have most likely studied, partied and “had the best four years of your life,” as you are most likely saying on your graduation day. The only concerns many of you had during the past four years was ensuring that you pass all your classes, contemplating how you are going to balance work and play, what you are doing on Friday evening, or if you caught herpes from a sorority girl.
In the real world, these past four years have been terrible, to say the least. In 2008, the greatest recession since the great depression occurred. Your generation is going to be the one cleaning up the mistakes of those who came before you and you are most likely unsure of what is going to happen next. You will hear a cheesy speech from the guest speaker, but keep in mind that he is paid to be motivational. Despite the conviction in his voice, the future is likely grim. Here is what they won’t tell you at graduation. The intention of this article isn’t to dampen your mood, but rather to unveil the hidden truth in regards to what’s to come.
10. The real world is like nothing you ever expected
Throughout your time in college, you have most likely been trapped in a one-dimensional type of thinking. If you attended any university, preparation for the real world was likely never a part of your curriculum. School creates an illusion in your mind that suggests that things will be easy because you are college educated. That is complete bullshit. Life only gets harder from here and there will be times it completely breaks you. You are most likely not ready for the real world due to a complete lack of preparation and experience. Get ready for a rude awakening.
9. A bachelor’s degree means nothing
A recent statistic from the Associated Press stated that the unemployment rate among bachelor degree graduates was at 53% in 2011. That’s almost the highest it has ever been. That means at your graduation half of the students will be unemployed. Not only is the job market extremely competitive regarding credentials, but also jobs are also scarce due to the ongoing recession. This statistic just goes to show how useless a bachelor’s degree can be, depending on how you utilize your time. Of course, the average college GPA is only around a 3.0, and if you’re in that boat, you likely did not put forth much effort to differentiate yourself from your peers. Getting a job won’t be as easy as you thought.
8. Technology has most likely killed your profession
The world is moving at a faster pace than ever before. Technology has been the leading factor behind this accelerated life. Although technological advancements lead to conveniences, they also make your role less necessary. “Middle man” jobs like car salesman and real estate agent will slowly be replaced by cheaper-to-use Web-based alternatives like Zillow.com or Automation.com. If that wasn’t bad enough, Wall Street has been taken over by computers as well with increasing talk about high frequency trading. A lot of industries that required human labor have taken their operations online to save operating costs and increase their margins. Cold world.
7. Not everything is going to work out for you
During my years in college, I have seen many of my colleagues struggle through issues that haven’t worked out in their favor. They face notable difficulty because they have been living in a bubble throughout college and expect to be appeased and catered to at any given moment. When this didn’t occur, signs of depression emerged along with many unsettling feelings. You have been taught to expect instant gratification, which doesn’t necessarily exist in the real world. .
6. College girlfriend or boyfriend will become a pain
The love you experienced during your years at college will crumble right in front of your eyes after graduation. Wants, needs and priorities will change drastically. You will shift from worrying about your next drink to frantically scampering to pay rent on time. This will be something you have to expect as your priorities will differ as you finally gain the freedom you think you’ve been dying for. Your keg stand relationship will never survive out there in the real world and will blow away faster then that cheap blue hat you throw in the air. Life will get complicated for both of you and then you will soon grow apart from each other.
5. “College was the best years of my life” syndrome
If you’re finishing of college thinking these have been the best four years of my life, you are doomed for failure. There is no reason why college should be the best four years of your life, as there is nothing fancy about drinking warm beer and overdosing on Adderall before finals. College is the first step to reaching the best years of your life. When you make this statement you suggest that life has peaked during college. This mindset instills a sense of mediocrity that will cause you to miss what life truly has to offer. You are basically implying that your z-score chart is on it’s downward trend.
If you have wasted your time writing essays and trying be a straight A student it really does suck to be you. It is about time someone explains to you that C students run the world. While you were studying, they were strategizing how to take over the world. We no longer live in a world where being book smart helps you but rather having the entrepreneurial intuition gives you the advantage and upper hand. School is a place where A students teach B students how to work for C students.
I’m unsure if your well-educated professor warned you, but your network is equal to your net worth. We live in a world where it’s not what you know, but whom you know. Make sure to meet many different types of people in different industries and find the synergy between them. Make friends with the nerdier kids and definitely make friends with someone who knows how to code. You will never know when you will need to reach into your Rolodex and call someone. Networking will be essential.
2. Actions will have reactions
In college, you do what you please with no severe consequences, perhaps barring your girlfriend catching you cheating with a freshman, but even that you could get out of with one hand tied behind your back. In the real world, you are going to have to understand that all your actions and decisions will have dire consequences, so be prepared for the ramifications of your actions. The term YOLO will rapidly leave your vocabulary as you are now building your reputation and writing your story in the world.
1. Hard work and dedication
Your ability to succeed in this world will be solely based off of your hard work and dedication. Talent can only take you so far and your tendency to procrastinate will be your downfall. There are no handouts, no short cuts, no nerds you can pay off and no Adderall that will get you through the crash course of life. It is solely dependent on how much you want to input to get out.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to fail and don’t ever let anyone discourage you. Question everything and never settle for mediocrity. When you are done with college, don’t simply become a college graduate; become a problem solver.