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Things They Won’t Teach You In College

Submitted by on September 1, 2010 – 6:06 pmNo Comment |

I’m three classes in to my first semester of teaching at a small community college on the Central Coast of California.  My students’ first official homework assignment was due last class period.  One-fourth of them failed to turn in their assignment.  None of the students who neglected their work offered any apologies or excuses.  They simply sat quietly in their desk when I asked everyone to walk to the front of the room and hand me their assignment.  (I’m old school like that.)

My type-A, perfectionistic, would-never-think-of-not-turning-in-an-assignment-personality was flabbergasted.  (That’s right. People still use the word flabbergasted.) I made it clear to all of my students  that this type of behavior was NOT acceptable in the work place and should they not have been prepared for a meeting or presentation in the “real world”, they would have been fired or in some seriously hot water with their boss.

My mini-tirade to my students about work ethic and the working world got me thinking: If I were back in 1college and had the perspective on life that I have now (nine years later–eek!), what would I want to know? Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1.) Make friends with the people you’ll be friends with forever–not the ones who make you look cool now.

2.) Don’t be so concerned with “finding someone.”  Your future mate will come along soon enough, and it’s probably better if you’re a bit older, wiser and more mature once you meet him or her.

3.) You get out of college what you put into it.  Believe it or not, one day you might actually regret that you didn’t do the assigned reading.

4.) Do internships or get a job related to your major during the summer.  It’s the only way you’ll truly know whether or not a certain career is right for you–or not.

5.) Drunkenness is always unattractive. Period. End of sentence.

6.) Do not purchase things on credit.  In fact, don’t even get a credit card in the first place.  The mound of debt you’ll accrue is the worst buyer’s remorse ever.

7.) Decide what you believe (politically, religiously, etc) and learn why you believe it.  Ignorance is also always unattractive.

8.) Don’t be afraid of taking classes you “weren’t good at” in high school.  You CAN learn economics. You’re smarter than you give yourself credit for.

9.) Don’t beat yourself up over the mistakes you make, because you ARE going to make them.  Say you’re sorry.  Ask forgiveness.  Learn from the situation and move on.

10.) Choose a career path that you love, not the one that will make the most money.  You’re going to spend 40 hours a week–or more– doing whatever job you choose.  You’d better like it.

What about you, Stylegeekers? I KNOW you’ve got things to add to this list.  Share away and enjoy the pics of me during my college years!

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