"Don't let your education get in the way of your education" is what the student recruiter said to me during my first visit to the campus I would eventually attend.
I didn't really understood what he meant until some time later, but looking back now, I can see a series of things I learned in that first year that carry me today.
1) Laundry. My room mate and I had no idea how to do laundry, and refused to call home, or (in retrospect) use this fact as a means to break the ice with the objects of our affection on the floor. We concluded that cold water never hurts anything and went and did our laundry. To this day, I still do my laundry in cold water only.
2) Ordering food. On our first trip off campus for dinner we went to a generic chain restaurant, and I decided to order something new. No one commented about my order, and when it arrived I was shocked. I had some ordered half a chicken, This was more food than I had ever seen on a plate, and I don't know why, but when I look back of this moment, I associate that cooked half bird as my first step towards independence.
3) No one can ever mess up your coffee order if you order it black.
5) Because your in a tough program, doesn't mean your the smartest person in the room. The smartest person in the room usually is the one with their mouth shut.
6) Pay your bills. They will cut your power.
There are more that I can't think of at the moment, and I'm sure you have your own list of items like this that would be a blast to read.
One last thought to share, when I found myself in the role of promoting the school to younger 17 year olds, I found myself repeating that initial bit of wisdom I heard. I hope that the students I said it to, heard it. Maybe like me didn't get it till much later, but in the process of learning what it meant, had one heck of an education.
Created: Apr 23, 2014scherem Document Media