We’re at that point of the school year where classes are uneventful pointless, and everything is due before exams, making it both crazy and hectic.
In my Economics class, however, my teacher shared with us (he was feeling generous) a couple bits of advice for college and the real world, which I found rather humorous. I wrote them down, and thought I’d share them with you.
- “You are not a special snowflake. No matter how special and unique you think you are, there will always be someone just like you, even better than you.” Seeing that Prof. W’s humour is very dry and sarcastic, I took this to mean “don’t be overly cocky and think you’re the shit,” because nobody likes someone who is like that. That being said, embrace you for you and don’t fall into the all-consuming trap of comparing yourself to others.
- “Do the work, no matter how genius you are.” Again, assuming you’re being cocky, prescribing yourself as a genius who doesn’t think doing the work is required, he’s telling us to calm down. In order to be a special snowflake, you have to work hard and earn it. No one likes fake snowflakes.
- “Be nice.” Duh. Short and sweet, and probably the most important and basic things to know. Be nice to others, be kind, and people won’t hate you. It’s not hard. Plus, being able to get along with people is a precious skill in the workforce. Might as well do it in school and in college, and just everywhere you come in contact with people. Which is everywhere. All the time.
- “If you can’t be nice, be funny.” This is Prof. W’s humour again. You should always strive to be nice, but he reasons that if you’re funny, you can most likely at least disguise your less-than-pleasant attitude towards people. However, different from Prof. W’s advice… being funny is different than being good-humoured. Pick comedy and people may regard you as an asshole, depending on how you pull it off. Pick good humour and people will find you easygoing and nice to be around. You shouldn’t use humor to cover up your assholiness, just…. work on it (;
- “Follow your dreams, but always have a plan B.” Man, he sounds like my mother ranting to my older brother. But it’s true! Do not, for a minute hesitate in chasing your passions. However, that does not mean that you should abandon all sensibility either. Prepare for change, and have a flexible counter plan handy just in case you don’t happen to get famous, be president, or get a record deal.