September 1, 2010

Back to School Advice

If you have a child or two  going to college this fall, tuck a copy of Walter Mead's essay Back to School into their luggage so they will take his very good advice with them.

And so, dear students, welcome back!  Your generation is going to have dig its own way out of the hole my generation has dug for you (thanks for the Medicare, kids, and sorry about the deficit!), but here are a few tips that may help you get the best out of your college years.
1. The real world does not work like school.

2. Most of your elders know very little about the world into which you are headed.

3. You are going to have to work much, much harder than you probably expect.

4. Choosing the right courses is more important than choosing the right college.

5. Get a traditional liberal education; it is the only thing that will do you any good.

6. Character counts; so do good habits.

7. Relax.
Posted by Jill Fallon at September 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Permalink