While in Atlanta, I had a couple friends that taught middle school. From the very beginning, I would ask them “When are you going to let me come into your classes and tell these fucking kids about life?” I wasn’t kidding. I could help these kids out with a few choice words (or maybe a physical example of what not to do; a kind of Scared Straight scenario). But they had enough good sense to never allow me near their children. I think those kids missed out, but it’s all conjecture at this point.
Just the other day, I was speaking with a customer at work. He told me that he was going to a thing at a local college and would be giving advice to students. So, he asked me what I would say in such a situation. It got me to thinking about it, and since no one has the great sense to actually give me the opportunity to actually speak personally to malleable, young minds, I figured I could toss my thoughts into the useless black hole called “Internet.” So here you go, youngsters. Listen up. These are the things that I wish someone had told me when I first entered college.