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Do you have any advice for college or high school graduates?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 12, 2012

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“You can never know too much.”

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“Have good values —your values will always be challenged.”

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“Follow your heart.”

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“Live from your heart, not what from what people have told you.”


Pitt_Mackeson 6 years, 1 month ago

Never get the prune smoothie from the gas station just outside of Yonkers (colon clenches)

labmonkey 6 years, 1 month ago

When you get a job, you do not know everything. Keep your mouth shut and listen to what others are saying, you can lean much from someone who has been in the job for a long time.

Also, if you just obtained a degree in art, art history, english, or history, stay in school and get a degree you can get a job with. Until then, do not complain about your student loans as you should have thought about that before you received a worthless degree.

labmonkey 6 years, 1 month ago

My degree has always landed me a job. I love history and would have loved to major in it, but I obtained a science degree instead.

hippieshoes 6 years, 1 month ago

I agree with your first paragraph. That's really good advice! However, an English degree is not always a worthless degree (depends on how you use it.) It is truly astonishing to see how many folks out there just cannot communicate very well.

gphawk89 6 years, 1 month ago

Strongly agree with the first paragraph. The new guy that sits in the cubicle adjacent to mine makes it very clear (several times every day) that he does know everything. It might seem cool to know everything and especially to be angry when not everyone goes along with your ideas, but all that really does is annoy everyone within earshot.

RoeDapple 6 years, 1 month ago

Today is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day.

The beer of the day is "Sly Fox Maibock". I'd try one but I'm just too tired . . .

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 1 month ago

Stay on top of those student loans or bad credit will haunt you forvever.It's much easier to keep your credit score clean than it is to repair it later.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 1 month ago

"Micro dot on gel to the eye" ++++ Bought some of that from a Lawrence man once. he went on to become mayor of a growing and vibrant city.

Advice? If you are at Haskell--Graduate already!! Quit letting the grownups coddle your unhealthy dependence on da gubment and get a job!

sherbert 6 years, 1 month ago

Get a degree in a field that will get you a job. General education is good but you need a degree in a specific field to get a job. And, gpa does matter. Take advantage of your opportunity and make it work for you!!

Mike Edson 6 years, 1 month ago

College course work and a degree does not count as "experience." Your first job out of college will not be the one you want. Use the opportunity to get as much experience as you can.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 1 month ago

Don't have any pets unless you spoil them. Owning is no more hassle than renting if you ain't lazy. Most advice is worth what you pay for it. Do it your way.

Sunny Parker 6 years, 1 month ago

Don't get depressed when you can't find a job and you have all those student loans to pay for.

Mike Edson 6 years, 1 month ago

Student loans are some of the best loans to have. Don't default on them. Always take advantage of the student loan tax deduction on your taxes. Consolidate them in to one low interest loan payment. Save at least six months of loan deferral if you can, in case you need it at a later date.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

No matter where you go, there you are. (from a source)

booyalab 6 years, 1 month ago

If you don't know what to do with your life, pay attention to what you naturally do in your free time. If you sit around, drinking or picking your nose, think about what you did when you were a kid. If you still can't think of anything... congratulations! You don't need a college education.

booyalab 6 years, 1 month ago

Some advice for the "going to school but don't know my major yet... crowd" STOP! Get out now! That kind of experimentation is way too expensive. Leave college for a year. You'll still have to do menial labor, but you will be getting paid...not paying for the "privilege". There is nothing like the harsh reality of a job you hate to help you focus on what you want. Some people know what they want to do out of high school, if you're not one of them then blindly paying out the youknowwhat for college isn't going to help.

killjoy 6 years, 1 month ago

Use your turn signal at roundabouts

and above all

wash your hands

RockyInn 6 years, 1 month ago

Patting them doesn't make them cook faster

brewmaster 6 years, 1 month ago

Be aware that the source of the rhetoric about a college degree being such a great vaule is mostly originating from colleges.

In the past 30 years the dedicated institutions of higher education transformed into a for profit college-lending-industrial complex. They pitched and peddled college degrees and the "college experience" as a cure-all elixir to millions of gullible consumers.

A college degree is now one of the most overrated, expensive and burdensome credentials a person can acquire. A college degree and debt are bound together like nicotine and lung cancer.

hippieshoes 6 years, 1 month ago

Don't think that you have to have a whole bunch of "stuff" to live a good life. The people and places that will matter the most do not require props and accessories.

Leslie Swearingen 6 years, 1 month ago

Do not follow your heart. If you do you will end up in an ash can in Tibet and where do you go from there?

nut_case 6 years, 1 month ago

“You can never know too much.”

— Mike Coons, planner, Kansas City, Kan.

While certainly true on a philosophical level and something I strive for as well; the government would substantially beg to differ!

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

It is folly to keep copy/pasting the same years old links hundreds and hundreds of times on this award-winning website. Spammers are lousy, rotten people.

riverdrifter 6 years, 1 month ago

Move to the Great Plains. The last best place in this country.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

Maintain and build your character. Make it a habit to keep your word,. that is a lot harder than it sounds. You will learn to make promises only after thinking about it. Practice honesty, don't confuse saying rude things with being honest. Civility is more valuable to your life than you will ever dream. Practice kindness but don't mistake being kind with not holding others to their responsibilities. Don't worry if someone else isn't doing their job, first make sure you do yours. Do your job as well as you can, irregardless of the pay, Avoid gossips. Don't ignore debts and budgets. Vote, Try to do things you aren't sure you can do. Read the instructions, research new adventures. Don't confuse acting like a know it all with confidence. Don't listen to all the people who say you can't do something, or tell you not to worry about something you think will end up costing you. If you make mistakes, stand up to them, and keep going. You will make more mistakes,if you don't, you aren't doing enough. Do pay attention if the same mistake happens over and over, might try a different method. Don't assume because someone is different, or less educated, or sees something different than how you see, you can't learn from them, or that they are wrong.
Take care of your teeth. Taking the time to take care of yourself and your responsibilities really pays off. Habits make for safety. I could go on, but most of what is important is you building your own character.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

Buy quality tools. Read good books. Not everything worth reading has been written in the past 20 years.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 1 month ago

Strive to subscribe to The Golden Rule.

kernal 6 years, 1 month ago

If you want a career, leave Lawrence. It was a fun town while you were in colllege, but you now have the tools to be an adult. Get out there and be one!

Daniel Speicher 6 years, 1 month ago

No matter how fun credit cards look... Stay away from them until you get a steady job. Quickest way to ruin your early 20's (or much later in life if you REALLY go to town) is to get a stack of credit card debt.

tbaker 6 years, 1 month ago

Considering the fact the HS graduate demographic is currently suffering the highest unemployment rate in history (even worse for minorities) I would advise the lucky few who do mange to get a job to study and learn about the tax portion of their first pay stub. Find out what FICA means. Learn where these different taxes came from; their history, how the money is currently being spent / on what. Ponder your servitude to the state and what the future holds for you as you are just begining your working life. Then you should register and vote accordingly. The idealism of youth is fun until you have to start paying for it yourself.

As for the rest, I would say you are not above even the most menial job, so be sure not to limit yourself. Also be sure and help your parents by doing chores around the house without being asked. Be sure to check out the military. They're hiring and it is a very good life.

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