Top 5 things we should have heard at college graduationPosted on May 1st, 2012
The college graduation speech is kind of like grocery store graduation cake — lots of sweet fluff that’s going to make you nauseous later.
It’s not that I don’t like the Ra-Ra, Change the World, Be the Difference graduation speech. It’s just that it’s about twenty years removed from the real world advice college grads need.
I’d like a 28 year old (funny, that’s how old I am), who’s gone through hell and back, to jump on stage and give tips that go something like this:
Top 5 Things We Should Have Heard at College Graduation
5. Your fellow graduates could care less about your life.
Look to the person next to you and say, I DO NOT care what you do with your life. Don’t live for me. Live for you.
4. Ross - The discount clothing store is now your best friend.
Because you can’t really afford business clothes and at Ross you really can dress for less. But good luck trying to find that one light-blue button up shirt that’s not XXL or those black, size 6 1/2 women’s shoes.
3. Employer’s DO NOT care about your 3.53 GPA.
I know you worked hard for it and are so proud – but the world outside of college cares very little about GPA unless it’s a 4.0 from Harvard. If you explain why your excellent GPA translates into how much freaking money you’re going to make the company – well then watch their eyes light up…
2. How you fail is more important than how you succeed.
It’s inevitable. At some point in the next week, month, year, you will fail and fail big and fail repeatedly. You will fall flat on your face, adding another scar to the collection.
And to failing I say, great! If you never fail, then you’re not risking. You’re living your life not to get hurt. But living a life of self-preservation will get you killed, but it will be a slow-death. Drips of monotony failing on your comfortable life until you go insane. So fail. Fail big. Just don’t call yourself a failure. That’s key.
And the #1 thing we should’ve heard at college graduation…….
Well you tell us. What do you wish you’d heard at college graduation?
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