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Maikuru
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1/15/2010 4:27:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I flipped through my high school yearbook yesterday and was reminded of all the advice I was given before graduation. While most of it was the standard tripe ("Stay amazing!"), some of it turned out to be spot on ("Remember, everyone is an English major until they're not") and surprisingly helpful ("Keep your expectations low and you won't be disappointed").

What are some of the best (or worst or funniest) pieces of advice you've heard?
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Frodobaggins
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1/15/2010 5:13:12 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Those both sound like crappy advice. I always make my goals ridiculously impossible and I always try to beat them. Making your standards low is poor advice.

My Goals: Get 4.0's every semester, save 15,000 dollars this year.

Results so far: Cumulative GPA: 3.97 Money accumulated this year (Ends sept 1): 7,000

My advice: Make your goals nearly impossible. Make to do lists and check them off as you go.
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1/15/2010 6:48:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
What does "Remember, everyone is an English major until they're not" mean?

Anyway, one piece of advice that has helped me tremendously is that pain is temporary. Need to memorize five hundred flash cards? Yeah, it sucks for now, and you'll lose some sleep. But two weeks from now, the pain will have been forgotten, and you'll be a happy camper.
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1/15/2010 6:57:38 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I didn't get too much advice in my grade 12 yearbook, just a bunch of inside jokes. haha. I'm still able to look back and laugh though. :)
Frodobaggins
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1/15/2010 7:05:13 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I wrote a bunch of pornographic sentences in my friends yearbooks detailing anal sex with them.

Needless to say that this doesn't improve Webcorps image but hey, I wasn't indoctrinated then like I am now. Everything for the benefit of Webcorp.
Maikuru
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1/15/2010 7:07:02 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 6:48:43 PM, PoeJoe wrote:
What does "Remember, everyone is an English major until they're not" mean?

Anyway, one piece of advice that has helped me tremendously is that pain is temporary. Need to memorize five hundred flash cards? Yeah, it sucks for now, and you'll lose some sleep. But two weeks from now, the pain will have been forgotten, and you'll be a happy camper.

My English teacher wrote that in response to my claim that I'd be an English major. A huge percentage of incoming freshmen tend to have the same plan, usually because they're uncertain of their true interests and because it's such a seemingly simplistic route.

As for your advice, I agree completely. It's actually something I'd remind myself during all-nighters and what not. Keep that mindset =)
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True2GaGa
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1/15/2010 7:08:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 7:05:13 PM, Frodobaggins wrote:
I wrote a bunch of pornographic sentences in my friends yearbooks detailing anal sex with them.

Needless to say that this doesn't improve Webcorps image but hey, I wasn't indoctrinated then like I am now. Everything for the benefit of Webcorp.

wow
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1/15/2010 7:10:16 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 7:08:41 PM, True2GaGa wrote:
wow

That's not a lie, I got called into the principles because a teacher read it. I had to read the statements to my dad while he was at work. I never got in trouble.
Danielle
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1/15/2010 8:42:21 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 6:48:43 PM, PoeJoe wrote:
What does "Remember, everyone is an English major until they're not" mean?

Lol - exactly what it says. Most people realize in college that (a) another subject is far more interesting to them... people change their major 3 times on average, or (b) that an English major is essentially useless to most people :p
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Danielle
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1/15/2010 8:43:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 5:13:12 PM, Frodobaggins wrote:

My advice: Make your goals nearly impossible. Make to do lists and check them off as you go.

That advice seems to be working for you, but most advisers actually say to set attainable goals. It feels good when you accomplish something rough but bad when you feel like a failure. Your goals should be lofty but realistic. Whatever works for you in particular, though, I guess :)
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Danielle
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1/15/2010 8:44:33 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 7:10:16 PM, Frodobaggins wrote:

That's not a lie, I got called into the principles because a teacher read it. I had to read the statements to my dad while he was at work. I never got in trouble.

That's pretty hilarious lol my mom woulda been pissed if I bothered her at work with that nonsense...
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1/15/2010 8:46:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
People are all different. Some try harder when they fail some give up. I'm the former or at least I'm pretty sure I am. If I'm not really challenged I get bored and don't try at all. It happened to me in highschool.
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1/15/2010 8:46:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Anyway my words of wisdom are similar to what PoeJoe mentioned, except summed up in the quote, "Everything I've learned about life I can sum up in 3 words: It Goes On." It's simple but brilliant. Whenever something seems like it's going to have some long-lasting negative impact on my life path and/or emotions, I remember that just as with every other hardship in my life, it eventually passed and became pretty insignificant.
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Frodobaggins
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1/15/2010 8:51:17 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/15/2010 8:44:33 PM, theLwerd wrote:
At 1/15/2010 7:10:16 PM, Frodobaggins wrote:

That's not a lie, I got called into the principles because a teacher read it. I had to read the statements to my dad while he was at work. I never got in trouble.

That's pretty hilarious lol my mom woulda been pissed if I bothered her at work with that nonsense...

I still felt horrible because I hated having to bother my dad like that. He was in the process of having some work drama(CEO was sleeping with the marketing manager who happened to have no college education in the field of marketing, dropped out of college, and worked at a pizza shop for 7 years before being hired as a head of marketing. CEO was going on trips with marketing manager. Board found out by means of a private detective (Dad was COO under CEO). Board confronted CEO about sexual relations with marketing manager. CEO threatened to sue the bank. The Board sold the bank (a deal brokered by the CEO). The CEO received a 4 million dollar bonus. Dad received nothing and lost job in midst of a recession)

So yeah I've always hated the principal for calling my dad. Had I been wiser I would have cursed him out, ripped the phone out of the wall, and stormed out of his office.