TEN PIECES OF ADVICE OUR STUDENTS WILL WANT TO LEARN
1. LIFE IS NOT FAIR. GET USED TO IT.
The average teenager uses the phrase “It’s not fair” 86 times a day.
2. THE REAL WORLD DOESN’T CARE AS MUCH ABOUT YOUR SELF-ESTEEM AS YOUR SCHOOL DOES.
This may come as a shock.
3. SORRY, YOU WON’T MAKE $40,000. A YEAR AS SOON AS YOU GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL. and YOU WON’T BE A VICE PRESIDENT AND HAVE A CAR PHONE, EITHER.
You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn’t have a designer label.
4. IF YOU THINK YOUR TEACHER IS TOUGH, WAIT UNTIL YOU GET A BOSS.
5. IT’S NOT YOUR PARENTS FAULT IF YOU MESS UP.
This is the mirror image of “IT’S MY LIFE” and “YOU’RE NOT MY BOSS.”
6. BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, YOUR PARENTS WEREN’T BORING.
They got that way by paying bills and listening to you.
7. LIFE IS NOT DIVIDED INTO SEMESTERS. And YOU DON’T GET SUMMERS OFF. NOT EVEN SPRING BREAK.
You are expected to show up every day for eight hours, and you don’t get a new life every ten weeks.
8. SMOKING DOES NOT MAKE YOU LOOK COOL.
Look at an eleven year old with a butt in his mouth. That’s what you look like to anyone over 20.
9. FLIPPING BURGERS IS NOT BENEATH YOUR DIGNITY.
Many grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it “OPPORTUNITY.”
10. YOUR SCHOOL MAY BE “OUTCOME BASED,” BUT LIFE ISN’T.
In some classes your given as many chances as you want to get the answer right. Standards are set low enough so everyone can meet them. This, of course, bears no resemblance to real life - as you will soon find out.
GOOD LUCK. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT. And THE HARDER YOU WORK THE LUCKIER YOU WILL GET.