I am 19, and I am fortunate enough to have already come to the conclusion that life is not worth living if I do not strive to do what I want in life and fight for my passions
The name of the game is patience
If you approach life with patience, everything becomes more liberating
Forget about getting rich overnight
Abs don’t show up after working out once
And knowledge compounds
When you approach life with a perspective of improvement rather than an urgency to beat everyone else in an arbitrary race, you realize how liberating it can be to live life with this patience approach
So it’s okay to take the weekends off once and a while
Enjoy your vacations, take care of yourself, and don’t burn out. Because if you burn out, you won’t be able to race at all.
But remember that you need to continually keep your foot in the race
It’s okay to be the slow on in the race; don’t we all know the story of the tortoise and the hare?
what you do with your past time will determine your lifestyle.
I like to watch Netflix.
But I also try to do things that I enjoy and also will help me grow as a person.
I write. I read. I exercise. I meditate
If you can add productive habits to your life and slot them into your past time and free time slots, you’ll realize that all that time spent on TV could actually translate into a healthier body, healthier mind, developing a new skill, or more time reading a book you like.
What college you attend is almost Not important at all.
Instead, you should be the type of person who could attend a prestigious college.
In fact, it was two professors, one from Princeton, who actually released a paper in 2002 that detailed why attending super-selective colleges had no impact on future career salaries (economic benefits)
How did the study work?
Well, it tracked students who 1) went to prestigious colleges
And then for the control group, 2) students who were admitted but did not attend top prestigious colleges (either due to $$$ or personal reasons, which is not apparently important in this study).
After extensive research, there showed absolutely no difference in the economic long-term benefits of attending a top college.
The salary boost was “generally indistinguishable from zero”
Top universities are not so good at developing students’ potential as they are at spotting future potential and offering spots to these bright students.
That’s not to say that prestigious colleges don’t offer much better resources and networking. They do and will surely add a kickstart to your career. But in the long-run, it doesn’t matter so much as where you went as a student as much as what type of hard-working student you are.
Also, I need to note that salary is definitively not the best measure of future success; however, when you ask most college students these days why they are attending college, the most common response you’ll receive is “for a job/money.” So, I am sure this answer should offer a lot of solace to students who are still worried about not attending Harvard.
Today I went to Milton Herschel School and man this school is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen
It must be over 4 times as big as Vilanova’s 250 acre campus
Children lived in mansions which houses up to 14 kids
The school where they took classes looked more like a tiny college
And there was just so much free land and greenery
But the students at MHS all come from underprivileged communities
Which is good and bad
Good because it allows kids without the right circumstances to flourish through support and education
Bad because some times the circumstances of a child isn’t where they go to school or how much money you throw at them
The graduating classes of MHS often have huge disparity in terms of where the children end up
My friend who goes to Villanova has friends at Princeton, UPenn, Georgetown and other esteemed universities
But out of his 200 graduating class, he notes several who have dropped out of college after one or few semesters and maybe 15 have ended up starting families already before they’ve turned 20, which also forces them to leave school
It’s an interesting case study of whether or not it’s possible to “help” people through institutions like MHS
How can we truly help people besides simply financially and educationally? I think personal life and EQ skills are just as important to teach besides a good education and scholarships for school
Not everyone is fit for school
But everyone is fit for life. And I think life skills is something we need to better teach future generations
I always thought it funny that in college, all the final exams come at the same time.
I really hope life isn’t like that. I hope that your ability to complete tasks and your knowledge on certain subjects isn’t focused on a concentrated exam.
It doesn’t do anyone justice.
Because, as most people know, habits build success, not one instance.
Modern society has deemed “outgoing” to be a positive trait, while “quiet” seems to be looked down upon.
But in a world where everyone has something to say, a world where everyone just wants to talk, there is an unbounded potential in those who know how to be quiet and listen.
The power of introversion lies in the ability to step back and scan the battleground.
There is power in action; there is equally a power in thought.
So before you start being loud, maybe try being quiet for once, and use the power of thought