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Ninety-Eight Cents Out of a Dollar

Lately I’ve encountered many students on the verge of graduating college. Most of them are reluctantly looking ahead to more school.

If I’ve learned anything in the last seven years it’s this: don’t do it if it’s not what you want.

The last thing that will relieve the burden of books and instructors and deadlines is more school.

Now, I’m not saying more school is a bad thing, but it’s more worthwhile to take a break and see the real world first.

Get a job in your field of study, or move to a big city and find part time work. Interact with people. Only then will you truly learn.

After seven years of working in the real world, I want to go back to school. I’ll take it more seriously and get more out of it at every level than I would had I gone to school right after graduation.

Life experience has brought me focus and appreciation.

-N-

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I Like Those Odds

The odds of anything in life are 50/50. When watching sports, a team can be favored 80% to 20% over the opposing team, but when it comes down to it, it’s 50/50. The favored team will win or lose. If we knew how it would end, then they wouldn’t play the game. The same goes for politics, as well as finding a job out of college and even winning the lotto. Either it will or it won’t happen.

Nobody goes his or her whole life saying, “You know, it’s not going to happen, so I’m just not going to try”. That would defeat the purpose of being alive. It does, however, happen. And it seems to happen all too often in the realm of creativity. Many people tend not to see the immediate positive for creating or capturing art.

Art is organic. Art can make people smile. Art can be anything you want it to be, so long as it’s given the chance to be created. When teetering on the ledge of whether to bring a camera or begin a painting or start writing, rest assured, there’s a 50% chance it will turn into something amazing.

-N-

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