What your expensive post secondary education will not teach you
The best advice I can give to anyone going through the college/university experience is to enjoy it for what it is and to keep a fair balance between school and the rest of your life. It’s easy to get lost in the stress of it all, between classes and readings and assignments and midterms and papers and finals. But at the end of it, one day it will all stop and you’ll realize that all that worrying and stress don’t really accumulate to much.
You’ll have your piece of paper and some superficial designation, maybe some or no debt, a handful of good friends and a shit load of bad ones. But once you cross that threshold you’re in the real world with real world problems. You’re joining a pool of people with the same credentials as you and you’ll soon realize that “doing well” in school doesn’t account for much when you’re pitted against peers who pretty much look the same as you on paper.
So that’s what I mean when I say to keep a balance between school and life. The other parts of your life will mark you different in a world where so many of us look the exact same to potential employers. Nurture your hobbies and talents and don’t sacrifice them because you don’t have time. The fact that you do something else besides your chosen field of study, whether it’s music or film or whatever, will make you stand out of the crowd.
We’re each coming into the same mess and inheriting a world of issues and conflicts that we have little choice but to shoulder. Nurture and embrace all the factors that make you who you are and encourage others to do the same for themselves. In a world that requires experience for everything but refuses to provide any, you must be confident in presenting and defending any and every talent and skill you posses. This is something our expensive education fails to teach us completely.
she looked at me with a sparkle in her eye her smile climbing up her
cheeks and whispered “that chair over there is where i sit my
derriere.” and i begun to think what is my ode to the
chair? where has the chair taken
me encouraged me seen me through my days and nights? my ode to the chair is
simple threads moving in and out of each
other to weave something
greater. the chair- amongst its sisters and
brothers- sits at the end of the
table beckoning me to sit and take part in communion with my community. the chair calls me to rest to take time and climb
the mountain of my thoughts and to swim amongst all
that it unravels in me. the chair pushes me to aim higher in life. to work hard endlessly so that one day i can sit on a chair of power of respect of great confidence and
honesty. and through all of this- the joke of a friend, the truth of a chairs
stability, and even thoreau’s words “i had three chairs in my
house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society” stick in my mind as I sit on the chair and type out an ode a song to the very object i find myself using daily.
I’ve been off the radar for quite a while now on Tumblr. I moved away from landscape photography and started taking a lot more portraits. Looking back at my old photos it’s interesting to see how my work has grown since I picked up a camera; taking a break from what was more routine and changing things up has given me a different perspective on how I take a photo, and what a photo is. Since I’ve been gone for a while I’m looking forward to sharing my more recent work with you!
It’s Meg for this week’s TUTOR TUESDAY! I’ve been wanting to cover perspective again for awhile because my old tutorial is…well…let’s just say I’ve gotten better at formatting these. Plus there’s so much more to learn! If you have any recommendations send ‘em in here or my personal! Have fun, keep practicing, and I’ll see you next week!