Thursday, May 23, 2013

23 May: Gettin' Schooled.

Day 23, Thursday: Things you've learned that school won't teach you

-No matter how smart you are, you will be judged on your appearance, personality, beliefs, humor, and the ability to handle situations.

-How you treat people makes the biggest difference in how people treat you.

-That feeling when you're competing to finish those 100 multiplication questions or addition questions the fastest NEVER goes away.  And that whispered, "YESSSSSS!" when you finish, will always represent an ultimate satisfaction that few will understand.

-Don't look down, look up.  In elementary school, our hallways were lined with pink tiles every other tile and we were supposed to walk on those.  Which was really hard for me because my legs were so short.  As I grew up, it became hard to keep my steps short enough to make each block.  Because I was always focused on looking down at the blocks to make sure I was "walking right" I taught myself to look down when I walked.  I had to learn to look ahead and eventually trust myself.

-One day, writing won't be painful.  It was only painful then because of having so many requirements when I did it.  Eventually, you'll have to give yourself a word maximum.  Oh, the shame of having too much to say.

-Sometimes, to learn something you have to do it backwards.  Ok, school probably kinda taught me this one, but it was really a byproduct of the curriculum being taught the way it was.  I struggled through the first 3/4 of the school year because we were learning derivatives.  The last quarter of the year we did anti-derivatives.  I went from almost failing every test to getting A's...

-You might have outgrown your crayons, but you never outgrew your creativity and nothing will make you feel more artistic than sitting down with some construction paper, glue, and glitter... and maybe some markers.

-You won't get weeks off of work for holidays/summer break.  Suck it up, Buttercup.

-It doesn't matter if it doesn't match with anything, NEON ANYTHING will always be a solid choice.

-While pizza and fries sounded delicious for lunch when I had a choice, treating my body right means my body treats ME right... and I don't feel like I was poured into my clothes.

-Despite a class ending, you will always be learning something, even if that lesson doesn't come with the title English 101 or Calc 2.

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