martes, 28 de mayo de 2013

Farewell to Students 2013

Dear students, 

let me use the words of others to wish you the best for the future

1. Let´s start with the comedy duo Rhett and Link. This is their graduation speech at their former high school. You can either watch and listen to the full video or just watch the video of their graduation song below. They first sang this song in the middle of their graduation speech.

Both the speech and the song are funny but full of serious reflection and positive advice. You may want to read the lyrics before or while listening to the song - find them between the two videos


You're sitting here; in your cap and gown
all your loved ones are just so proud.
And we would love to inspire you
but someone needs; to just give you the truth.

For the past 18 years; your life's been pretty smooth;
Let's take a moment and reflect on; all you've had to do.

You've rolled outta bed; and strolled to the living room
and watched Cartoon Network while your mom made waffles for you.

Your laundry; was magically cleaned.
And your dad's back pocket was an ATM machine. 

Your life's biggest worry; was what to wear to the prom.
And your only regret was that incident - with the stinkbomb.

But, do you hear that subtle sound?
it's the sound of reality about to slap the taste out yo' mouth!

(Now) You're on your own
Don't screw this up.
You're on your own.
Good luck. (You're gonna need it.)

You're young and now you're free; the world is your oyster
We have no clue what that means...but let us paint a picture of your future:

You're gonna eat alotta Hot Pockets; and you're thinking "that sounds great!"
well, get back to us in 6 months; when you're had 378.

As soon as you move out; you know what you parents are gonna do?
They're gonna turn your bedroom into an exercise room that they never use.

And you won't use lockers in college. And this might be a total bummer-
There are no yearbooks either; you actually have to say-"have a great summer."

Do you hear that KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK?
That's personal responsibility about to put you in a head lock

You're on your own
You should be scared.
But we can tell
You don't care. Why don't you care? You should be frightened right now.

Do you sense that gentle breeze?
it's the category-5 hurricane of adulthood about to HIT YOU UP SIDE THE HEAD WITH A TREE.

You're on your own
Don't screw this up.
You're on your own.
Good luck. (You're gonna need it.)


2. Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was an American writer, poet, cartoonist and illustrator. Dr. Seuss´quotes that can change your life: in fact, each quote is a good piece of advice or a thought worth considering

Dr Seuss Words of Wisdom
Dr Seuss Words of Wisdom infographic

3. Click here if you need extra advice; there are 101 tips for different kinds of problems

4. And now some important questions that should outline your life - if you want to be happy with yourself (They are more suitable for students who are going to graduate from college but, since I won´t be there for you, you might just as well start thinking about them)

  • What would you like to do if money were no object? 
  • How would you really enjoy spending your life?
  • What do you desire?
  • What do you really want to do?

This is the transcript:

What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let's suppose — I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say 'well, er, we're getting out of college and we haven't the faintest idea of what we want to do'. So I always ask the question: What would you like to do if money were no object? What would — How would you really enjoy spending your life?

Well, it's so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say 'well, we'd like to be painters, we'd like to be poets, we'd like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can't earn any money that way.' One other person says 'well, I'd like to live an out of doors life and ride horses.' I said 'Do you wanna teach in a riding school?... er... let's go through with it: what do you want to do?'

When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do, I would say to him 'You do that and, er, forget the money... er... because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing you will spend your life completely wasting your time... you'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don't like doing... which is stupid!

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all if you do really like what you're doing it doesn't matter what it is... you can eventually turn it... you can eventually become a master of it. The only way to become a master of something is to be really with it... and then you'lle be able to get a good feel for whatever it is...

So, don't-don't worry too much... that's everybody —  somebody's interested in everything and anything you can be interested in you'll find out with you... but it's absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don't like... in order to go on spending things you don't like, doing things you don't like, and to teach your children following the same track!

What we are doing is we are bringing up children and educating them to live the same sort of lives we are living... in order that, er, that they would-may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same things so it all wretch and no vomit — it never gets there.

And so, therefore it's so important to consider this question: What do I desire?

This text was written by philosopher Allan Watts (1915-1973)

5. Here´s some advice that will also help you to be happy

6. Let me finish with another video whose title I would like to change just for you, "The Future is Yours"

The Future is Ours from Michael Marantz on Vimeo.

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