Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to Survive Graduate School

I work and go to school full-time. This is how I get As.

Do not go outside.
Do not date.
Do not have friends.
Read on the bus.
Read on the train.
Use Kindle;
use text-to-speech.
Use text-to-speech when eating.
Use text-to-speech when walking.
Do not use text-to-speech when walking in loud streets.
Do not do anything else.
Do not watch TV.
Do not watch Hulu.
Do not watch YouTube.
Read all day.
When you get tired of reading all day, write.
Write all day.
Wake up as early as possible.
Go to sleep as late as possible.
But do not neglect sleep. You need sleep to recuperate.
Work when you have energy.
Do not write when you feel too tired.
Do not read when you feel too tired.
Sleep when you are too tired.
You know you are too tired when you are nodding off to sleep while you're writing or reading.
Allow yourself a short break.
Do not allow yourself a long break or too many short breaks.
You may take a long break at the end of the semester.
You may live your life after you graduate, again.
Remember that you will only do grad school once in your life.
Remember that this is important for your future.
Repeat for PhD.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Be Weird

"Get out there, get filthy, creepy and weird." - Ron from Jersey Shore

I just want to encourage people to be their unique, weird selves. In a society where beauty is dictated by the media and attaining it is attaining self worth, I think it's critical to preach individuality. It's what makes the world beautiful if you ask me. Hitler had it wrong, it turns out. Homogeneity does not strengthen a society. It weakens it.

I was always weird. I was skinny, "white," shy, and going to public school in the Bronx. The only time I was ever popular was in high school, when I basically wasn't myself. I had mostly black friends and I dressed and talked "ghetto," like they did. So why be real if being fake gets you popularity?

I think as you grow older you realize that you don't want to be somebody else. You don't want to be an ideal. You want to be you. And have people appreciate who you really are. Not many might, but the satisfaction from that, I'm willing to bet, beats whatever it feels like to have people fooled, including yourself.