Walter Russell Mead has some good/interesting advice to offer college students.
While I don’t agree with all of it, some of it is directly on task.
3. You are going to have to work much, much harder than you probably expect.
Iâ€™m sorry to bring you bad news, but your generation faces the toughest competition any American generation has ever known.
Your competition isnâ€™t sitting in the next library carrel. Your competition is in China and India â€“ and your competition isnâ€™t hanging out at frat parties or sitting around watching sitcoms with dorm-mates. It isnâ€™t getting stoned and it isnâ€™t putting its energy into chasing the opposite (or apposite) sex. Your competition isnâ€™t taking lots of courses on gender studies; it isnâ€™t majoring in ethnic studies, or (unless it is planning to go into movie making) the history of film.
Your competition is working hard, damned hard, and is deadly serious about learning. Thereâ€™s nothing written in the stars that guarantees Americans a higher standard of living than other people. Those of you who spend your college years goofing off in the traditional American way are going to pay a much higher price for this than you think.
It’s an interesting read. Perhaps we could have our students read it and respond with their thoughts on his ideas.