WorstProfessorEver answers email asking What Should I Tell My Kid About College?

Some studies suggest the brain isn’t finished developing until age 25; asking even 18-year-olds to formulate life goals is, perhaps, an unfortunate and unreasonable side effect of our modern world. If a person doesn’t know what they want — and frankly, most of my students didn’t — the best solution is to try a lot of things and “fail cheaply” as entrepreneurs would say.

I think this is legitimate, but I knew what I wanted to do far earlier than 18. I would not be surprised if my oldest son continues to do what he planned to do when he was 13. Not sure about the younger one.

But I love the idea of trying a lot of things and failing cheaply.

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