Thursday, August 15, 2013

Episode 129. Speech to College Freshmen

Something a little different for Shrugging Out Podcast listeners.

A lot of famous people give commencement addresses. You know, graduation, when the students are finished with school.

But if I am ever asked to address a group of college students (yeah right) I would rather talk to an incoming class of college freshmen than outgoing graduates.

You see, I'd want to get a crack at them BEFORE they endured four, five, or more years of university indoctrination, instead of trying to clean up the damage afterwards.

So--This is my special introduction to college for all those wide-eyed freshmen. Give it a listen!

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6 comments:

  1. Pete, that's some echo you have there at Liberty Ridge. It must be absolutely enormous. On a more serious note, despite this episode being quite tounge in cheek, it is sad that this truth will not be shared with anyone, let alone those considering a college education. Good luck with the (never ending) unpacking, and keep up the good work.

    Ian. (from the UK)

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  2. Thanks Ian. Maybe I should upload a version without the echo. I was trying to make it sound like a speech given in a large auditorium, but it doesn't sound good enough to be worth the annoyance. And if by some chance this helps keep one person from wasting 4+ years of their life and tens of thousands of dollars, that would be amazing, and a huge accomplishment.

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  3. Pete, leave the echo in - this was my poor attempt at British humour, suggesting it came from your "vast" new property. It does sound just like a large auditorium, so fully met your intentions and added to the ambiance of your stage presentation to the imaginary freshmen before you.

    My eldest is just finishing university here in the UK, a 3 year engineering degree which I hope will be of value to him both now and in the future. Thankfully his debt is "only" going to be around £25k, or $40k for all three years, thanks to his mother and I supporting him as best we could. My youngest who is just about to start his second year will finish his degree with over double that amount, as the rules and fee levels changed dramatically a few years ago.

    I hope that my eldest will find the "investment" of his time and money worthwhile, but only the employment market will prove this one way or the other.

    Ian. (from the UK)

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  4. Ian, congrats on your eldest's impending graduation. Best wishes to him and to his sibling, and may the debt weigh lightly upon their shoulders.

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  5. That was great! I've just finished listening to it while doing the ironing and frankly, I was so interested by the subject and your presentation of it that the ironing didn't seem like a chore at all! Thank you!
    Raymonde (from France)

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  6. Raymonde, sorry it took me so long to find your comment, but many thanks!

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