Some College Advice

Throughout my time at college I’ve scribbled the funny witticism my professors have said in class atop my notebooks. Now that I’m a senior with graduation rapidly approaching, I thought I’d share the knowledge I’ve collected along the way from various professors, mentors, and friends.

1. The politics of bullshit: who gets to say what is and is not bull shit? — Professor Bob Flanagan, Religion and Contemporary, Social Issues

My mentor Bob & I at Mizzou 39 banquet

My mentor Bob & I at Mizzou 39 banquet

2. The truth is for sale.– Professor Bob Flanagan, Religion and Contemporary, Social Issues

3. Every sentence is a soldier in your argument. There is no room for superfluous soldiers! — Professor Hofer, Intro to Qur’an

4. You can’t just keep writing, you need an exit plan. This is not Vietnam! — Professor Hofer, Intro to Qur’an

Professor Hofer, me, and other Religious Studies students at a departmental dinner party

Professor Hofer, me, and other Religious Studies students at a departmental dinner party

5. Get familiar with your classmates, but get intimate with your books. own them. claim them. — Professor McCray, Geography of the Middle East

6. You’re cross pollinating ideas. You are discovering even greater truths. — Professor McCray, Geography of the Middle East

7. Where would we be if you didn’t seek to improve yourself, to exchange ideas? We might fall back on tribalism. — Professor McCray, Geography of the Middle East

8. I always tell students to get out of school so you can start your real education. — Professor McCray, Geography of the Middle East

9. The main reason you get an education is so you’ll never be bored, so you’ll be happy, so you’ll be interested. — Professor McCray, Geography of the Middle East

10. Class gets in the way of learning — Luke Moore, friend/mentor

my beloved friends and mentors Kat & Luke

My beloved friends and mentors Kat & Luke

11. You can’t serve others until you care for yourself first. — Kat Seal, friend/mentor

12. The key to life is Epsom salt and Chamomile — Jonathon Segers, friend

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