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True friends

By Elizabeth Held
Friday, January 30, 2009
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My mom and I were talking a few weeks ago about how she hadn’t talked to one of her best friends since mid-July. But they got a hold of each other a few days later, and it was like they had just talked yesterday.

Over the past few months I’ve come to realize that it’s the mark of a good friend if you can pick up with them right where you left off, regardless of the last time you spoke. On Monday, a friend who I hadn’t spoken to since August called. But it wasn’t strange or awkward. We simply started talking about what had happened over the past semester and what we’re doing now and what we’re doing next. It was perfect.

Since I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college these type phone calls happen more and more frequently. When I get one, it makes my day. I remember just how lucky I am to have such strong friendships.

Anyway, I already know what I’ll be blogging about next week. I’m hoping to get it up on Monday, and if you have a case of the Mondays you’ll want to check it out. The first commentator who correctly identifies the movie “case of the Mondays” is from gets to choose a topic for next week. Think of it as a competition of sorts.

 
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January 30, 2009
10:16 p.m.

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rdf8585 says...

Office Space?

January 31, 2009
10:23 a.m.

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eheld says...

Correct! Nice one!

And your topic choice is?

January 31, 2009
11:05 a.m.

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rdf8585 says...

I was wondering if you had any thoughts on how this economy is affecting college students? As someone who "hopes" to graduate at the end of the year, it is a legit concern. And honestly, it seems like it's better to be a freshman right now. In 3-4 years, things could be better. In 1 year? I'm not so sure.

February 1, 2009
11:15 a.m.

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rdf8585 says...

Better yet, I'd be curious what you make of this report:

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?...

February 1, 2009
8:31 p.m.

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eheld says...

You've got it. I have to say, I've struggled with both these topics before, so you're not going to make it easy. But in the end, they'll be good posts. I hope. Check back later in the week.

Thanks for reading!

February 1, 2009
11:45 p.m.

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rdf8585 says...

The topic about "is college worth it" is very controversial. At the least, I hope it draws some responses and gets some conversation flowing. I have my own opinions, but I want to hear what you have to say first. You might feel differently as a freshman than I do as a senior. I know my opinions have changed over the years.

February 2, 2009
9:18 a.m.

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Johnnyboy says...

The subject is complicated because whether college is "worth it" means different things, and in any event, is subject to case-by-case analysis. First,education has some inherent value. Being an informed citizen and living an examined life requires some understanding of classic Western thought.
Strictly from a marketplace view, it's more complicated. I think one needs to distinguish between entering the job market at 22, versus lifetime career success. In the short run, a liberal arts graduate may scramble to find the right job as opposed to a business or engineering student for example. Over time, this situation may equalize or reverse. Graduate and professional education earned after the Bachelor's degree for example, or simply finding a vocation of one's passion can change the calculations. I do think the woman in the video who apparently saw her choice as college or beauty school may have badly advised.
College is clearly not right for everyone. It is not a guarantee of material success, although on average it does improve your lifetime prospects. In a free society, people generally succeed or not based on their own talent, work ethic, ability to make good decisions, values, ambition, personality and some luck. Education is a big part of-- but not the only part-- the total picture of a person.

 

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