Nate learned, in just one semester, not to approach college as a continuation of High School. The work is different, the expectations are different, the environment is different.
How long did it take you to learn this? Was it more than one semester?
This post comes to you today from New Hampshire. But I just learned that this spot used to be part of Massachusetts! This is from a real estate listing that Gale sent me, for a house around the corner. (If only I could convince her to buy it – how fun would that be?)
“This town started as a part of Massachusetts, and was known as Narragansett Number 4, Piscataquog Village, and then Shovestown before installation of the New Hampshire provincial government. In 1748, the area was granted to new settlers, including Colonel John Goffe. He had fought in the French and Indian Wars, worked for Governor Wentworth as a surveyor, and became judge of probate for Hillsborough County. Goffstown was officially named for Colonel Goffe when it was incorporated in 1761. The town includes the village of Grasmere, named for the English home of poets Wordsworth and Coleridge.”
I learned, in two lessons less than two hours apart, to question my sources and to look again when what I’m hearing makes no sense at all.
In one case it was the GPS telling me that I was 30 minutes away from my destination and then, a mile away, telling me I was 50 minutes away and that I needed to go in the opposite direction than what I thought. It turns out that it thought I was already in the southbound lane of the nearby highway, not in a parking lot nearby, which would have meant (and unfortunately DID mean) driving 10 miles south to the next exit to turn around and go 10 miles north! If I had questioned this, or tried another source (MAP anyone?) I could have saved time, driving, and stress.
Soon after this, I learned that a medical opinion that I heard second-hand, that made less sense than my GPS, was … well… a lie. I really should have questioned it and/or found another source. The truth came out eventually, in a scene somewhere between a sitcom, a bad reality TV show and a drug-induced dream, and all’s well that ends well, but next time I will ask “Really?” and then check another source.
I learned the GPS can come up with an unlikely route that makes you say “Wait, where does this road go? It looks like it ends at the water!” and then the GPS can say:
“In 300 feet turn right. Then board ferry.”
Here is the view from the ferry. Route A1A continued on the other side.
I thought this little green stick thing at Starbucks was a stirrer (and it kind of still is) until I saw someone do this with it and I learned that it is designed to fit perfectly to close the sipping hole and make this a no-spill top!
Go ahead. Tell me. Did you already know this???