Sunday is graduation day for undergraduates at the University of Rochester, and it also marks the completion of my fourth year here as well. Thank you to the dozens upon dozens of terrific students who have made the last 4 years a far richer experience than my very own 4 years of college. I promised myself I would not write many paragraphs of platitudinous puff and I’ll stick to it. A few parting thoughts for you should you choose to listen:
UPDATE: Added two more, one thanks to a dedicated student …
16. Be forgiving
17. If you want flexibility, avoid large fixed costs. But a 20% smaller house than you think you want. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to incur large fixed costs – but don’t do that for consumption purposes, do it for investment purposes.
Well, I suppose there are many more. Maybe we should come up with a Golden Rule for college graduation advice? Any single sentence candidates? As a parting “gift” I encourage you guys to listen to a couple of my favorite songs. Cheesy, I know. But I find a lot in them, and I hope you do too.
Bob Seger: The Fire Inside. Here are the lyrics.
David Wilcox: Someday Soon
David Wilcox: Hold It Up to the Light
No video – but the song is here, with an appropriate introduction.
Cheryl Wheeler: Further and Further Away. Lyrics Here.
Bruce Springsteen. I was born and raised on Bruce, and the following two songs from his second and third albums respectively were written right when I was born. They are fantastic musical compositions, vivid stories and perhaps there’s something in there for you too. They are long, but that never stopped me from wanting to cue each of them up time after time after time.
Song #1: Incident on 57th Street
Song #2: Jungleland. Here is the studio version.
Here is one good live version.
Richard Shindell: I Saw My Youth Today (can’t find a version online 🙁 )
Shawn Colvin covering the Talking Heads’ This Must Be the Place