Hey grads: If you go to college, treat it like a full-time job

That's Rich
By Richard Nelson
It’s been 35 yeas since I graduated from high school. The ol’ saying, “time has flown” is certainly accurate.
It was time to get on with life.
The plan was to go to college; get out in four years; and get a job – either teaching English and journalism or perhaps continuing my career as a journalist.
I say “continuing” because during my senior year I landed a job as a sports reporter at my hometown newspaper. I’ve always been a pretty good writer … just ask my second-grade teacher, Miss Davis, who received several heartfelt poems. Toward the end of my senior year I earned a third-place medal at state UIL in Feature Writing.
I’m not bragging; I’m telling this to make a point – eventually.
So, here I was – 18 years old; some talent for what I wanted to do; and a good work ethic (I was already working 20 to 30 hours a week at the paper in addition to going to school and running track).

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