• Semaj Moore

    Semaj Moore

    Class of 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    English, Medieval & Renaissance

    Semaj's Bio:
    I have a massive love of writing. I also have a massive love of experience, and amazing times with other people. Being heavily active on campus, I am able to be involved with different groups and their experience. I am excited to document my best times, and invite you to that experience.

  • Patrick Linn

    Class of 2017
    Roseville, MN
    Communication Major, Film Concentration

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Victoria Tabolich

    Sophomore
    Cambridge, MN
    Exercise Physiology

    Alexa Lee

    Class of 2017
    Esko, MN
    English

    Cheyenne Lemm

    Senior
    Cromwell, MN
    History and Social Science Secondary Education

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Semaj Moore

    Class of 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    English, Medieval & Renaissance

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

  • Malvern Madondo

    Junior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Morgan Richie

    Class of 2017
    Hudson, WI
    Biology and Spanish

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Marisa Hutterer

    Class of 2017
    Prior Lake, MN
    Social Work

  • Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN
    Communications

The Real World

Graduation is coming up. And everybody is talking about the “real world”. Academic institutions across the country paint post-college life as this foreign place of uncertainty. People walk up to you and ask you if you are ready for the “real world”.

To be honest, this is extremely annoying. Allow me to explain…

Reason number one, people shouldn’t be asking me if I’m ready for the real world because, it should be assumed that I am getting real world experiences in college. Now I’ve written about this before, how I believe that institutions do not truly prepare an individual for post-college life. Now, College comes with a bunch of benefits and gives you real world experiences in terms of Academia. But at least for me, places like high school and college don’t teach you how to write a check, pay a bill, how to take out a loan, how to pay for mortgage, how to pay for rent, how to find a job, or even pay taxes.

The second reason why this is annoying is because I had to teach myself these things and learn on my own. If people don’t have enough confidence in institutions, then people should have enough confidence in individuals. I am a first-generation student, a McNair scholar, the founder of Minniaux, an author, a writer, a poet, many other things. Those who I call my friends are equally as impressive. Dare I say, we are already living in the “real world”.

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