I asked everyone we know to send me recipes for a university cookbook for Bernard – this is what her brother sent me!… Warning tissues may be required!
300g passion for what you are doing
200g remembering why you are there
195g Remembering how you got there
150g Older brothers mistakes (learned from)
125g Sense of humor
100g Open approach to new situations
95g Patience for others perturbations
95g Forgiving attitude towards flatmates
1 laugh per day (more optional)
Be careful when preheating mindset to choose ‘excited’ and not ‘afraid’ success rates are unlikely to vary if you choose the wrong one but the journey will be better if you are ‘excited’.
Collect the above metaphors and mental faculties into a pile
Mix ‘em all up into a thick paste. Apply paste liberally to university life, paste it on your work, paste it on your friends, walk up to you lecturers and paste it onto them whilst they are trying to discuss enquiry based learning or something, paste it on yourself, & on your walls.
Come to the dawning realisation that no preprescribed mindset is going to get you through university on its own, apply liberal amounts of flexibly and ingenuity, repeat the pasting process.
Allow time in which you can have a complete change of heart forcing you to awkwardly remove metaphorical paste from a variety of surfaces with a mental pressure washer. For the sake of posterity liberally decorate your success cake with clichés, grasp every opportunity, live life to the full, the early bird catches the worm, a bird in the hand will peck at your fingers etc…
Take the time to enjoy the process of baking the success cake, once you’ve made it, you’ve made it, but its only a cake, so if it doesn’t rise enough, or the icing looks a bit wonky or Splosh has eaten the buttercream with a spoon before you’ve had a chance to use it, then at least you will have enjoyed the way you got from no cake…. To cake.
Plus at the end of the day, cake is cake so once you’ve made it I’ll get the jelly & ice cream and we can get hyperactive and then be sick out our noses.
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