Monday, April 15, 2013

Watsky and the Class of 2013

This weekend I went with some friends to see George Watsky perform. He’s a slightly nerdy white rapper type, and raps about things like being broke and struggling against The Man. He said some stuff that was pretty great, especially to hear about one month and four days before graduation.

He reminded the crowd (although, to be honest, it felt like he was talking to me specifically when he said this) that for every performance he gives, there are dozens of failed tries and unseen struggles to get where he is now. The chipping away behind the scenes is where the real work happens, and even though you don’t always see it, it happens. We don’t publicize it, we’re not proud of it, but it happens.

This advice feels very pertinent to this moment-before-graduation when it seems as if everyone has either 100 percent or 0 percent solidified their plans. For every amazing internship landed, it’s hard to believe there were several unsuccessful (or more often unacknowledged) applications submitted elsewhere. The reality is that each member of the class of 2013 has worked incredibly hard to get to this point, and will probably face innumerable obstacles and unforeseen challenges before we Get There.

As Watsky says, keep chipping away!