School Dakota

Ah, School Dakota: the socially aware, awe-inspiring, picture perfect candidate of a great college student.

If only that were true. In reality, School Dakota has had some growing up to do too. From passing classes to talking to people who are actually my age (crazy, right?), it’s a whole different world outside the office.

When it comes to school, I’ve essentially perfected the art of just getting by in the classes that take extra effort. I hate to admit it, but one time I calculated exactly how many homework assignments I could skip and still get a B. Shoot for the stars!

Anyway, I skipped the assignments and, low and behold, got that B. I’m proud of it, but it’s something my parents frown upon, so use that trick at your own risk. My school philosophy is “work smarter not harder.” Not everyone agrees with it, some may even slap my wrist with a ruler, but it works for me. And it works well. Just like Bill Gates said – I think it was Bill Gates – “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it”. That man is a genius.

And how about my social skills, you ask? How are those? Well, I’ll refer to the age-old comparison of a bull in a china shop. While perfecting my millennial interaction skills, talking to people my age got even harder and more exhausting. I have my friends who I’m completely comfortable around, but when it comes to strangers, boy do I need help.

But there are a few things I’ve learned: Let people talk about themselves. They need that. Shake everyone’s hand. Unless you’re sitting down next to them in class. The awkward, wrap around, too-close-for-comfort handshake is something to avoid at all cost. And honestly, just be nice. People like nice people.

It isn’t science. But if it was science, I’d be lazy about it.