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Stuff I Learnt After Leaving School

Updated on September 16, 2013

I have been told time and time again, throughout my school years, that my generation is lucky to receive such a comprehensive education at school. When I left though, much to my dismay, I realised that there are many things the education system doesn't teach you. Here are some facts of life that I have only discovered since leaving school...

What I Have Learnt...

  1. Chips/fries apparently DON'T count as one of your five-a-day (although I'm still passionately disputing this one!).
  2. Parents occasionally get scared if you stare/smile at their kids for too long.
  3. Margarita cocktails for breakfast will always end in regret.
  4. That elusive 'thing' in life that promises to be better than chocolate may actually not exist.
  5. After years of staring at feathers and screaming (to no avail), 'WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA!' I may, in actual fact, be a muggle.
  6. Some cars will speed up when they see you cross the road. It's a fact.
  7. Sleep is entirely necessary and not just for weaklings.
  8. Following your instinct instead of a map is a recipe for disaster.
  9. Just because you recognise someone from TV it doesn't mean that they know who you are.
  10. Technology unfortunately doesn't respond to bribery, threats and emotional blackmail.
  11. Coffee is not an adequate substitute for food.
  12. Simlish is NOT a standard international language. Using this to try and communicate with already confused foreign tourists is not a good idea.
  13. When people tell you, 'Don't worry, I know what I'm doing' they generally don't.
  14. If you continuously mutter under your breath as you walk around in public, street fundraisers don't approach/hassle you. (This has got to be the most valuable thing I have ever learnt.)
  15. Swedes and turnips are actually entirely different vegetables.
  16. Contrary to popular scientific theory, certain everyday conditions will affect the passing of time. For example, consuming alcohol will cause it to speed up and doing a shift at work will make it slow down. To further my understanding of this, I now intend to combine the two, to see if this will induce a state of equilibrium.
  17. When someone says something to you that you either didn't listen to properly or just didn't understand, never EVER answer, 'yes'.
  18. The excuse, 'It was for research purposes' doesn't always work.

To be continued...

I will add to this as I learn more... who knows what shocking revelations I will encounter next!

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So how about you? - I would love to hear about what you have learnt since leaving school!

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    • NibsyNell profile image

      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @goldenrulecomics: So so true!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Don't worry about what other people think of you because most of the time they aren't thinking about you at all!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      I learnt that, no matter how much I think I know, there is always so much more to learn!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I think it hit all the bases.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Brilliant. I laughed out loud. Excellent list.

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      PeterStip 4 years ago

      Loved it,

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      A very nice lens! Thank you for creating it, it is a real joy.

      I learned that life sometimes is not that easy, but if you never give up you will reach every aim.

      And yes life is a school, and we are all students. We are learning everyday. And now here we can explain and teach that stuff we know to others.... so yes we are in a really great process.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      One of the first things I learned after graduating from college is that most of the things that were taught in my classes were of little or no use in the "real" world, other than as conversation starters. I'm a strong believer in education, but I think we need to have more vocational training and real life experience at both the high school and college level.

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      phoenix1491 4 years ago

      haa! Nice observations :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Finding a job and supporting myself, not depending on my parents.

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      ElaineK 4 years ago

      staying in school was easier than life after school. ; )

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm in the school of life and haven't stopped learning something everyday. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm in the school of life and haven't stopped learning something everyday. :)

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      Great, funny lens. I love it.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      @tophatpro: Oh gosh! Hope they didn't wind up in too much trouble!?

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      Lol totally agree, there's so much to learn when you leave school. In fact, someone I know just learned the hard way that it's not a good idea to hide a friends weapon in your house, after he's committed a crime with it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hmmm. I learned that the Internet now makes it possible for a person to create their own career. If a person is savvy enough, he can find all the college education online, for free, by just reading. Cute lens!

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      othellos 5 years ago

      Humorous lens with plenty of true things about real life. Expect though more than that and I am not sure if you will find the end of the road... Thanks for sharing:=)

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      ViolaSuSi 5 years ago

      Definitely funny. Liked it a lot.

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      LaptopLeader 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your life lessons with us. :)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very important lessons:)

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      Cynthia Haltom 5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Life-long learning is the name of the game.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      You will be learning more and more because learning process has no ending! :)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      I think I'm related to one of those lunatics who speed up at the sight of someone crossing the road! One thing I've learned since leaving school is that being an introvert is not a disease, and that people with tons of acquaintances aren't any happier than those with just a couple/few close friends.

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      dakadare 5 years ago

      Welcome to the School of Life!

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      School does not teach everything, there is something new to learn. Do something you love you will learn from your work and from people with more experience.

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      hmrezaul123 5 years ago

      Learning is an ongoing process. Throughout your whole life you will learn.

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      Erin Mellor 5 years ago from Europe

      I will never go to work on a jetpack. This is sad. I no longer have to worry about bullies or being popular, this is good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well consider my is "on the job training". Most of what you learn in school becomes obsolete by the time you get into the work place. No matter where you work or what you do there is at least one person who will try to be an obstacle to your happiness.( learn how to deal with them) I also learned as pat as it may sound: commit yourself to saving at least 10% of what you earn: pay yourself first and when you get older you may not have to work for someone else for a long period of time. I also learned that when you are right out of school, it's a good thing to do something you love but learn how to finance it yourself: when most people finance your activities, they want something from you.(sooner or later) I like your lens.

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      stephen downing 5 years ago

      Others go to college or university to learn about something, afterwards I have had to teach them how to do it!


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