College and your future

Some of the questions I ask interviewees, who are not apart of the UND community, deal with their college experience. I’m one who tries to tie things in and make everything as a whole completely relevant. The people you find in college tend to still be in college and have yet to be out in the ‘real world’ for ample amounts of time. Adults whose career don’t exactly come from syllabi are great people to get introspective collegiate reflections from. I think it’s a little bit better than that reflection you get from an annoying uncle at a family dinner.


PK: Did either one of you go to college?

OB: “I went to college, yeah.”

PK: Where did you go?

OB: “I went to SUNY Plattsburgh for History.”

PK: What happened with that?

OB: “Still using it.”

PK: Cool!

OB: “Yeah. I mean, if  you understand history, you understand human nature, then you understand comedy. So it’s very related”

PK: Do you have any messages for freshmen and graduates?

OB: “Don’t kill people. Don’t kill defenseless people. If history’s taught us one thing, it’s genocide is bad.”

PK: Did you enjoy your college experience?

OB: “Oh, I loved it. Both my parents were college professors, so I was kind of raised in the environment. Like that egg head intellectual community – that’s almost more arrogant. Like, we were raised without any money, but a lot of arrogance because they were so educated we didn’t have any money. So almost, I would put a college professor up there with like a film director, as far as arrogance. They would generally think they’re better than everybody. Not my parents per say, they’re great, they’re like hippies kind of. A lot of people are just in this world of ego and dissertations, key note speeches and it gets so masturbatory, they might as well have mirrors around themselves. ‘I just gave another speech today at Dartmouth.’ It’s like, ‘alright guy. No one gives a s**t.’”


The After Math

PK: What do you say to kids who feel they’re not going to make it out of this? They don’t know if there’s something out there, like struggling with their major, or they’re just about to graduate and they don’t know what’s going to happen?

OB: “They’re like dogs and no one’s going to fill your bowl when you get out of college. Fill your own bowl. You got to go hunting. And I think that especially this generation, it’s like people expect to be given stuff and it’s a shocking reality when they’re not. Like there’s no meal plans, you have to find your own s**t. Use the skills you learn in college to do your own thing. Like from kindergarten to senior in college, someone else tells you what to do and actually almost trains you the opposite direction. I see that all the time with my parents. Their kids are going to class like, ‘I don’t want to be here’. You better want to be there, because you need all the skills you can get once you’re out. ‘Cuz then you see people be like, ‘well where’s my job?’ Well what have you done to get a job? It’s just entitlement, that whole Occupy Wall Street bulls**t -”

AA: “There’s no work ethic either these days.”

OB: “Like, no one owes anyone anything, so you gotta go find your s**t.”