Higher education has become almost the official religion of America.
It's the safe setting, just like church, where we are told to find out future spouse, develop solid values, and have something to hang our emotional hat on forever. In addition, we invest the big bucks because it is positioned and packaged as the ultra networking platform.
However, those assumptions don't always pan out. After Brett Kavanaugh's public relations ordeal about his alleged behavior in college, it's time to consider if we should distance ourselves from our college days.
Admittedly, those four years can be imprinted on our individual and the collective class memory banks. Hahaha, who doesn't remember senior year when Joe proposed to Sarah in the seminar on the Gothic Novel?
But, much of that memory might be limited. Or even if the remembered incidents did happen then, currently, they may be interpreted in a negative way. And/or, let's face it, back then we were jerks and, fortunately, we came to get a handle on how the world works.
Before the invitations come for college reunions this summer, it could be wise to reverse engineer that past. Do we really want to be identified with all that? And, how helpful have those professional ties been? Are they valuable enough to continue to nurture? In addition, too many of us are clueless about how our former classmates, along with professors and administrators, really regard us.
About six years I underwent that phenomenon called The New Aging. The rite of passage was more brutal than completing our formal education and having to succeed professionally. Frantic, I responded to the outreach of former college classmates. They had spotted my articles on the internet.
Within two years I perceived myself caught in an emotional nightmare which used to be depicted on that scary television series "The Twilight Zone." Today, I continue to have flashbacks.
Yes, for the first decade after graduation, the college network can be a professional (emotional/social) plus. Through it I landed a job as a state senator's research associate which eventually opened the door to my ghostwriting/speechwriting career in Corporate America. But that was that. And way back then.
Takeaway: Networks are not forever. Especially not those as far back as the college one.
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