Tales From A Hungry Life

August 26, 2015

My Baker’s Dozen College Tips

by Maria Schulz

While I was sitting at my older daughter’s graduation, it occurred to me that there are a lot of very wise and revered know-it-alls who like to get up and tell everybody how to live. It wasn’t just accomplished writers, academics, scientists, and politicians who were doing this—it was the high school seniors, whose greatest wish was to snap a selfie in front of their classmates and scream, “hey Ma, I made it to the stage!”

spongebob selfieNow, I am neither wise nor revered, and my kids say my selfies are terrible, but I think I’ve learned a thing or two in my 200+ years on this planet. So, without any further ado, here are my….

Baker’s Dozen College Tips

  1. Keep your sense of humor. It’s free, and it always comes in handy.
  2. Have fun…but not so much fun that the police are called or jail time is involved
    Now that's fun!

    Now that’s fun!

  3. Remember: social media is forever: HR directors love reading profiles, so keep that in mind
  4. Roll with the punches. This might astound you, but not everyone in the business world will be happy, excited, or welcoming when you get there
  5. Trophies are few and far between. Just because your room is jam-packed with them, it doesn’t mean you’ll be getting those kinds of accolades anymore. But when you do get one, you’ll know it’s special
    Maybe we should call them The Trophy Generation

    Maybe we should call them The Trophy Generation

  6. Friends will come and go, but true friendship requires care and feeding. Nourish it as often as you can
  7. Talk to your elders. When you’re very young, you think those old fogies will be there forever. But here’s a buzz kill for ya…they won’t be. Ask them about their lives. Ask for advice. Share some laughs and take the time to really listen to what they’re telling you. You won’t be sorry. There’s a young person underneath that gray hair (or bald head). Get to know them NOW.
  8. Let's read. And talk. And eat.Try new things. Read, learn, and grow. This is the one time in your life that you can figure out who you are and where you want to go, before the crushing weight of bills to pay, babies to care for, or job responsibilities make routines imperative. Do things that surprise you and you may discover things about yourself that you never imagined before.
    Surprise yourself

                                Surprise yourself

  9. Apply The Golden Rule to your dating life. If you’d feel crushed by getting a break-up text from your one and only, why would you do it to him or her? Sure, looking someone in the eyes and admitting that you are about to be the cause of that person’s broken heart is hard, but too bad. Do unto others as you’d like done to you. And oh yeah, don’t be a jerk.Don't Forget The Golden Rule
  10. Find your community. Dorm rooms are great, but there’s a whole world outside your door. Go find it. If you hate the first club you join, try 100 more until you hit on the right one.
    Meet lots and lots of people

    Meet lots and lots of people

  11. Be fearless. Make well-informed choices, work hard, and don’t make decisions based on fear. Chase your dreams, and who knows? Maybe you’ll catch them.
  12. Be true to yourself. In Moonstruck, when Perry (the professor) asks Rose Castorini to let him into her house, she tells him no. “Is it because someone is home?” Perry says, “No,” Rose replies. “I think the house is empty. You can’t come upstairs because I’m married. Because I know who I am.” Know who you are, and don’t let anyone talk you into doing something you don’t want to do.
    A la familia!

    A la familia!

  13. Thank your cheerleaders. If you’re very lucky, your first and best cheerleaders are your parents and family. Or maybe they’re the friends you would’ve chosen as family if the choice had been yours to make. Whatever the case may be, never forget the impact they had on your life. Now pay it forward, so that one day you can be someone’s cheerleader too.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Award winning!

Award winning!

Make yourself a delicious baker’s dozen of these cookies, which are only 88 calories each (just don’t eat 13 of them!).

So, Hungry Lifers: if you could give advice to a new college freshman, what would it be? Do you listen to your elders? What’s your favorite Baker’s Dozen treat? Please leave a comment and let us all know. And to college freshman everywhere (especially my girl and all of her friends): best of luck always! Work hard and make us old folks proud.



  1. I love this, Maria! You’re a great mom. Your girls are very lucky. 🙂

    Comment by wordimprovisor177 — August 26, 2015 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  2. Great Blog. Too bad the ones who should read this, the young’ums, won’t which means you have preached to the choir. I never had the so called “College Experience” but the one I did have was when I went into the Army way back when everyone my age, males that is, went into the Army or some Armed Service. And I did almost all you suggested. I went to my favorite uncle who served in the big war and followed his advice, well not all, he told me to keep my big mouth shut and I don’t have to tell you what I did. But I lived through it all. It was my first time away from home and that was the growing up part that we College & Army kids, learned how to do or crash live our lives in some way. The most important part of the experience is that there is a time limit, after four years, we can come home or not but we found out we can make it without Mom or Dad. This means like the birds we either leave the nest willingly or are pushed out to carve our own journey into this thing called life.

    Comment by bglou — August 27, 2015 @ 11:29 am | Reply

    • Oh I have a few followers who are college aged. 🙂 it’s great when you learn you can make it on your own, and even better when Mom and Dad are waiting for you with open arms. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — August 27, 2015 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  3. Maria, the advice I send out to everyone is be grateful for what you have. It can be taken away in a second and if it is, be grateful for what is left. When people say this is the worst thing that could happen, there are much worst things that can go on top of that. So, be happy with what you have in regard to just being able to get around on your own with all your faculties. That’s a gift every day.

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — September 2, 2015 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  4. great advice

    Comment by veronica — September 8, 2015 @ 10:45 am | Reply

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