I find it frustrating to hear people complain that they didn't learn anything in college. Or that what they learned is not applicable in the real world. Or that college is a waste of time.
When I look back at college I can't help but think I learned quite possibly the most important lesson of my life:
How to procrastinate.
I use this everyday. Or don't use it everyday, depending on how you look at it.
In fact, I would argue that the single most important skill a person can have in the workplace is procrastinating. Without the ability to put something off until the last minute and then MIND FREAK! that shit into completion - you aren't getting anywhere in life.
And you know where I learned this? Every Thursday morning in college when I would wake up with a pounding hangover and a dirty magazine and realize I had a 12 page paper on sedimentary rocks due in four hours.
Now, when something pops up at work that needs immediate attention, I'm all cool as a cucumber and ready to take charge.
Right after I put down this dirty magazine...