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Sep. 5th, 2009 | 01:00 am

Newt Gingrich, thanks for contributing one positive phrase to life.

Dear Jonathan,

Let's for a moment put aside the humility and introvertedness so characteristic of you. It is important to be frank at a moment of metamorphosis: you need to structure your life in a way that works for you, and for the goals of your coming graduate career. Therefore:

--You can handle six 21 year old undergraduates. They are, on the whole, respectful and enjoyable to be around, but they will sometimes need you to meet them slightly more than halfway, and that is okay. You were 21 once, and they will be 25 soon enough. For now, ply them with what you know will work in your favor: direct communication, free food, and validation that 4th year undergraduates are important to the world's operation.

--You can also handle the resource scarcity that appears to be a part of your graduate program. 72 first year master's students can use the roughly identical pool of resources that 55 did last year. Moreover, your concern should be that you are fulfilled, not that every one of your classmates is similarly fulfilled. Inevitably some of them will not reach that point, but beyond mutual respect and encouragement when possible, it is not your responsibility to keep their boats afloat.

--Add what you want in your life. Subtract that which does not serve you. You deserve it.


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