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Friday, August 20, 2010

Robin Wasserman: Happily ever after

Robin Wasserman, Author of the Skinned Trilogy and Seven Deadly Sins series

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

So I’m told I’m supposed to offer advice about life after high school. Just one thing: I don’t have any. Except possibly: ENJOY.

You’re talking to someone who spent her teens psychotically desperate to get into college and her early twenties psychotically desperate to get back there. So I’ve got plenty of advice about what to do in those situations (although I guess most of the advice boils down to: This too shall pass). But as far as I’m concerned, college – despite all the melodramatic lows that go along with the many (let’s just say metaphorical) highs – is, after the tyranny and monotony of high school, pretty much a ridiculous paradise of free choice.

The whole point of life after high school is that, unlike in high school, no one can tell you what to do.

Your life is suddenly your own. Everything terrifying, exhilarating minute of it.

That said, I have to admit that as an embarrassingly huge pop culture addict, my life post-graduation wasn’t entirely my own. I’m not saying I modeled my college life after Saved By the Bell: The College Years . . . but I’ll admit there are a select number of pop cultural entities that pretty much shaped my entire understanding of life after high school. So in that spirit (with the full knowledge that I’m dating myself), a list:

1.
How I Got Into College

2.
The Freshmen

3.
Can’t Hardly Wait

4.
Dead Man on Campus

5.
Wear Sunscreen

6.
Conan O’Brien’s Harvard Commencement Speech

7.
Back to School (Because the only thing that could improve college would be the presence of Robert Downey, Jr.)

8.
PCU; (starring a manic, pre-Entourage Jeremy Piven)

9.
The Secret History

10. And, of course one of the all time greatest college movies . . .
Real Genius (You thought I was going to say Animal House, didn’t you? Apparently, you didn’t know me in high school. The linked-to clip, one of the greatest scenes of the movie, should fill you in.)

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You can read my review of Skinned here and Crashed here. I can not wait for Wired!

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Back to School is still one of my favorite movies.

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Hmm, I don't think I'm familiar with any of those pop culture references. Ah well :)

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Cass (Words on Paper) said...

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Thanks for the contest! Someone mentioned Saved By the Bell...? I remember filling that in as my FAVOURITE TV SHOW in like, year 4 or something. Hahaha. I didn't know it was for 'teen's, but it was fairly clean. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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:D Honestly I went into High School expecting it to be like Saved by the Bell or 10 Things I Hate About You or California Dreams (even if I lived in New Jersey)...and was let down that it was so...not. Even a little. So I didn't expect much from college XD

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I haven't heard nor seen most of the movies on the list!!

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