A few things to learn from Don Quixote

He may be one of the most famous characters of all times. He fascinated generations and generations of readers with his extraordinary adventures which existed only in his mind. But who was Don Quixote after all? A skinny old man with a rather peculiar view of the world (just not to call him a little mad). But maybe these characteristics allow him to give us some valuable lessons of life, lessons about being ourselves after all!

Don’t be afraid to be a little different…or maybe more. Don Quixote went out in the world wearing something that looked like an armor and riding maybe the funniest-looking horse in history. He was immune to anything the others would say and to their mockery as he had a goal to reach- to be the best knight ever. There is of course a huge difference between being different and being silly. However, in this uniform world where everyone acts following the same pattern and cares about the same fashions the ones who break the barriers may be the losers but are definitely the ones to remain in history. Don’t break the rules just to show you are tough or a badass, try to break the thought rules, try to change the world to suit you and not to adapt totally to something that does not represent you!

Have some strong values! Don Quixote would fight an army for his beloved one even if he had never seen her. Being faithful and fighting in her name was what interested him most and no matter what beautiful ladies he met, he never ceased to talk about her beauty. Our knight was also in pursuit of justice and could not see people suffering. He even attacks some dolls during an improvised show in order to make justice in the story.

Someone with a strong personality should always find some values to believe in even if he or she takes them from religion, moral law or just from their soul. It’s a matter of making good decisions and treating the others correctly. Unfortunately we cannot be superheroes even if there are a lot of villains everywhere around us. However, every little thing we do can change the world.

Don’t forget about your innocence! Don Quixote lived like a child seeing things just the way children do when playing. A flock of sheep was a great army, some windmills were terrible giants. An ugly servant girl with not so great moral values was one of the noblest ladies. So why not do something similar? Try to see the beauty and the good aspects of everything, try to become so optimistic that your friends will get mad! (Ok, maybe not that much). Transform your dull life by firstly working at your mind’s level. Life was not meant to be dull, we make it like that, so go to parks, to funfairs, take a ride in a rollercoaster, go run with some friends and have a leaf fight! Have a hot coco in the evenings and watch a children’s movie especially as the ones made nowadays are some truly something. Don’t be ashamed and don’t hide your inner child! We all miss being talked off for entering the house dirty.

Rediscover literature (if you haven’t already). Don Quixote did not have many possibilities to read but he took advantage of everything he could find spending his entire fortune on volumes filled with the adventures of the greatest knights in the world.

Nowadays we have so many possibilities to enjoy literature that one can hardly resist. Nothing stimulates language development and imagination like reading does. Live with your favorite heroes, hold your breath when something bad happens to them and enjoy the end of a good book. Reading can help you see the world in another way as it shows you how others great thinkers used to see it before you. Fly to places you’ve never been before and strengthen your mind. This is how great ideas can come to your mind and proves to be one of the best pastimes ever invented by people. Get to know Don Quixote right from the source!

Don’t let failure discourage you! When Don Quixote was defeated by another knight returned home saddened but no matter what happened he did not give up. One time he even decided to make a switch of plans and thought about becoming a shepherd together with his friend Sancho Panza. Until his end he kept his attitude positive.

So this is why you should remember that no matter how tough life can get there are always solutions and something good will happen in the end. If you feel like you’ve lost your direction then maybe there is another way. It’s just like Columbus did: when asked to place an egg in balance on a knife’s blade he hit it to it, thus cracking it. However, it was balanced. Maybe the solution to your problem is near. Or maybe a dramatic change is needed. Think it over: if being a shepherd brings your happiness then do it!

So in the end what do we have? A book, a man, a legend and a whole lot to learn from it.

Decisive choices: the college that suits you

When going to college you know that you are choosing, in most cases, your future career. It’s a most important choice and not at all easy to make. But shouldn’t you find what you like and are good at and go there? Had it only been that simple…

In USA a large number of students spend many years going to different courses before actually choosing their major as they can simply not find the answers to the questions mentioned above. But can this process be skipped? The answer is YES, especially as no one likes to waste time and money.

The future career- when we were little, we all wanted to be doctors, astronauts and singers. In time our options can get to change dramatically, but in the end everybody has to make a choice. For those who want to get a college degree it is better to be decided before actually choosing what to study next. This is definitely not a matter of probabilities! Think about your aptitudes, interests, the kind of job you want (active or more office or computer work) and very important, about how much you will be paid. Also take into consideration factors such as your health, the possibility to work abroad or in another region of your country and whether your future job will affect your possibility to start your own family. Already have some ideas?

The natural talent- For some, the decision is quite simple. There are definitely some of you who have made a religion out of a subject, who have some specials aptitudes such as working with children or web designing, or who are very talented when it comes to some type of art. When having such a gift it is quite easy to make a choice and can consider yourself to be quite lucky. But, in some cases your future job may not be considered as useful or well-paid as others and some may want to convince you to give up your dream. Carefully consider all pieces of advice before deciding as stubbornness will not help you. Still, in most cases, it’s better to do what you like and to continue your studies thinking about how much you worked and studied in a certain domain; it’s not all about money! You don’t want to become a psychiatrist’s most important client, do you?

Information is power! Learn everything you can about possible future colleges for you to study at. Browse their sites, brochures and better than that, if possible, try to go and assess the situation yourself. Get informed about teachers, study conditions, career prospects and also about how much would all cost you as that also proves to be important. Does it suit you? Could it be what you were looking for? However, it is best to get behind the scenes.Talk to students (it’s even better if you already have some friends there) and find out if the advertisements really present reality. Have the graduates found good jobs? Are the courses interesting? Is it all worth? Students tend to be really frank about these subjects but be careful about who you ask. Some may just be unable to get to a certain level and blame it all on the university.

Ask for an opinion- parents, friends, teachers, classmates, they can all influence you quite a lot when making your decision. Doing everything on your own can sound quite tempting but in reality it’s better to know other views just as well. All parents want the best for their children, but of course, they can overreact. Inheriting the family’s chicken farm may not be what you want or maybe the idea of being a surgeon like your fathers scares you to death. However, maybe it’s not just mum that can’t understand my art, maybe I have no talent. Decide what is logical and what is just proof of affection in what your parents tell you, and don’t exclude them. Discuss and act like a real family!

Friends are also good to talk to as they will tell you sincerely that you should start thinking about something else as you could cut a person’s wrong foot as a doctor. If you’ve heard this some other time, maybe they have a point… They will also want to have you close, but don’t make a choice solely thinking about that. You will definitely make new friends and keeping in contact is piece of cake now!

You’d better not rely on people who heard about graduates making their living as taxi drivers or that you would have to pay enormous sums for passing your exams. Unfounded rumors are to be ignored when making a decision.

What to choose. Some universities are much better than others, but they may be too far from home, too expensive or in a city where you don’t know anyone. Should you choose one that has more benefits from these points of view or should you go to the top? Apply to both and also apply for a scholarship if you have good grades. If the top university accepts you and if you feel ready to face a great challenge and not only concerning study, try to go there. There are many jobs available for students and you may give it a try. However you cannot risk when money and your future career may be affected, so don’t be stubborn and don’t forget the fact that one can study in another university too if there’s enough good will.

So, in the end what is more to say than may you make the best choice!