There are times in my classes every semester when I tell my students, “If there’s one thing I want you to learn from this class…” My one bit of advice started out rather playfully as the life lesson “don’t gamble.” My one piece of advice has grown to six pieces of advice. I recently added them to the advice to students that I have on my web site. My advice is to:
- Wear sunscreen.
- Start a Roth IRA.
- Pay your credit card bills in full every month. Do not live outside of your means, even on a graduate student stipend.
- Don’t gamble (but entering your office March Madness pool is OK).
- Don’t play Russian Roulette.
- Math is your superpower! Use it to make the world a better place. And never forget that with great power, comes great responsibility.
What else would you add?