C.S. Lewis’ Advice to Students When Everything Seems in Ruins

I find this post quite relevant, as I am preparing for a stab at the general GRE this weekend and feeling immensely unprepared and overwhelmingly discouraged. I suppose there’s more to life than examinations, incomplete homework, and a long list of events that happen at the same time, each of which I am either obligated or required to attend. Perhaps it’s best to pay attention to people like Lewis. After all, “It all looks perfectly hopeless. Yet the vast majority of us manage to get in somewhere and shake down somehow in the end.”

A Pilgrim in Narnia

austin powers villainI was tempted to call this blog, “How to Keep from Being a Bore, an Ass, or a Villain.” You’ll see why very soon.

It’s no secret that we live in disillusioning times. We are raising a generation with messages like “you can do anything,” and “you are special.” At the same time we are experiencing long-term unemployment and underemployment. Anyone who is seeking a “dream job”—writer, artist, CEO, non-profit manager, or pure science researcher—is facing what seems like sheer impossibilities. Even teachers, that long standby, are finding it difficult to get full-time work doing what they love.

The result is that this after-school special generation is struggling with vocational identity. They are entering college and university programs without a clear sense of why they are there. They are entering career paths that offer potentials for employment, without knowing for sure that there is a skill match. And those that…

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. CKG says:

    Pray…..make the best choices you can with the information you have…..and move forward. And remember, there are a lot of people who love you!

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    1. AnnaEstelle says:

      I’ve missed having you to help me study the math, Daddy! I know I’d feel a lot more confident about it with your awesome tutoring. As it is, you would be ashamed of my performance on the practice test I took…;)

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      1. CKG says:

        Can you say……”Algebra Skype”!!?

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  2. Thank you for posting this; I needed it this weekend, particularly this line, which is both very necessary and very difficult to remember in one’s life:

    “At the moment, I can well imagine, everything seems in ruins. That is an illusion.”

    Will keep your test in my prayers.

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  3. Lulu says:

    It is utterly flabbergasting how many people are still realizing that getting a job in the big, scary world is indeed a competitive and difficult task to achieve. What the heck did you expect anyway?
    Yeesh. Only the Mark Zuckerberg’s of the world get off easy and those only come one a decade. Go out there, make connections, start networking, and wait for your lucky break.

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