Post-Harvard Bummer: You Have to Clean Your Own Toilet

Oh, yeah, and actually show up for work
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2011 4:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Get ready for the real world, Harvard seniors: You're actually going to have to show up for work, and you're—whoah!—going to have to clean your own bathroom. Who knew the world could be so harsh? But that's the straight dope from one of Harvard's own recent graduates, Brian J. Bolduc, who gets real in a guest column in the Crimson. It's going to be a reality baptism, and "the water is cold and unforgiving," he warns.

"First—unlike in class—at work, requirements are mandatory. If you've got a job, you're expected to show up," writes Bolduc, identified as a William F. Buckley fellow at the National Review Foundation. Oh, and you'll be subject to some unpleasantries, like co-workers, even including some who went to Yale, he guffaws. We'll skip over the bathroom part, but he also warns fellow Harvardites that "you’ll start sticking to a schedule and maintaining a budget"—and might even become "more likely to vote Republican." It's enough to make you want to go to grad school.

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