Advice from an Old Man

Written by: Nic Sridej


From what I’ve on see on The Roar, Piedmont has had an undeniably colorful start to the semester: Internet issues, party busts and arrests, no Netflix.  It’s a hard knock life.  

Even though I’ve graduated, I’m still hearing about a myriad of frustrations in the daily life of the Piedmont student.  At times it may even feel absurd.  I know; I’ve been there.  

“This is only happening to me because I go to this dumb tiny school,” you may shout to yourself as you duel for one of the five parking spots on campus.  

You may think that everything is horrible and there’s no end to your suffering.  But it’s not all bad.  Trust me; I’m a doctor.

Here’s a little background info for those of you who don’t know me: Graduated from Piedmont this past May, mass communications major, now at FSU’s Film School for a master’s in screenwriting.  

And, as you can imagine, FSU and Piedmont are far from alike.  

However, my first five weeks has taught me a great deal, some of which may even be relevant to you.  

To give you an idea, here’s what happens when you have “Piedmont problems” at FSU:


– Can’t find parking?  Neither can 40,000 other students.  

– Have a question for Financial Aid?  You’ll need to save a couple hours one afternoon and wait in line like you do at the airport.  

– Having Internet problems?  Well, you probably live off-campus in an apartment, so you’ll need to call your Internet service provider and talk to a computer that’s pretending to be a person.

– Want to walk to class?  It might be safer to hitchhike.  

Don’t get me wrong, I love Piedmont, and I love FSU.  I’m living the dream and I have both of these schools to thank for it. 

But, no matter where you go, there’s going to be those aggravating things that you have little control of.  Don’t let those moments define your attitude or your opinion of the school itself.  Brush it off, take a step back and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.  It could be worse.  You could have leprosy.