5.18.2010

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY LET ME GRADUATE

HOW MY COLLEGE FRIENDS HELPED ME 
BECOME A WRITER.
by Tahereh Mafi
cameos by @randa_gill & @tanagandhi

WE DISCUSSED FINE DINING.


WE ENGAGED IN ARTS AND CRAFTS. 


WE THOUGHT UP CLEVER V-DAY GIFTS FOR OUR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS.


WE EXERCISED OUR 5TH AMENDMENT RIGHTS.


WE RHYMED.


APPARENTLY WE WORE UNIFORMS.


(WHEN DID I DRAW ANIME?!)


WE ILLUSTRATED IMPORTANT STORIES.


WHO THE HELL IS BOB?


WE WERE CLEVER WITH WORDS.


WE HAD EPIPHANIES.


WE EMPLOYED COMMON SENSE.


WE HAD BIG DREAMS OF BEING PUBLISHED.


WE HAD REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.


WE RECOGNIZED OUR OWN GREATNESS.

48 comments:

Kate Hart said...

I see you had headache en español, too. Spanish FTW!

We totally blew Cinco de Mayo, btw. We should have been tweeting it up Spanish-style all day.

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

hahaha. You crack me up! These were great! :) I wish I kept all my scribbles!

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

I have the strangest desire to go write a kid's story now about a bed-wetting, gum-chewing, bagel-eating cowboy named Bob who likes to check the health of his cows by tasting their poo. Bob is also possibly a cross-dresser. Or maybe the cows are cross-dressers. They all pee a lot.

I LOVE this blog. You are so much fun!!!!!!!

Ann Marie Wraight said...

So I suppose with all that

PEE + POO

you and your BESTIES were in PAMPERS until quite an advanced age....!?
YES?

If not - you must have had an

ENORMOUS supply of clean (disposable?) undies and a mountain of baby wipes on hand....

OH - POOR MAMA! All that washing!!

Btw - MARISSA/MARTINA from KidLit (above) - That was a BRILLIANT summary and possible explanation of those days (not) long gone...

Theresa Milstein said...

It's nice to be able to look back and figure out where the inspiration and greatness began. Bring those old notebooks on your first interview.

Talli Roland said...

That's so cool! I can't believe you still have all that stuff... I wish I'd saved some of my paper-chats with uni friends!

miss ali said...

freakin awesome! loved it! i wish i'd kept mine too! i second the kudos to KidLit- perfect summary.

i'm LOVING your blogs, hilarious and honest: a killer combination

cheers!

Matthew Rush said...

You are SO funny (but a little obsessed with poo, or was that your friends?).

Love it Tahereh!

aLmYbNeNr said...

LOL another hilarious post! I love the notes!

MissV said...

You make me wish I'd saved my notebooks! Love those!

Deb said...

Oh my gosh, tooooo, funny. I'd go find my notebooks, but we wrote on parchment, I think they have turned to dust, bbwwaahahahaha....

Thanks for sharing these!!!

Jaydee Morgan said...

*laughs* I love that you kept all these. They're great!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Other than the time I counted how many times my research methology prof said, "Stated another way," in one class (40, btw), I didn't have time to write notes. I was too busy checking out the cute guys and catching up on my sleep. And that's when I bothered to show up for class. ;)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Haha, reminds me of my note writing days in school. I wish I'd kept some now too.:)

Claire Dawn said...

And I thought my Mom was a doodler!

Btw, why does the person in the last pic have solid pee?

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Jck said...

Kate, T: May 25th is an Argentinean Holiday (I should know, but don’tremember what we celebrate)
*calling mom to revisit Argentinean History 1.01*
We could twit in Spanish that day! (only if you confess how on earth were you able to type the enie, you know the n with the funny hat)

Laura Marcella said...

With all that talk about pee and poo you'd think it was ten-year old boys making those notes, LOL!

Christi Goddard said...

I've recently come across my diary from when I was 12. It is incredibly amusing to read my thought processes once upon a time.

Andria said...

I wish I had the notes that my BFF and I wrote in jr. high. We had this ongoing story that included charcters who dated, got married, had children, etc., etc., etc. It was so much fun!

Lisa_Gibson said...

You're funny! Thanks for sharing. I love your little captions below the pics too. :)

Mia said...

Hahaha, awww those notes were cool! I have some like that, especially the "Bob" ones. I like drawing doodles you see :~)

(Also, you should know there may or may not be something (i.e. a "love letter") on it's way as I speak. I send it today *looks around* That IS NOT AS STALKERY AS IT SOUNDS PEOPLE, I PROMISE...)

Caitlin R. O'Connell said...

Love the Bob doodles. I did some of those... yay dropping stick people off cliffs!

Although the most interesting non-note things in my notebooks tend to be absurd quotes from professors and random song lyrics from musicals if I get really bored.

Mary Anne Gruen said...

These are great! Definitely worth keeping and publishing. LOL You obviously had more fun in school than I did.

GABY said...

Is that spanish?

Everyone does this in school xD I still draw little pigs and flowers on the pages hahaha

Jck said...

"Me duele la cabeza" = Spanish
"Mi cabeza duele" = mi head hurting

MBW aka Olleymae said...

lol my friend and I used to doodle ridiculously painful deaths for each other during precalc.

He lives overseas now and I always try to include a hilarious demise with every package of cookies I send for Christmas.

Tahereh said...

Jck: TE PROMETO: entiendo espanol. em, pues, bastante. y, a lo mejor, puedo hablar y escribir. y cuando escribi estas notas estaba bromeando.

pero la verdad is que ya no me recuerdo como hablar/escribir en espanol. necesitas ayudarme.

*LLORANDO*

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for the great laugh today!
And let us know if you discover the origins of Bob.

Marguerite Butler said...

Those were made of awesome. I wish I had my old school notes--of course I chiseled them on stone and I think the dinosaurs stepped on some of mine.

~Soccer Mom

Lisa and Laura said...

Gosh, all I did during class was try not to fall asleep. I was SO unproductive.

This looks like so much fun! I'd consider going back to get my Masters if I were guaranteed to have you next to me writing funny notes on my page.

Kate Hart said...

ñ = ALT + 0241. My laptop has a number pad-- I don't think it works without one.

myletterstoemily said...

these erudite collegiate memos were
making me smile. we have three
college students, and i could so see
them write these!

they think i don't know. :)

luckily, their older brother and sister
actually did graduate, so i have hope.

Jemi Fraser said...

I used to draw charactatures of all my profs and classmates. They were really bad, but they kept me entertained :)

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

That...was...AWESOME! I ALSO love Bob (whoever the hell he is!)

Thanks for the fun, hilarious post!

Michele Emrath said...

How fantastic that you kept all these! AND that you had close enough friends in your classes...Keep these forever!
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

Scott Teel said...

Bob wasn't his name, it was what he was doing.

And thanks for your comment!

Tana said...

Bahahahahahah! Reading these notes makes me want to go back to school, mostly only to write theses notes again. <3

Blooming Eventually said...

In college we kept a running tally of hilarious things each other said and called it "Quote of the Day". It was like an early blog. But only we read it. So yeah, like an early blog. :o

Blooming Eventually said...

PS thanks for visiting earlier!

Scott Teel said...

Bob wasn't his NAME, it was what he was doing.

Thanks for your comment earlier!

Laraine Eddington said...

I LOVED these! Keep them, I have a few scribbles from high school like these and they are precious to me. Congrats on graduating and a great blog.

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! This looks like some of the notes I took with my friend our senior year! Yeah for random non-school related rambling!

Randa said...

Hahaha Tana I agree! This made me miss college, but for all of the wrong reasons. I'm glad we made good use of our time in class. Awesome. Now my little Bob is famous, as is our apparent fascination with bodily functions. Ewww, I promise we're not really that gross. Lol.

PS- The last picture isn't of solid pee, although that's exactly what it looks like. They're supposed to be PEAS. ;) See, I was trying to clean up our conversation!

Serenissima said...

Looks like your college experience was way more enlightening than mine!

Krispy said...

LOL! This is amazing! I like the Bob doodles and the recognition of your own greatness. Kind of sounds like me and my friends? Hahaha. Did this stuff ever distract you when you were trying to study off these notes?

In high school, we had a notebook dedicated SPECIFICALLY to our random scribbles because it was too hard to follow the conversation over everyone's notebooks. College wasn't much different. I've got random doodles and things that don't make sense everywhere. Hmm, maybe I should dig up some of my old stuff.

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

cute!!!! But makes me so glad I don't have to sit through boring college lectures any more!

Hannah Marriott said...

Haha this is brilliant! I always make sure I keep my notepads with all my scribbles in class, even though I'd say 70% of them don't made any sense, but when I remember, boy do I laugh >.< then I probably text my friends in hysterical laughter saying 'Do you remember _______? and _____? and when we wrote about ____?'

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