ďIf I only knew then, what I know now.Ē Youíll often hear people say this as they reflect upon the mistakes that they made earlier in life. Ironically, upon closer examination, youíll find out that the same people who often make this statement, often had the game needed to avoid making the mistake (and/or mistakes,) that later had a detrimental effect on their lives, they just choose not to pay heed to game that was being given at the time. Good ole Rex is starting thread thatís going to be a part of an ongoing series thatís designed to give y'all the game that will eventually be needed to avoid certain pitfalls in life, so you wonít end up being the dumb muthaf*cka that says, ďIf I only knew then, what I know now.Ē or "If I only listened." Since a lot of you guys are going to be starting college next month Iím going to start off by talking about education, but this information is also applicable to high school students too. I also encourage other DJ's to offer their experiences an insight to the subject.


13) Get Some Decent Luggage


Before you leave for school, hit up your parents, your granny, your pa pa, or your favorite uncle, or auntie and tell them to buy you some luggage. (Or ask for some luggage as a graduation gift, if you don't get a luggage set, use your graduation gift money to buy some luggage.) Everybody adult should have four pieces of luggage, a big suitcase, the medium sized one, a small overnight bag, a garment bag, and a dobb kit.



Three piece luggage set




Samsonite garment bag




Dobb Kit

A dobb kit is small bag to keep your toiletries in, (specifically so your toothpaste and lotion don't get on your clothes,) The garment bag is so your suits donít get wrinkled and you should also buy the locks. Though I donít buy a lot of stuff from there, I do advise getting your luggage from Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Ross, the luggage will be a lot cheaper, however the set wonít match.


12) Get Two Navy Blue Single Breasted Suits


The single breasted navy blue business suit is universally recognized as the standard for business wear and you should have these in our wardrobe. Again, go on a fundraising campaign and have your parents, your granny, your pa pa, your favorite uncle, or auntie buy you these two essential items before you leave for school. If asked what you want for a graduation gift, a suit should be one of the things that you should ask for or use your graduation gift money and buy the suits yourself. Don't forget to buy some dress to go with your suits.

There are going to be career fairs at your school, so youíre going to have to look the part. Youíll also need twelve pair of navy blue dress socks, (so youíll always have some on deck,) and remember to match your leathers and your metals. For example, if youíre wearing a brown belt, wear brown shoes. If you have on a stainless steel watch, wear a belt with a stainless steel buckle.

You will also need to have your suit altered so it will fit properly. Have the bottom your slacks tapered and have your jacket adjusted in the shoulders, brought in at the waist, and have the sleeves brought up as to expose the cuff. If you really want to (look mackish and high side,) have the button holes, the lapel hole, and pockets opened up. With the button closest to the bottom of jacket leave that one undone. As for your dress shoes, get some cap toe oxfords, buy some cedar shoe trees and shoe bags. The shoes trees are for the shoes keep their form.

Also, get a trench coat, thereís nothing tackier than seeing a cat in a parka (e.g. Northface) when he has on business attire. Make sure that coat you get is a raincoat and not a an overcoat or a topcoat. Though all three coats will provide warmth, all three will not keep your dry, as a matter of fact if you wear an overcoat or a topcoat in the rain, sleet, or snow, the water will ruin the material that an overcoat or top coat is made of. Trench coats are made of waterproof material and therefore will keep you dry, that's why ole Rex is suggesting that you get a trench coat, before you get any other type of dress winter coat.


Here are some business attire doníts.

A) Donít wear tube socks with causal or business attire EVER! Those trilfiní ass human resources people will eliminate you from the hiring process because of it.

B) Donít wear ball caps with causal or business attire EVER. If you want to wear a cap with business attire, go buy a newsboy or a driverís cap. Also, get a proper winter hat. If youíre going to wear a beanie with a suit, the afternoon high for the day, better be 23 degrees with a wind chill factor of -5.

C) Donít button the bottom button on a jacket, EVER!

D) Donít wear suspenders with pants that have belt loops, the sh*t is tacky and redundant as fuck.

E) Finally, if you donít know how to tie a necktie, MUTHAFUCKA, YOUíRE LOSING IN LIFE AND LEARN!

11) Career Services and College Career Fairs

Campus career fairs are the vocational equivalent to speed dating due to that fact that you immediately have to make a good impression and do something in order to make yourself stand out. So in order to stand out get some business cards made, (with your picture on them,) and staple the business cards to your cover letter.

Remember, career fairs are just like interviews so the same rules apply. When you hear about an upcoming career fair, go to Career Services, (I assuming that's who'll be hosting the career fair,) and get an inside track on the companies that will be there (so you can research the companies, ask relevant questions and if possible, try to find out the name of the recruiters that will be there. Again, hitting up you're relatives in their dying support for you as you pursue your scholastic endeavors, have one of them cop you a briefcase or an over-the-shoulder computer bag. Again, job interviews are about presentation, and a briefcase or at (a minimum,) an over-the-shoulder computer bags looks more professional than a backpack.

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Japanese Business Card Etiquette Video


Watch this clip on Japanese business card etiquette and not only do this at career fairs, but when you receive a business card. Basically, you want to ACTUALLY READ the card. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES JUST PUT THE MUTHAFUCKA IN YOUR POCKET! Read the card, (and again, feigning b.s. interest,) ask something about the card, particularly the recruiter's job title. When you get to school, (assuming that you don't have any,) go have your cover letter and resume made or have the people in Career Services look at over your current cover letter and resume.


10) Join Clubs and Socialize

Iím a fan of autobiographies and biographies, (especially presidential biographies,) when I was reading Bill Clintonís autobiography, one of the things that popped out was that a lot of dudes that ended up in his administration were people he went to Georgetown and Yale with. Yes, youíre in school to get a degree, (or a high school diploma,) however, college and grad school admissions people want to see that you did something other than just go to school. So join some student organizations or a fraternity, this will not only help grow your social circle, but also build your network. A lot business is done, based on recommendations or past relationships, and a lot of these relationships began in college. So whether your still in high school, entering, or returning to college, find a student organization that you can f*ck with.

If you're a transfer student and you're thinking about joining an academic team, (debate, moot court, or mock trial team, etcetera.) find out if they take juniors and seniors. Ya boy tried out for Catholic school's mock trial team, only to find out that him and his potna were used as guinea pigs to test the skills of the freshman and sophomores who did make the team. The problem with this is that the mock trial team try out was on at 9 A.M. on a Saturday morning and those that were trying out had to prepare an opening and closing argument, a direct and cross examination of the witnesses, in addition, to knowing the facts of the case because the lawyers, later played witnesses. Also, ya boy had to learn very rudimentary objections. After ole Rex found this out, he naturally felt some kinda way, because his effing time was wasted. I feel that if the coaches only wanted underclassmen (for the purposes of grooming them and retaining the team members longer,) that the coaches should have stated that as to avoid having people fuck off their time. So again, if you're a transfer student and you thinking about joining an academic team, find out before hand if you even have a legitimate shot of making the muthafucka before you try out.


9) Buy a Printer and Office Supplies

Do you actually need a printer, a stapler, ectetera? No, however having these things makes your life easy. Instead of having to track down a stapler, or dealing with a printer that is fucked up at school, you can just printer and staple the sh*t at home or in your dorm room at your convenience.


8) Do Your Assignments the Way Your Teacher Instructs You To

If your teacher/professor wants an assignment done in a particular way, do it the the teacher tells you to. Again, if you're not sure on something, ask and ask early.


7) Get Fee a Wavier

Colleges and graduate schools, (and I also think there's one for grants and scholarships,) usually want an application fee, however, if the fee waiver presents an financial hardship on you, you can have those fees waived if your income is under a certain level.


6) Recommendation Letters

Despite the complaints about the inefficacy of public education in America, you guys have to realize that you do have access to it and therefore you need to take full advantage of the opportunity and to appreciate it for what it's worth. Not to get preachy, but a lot of people in the 3rd World don't have the educational opportunities that we have. Also, you have to think back to slavery when it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write. Cats, (like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman) taught themselves to read in secrecy, so to take such a cavalier attitude towards is highly disrespectful to the memory of who didn't have the opportunity and those who put themselves at risk to give themselves an education.

Rex has always been a good student (with no effort applied, and ya boy is an exceptional student when I applied myself,) so therefore, I've always had a good relationship with my teachers and professors to the point where I got grades that I shouldn't have. If you're working hard, participating, and showing interest, (especially in those ratchet ass inner city schools,) your teachers are going to take notice and be more than willing to help and advise you on your educational journey. It's not only imperative, but to your advantage that you form a good working relationship with your teachers, guidance counselors, your school principal, and when (or if you're already there,) your college professors, and other administrators such as the chairmen and deans of particular departments.

This will come in handy when it comes time to get those letters of recommendation for college internships, graduate school, and possibly jobs. Sometimes, people make the mistake of getting recommendation letters from people they hardly know, thus making the recommendation letter mundane and generic. By getting a recommendation letter from a person that knows you intimately, the letter will be more personal and the letter writer will be able to convey certain aspects of your personality, work ethic, character, and integrity in that letter. So when youíre at school itís your duty to make sure that your teachers and professors know who are aside from being that quiet kid that sits in first row, on the left hand side, third seat from the back. Take time out at least twice a month to holla at your instructors doing their office hours or after class. Hell, Iíd advise that you even try and have lunch with your teachers.


5) Your Papers, Please

Before you leave for school, make sure you have your ID/drivers license, a passport, (E.g. my school's debate team travels internationally, so you might need a passport,) and you'll need to show a copy of your immunization record. If you don't have one, you'll have to get those shots over again. Also, bring with you to school a copy of your birth certificate and social security card.


4) Honor Societies

If you're grades are high enough, you'll be eligible for various honors societies. You should get a letter saying that you're eligible, however, once you're at school, you'll have to do further investigation in regards to the criteria for admittance. Being in an honor society is something that can be used in your personal statement for college, grad school, or a bullet point on your resume.


3) READ THE SYLLABUI

On the first day of class, each of your professors will either e-mail or give you a hard copy of the class syllabus and your instructor may even want you to sign a copy of it. It's vital that you read the syllabus because the it contains information such things as the required text/s the required reading, materials needed for the class, term paper and project due dates, and dates for for quiz's, tests, the midterm, and the final, his grading policy, (how grades are determined,) his office hours, (possibly his phone number,) and what he expects of his students.

The class syllabus is also a quasi contact, so your professor just can't do some random sh*t that isn't on the syllabus, if your professor does some sh*t random that isn't on the syllabus, you should bring it to his attention. If your professor persists with the random f*ck sh*t, you may have legitimate gripe and you should speak to the chairman or the dean of the department and see if the problem can be rectified.


2) DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, EVER!

Ya boy Rex could have finished his second semester of Catholic School a week early, in addition to getting straight Aís (because the classes were hella easy,) but he didnít simply due to the fact that he got lazy and procrastinated. In school, (especially in college,) you have to get your assignments done as soon as possible, because if you donít, out of nowhere, those assignments will pile up on you. Also, you have to study every day, especially in those subjects where thereís a lot of material to memorize or if youíre having problems in certain areas. You shouldnít wait until midterms to decide to seek help or clarity from your teachers or professors, get on that sh*t immediately and youíll be glad that you did.

What I strongly suggest is that you give yourself (reminders on a hard copy calendar and on your phone,) of the due dates of your papers, projects, and test dates. Put the first reminder, a month before the due date or the test, then put another two weeks before the term paper/project due date or test date.


1) You're Responsible for the Quality of Your Education

When you get to 16 years old, you should consider it your personal responsibility to make sure everything concerning your education is squared away. Unfortunately, some people donít put the premium on education that others do. For example, when I was thinking about what I was going to put in this thread, I realized that (on both sides of my family,) that my aunts and uncles for all intents and purposes became worker bees. They graduated high school, (some of them had some college,) and they went on to have regular jobs and own houses. However, I realized something, (with the exception of two,) none of my first cousins graduated college, and when I graduate from Catholic School in December, Iíll be the only one of generation of cousins to graduate college. In my opinion, certain people know that we need to go to college, however, itís not something thatís tangible and certain individuals view education in the abstract.

In your sophomore or junior year of high school or college, (if youíre not getting the support at home,) youíre going to have to take it upon yourself, to find out about SAT, ACT, LSAT,and other testing prep via Kaplan, Princeton Review, or some other tutoring service. Being that these services are high as hell, you might have to get a job to pay for the service or go on a fundraising campaign among your relatives to get the money necessary to get pay for the course. If not, youíre going to have to research some sort of financial aid. You should ingratiate yourself into a networking or mentoring program and plead your case to someone in order to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tutoring.

Of course, you want to start with trying to find some sort of free tutoring, by asking your teachers, guidance counselor, or principal. Once youíve exhausted that option, you might to hit up the local college and see what they have to offer in terms of test prep. From there, head over to Princeton Review or Kaplan and see what they recommend, (they might have a payment plan.) Just throwing something out there, you might want to contact the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, (though they deal with things on a macro level,) itís worth shot to see if they offer something in terms of test prep, beginning that some of the foundation's philanthropy deals with education. Also get a copy of this book,





That book is going to you pay for school. You can use that book to apply for all sorts of grants and scholarships. I remember hearing a radio ad that said, "There's even money for left handed students." (Yeaaa for Rex.) Also, don't leave it to other people to take notes for you, namely because people are flakes. If you can't be in class, try to get your notes from from the teacher or a responsible people, and always know when your papers are due and when the test dates are coming up. When you do get to college, DO NOT DROP A CLASS! This goes back to getting tutoring if you're having difficulty in a subject. I dropped my accounting class and I had to take that the class over, however, ( when school resumes in September,) instead taking my usual 15 credits, I'm going to be taking 18, and if God forbid you do have to drop a class, MAKE SURE YOU'RE AT THE MINIMUM OF 12 CREDITS. 12 credits is minimum that you need to be considered a full time student and to be eligible for financial aid, if you drop below 12 credits, you'll have to pay for that sh*t. If you're particularly adroit in a subject, (for example English, math, or history,) you can test out of that class, however you do have to pay a fee to take the test.

At school, you'll usually meet with the dean once a semester for advisement, it's here that you make sure that your taking the right classes and your on track for graduation. It's imperative that you make sure this shit is squared away because the last thing that you need is to be in last semester and only to be told that your some credits short for graduation. That sh*t will piss you off, especially, if you go to a expensive ass Catholic school like mine. Anyway, whether your in high school or college, good luck as you pursue your academic career.