I went to Georgia Tech and majored in history. Why go to an engineering school and major in history? Because I walk the line. One of my favorite professors was Dr. Flamming. I took every class he offered. From time to time he would give us “life tips” and tell us to write them down. Being the rule follower I am, I wrote them all down.
Dr. Flamming’s words to live by:
1. When you are assigned something to read and did not read it and are asked what you thought about it. Always say “It was an interesting argument not without its problems.”
2. Advice to a student in class who was expecting twins “Go to the bathroom and sleep as much as possible.”
3. Don’t come to class late and if you do always say you fell asleep at the library.
4. Push the voting button as hard as possible
5. Don’t go to Missouri. Ever.
6. Go over your notes before a presentation, even if it makes you late.
7. Follow your beautiful molecule. Translation- if you do something you love you will be successful.
8. Write notes on one side of the paper only or go up in flames.
9. Dig up maps for research papers. Historians will eat them up.
10. How to gut a book- Look at the date of publication, table of contents, read the first couple paragraphs of every chapter, read the first sentence of every paragraph, and read the last two paragraphs of each chapter.
11. The best smell in the world is the first copy of your book.
12. The most important decision in life is not your career, but your spouse.