The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates considers what kind of advice he'd offer to students in Baltimore County if he were invited to speak to them.
The best advice and the worst advice I've ever gotten were three words long. The best advice was "avoid the treadmill". It was 2003. I was coming to the end of a master's degree in a subject (political philosophy) and a city (London) I was ready to leave. I was 22 years old.