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Opinion

Carlo Rotella

Advice for the college freshman

Success is a simple matter of hard work and avoiding a few pitfalls

When I left home at 18 to attend college, my older brother gave me four aphorisms to live by that he received when he went off to college. He got them from Rocco Caponigri, a family friend, who got them from his father when he went to college. They were:

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