Hi everyone! College is a crazy, complex roller-coaster of emotions and experiences. I personally have learned so much in college thus far and have developed into a stronger, better version of myself. Today I wanted to reflect on these changes and share the important lessons I’ve learned during my time at a university.
How to not be selfish
Coming into college, I was slightly (okay, a lot) egotistical and totally trapped inside my own life and my own problems. But coming to college, especially one as big as Madison, forced me to step outside of that self-bubble and learn from other people’s perspectives and experiences. I grew up a lot in these past two years and I think a lot of that came from being surrounded by so many unique individuals.
Being yourself is everything
Another lesson I’ve learned – sometimes the hard way – is that the only real thing to be in life is yourself. It doesn’t pay to pretend to be something you’re not – it won’t impress anyone, it won’t give you what you want, and frankly, it’s too much work to be worth it. At the end of the day, you are you and there’s really no escaping that (and why would you want to anyway? You are pretty amazing!) 🙂
Things have a way of working themselves out
As someone who has always been slightly anxious about everything, learning how to deal with things not being perfect and not going my way was a hard lesson to learn. In the end, I’ve realized that there is no use in stressing about every little thing because life will happen the way it is supposed to happen.
Who your true friends are
The people you need in your life are the ones who will always be there for you, in your worst and your best. Those people are the stars, the moon, the galaxy. Everyone else is simply not worth your time or your soul.
The importance of the little things
What you say and how you act – even in the smallest of ways – can have a huge impact on someone else. They have the power to make – or break – a person’s day and it’s up to you to use your words to spread more good in the universe.
It’s ok to not know everything
Growing up and feeling a lot of stress to be the smartest kid in the room, and coming to a university where a majority of the students are indeed smarter than me, it pushed me to realize that it’s okay to not know everything. It’s okay to make mistakes and ask questions and look things up in the encyclopedia (ahem, Google).
Sometimes you lose
You can’t always get what you want…. but if you try sometimes, you find you get what you need! (Sorry I couldn’t resist.) Seriously though, it’s okay to make mistakes and get things wrong and to learn. Being human means losing sometimes. And it’s okay.
Everyone feels like you do
Occasionally I get in a mood where I just feel like no one understands how I am feeling or where I am at. But, news flash, everyone feels exactly like that sometimes. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you are not alone.
Being happy is the most important thing
Lastly, my most important lesson I’ve learned in college is that happiness is everything. If you aren’t happy, or if you don’t love what you are doing and who you are with with every part of your being, then it isn’t worth it. Happiness is everything.
That’s all for now. What did you all learn in college? Let me know!
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