Hello all! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been a little busy, graduating and stuff. 😉 More about the stuff later. Since by time in college has been coming to an end, I have been thinking about lessons that I learned while in school. Some serious, some silly, I decided to compile a list of highlights of lessons learned over the past four years. So here’s 16 thoughts about college from a member of the class of 2016.
- If you aren’t going to read a book for a class that you are supposed to read, at lkeast know what it is about, and be up on it enough to participate in discussion.
- Resist getting a Netflix. If you do, at least watch some documentaries occasionally or something.
- Go to bed on time. Now that’s not to say that if you’re hanging out with friends, that you should cut that short to be asleep by ten. More if you’re binge watching a new show that you don’t even particularly enjoy, turn it off and get to sleep before three in the morning.
- Eat at least one real meal a week. Even if it’s not healthy, at least let it be real food that you think that you would still eat if you had other options.
- Get involved. I think this one is the most important. Whether it’s in a campus ministry, on your floor, an intramural sports team, or another organization, find your people. It will make your entire experience so much better.
- Study abroad if you can. It will be worth it, and something you will remember (and talk about) forever.
- Go to your professor’s office hours. Even if you just have a quick question about something that didn’t get covered in class, get to know them and let them get to know you. Not only are most of them pretty cool, but come recommendation letter time, you want options that actually know who you are.
- Go to class. You have no idea how many times that on test day there were so many people that I had never seen before. You or your parents are paying for you to be there. You should actually go.
- Take risks. Now, don’t do anything stupid, but put yourself out there. You’ll be surprised what you can do.
- Take walks. In the evenings, campus turns into an entirely different place. Most classes are out, and people are gone, and it gets quiet and very peaceful. It’s also good exercise, which leads me to the next point.
- Exercise. I definitely don’t practice what I preach on this one. There were three gyms on campus, one state of the art, and I can count on one hand how many times I went. Actually, that’s not true, I had a yoga class one semester. But on my own, one hand. That’s something I really need to get better about.
- Call your mother. The entire time I was in school, I think that I talked to my mother at least once a day on the phone, if not two or three times. Sometimes more, depending on what’s going on. And I’m not saying that’s right for everyone, but do call. Even if it’s just every couple of days to check in, she’ll appreciate it.
- Talk to people in your classes. Chances are, once you get into your major, you will have multiple classes with the same people, and it’s nice to have friends to text if you aren’t sure when something is due, or to complain about the professor.
- Take pictures. Even if it’s just a quick snapshot while you’re hanging out with friends, it’ll give you something to look back on. Or use for blackmail at a later time…
- Enjoy it. The other night, I was reading through my journal entries from my first couple days at school. Not only was I such a different person then, but I thought back then that graduation was an eternity away. And now it’s come and gone, and I don’t know where all that time went. I do know that I don’t remember all the papers I wrote, or the TV shows I watched, but I do remember the friends I made, and the things that I did with them.
There are countless other things I could have put, but I think that some of these are the ones that stand out the most.
I’m going to try and be more consistent with my updates now that I’m out of finals, and almost done with what I’ve been working on, but what’s been cooking is about to take up a couple of weeks, so I’ll probably be scarce until then. But after that, oh the stories I’ll have to share!