Graduation is less than two weeks away and the way I am feeling right now is indescribable. I feel like the weight of the world is coming off of my shoulders, yet I feel like bawling my eyes out at the same exact time (so many feels!). College has been the only life I have known for the past four years, and it has brought me some of the greatest experiences I have had in life thus far. Here are some “life lessons” I took away as a college student.
- Independence. I came a long way from being dependent on my parents for every single little thing I needed, to living on my own, making my own money, and paying my own bills. Boy, the way things have changed in four years!
- Myself. College has helped me find who I truly am. All of my friends and my experiences in college have shaped the person that I am today.
- Friendships. I have met some of the most amazing, intelligent, and passionate people while in college. I am always surrounded by people who care about me and my well-being. It is always important to have a good support system at all times, and I’ve met people who I believe will be my support system for years to come. College has also taught me that sometimes those friendships that you valued so much can fade away too, and that is completely okay. People come and go in our lives, so cherish every moment you have with them from day 1.
- Respect. You will meet/have met people whose point of view is a complete 180 from yours. They don’t believe in the same things, may not like the same things you do, etc. We all just learn to respect those people, even if they’re our polar opposites. It’s a great thing to learn before going out into the real world where we will meet people who are different from ourselves left and right.
For all of you freshies– this is only the beginning. Your first year is almost over but there are three more life-changing ones ahead of you. Welcome them with open arms!
To the sophomores and juniors– hang in there! Times flies by, enjoy every single moment you can.
For all of my fellow seniors– congratulations on making it! I’ll see you all on May 9th when we line up together for the last time and say goodbye to (what may be) the best four years of our lives! Cheers!