What I Really Learned In College

While I am grateful for the legal, sociological, political science, urban studies, and philosophical knowledge I have gained, the most important things I learned in college were outside of the classroom.

Here is an amalgam of what I really learned in college:

  • Time management and proper planning makes the “impossible”, possible
  • Invest in experiences, not material items
  • Organization contributes to inner peace and outer calm
  • Take time to take deep breaths, look around, and appreciate the phase of life you are in
  • Don’t neglect your physical health
  • Three essentials: a good quality backpack, lunch bag, and reusable water bottle
  • Get a head start on assignments, study guides, and projects (you’ll thank yourself later)
  • You can make an excuse, or you can start doing something about your situation
  • You can learn a lot from part-time, service industry jobs
  • Networking and building relationships with peers and professors is beneficial
  • Mental health is more important than any assignment or exam
  • Your thoughts about circumstances cause your feelings, and you have more control over them than you may think
  • If you feel stressed and overexerted, write out everything clouding your mind then a solution (or neutral thought) towards each
  • Try new things, anything from a yoga class to a new cuisine can be exciting (and worthwhile)
  • Do a few internships, test the waters, and see what sparks your interest
  • Comparison truly is the thief of joy, so be proud of your journey
  • Be open to any and all feedback
  • Have zero expectations…about everything
  • Make time to travel
  • Sometimes the “worst” thing that can happen can teach you a lot and end up being the best thing that could have happened to you
  • It can be easy to think about the future, but enjoy the present…the process is every thing
  • Happiness starts with you, no external circumstance will make you happier unless you are already happy with yourself
  • Reject the illusion of perfectionism
  • Finding a creative outlet can be therapeutic
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s in office hours with a professor or a session with a counselor
  • Have a bunch of creative post-grad ideas (gap year, employment, grad school, travel, volunteering, etc.)
  • Allow yourself to be excited about things
  • One day, you’ll miss the hustle and bustle of college student life


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