11 Ways College Will Absolutely Change Your Life

11 Ways College Will Absolutely Change Your Life

You'll gain more than a degree during your time as a college student.
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At 20 years old, I can genuinely say that my time at the University of North Texas has been life-changing. I have learned a lot about myself and my goals what I want my future to look like, and without coming to this college full of opportunity, I do not think I would be able to say that.

Although college can be stressful from classes, to dealing with financial aid and deciding what to do with your life, I have come up with a list of things that have made me so thankful to be a college student.

1. Independence

Entering the real world seems scary at first, but once I got into the swing of things, it was not as bad as I had thought it would be. In fact, you will find yourself preferring to do things independently sometimes whether it is eating lunch by yourself or making your own doctor’s appointments.


2. The college experience

Many incoming college students come looking for the ultimate college experience including, but not limited to, dorms, Greek life, and college parties. You are going to make many memories during your first run-in with these aspects of college, some good and some, not so great. Regardless, you can say you did it and walked away with knowledge of more than just what you learn in classes.

3. Finding a purpose

As many other incoming college students, I was unsure of what my goal in life was. Whether it be career-wise or whom I wanted to become as a person, I had many questions that only I would end up being able to answer. I am only half-way done with college, and I am an entirely different person that who I was when I entered, and I am excited to find out what else I learn about myself

4. Connections

More than likely, your college is flowing with resources and counselors that will help you succeed throughout your student years and beyond. There are endless opportunities for any area of study, from internships to volunteer work, your resume will be booming before you even get your diploma.

5. Overcoming social anxiety

One of the biggest challenges I faced during high school and at the beginning of my college career was my struggle with social anxiety. I always felt fearful of change and new people or situations. Ever since coming to college and getting the hang of things, I realized that I could face whatever is thrown my way. I no longer fear the unknown, in fact, I crave it.

6. An introduction to diversity

My absolute favorite part about college has had the opportunity to meet all sorts of different people. You are going to meet people from different races, ethnicities and cultures, genders, sexualities, religions, and backgrounds that come from all over the world. It is such a blessing to hear stories on how someone got to where he or she is because we have all come from different ways of life and somehow ended up in the same place, and that is just really cool.

7. Responsibility

Responsibility is something that can be learned with or without attending a university, but the beauty of college is that you are with thousands of other young adults making the same mistakes and learning from them. Learning by doing has proven to be the most beneficial way of growing up, and you will not be alone while doing it.

8. Adulting

This term becomes all too real too fast. However, one of the best parts about college is that you have a bounty of resources at your fingertips to help you through any impossible “adult” task.


9. Life experiences

Did you even go to college if your roommate’s car broke down an hour away from campus? Or when the tornado alarm went off for an hour in the middle of the night before a final? You WILL get through it, and you WILL laugh about it one day…eventually.

10. There’s always time for fun

Football games, movie showings, concerts, guest speakers (we had Bill Nye the Science Guy and Nev Schulman from Catfish!) and workshops are available on college campuses. These events will be some of my best memories from college and are always so welcome in between the stress of classes. There’s something about going to a free Eli Young Band concert with your friends that make you enjoy those times in between the chaos.

11. Lifelong friends

You will meet the best people in college. You will be around so many different people with similar interests and personalities that you are bound to find your niche. You will not remember what life was like before you met them, and you definitely won’t want to.


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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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Just Because You Chose A Specific Major Doesn't Mean You Can't Explore Other Passions

Those same passions that you found at whatever point in your life, are not static. They are, for a fact, going to change. And that is completely OK.

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As children, we all grew up with a favorite hobby or activity and kept up with them as we got older. Whatever these hobbies and activities were turned into the things we turned to when we needed a break from all the drama of school and work. These were the things that turned into passions that we live to do and talk about. These are the passions that we wish we could turn into futures.

Well, I'm going to assume that quite a few of us feel that way.

Thought, not everyone is lucky enough to find their passions during their childhood. For others, such passion takes a little longer to develop. But the time that this occurs is not as relevant as the fact that you find something you absolutely adore doing. It is more important that you find something that you love and enjoy, something that motivates you, raises your spirits, and encourages you to learn more.

So, you should go out there and explore everything the world has to offer! There are thousands of things, each more different than the last, that you could be interested in. The things that make your heart race, increase your need for knowledge, or simply make you overjoyed should be things that you pursue. These are activities and hobbies that influence your life from the minute you find them.

Not all passions are created equal.

A majority of the passions we find ourselves in are artistic and creative in nature and not truly suitable for a future job. When brought up to our parents, they are turned down, usually with the phrase "But, can you get a job with that major?" or "How successful are you going to be in a field like that?" Our passions end up being something that we look forward to doing, not forever, but for the time being. However, the opinions of others (even if they are your parents) should never get in the way of you chasing your dreams. If your passion is truly the field and career you would like to pursue, then I say go for it!

My parents said, "While I encourage you to look into computer science, it's not something we're going to push you to do. You can major in whatever, as long as you enjoy doing it and can provide for yourself."

That is the advice that my parents gave me as I entered my junior year of high school, the year most significant to the college application process other than the actual application itself. Before all of that and my entrance into Rutgers, I was just a student within my high school's animal and botanical sciences program looking to study environmental science. But, after much thinking about how I generally do not like bugs and dirt, I listened to my parents' advice and started looking into computer science.

By my senior year and the time when applications roll around, I had decided that computer science was something I was truly interested in! I found coding and everything that came with it to be fascinating to learn, and I looked forward to every AP Computer Science class I got to attend. Looking at the jobs and career fields related to these studies only encouraged me more. At the end of the year, I had already decided that I would like to work an exciting government job in cybersecurity (impressive, I know).

Now fast forward to now, I'm a full-time student at Rutgers and I am no longer interested in computer science. Although, to be fair, I am less interested in the mathematical aspects and courses that come along with everything else. I am currently looking to major in Information Technology and Informatics, with minors in Critical Intelligence Studies and Linguistics. It was a small change, but simultaneously a significant one. While my goal is relatively similar to what it was before, not everything is the same.

The passions and skills that I have developed in my short time at Rutgers have changed some things. I am no longer as interested in coding as I used to be, but rather the analytical aspects of cybersecurity; I would rather be active in my job, constantly interacting with people as opposed to just sitting at a desk as my 9-5.

Those same passions that you found at whatever point in your life, are not static.

They are, for a fact, going to change. And that is completely OK. College is the time for you to discover what makes you tick, the things that push you to be at your very best at all times rather than a fraction of that.

Here at Rutgers, you have the opportunity to explore hundreds of majors and minors, making the combinations and possibilities endless. You have the ability to customize your courses and activities to pursue a specific path, as well. Everything that you do from the moment you step on campus will impact your future. It is simply up to you to figure out what it is exactly you want to do.

Even then, while your passions may not be your future, that does not mean you have to completely disregard them.

You still have the ability to keep them within your life through extracurriculars and free time. Never, at any point in your life, should you being willing to settle for anything less than something you are passionate about even as they change over time.

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