14 Lessons I Learned In College

14 Lessons I Learned In College

Make the most of your time there.
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Now that I'm just a couple days shy of graduating, I figured I'd share some lessons I learned over the past couple of years as well as some lessons that I wish my younger self would have known.

1. There's more free time in college than high school.

What matters is what you do with that free time, though. Sure, use some of it to watch Netflix, but use most of it to catch up on schoolwork. Your GPA will thank you.

2. Your weight fluctuates over your time in college.

It might just be a couple pounds or it might be the freshman 15 (or 20....). I wasn't the only one whose weight changed from the beginning to the end of college. If you take care of your body, it doesn't matter whether you can fit into your high school jeans or not. You are beautiful regardless.

3. Going to class is key.

I've skipped my share of classes, I mean who hasn't. However, it's important to go to your classes because that is where the majority of learning happens in college!

4. Getting involved on campus radically changes your experience.

I know my experience would have been very different if I had not been in student leadership. While it's not for everyone, I'd encourage you to try to find some way of getting involved on campus wherever you attend college.

5. The friends you make are truly lifelong friends.

It's painful to think about leaving my squad behind, but I know that we will never stop being friends, and will still exchange stories when we're gray-haired.

6. Most of your t-shirts will have some form of your university's logo on them.

So much so, in fact, that when you do a clothing cleanout halfway through junior year, you find no less than twenty-five of your university's shirts. And 23 of those shirts were free.

7. Make friends with the years above and below you.

Even though it'll suck to see them go, their wisdom can and will benefit you so much. I still remember seniors from my freshman year of college.

8. Share regular meals with your friend group.

Some of your sweetest memories will come from those "family dinner" sessions.

9. Take advantage of tutoring or university success centers.

These have saved my life and my GPA multiple times.

10. Take advantage of your student ID.

When you show your ID you can get movie ticket discounts, grocery store bargains, Jo-Ann's discounts, and so on. While you'll still be spending money, you won't be spending as much and we all know that every dollar counts.

11. You are not alone if something bad happens to you.

Don't think you have to go it alone. You have caring friends, a strong support network, and a cloud of prayer surrounding you! While it may take you a long time to recover emotionally from whatever may happen, you have a huge group of caring people nearby who allow you to take that time to heal.

12. It is one hundred percent fine to not have a boyfriend (or girlfriend) in college.

You'll live. In my case, I'm thankful I was single my entire college career because it allowed me to fully be present in all I did. While it is not wrong to date during college, it does bring another person into everything you do.


13. You will find something to do after college.

Fear not! Regarding my story, I am entering into a fellows program for young adults who want to work in the nonprofit sector one day. It's a yearlong fellowship that will give me valuable skills as well as a whole new network and new friends. You'll make it too. You never know what surprises God has in store!

14. Maintain your spiritual life just as much as your social life.

Even though I complained about meeting the chapel credit quota, I was glad to have the opportunity to go to chapel three times a week and worship with fellow students. I heard many great speakers like Charlie Dates, Ravi Zacharias, Steve Garber, and even John Piper.

Finally, cherish your years in college. It is one of the most radical times of growth in your life, and when you find who you really are and what you stand for.

Use it wisely.


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"There is no better friend than a sister, and there is no better sister than you."
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As much as I hate to admit it, my big sister might be sort-of, slightly, cooler than I am.

Sometimes. She's the one I call when I can't call mom and the only one in the family who can properly handle my attitude. Big sisters are the people you'd choose if they weren't already family, and here's why.

1. She is your first and truest friend.

Big sisters are (literally) there from day one. They see every dirty diaper, every bad haircut, and every melodramatic breakup. They deal with every bad day and drama queen attitude and still love you in the most unconditional way.

2. Her closet is your closet.

For some reason, her clothes always look better on you. Funny how that works, huh? With a big sister comes a big closet, and who doesn't love having a double wardrobe? I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the clothes I will never give back (but I'm not really that sorry).

3. She knows what it's like to deal with your parents.

Anything you could possibly be going through, they went through it first. It's kind of like having an instruction manual or a key to the future. Either way, it's always nice to have someone who will always understand the struggle.

4. There are no boundaries.

Wanna dance around in your underwear all day? Cool. Life talks while she's on the toilet? Also cool. There's no awkward moments or changing in the bathroom with the door locked. There's just the kind of freedom that only comes with siblings.

5. Thanks to her, you know about all of the cool movies/music/fashion trends from years back.

Thanks to my sister, I have every Too $hort and Ludacris song you could ever think of downloaded on my phone. I've seen every cheesy '90s movie, and when a fad from 10 years ago comes back in, I already have the hookup.

6. She tells you like it is.

We all have those friends who tend to sugarcoat everything. Yeah, sisters don't do that. She's the first person to tell me when I'm making a terrible decision and that I really shouldn't triple text that boy again. She keeps it real with me and deals with my attitude, and that's why she's the best.

7. Her home is always open.

Sometimes you just need to get away from life and binge watch Netflix, and sometimes you need all of that plus your sister. She always has her door open when you're two seconds away from losing your mind, and she also has good takeout and a dog.

8. She knows what you're capable of.

My sister knows exactly who I am and what I can do. She knows when I'm not doing my best, and when I need to be set straight. She's always there to remind me who I am and what I'm capable of accomplishing. She's always been my biggest fan.

9. She's a lot cheaper than therapy.

For some reason, my sister always knows just what to say. Even if I don't see it at the time, she's usually right (don't tell her I said that). Big sisters are like wizards, somehow they always magically make you feel like life's gonna turn out alright in the end. If she wasn't already awesome at everything else, I'd suggest she be a therapist.

10. She will always be your go-to gal.

No matter the situation, she will always be by your side. There is nothing you could say or do to make a big sister leave, and that's why they're the best. Whether it's a speeding ticket, a mean girl or you just need to laugh, big sisters are always going to be there to lift your spirits and set you straight.

I couldn't make it without ya sis, I'm sorry for ratting you out on Thanksgiving that one time, and for running away at the zoo. Thanks for taking me to see Aaron Carter even though he's way too old to still be singing "I want Candy," and thank you always for being the best role model, sister and friend I could ask for.

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love writing.

I have since elementary school, and I've dreamed of becoming a published author. I started off writing stupid plays in elementary school, then it grew it almost writing a full-blown novel in middle school. I have no idea where that thing went to. It was all notebook paper and bad writing. In high school, my writing was kinda pushed to the side so I could focus on school. When I entered college, I started writing small poems about my now ex-boyfriend.

I was scared to express myself to him sometimes, the intensity of my feelings for him scared me. So instead of telling him, I wrote them down. When I tried to share them with him, he hated it. He thought writing down feelings was weird and creepy. So I didn't share anything else with him. When we finally broke up for good, everything just poured out of me. What I couldn't express verbally, I wrote or typed out.

I always have ideas flowing through my head. They never cease and I wouldn't want them to. Writing gives me an escape, from stress, work, school, or fights. It gives me a place to vent and to be open with everything. This is a reason I love writing for Odyssey, not only has this place brought me amazing friends but revived my love for writing. I'm never without my notebook anymore, I'd get distracted in class by an idea and have to write I think then and there.

I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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