5 Valuable Lessons I Learned In College That Weren’t Necessarily Part Of The Curriculum

5 Valuable Lessons I Learned In College That Weren’t Necessarily Part Of The Curriculum

Whether a success or a pitfall in your journey, each experience comes with a life lesson.
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Through various trials and tribulations during our college years, we learn who we are and what we are truly capable of. I believe in living life with no regrets, and making the best of each experience given to me.

College was no exception; I lived, I learned, I thrived and (sometimes) I cried. Now that I've graduated, I've had time to reflect on the life lessons that the past 4 years have given me, most of which were not taught from a textbook.

1. Making Connections is Crucial

We’ve all heard the phrase "it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know." Throughout college, and especially since I’ve graduated, I’ve found 100% truth in this statement.

Whether your connections be with your professors, the different departments on campus, friends, peers or employers; MAKE THEM.

It’s important to put yourself out there in order to make yourself known. You never know when you will need a letter of recommendation or help finding a job later down the road. The job force is intense and competitive, and every connection you can make will benefit you in the long run.

2. Always be Unapologetic

College is a time of self-exploration, and every college experience is different than the next. Whether you go away to college, commute to classes, are an Engineering or an English student, you should never apologize for the way you are choosing to spend your treasured college years.

Don’t feel sorry if you choose to stay home on a Friday night and binge-watch your favorite Netflix series, while your friends are going out bar hopping.

Don’t feel sorry if you ace an exam, and your friend doesn’t do as well.

Be unapologetic in everything you do, and never apologize for your success. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for the way you are choosing to live.

3. Embrace the Unexpected

College is a time to try new things, make new friends, and discover who you are and what you truly want out of life. While sometimes it’s easier to stick to old habits, it’s important to step outside of your comfort zone in order to truly embrace what college has to offer.

Join a club, hang out with that guy you met in English class, work a campus job, study abroad or learn a new language. Take advantage of all the things your campus has to offer, even if you think you may not like the outcome.

Studying abroad my junior year of college was the best decision I ever made for myself. Not only did I get to live in Paris for an entire month, I made lifelong friendships and discovered an independence I wasn’t even sure I had. I stepped outside of my comfort zone in order to embrace this experience, and it’s something I can cherish for the rest of my life.

4. The Importance of Quality vs. Quantity

Sometimes it’s hard not to get caught up in the logistics of things, or to compare ourselves to those around us. Maybe you don’t have as many friends on campus as your roommate does that’s okay.

I stayed home for college and commuted each day for classes. Therefore, I spent less time on campus than those who went away to school. I made many acquaintances throughout my 4 years, sure, but only a handful of true friends that I stay in touch with.

The friendships I made in college are the true epitome of “quality vs quantity.” They say that you make the best friendships in your college years, and that’s something that couldn’t be taught from a textbook.

It’s not about the number of friends you have or how many pages/words you have in your essay. It’s about the quality of the things that matter most to you, and how it adds to the character of who you are, or who you want to become.

5. You Live & You Learn

Aside from the obvious reason for attending college (to get a top-notch education, of course), it is an irreplaceable time for self-exploration. It’s a time where we are forced to make real-life decisions about ourselves and about our futures.

It’s also a time to make mistakes like skipping classes, going out with friends instead of studying, forgetting to do the readings for class or disagreeing with a professor.

We’ve all done things that maybe we aren’t so proud of, but guess what? We live and we learn.

Sometimes, I wonder how I graduated college with a 3.7 GPA when I skipped enough classes to be kicked out by my professors, or how I was able to focus on class at all while I was working two jobs in my second year.

Whether a success or a pitfall in your journey, each comes with a life lesson. The mistakes we make teach us and prepare us for what lies ahead.

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How to Raise a puppy while in college

"Everyone from my parents to my other relatives and even my friends were telling me that I shouldn't get a puppy in college".

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Everyone from my parents to my other relatives and even my friends were telling me that I shouldn't get a puppy in college. "It's not a smart idea", "A lot of people get pets in college and end up regretting it", or "Do you really want to have to take care of a dog?" or just some of the responses I got when I told people I was getting a puppy. But that certainly didn't stop me from getting an 8 week-old puppy because I knew that I was ready to take on the responsibility.

My boyfriend and I rescued our playful pup from a bad situation about 3 weeks ago. His name is Madden, and he is half Dachshund and half Beagle. He is the sweetest, most cuddly little puppy that anyone could ever wish for, but he is also a handful. For the most part, we knew what we were getting into when we got him, but we had some unexpected things pop up. So before you buy a new puppy, make sure you are completely prepared.

1. Research

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Research, research, research; I cannot stress this enough! If you decide to buy from a breeder, make sure you heavily research the breeder. Find how long the person has been a breeder, if they properly take care of both the puppies and the parents (treated humanely), where they are located, whether they socialize the puppies, and especially whether they have gotten any of their required shots and have accurate documentation to prove this. If you rescue, get all the proper documentation, vet records, and history!

This is where my boyfriend and I ran into trouble. We drove 2 1/2 hours to get our beautiful puppy, and were given a "vet record" that detailed where, when, and what kind of shots the puppy had gotten, and they said they would mail the rest of the documents within the week. However, that never happened. We never received anything from the people, nor would they answer our calls or texts (we called/texted them a lot). When they wouldn't respond to our texts or calls, that is when we started to get suspicious. I decided to give the Veterinary Hospital that Madden had supposedly gotten his first 2 rounds of shots and dewormed a call, and was shocked when they had no record of him whatsoever and he had not received any shots. As soon as I got off the phone, my boyfriend and I drove to a Vet. Shot Clinic and got our puppy his first round of shots and dewormed. Now, this only cost us $36, but we were not expecting this and it could have been a lot more expensive had we not found this clinic that only does shots.

2. Financially Prepared

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Make sure you have enough money to buy the essentials for your new puppy, shots that you have to get the puppy every month until they are 20 weeks old, any extra toys or treats, as well as emergency vet visits. You may have the money stored away to buy your new puppy, the essentials, and even shots; but, make sure you have extra money saved for unexpected vet visits! Luckily, we haven't had to take our puppy to the vet for anything other than shots and checkups, but we might in the future and we are prepared for it. Vet visits are expensive! My nana's puppy got an ear infection and she had to take her puppy to a vet clinic where they charged $30 for the visit and an additional $60 for the medication. Think about all of this and budget before you buy a puppy.

3. Time

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I'm sure as most people know, puppies take up a lot of time. You have to have time to train your new pup to go to the bathroom on puppy pads or outside, how to do the basic commands (sit, stay, come, etc), walk and play with them, and most importantly having time to love and care for them. Getting a puppy during the summer was perfect for my boyfriend and I. We have plenty of time to do all the things mentioned above, and have him "potty-trained" and basic commands down by the time school starts! Which will leave us even extra time during the school year to just spend time with him, play with him, take him on walks, etc. Before getting a puppy or any animal, make sure that you are not too busy to take care of them! It is so sad for any animal to have to be cooped up in a crate for long periods of time, with no attention. Your new pup deserves so much love and attention!

4. Social

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Make sure you have your pup socialized with both dogs and people! This is so important because you don't want your new family member to be afraid of other animals or people, nor do you want them to be aggressive. The day our puppy came home, he was around people and my nana's puppy. My boyfriend lives in a house with 7 other frat boys and I was a little worried that he would be nervous around so many people, but I believe that helped him since he was introduced to so many people. Madden absolutely loves people and will run up to any new person to say hi! He also loves other dogs and loves playing with them, as if he is as big as them. My nana's puppy is a 1-year-old Labradoodle who loves to play and is bigger than Madden, and Madden still went right up to the puppy and began playing with her! I am so grateful that my puppy is surrounded by so many people that adore him, and even has other puppies to play with! My boyfriend and I cannot wait to walk our puppy on the U of A mall when he has all of his shots and school starts back up again!

With all of that said, if you are fully prepared for a puppy, you should definitely get one! Little Madden has brought so much joy to my life and everyone's lives that he is around. He is such a cuddle-bug and has to be cuddled on someone to fall asleep. I love having such a joyful puppy and I'm so blessed to have been able to get a puppy in college, and have him beyond college as well!

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