50 Things I Learned In Graduate School

50 Things I Learned In Graduate School

28. Coffee is a gift from the universe


With graduation approaching, I thought it might be neat to recap on my time here at MSU. I won’t lie, it’s been tough. A lot of ups and downs, and even a few curveballs thrown in there. Overall, there isn’t much I would trade for this experience for. My time here has forced me to grow and it taught me to be strong even when I thought I couldn’t be. I thought about dropping out one too many times, but yet, here I am a few weeks shy of walking at graduation and a thesis shy of getting my master’s degree. Here are 50 lessons I’ve learned from my two years in this program:

  1. You can’t have your cake and eat it too
  2. Everyone gossips
  3. People are competitive
  4. Not everyone is going to like you
  5. ….and that’s okay
  6. Don’t procrastinate
  7. Control your alcohol intake
  8. Be skeptical of who you trust
  9. Anger gets you nowhere
  10. Love is greater than hatred
  11. Being scared is normal
  12. You don’t always have to be an overachiever
  13. Heck, you don’t always have to even be “good”
  14. Take nothing for granted
  15. People like to gloat, let them
  16. Life isn’t fair
  17. Grad school is horrible on your mental health
  18. Your mental health is important
  19. Yoga is important for your health
  20. The older you get the more effort you have to put into making friends
  21. Making friends is hard
  22. Time flies
  23. Stop winging it
  24. ….just kidding, know when to wing it and when to not
  25. Possibilities are endless
  26. Just when you think you’ve had enough, there’s more
  27. All-nighters are sometimes necessary
  28. Coffee is a gift from the universe
  29. Think before you speak
  30. Stop worrying about things you can’t control
  31. Let people be themselves (even if you think they suck)
  32. Winters in Michigan are horrible
  33. Snow isn’t that great
  34. Sunshine is important
  35. Your physical health is important
  36. You shouldn’t eat meat
  37. There’s more to life than academics
  38. Give more than you take
  39. Always say please and thank you
  40. Always say “ope” when accidently running into someone
  41. Dogs will always be your best friends
  42. Plane rides are fun
  43. Impulse trips are also fun
  44. Laugh daily
  45. Writing a paper an hour before it’s due isn’t fun
  46. Neither is pretending you know what you’re talking about when you don’t
  47. Don’t “phone it in”
  48. Love like crazy
  49. Laugh at yourself
  50. You’ll meet the best people in the worst situations
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