​9 Reasons Why College Has Taught Me More About Life Outside Of The Classroom Than In It

​9 Reasons Why College Has Taught Me More About Life Outside Of The Classroom Than In It

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I am sitting here trying to mentally prepare myself for the upcoming semester of school and doing some self-reflecting. I have three semesters left of my undergrad and can still vividly remember graduating high school like it was yesterday.

To say the time has flown by would be an understatement. Some days I want time to go even faster and cannot wait to have a "big girl" job, but then other days it scares the crap out of me that my days of being a kid in college are numbered. At the beginning of this journey, I was under the impression I was attending college in order to become a super knowledgeable businesswoman.

I have came to the conclusion that I may be able to calculate a return on investment and understand an income statement, but still have a lot to learn in the business world- which I am not stressing about, it will come with experience. Instead of saying I am majoring in Marketing, I look at it more like I'm majoring in life.

At the end of the day, that's really been what college has taught me, not the grades I received on tests and assignments, but how to navigate through life and experiences. Here are nine reasons why college has taught me more about life outside of the classroom, than in it.

1. Friends aren't forever

Chances are you are not friends with every person you began college with. Everyone is changing and figuring themselves out during this time, and people's true colors shine through during these years- and that's okay! Go out and meet people and be at peace with cutting ties for the ones that aren't good for you.

2. Take your expectations down a notch

Everything in life isn't going to be as perfect as you think it will be in your head. High expectations only lead to disappointments, be realistic about your views and stay positive whenever you can. It's okay if your freshman roomie and you don't turn out as BFFs, straight A's in college- probably not going to happen, the glorious college life that you may see on Instagram, it's not real. Stay positive and have realistic expectations people!

3. Love and appreciate your parents

Be honest with yourself, you were probably a brat to your parents in high school, but suddenly you go to college and you realize you're calling your mom every seven minutes and you actually miss them! College has made me love and appreciate my parents in a way I couldn't see in high school. Everything they ever did for me became so much more apparent and my relationship with both of them now is something I wouldn't trade for the world.

4. Take full advantage of nap opportunities

College students are always tired, I know that first hand. However, this is the last time in my life that I will be able to squeeze in a quick nap between classes. After graduation, there is no room for a nap in a nine to five job, unfortunately. Catch the Zs while you can!

5. Connections are everything

I have learned that it doesn't matter what degree you have and where you went to school if you don't know anyone. Politics are a real thing and making relationships and connections with people and businesses will take you much farther than nobody knowing who you are post-graduation. It may not seem fair, but its the harsh reality of life.

6. Try jeans on once in a while

The freshmen fifteen is real and pizza and fast food catches up with you quickly. I remember my cousin wrote a couple tips in my high school graduation card and I really should have listened to her advice that yoga pants and leggings aren't real pants- your jeans won't lie to you. Basically, I'm saying that college has taught me my metabolism is not as great as it was in high school and the days of eating ice cream for breakfast are over.

7. A boy is going to break your heart

At some point during every girl's college career, a boy will probably break their heart and their world will seem like its over. The worst is behind you and the great thing about being a young woman is that the world is ahead of you and the best is yet to come. College teaches you to pick your head up, realize you don't need anyone to be yourself and there are plenty of other fish in the sea.

8. Girl time is everything

There is no other time in your life you will be under the same roof with your girl friends. Guys are great and all but appreciate your girl time filled with getting ready together, gossip, wine nights, late night ice cream runs, and the good, the bad and the ugly. I have realized I can't get that time back!

9. You won't graduate a genius in your major

Like I said before, this has been the hardest concept for me to grasp- that college has not been for learning everything there is about business, yet how to experience life, deal with people, respond to different situations, live on my own, and become a better, well-rounded person.

This college experience so far has taught me more about life than anything in a book could teach and I am ready to soak up and enjoy the rest of the time I have left.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.

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As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve

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My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes

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Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life

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It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise

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My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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