College Isn't Just About Education

College Isn't Just About Education

it's about becoming the person that we always wanted to be, as well.

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I'm glad we've hit the point where we realize that a college degree is not meaningful to everyone, and that's okay!

In fact, some of my most favorite people never finished college, and I applaud them for going full force at their careers that did not require a degree.

However, college was always something that I was passionate about. Not just for the education, although that was a huge deciding factor, but for the experience as well. I know what most of you are probably thinking, "college is solely based on the education factor".

See, this is where I beg to differ.

When I was choosing the college that made me the happiest and where I could see myself most fit, I knew that whatever that placed looked like or where it was, that I was going to become who I had always wanted to be there.

I knew that I wanted to move away from home, and allow the distance to stretch me farther than I had ever been before.

And, that is exactly what happened.

While I might have not made a 4.0 ever semester like my teenage ignorance believed I would, I have found the most independent side of me that never would have flourished if I would have stayed within the confines of my comfort zone.

I joined a sorority, was on its executive board, was on the campuses largest philanthropic organizations executive board for 2 years in a row, lead a Bible study, and met people that I never would have even thought about reaching out to in my early stages of freshman year.

While my focus was on the education factor and will always remain, the experiences that I have encountered and the friendships that I let my self fall into will forever be the part that I cherish the most.

So, mom and dad, when your son or daughter is scouting out the campus of their dreams, take not only their educational potential into consideration but their personal potential as well.

We are what we experience, and college has shaped me into the woman that God always intended me to be.

It might have taken a little push, but now more than ever, I realize that college is a season of good and bad and a season where your character is truly formed.

Let yourself embrace those moments, and I mean fully embrace those moments.

You are what you experience, and college is yet a reminder of this.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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