I suppose it's pretty obvious that being in college will teach you certain things in and out of school, but let me break it down for you. Because, if I'm being honest; I've learned way more about life in general outside of the classroom. When you first start university, it seems like you have the world at your fingertips; there's so many new people and experiences that anything seems possible. Until you hit that first roadblock, whether it be trouble with a friend, boyfriend, or school in general. And, if you're anything like me, this minor (or not so minor) inconvenience may have seemed like the end of the world for a short period of time.
So, this is where your friends come in. If you're lucky like me, you found a good group of friends your freshman year. Personally, I know I can rely on this small group of people to support me and be there for me no matter what. The stress of school taught me that sometimes having a solid support system is the most important resource you can have to succeed.
Going to college has also taught me that it's okay to let go of people who aren't benefiting you. I realize that sounds harsh, so let me elaborate. For me, my freshman year of college brought many opportunities for me to make friends. In reality, even though I met hundreds of new people, the number of people I still connect with now is much smaller. I still only talk to a handful of the people I met last year because the majority of people proved to be unworthy of my time. If we're friends you have to understand the importance and value of my time being worth the same as your own.
This brings me to my next point, which is the feeling of not having enough time. Being in college for only a year felt like it passed by at lightning speed while simultaneously going by very slowly. College made me realize that time truly is fleeting and we have to recognize the good times before we dwell on the negatives. Most of my friends are juniors now, and because I'm a sophomore that means I won't be able to rely on some of them for support after they graduate.
While I feel as though I do sometimes rely on my friends for support; I've found I'm much more capable than I had previously thought I was. My first year of college really did push me out of the comfort zone I had been living in my whole life. Living on your own and having to figure things out on your own makes you realize that even though you might not feel like it sometimes, you are getting the hang of being an adult. In the end, college will teach you things you didn't even realize you learned until you're faced with the same issue again at a later time, now knowing how to handle it.