College: The Factory of Life Lessons

College: The Factory of Life Lessons

You Live to Learn and Learn to Live
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No one lied when they said that college, or life itself, is a learning curve. I feel like there is always two options when a curveball is thrown your way. You can use it to better yourself and learn, or you can let it take over you and shut down. Don't worry about if you'll ever have enough experiences to become a well-rounded person because college will provide you with more than a few to go out into the real world with a bag of tools in your hand. Here are a few lessons college has taught me so far:

1. If you stress about having stress you'll end up more stressed.

There is a lot more on your plate than you're used to having and it's entirely normal to get overwhelmed. It'd be a little peculiar if you didn't get a little stressed from time to time. However, you can't let the stress consume you because it will only make the situation worse. You may have three tests this week, two papers due next week and a lab report to hand in by Friday, but I promise you will be okay. You have to take one assignment at a time, one day at a time, and one week at a time before you take one year at a time. Stop thinking ahead and running yourself into a wall with all the work you have to do and make a list, and cross each task off at a time. Trust me you'll feel like you're conquering the world with each "x" you make.

2. Take time to make yourself happy.

This goes right along with numero uno. If you feel down, stressed, or just "blah, take the time to make yourself happy. No, you're not being selfish, you're doing something healthy to make yourself feel better. It is not wrong to take time away from all the craziness and not care about making others happy to make sure you yourself are in a positive place. Go get your nails done, go get a wax, go get a random tattoo, put on a face mask, go to a spin class, hey streak across campus if that's what it takes to put a smile on your face. Just make sure to make time for YOU.

3. College is a lot different than high school, but it's also pretty similar.

No one was wrong when they said that college is definitely an adjustment from high school. You have never experienced a workload like this and it will it like a train at full speed. It's the first time you don't have your mom or dad to help you write an email or help problem solve or make an appointment for a tutor, you're on your own. But you know what, you'll learn quickly. What has to be done will get done because you will get it done all by yourself. That's right, you can adult. College also isn't too far off from high school because there will still be the "jocks", the "band geeks", the "cheerleaders", the "nerds", and everything far off and in between. The difference is, you learn to not care. The people who support you and accept you for you will be the ones standing next to you when you marry the love of your life and the ones who don't, you'll see on Facebook occasionally and that's perfectly okay. But no matter the people you meet, you will have memories to last you a lifetime, laugh so hard your abs hurt, dance down the halls in fuzzy socks, slide down the stairs on your butt on the way to get food, jump in the elevator, and go on spontaneous adventures to tell your kids about. You will find your 2nd home.

4. Learn to have some fun and put positivity back into the world.

Learn to laugh a bit more, smile a little big bigger, hug a little bit harder, and live life to the absolute fullest. God didn't give you this life to waste on grudges or sad times or to not think that what you have isn't enough. He gave it to you to be the child he created. You are smart, you are an individual, you are caring, you are loving, you are strong, and you are going to conquer life and everything it has to offer. Never doubt yourself and what you have because you are more than enough. You will pass that test. You will make it through that crummy week. You will do any single thing you put your mind to because you are YOU. Spread that same positive attitude out into the world and let other people know how awesome they are because it takes such less energy than spreading negativity into the world already full of hate. Gandhi once said, "be the change you wish to see."

5. Home will always be where the heart is, or Heart will become your home.

As much as you try to be a strong independent young adult, your family will always have the key to your heart. A call to your mom will always make you feel better. An "I love you" from a grandparent will always put a smile on your face. A hug from your dad will always make you feel safer. And even a slap in the head from your annoying brother will make you laugh. Don't discredit the amazing support team you were blessed with. You'll always have cheerleaders on your sideline and that's pretty awesome if you ask me. And you'll even make a new family full of crazy, loud, loving people just like you. They may not be blood, but a sorority is still family. You now just have over 100 new siblings to be there for you, but you don't have to drive an hour and a half to have a laugh anymore. You can jam to Drake, do some cartwheels, and stuff your face anytime you need with some pretty amazing sisters. Don't forget the original homies who got you through the last 4, 6, 8 years of your life.

Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.

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I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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