I'm The Girl Who Believes That College ISN'T Supposed To Be The Best 4 Years Of Your Life

I'm The Girl Who Believes That College ISN'T Supposed To Be The Best 4 Years Of Your Life

There are many events that will be better than your four years in college.
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Yes, I'm the girl who believes that college won't be the "best four years" of my life.

I don't want it to be the best four years of my life.

Why would I want the best four years of my life to be spent drained in a classroom worrying about my grades while also trying to get involved and make friends?

College is and can be a good time, but I don't believe it was meant to be the best four years of your life.

I hate that saying. I hate hearing people say that college is supposed to be the best four years of your life because there are many things more important than college that will make your life better.

There are many events that will happen in your life that will make college seem like a sad time in your life because you spent it partying or out all the time with people who didn't really care about you. Or you spent it sitting in your room studying night after night while all of your friends go out.

You also sit there and worry about money, you joke about being a broke college student, but that is actually your reality. You actually have to worry about it behind the jokes and to you, it is actually not very funny.

It sucks to be broke, it sucks to probably feel like you can't go out with your friends because of it so how does this make it the best four years of your life?

Oh, you say it's just a phase just for a few weeks your broke, but it keeps coming back and then it is no longer fun to be that joking broke college student. One of the events that will be the best part of your life is when you have that degree in hand, when you get your first job that is with your degree, and when you actually start getting to work and use your degree. These events will be one of the best parts of your life.

Don't get me wrong, I love college. But, I love it more for the education and the opportunities that I am given. I love it for the people I meet on a day to day basis that all come from different places and different backgrounds and although I love all of these things and I am so grateful to be getting a college education, I won't label it as the best four years of my life.

Of course, nobody has the same college experience. The college experience for each person is different and what they take out of it is different. I know I will take a great education out of it, some friends, and a degree that will take me further than I know.

But one thing I will not take out of it is that it was the best four years of my life.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Your Semester Goal May Be To Get Better Grades, But Mine Is To Do LESS

I want to maintain a better balance of my time, and not stress so much about filling my plate with activities.

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I know this sounds quite counterintuitive and unproductive, but I felt like my first semester was defined by my loaded schedule at all times. I know that the first semester is supposed to be inevitably overwhelming. It was hard enough to get used to living on my own, and I really lucked out having a great roommate and floor which made the transition so much easier to get used to.

My problem lies with the fact that I would be bombarded with emails and various opportunities such as clubs to join and events to attend, and I wanted to take full advantage of all of it. In fact, I felt like I needed to take full advantage of it. I would constantly finish class and be headed to events at the student center or trips with career services, and it was nothing short of a lot to handle. At times I felt like I was addicted to signing up for things, and while I definitely still had time to spend with my friends, I was to lighten up on the commitments this semester.

When I'd find a free moment, which admittedly was not very often, I'd call my dad and tell him everything that was going on with my life at college. Every time, his reaction would be the same, something along the lines of, "I'm happy you're enjoying yourself, but don't push yourself so hard; just worry about getting good grades and having fun." His words about not thinking too hard about the career are comforting to hear, and sometimes I feel like the roles are reversed. I am the one that has too many goals for myself, and my parents are the ones reminding me to take a step back and enjoy where I'm at right now more than thinking about the future.

My mom has a fitness app that sends her daily, really cheesy, reminders of how to live a healthier lifestyle, which she checks religiously and occasionally sends to me. Usually I make fun of her for this, but (hopefully, she doesn't read this part) occasionally there are things I take away from it. One of which included the changes you make start with you, and small changes, whether it be in your diet or lifestyle add up to big things. Another day it was the importance of finding balance between the many aspects of your life. I think these two mantras definitely represent my goals for this coming semester. I want to maintain a better balance of my time, and not stress so much about filling my plate with activities. Although I love being busy all the time, and could barely find time to write this article during break between work and the other commitments I have, I think it'll be beneficial to decrease my activities slightly and give myself a little more downtime.

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