I graduate from my undergrad in 31 days and am so stressed… 31 days…
Of course, I am stressed over getting a job and finishing up with good grades but what I am more nervous about is transitioning to this new part of my life where I am no longer in some form of an education system. I mean think about it, from the age of 5 years old until 18 I was “forced” to go to school – it was required, and it was the norm to finish high school. That is 13 years of your life where you get accustomed to education as your norm. Then I just spent another 4 years in undergrad continuing my education – which in total is 17 years of my life and I am only 22. Basically, for the past 17 years, I have followed a routine, had resources to help me navigate through the world, and have had opportunities basically handed to me because of my education.
Truthfully, I decided not to go to grad school for 2 reasons…
Reason 1. The cost is astronomical.
Reason 2. I cannot just continue my education because I am scared to be in the real world and not in my comfortable routine or bubble that the education system provides me with.
Anyway… I just wanted to talk about what I have learned in college (not like derivatives and proofs but more of the life lessons)
- I gained a lot of perspective on various topics in the classroom and out of the classroom – actually the presidential election last year really helped me learn more about others and how to listen to their opinions even if they were different than mine. Respect is SO important.
- Being kind is much more important than you think.
- I learned more about myself in 4 years than ever before… I learned so much more about what I am passionate about. I learned to be more tolerable. I learned to be a little more patient. I learned that respecting your values is so much more important than fitting in.
- My first semester of college kicked my ass and I was so disappointed in myself. I had to quickly learn about how to turn my life around basically and appreciate my education – this involved removing a lot of toxic people from my life.
- The statement that goes “You need to earn someone’s respect” is total bullshit and respect should automatically be given.
- It is ok not to go out and party all of the time – I have a family history of alcohol and drug abuse and I have been aware of this since I was about 12 years old… In college, I had to learn to separate myself from toxic environments.
- You need to find something that motivates you because if you don’t you are wasting your time!!
- Not everyone in college values their education.
- I really learned who my true friends were and who was just using me.
- My freshman year I didn’t recognize how important sleep was, I would stay up until 3am with friends and have to wake up at 7:30 for an AM the next day. Sleep is important!!
- I learned that failure isn’t the end of the world – it just means that there is room for improvement…
- This one is incredibly important! For the past 6-7 years, I have been aware that I have clinical depression, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, and PTSD. I never was aware that schools must accommodate you for exams if you have any of these disorders (besides depression (I think)) and are actively seeing a therapist for the disability/disorder. I didn’t find out about this until my junior year of college and really wish I knew about it in high school.
- I eventually learned to accept the bad days because life isn’t perfect.
I learned so much more than this but I think that I will save the rest for a book if I ever decide to write one.
Be sure to let me know if you can relate to any of the points that I mentioned above! I would love to hear your opinion J Always remember that no one can take away your education from you no matter how bad times can get!
Thank you for checking out my post & keeping up with me! I have so much love for all of you.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela