Published by Bridget Carratu.
Move-in day felt more like abandonment day; as if I was a lost soul in a sea in which I’d soon find my way and learn a lot more than I expected. Everyone droned on about the various lessons we would learn in our college careers, but they all seemed so cliché to me. So, here are some much more original lessons from someone who’s been there, and lessons that you probably don’t hear too often.
1. Mentally, I’m not even close to being a 20-year-old “adult.”
It feels like I graduated high school yesterday- now in the blink of an eye, I’m an upperclassman in college (wait, I only have 4 years here?). Time is a crazy thing-it’s important to make the most of each day.
2. I can find the answer to (almost) anything on Google.
From, “How many Tylenol can you take in a day?” to, “How long does quinoa cook for?” to, “How to write a cover letter,” I’ve relied on Google for my most random and vital daily concerns as if my life depended on it.
3. I still hate group projects, and probably always will.
I have never been one to avoid participation and am more than willing to raise my hand in class. I eagerly await classes such as art history, anthropology, and creative writing. But then there’s group projects.I’m the kind of girl who prefers to quietly sit there and do the work later on by myself, sorry Lisa from Calc, but no, I don’t want your help..
4. I am what I eat.
The dining hall is the danger zone. While it may entice you, do not let that vortex of fats and sugar consume you like it did me. The food may seem heavenly at first, but it will get old and it changes you. With endless fried food, I’ve learned to hoard all the fruit in my room by stuffing it in my backback (and ignore the stink eye I get from dining hall staff.)
5. High school was most definitely not my peak.
And that is totally okay. College is an opportunity to diversify my experiences with various groups of people, embark upon new opportunities, and grow as an individual. Of course, some high school ideals still linger, but I’ve learned to focus on what matters and less on what doesn’t
6. Happiness doesn’t always come easily, but I can create my own.
At the end of the day, the most important question I can ask myself is, “Am I happy?” If I’m not, then it’s up to me to change that. Remember to stay true to yourself and good things will come.
7. My parents are people, too.
There’s a point in your life when your parents are seen as human beings and can even become your friends. They have taught you so much and you finally realize their mission all these years. You savor the time you get to spend at home with your family.
8. Putting my phone away improves my day drastically.
Sometimes, I hate having a phone and I hate the dependence upon them our generation has developed. When I put it down and go for a walk or run empty handed, or even try and go a day without it, I’m more present and notice more than I normally would. Don’t get too sucked in to social media; socializing in real life is way better.
9. Talk to the person next to you.
You never know what you’ll learn from them. Say hi to people. They could change your perspective, make you laugh, or even become your best friend. You never know!
10. LIVE in the moment and stop thinking ahead.
Take advantage of this time in your life to be spontaneous, open-minded, and grateful. Learn from the people you meet, both good and bad, and go do the things waiting to be crossed off your bucket list. Stop stressing about the future (yes, you will eventually get a job post-graduation). Be present and enjoy every second of it because this is the youngest you’ll ever be.
I hope that I have provided you with even a slimmer of hope as to the possibilities that are awaiting you on your journey. Who we become now is who we will be, so let’s make the most of it.
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