College is a unique, once in a lifetime experience. All of a sudden, you leave the home that you’ve been in and the people you’ve lived with for the last eighteen or nineteen years and are thrown into something that is completely foreign to you. Although you may struggle to adjust at first, things eventually start to feel normal and you begin to think of your tiny dorm room as home. In this post, I am going to share the most valuable thing I learned about in college -myself.
You hear it everywhere. College is a time to go out and experience things. It is a place where you will learn more about the world and more about yourself and your place in the world. Well, I have to say, it’s true.
Before I came to college, I lived in a little town where not too much really happened. I went to a small high school where everyone knew everyone and the worst thing that happened was someone got in trouble for talking too much in class (usually me). I loved my little town, but I knew that I needed to get out of there in order to make something of myself. So, I toured campuses all over my state. I knew that I wanted to be close to home but not too close. Eventually, I decided on a small, Christian college that was two hours away. It was perfect for me!
When I got to my new college, I was a little overwhelmed. Yes, I went to a small college, but it was still much bigger than the sixty people high school that I graduate from. Just like everyone else, I was pretty nervous to meet and talk to people. Honestly, I probably embarrassed myself trying to start conversations once or twice. Thankfully, I at least knew one person when I got to college -my roommate and friend since kindergarten. Although we weren’t as close at the time, we eventually came to be best friends and are both continuing our post-grad journey together.
Throughout those first few days at college, I tried to branch out and make friends. A few weeks in, however, I realized that many of these friendships I made in orientation just weren’t going to last because we all had such different schedules. So, my roommate and I started making more friends. Thankfully, we met a group of amazing girls who we are still friends with today and will continue to be friends with for our entire lives -even if we go our separate ways. Even though some of our friend groups changed every semester, we know that we will always stay in touch with these girls.
After some time in college, I was able to adjust and thrive. Things started to come a lot easier. Well, the classes were still hard (uhm, organic chemistry!), but the things I was learning were more than just things taught in the classroom. In college, I was able to see how different people were even though they came from places just an hour away from each other. I was able to learn how to live around people who have different opinions than me and how to work with those who are just flat out hard to work with (trust me, you’ll learn this one too, and it isn’t always the most fun). I also learned how I acted in these tough situations and was able to improve myself when faced with more difficult situations in the future.
Throughout these experiences, I was able to learn more about myself, who I was, and who I wanted to be. My hope is that college will open your eyes to the outside world and to yourself as well. In college, you will begin to see things differently. Take advantage of these four years that you have in college. Use them to learn and grow. I hope this post encourages you to make the most of your college years! You won’t have this opportunity again, my friend.
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