Life’s short, and we can do nothing about it. Life has its particular well-known stages – kindergarten, primary school, college, university, work, family, legacy, etc.
College is the final test before entering the “real game” or the “real world”. Throughout college, there are many lessons to learn, and many to ignore.
Depending on your goals, standards, and mindset, you can leverage your studentship years to gather knowledge, skills, and experiences that’ll shape your long-term future and define your professional and financial success.
Or, you can have a lot of fun, fall in love and get your heart broken ten times, and finish college without actually getting prepared for what’s about to come next. That’s up to you.
Let’s have a quick peek at 11 lessons every college student should learn before graduating:
Fun Is Okay if You’re Committed to Your Goals
Just like life, college can give you every experience you choose. Fun is absolutely okay as long as you’re serious about your self-growth and about your future goals.
If you feel that you’re evolving as an individual, entertainment can be used as a way to detach and disconnect from the real work. However, if you start your day thinking what’s the next fun thing to do, you need to reconsider the reasons why you went to college in the first place.
Small Habits Lead to Huge Results
Small and consistent actions create small habits. Small habits, in turn, create significant effects. If you smoke a cigarette right after you wake up each day, in twenty years, your stomach might be so hurt that it will develop all sorts of problems like gastritis or ulcer.
However, if you develop small yet positive mini habits, you’ll be able to reach objectives without any sort of problems. Getting into the habit of doing something eventually results in mastery – so treat your skills that way. If you love to do something, keep doing it over and over again and you’ll soon become the best.
Responsibility is the First Step to Success
Believe it or not, I was a truly ignorant student. I used to outsource 80% of my assignments and essays. “Edubirdie can write my essay” …said I, ten times a month.
Obviously, the lack of self-responsibility has led me to many troubles and dissatisfactions. For instance, the first ten job applications got rejected because of my poor writing skills.
I had to assume responsibility for the time I wasted in college. I picked up some grammar books, I started typing 500 words a day, and I solved the problem. The key word is responsibility.
Self-Awareness is Essential
We are conscious beings, and yet we sometimes act like we’re merely the puppets of our subconscious thinking. Many college students are confused. They don’t know what to do with their lives, and they seem to lack a real purpose.
Well – that’s the first step to maturity. Asking important questions about yourself, your life, your dreams. Only then you’ll start realizing how fascinating life is, and how many choices you have.
Developing self-awareness involves understanding more about yourself. When you know yourself, you’ll be able to know others. When you know yourself, you’ll know what makes you happy, you’ll understand how to avoid what makes you sad, and you’ll gain control over your present and future life.
Failures are Simply Important Lessons
There’s no such thing as failing. You cannot fail – this is something attributed by humans. Failure is simply an effect. There are causes, and effects. You cannot have an effect without its underlying cause(es), and you cannot speak about cause unless you speak of its effect.
Therefore, when you make a choice or an important decision to do something or act in a certain way, you’re basically trying to succeed using one way.
If it doesn’t work, it means you have to change the strategy (change the cause) and you’ll have a different effect. Take every “failure” as an important lesson and use it to change the future causes.
Everything’s temporary, nothing stays fixed. This means you cannot change the fact that you’re growing older and older as the days pass by, and you cannot change the fact that the world’s moving forward.
Also, think about your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. They’re happening, and then poof, they’re in the past. You can remember and interpret them now, yet that doesn’t change the fact that they’re gone (or that they’ve happened already).
Therefore, even if you experience the worst feelings (humiliation, apathy, depression, lack of motivation, lack of self-esteem), please remember that they’re temporary and that you can do a lot of things to better the situation.
“May your dream stick, may you discover the truth. And yet, while any fool can know yet few can understand, you can always shape your own fantasyland.”
Today’s moments of poetry were for you – use them wisely.