I am officially done with my undergrad education. The time has gone by so quickly and I can’t believe I’m already about to enter post-grad life. Here’s a list of some of the things I have learned over the years…
- Learn when to say no. I always said yes throughout college. I definitely had amazing experiences that I would never trade, but it came at the cost of always being busy. I started to figure out how to say no toward the end of college and it made a world of difference in my outlook on the little things.
- Life isn’t a race. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else because you will constantly be disappointed. It robs you of recognizing your own accomplishments and unique path through life. Each person travels down a different road and you have to realize that your own is the best for you and that things will work out in due time. There were times when I wanted to rush things along to get to a certain point, and I still do sometimes, so I need to learn when to let go.
- Sleep is important. It seems like I tried to get by with as little sleep as possible throughout college. I still don’t like to sleep very much, but I have made a point to start getting my 8 hours in every night if I can. All in all, I don’t regret skimping on sleep these past years because I got to squeeze a lot of fun experiences in those extra hours! But, I do realize how much better it makes me feel and I will keep this in mind for my career life.
- It’s incredibly important to solidify your values and morals so that you can always follow your own sense of direction. I learned how to do this in college and I will carry that knowledge with me throughout the rest of my life. There were so many times that I could have stayed on a certain track, but decided to veer off of it because it wasn’t right for me. I have realized that this will constantly happen throughout life and I need to learn to embrace the journey.
All in all, it has been an amazing college experience. I’m so thankful for both the good and the hard times because they made me who I am today. Here’s to graduating this weekend!