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The 3 Things I Really Learned from College

June 17, 2014|Posted in: Uncategorized

Going to college is all about getting an education. Whether you’re in science, public administration, English, or art, there’s something for everyone at the collegiate level. Walking across the stage to collect your diploma means that you’ve accomplished something– something tangible. It’s one of the proudest days of your life, and as it happens it has very little to do with what’s written on the “college of ___” line on your diploma. The following are the three things I learned from college which are infinitely more useful than my degree.

 1. I learned to live by myself.

And no, I don’t mean without my parents. I mean there was a period of time when I didn’t have a roommate, and it was just me in an apartment. I had several months to myself, and you know what? They were awesome. I actually really enjoyed living alone, but it was also extremely educational. Rather, it taught me plenty about myself. I learned to do the dishes as I made them. If a dish was dirty I cleaned it off and put it in the dishwasher. When the dishwasher was full, I ran it, simple as that. There was no one else to blame if dishes smelled or piled up. Living alone taught me to take responsibility.

2. I learned to set (and keep) a down-time schedule.

Relaxing is just as important as work, so it’s important to set and maintain schedules for R and R. You don’t have to suck the fun out of everything, but you do have to know how to prioritize in order to get everything done in a timely manner. I learned quickly not to try and do everything that was due the next day at once in a block of time before I went to bed (or didn’t). Instead I broke up the work over the course of the day and scheduled regular breaks. Those breaks helped me clear my mind and made my work load seem more manageable.

 3. I learned to cultivate new hobbies.

Once you’re out of school you’ll be either working full-time or trying to get a full-time job. Having hobbies can help keep you sane, and I learned to cultivate them while I was in school. Even if it was something I wasn’t great at, I learned to work on it until I wouldn’t embarrass myself if I had to explain what I was doing. Doing that helped me maintain those hobbies while in the work force as well as look around for ones I hadn’t thought of yet whenever I had down-time.

At the end of those four years (or more or less depending on which route you took), you should be able to walk away from college with your head held high and a few life-lessons under your belt. That’s how you know you really learned from your experiences.