10 Things I Learned In College

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  1. Go to class – but don’t be afraid to skip. Understand what your body needs. If you need to take time to catch up on sleep, assignments, or even yourself then do it. Just don’t be lazy.
  2. Go out and have fun. College is about way more than getting your degree. Setting time aside for going out is just as important as homework. Its all about balance.
  3. Don’t be afraid to say no. Ever heard of FOMO? Its real. Listen to yourself – it is totally okay to stay in binge watching netflix, catch up on work, go out with a different crowd, or try a new activity instead.
  4. Remind yourself why you are here. You don’t have to know what you will be doing five years from now. All you have to do is make a serious effort to take advantage of the resources you have. Class is for YOU. Assignments are given to HELP you. Do them. You may actually find yourself enjoying it at times.
  5. Start thinking about your future. Set goals for yourself. Even if you know what you think you want to do when you graduate, still explore your other interests and even potential interests.
  6. Get a job – paid or unpaid. Best Outcome: you gain experience in your field. Worst Outcome: you still gain experience and rule out what you don’t like sooner.
  7. It is okay to change paths. Take it from a girl who switched majors midway through college and may alter paths again after graduation. An education is an education. A job is a job. Things come and go. Your main goal should be your happiness.
  8. Keep track of your achievements, strengths, skills, interests, etc. You may surprise yourself one day and learn something about yourself that you never knew. It may prompt you to take a new path through life.
  9. Surround yourself with people. Humans are full of surprises. Learn to control your feelings and don’t let other people impact how you feel. However, keep an open heart and embrace the energy of those around you.
  10. Make every day count, but realize that tomorrow is a new day. The days can go by so quick. You can sit back and let them roll by when you’re going through a tough time, but make sure not to look back with regret. Give each day meaning and purpose. The best you can do is try. You will never regret that.

Arielle Maura

February 2nd, 2016

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