5 Things I Learned in College Outside the Classroom

It’s hard to believe that I’m in my last semester of college! These past four years have gone by so fast, but it also seems like forever ago since I was a freshman. I’ve had the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects and learn about so many different things — yet, the most valuable things I have learned in college have actually been outside the classroom. As a soon to be college graduate, today I’m sharing below the most important things I’ve learned over the years:

  1. Be spontaneous. Don’t be afraid to try new things. College is an exciting time in your life and for many, a chance to start over. Expand your horizons and try new things — you never know what might spark your interest! In my four years of college I have tried everything from learning ballet to playing the carillon to volunteering as a college prep coach. Looking back at my college experience ten years from now, I know that these are the memories I will remember.
  2. Your GPA does not define you. It is so easy to get caught up in your GPA, but at the end of the day, it is just a number. While your GPA does matter to a certain extent, it does NOT define you or your intelligence! What matters is that you tried your best and learned something. There can be a lot of pressure and expectations from others and ourselves, but I promise you that no matter what do after graduation, you will not be judged solely by your GPA.
  3. Always make time for friends. College can be busy but it’s so important to make time for others. Whether it be weekly lunches, study sessions, or weekends in town, cherish these moments with friends. No matter how stressful college can get, you’re all on the struggle bus together, so you might as well have fun and enjoy it!
  4. Study abroad. While my semester abroad was full of ups and downs, I learned so much about myself and wouldn’t trade it for a thing. I could go on and on about my study abroad experience but you can read more about it (as well as study abroad tips) here.
  5. It’s okay to not have it all figured out. I can’t stress this enough! Many students have a preconception that you have to know your major and what you’re going to do after graduation the moment you start school. This is SO not true! I came into college as an intended neuroscience major and wanted to be a pediatric psychiatrist. Here I am four years later graduating with a degree in economics, international relations, and mathematics, and a job in management consulting. Talk about a complete 180! College is a time of growth and self-discovery. You’re guaranteed to change your mind at least a couple of times as you find new passions and interests.

From one college student to another, you got this!

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