Archive | September 2011

What I Learned in College

Well, the school year has started. Without me. As I reminisce over college, I’ve realized that I’ve grown a lot and learned a lot since I got out of the car doors on 16th street to move into Marquette’s McCormick Hall. For those of you starting another year in college, I’ve generated a list of my greatest bits of advice:

  1. Do as much as you can, and enjoy all of it, because it’s a time of your life that you won’t get to go back to.
  2. There’s more to learn in college than there is to learn in class. Get out. Do stuff. Go to speakers/networking events. Volunteer. Experience life. You may learn something when you least expect it.
  3. Pay attention in class. You may be surprised that a lot of the material IS relevant in the workplace and you WILL use a lot of it.
  4. College is about more than class work. It’s also about more than socializing. Find a good balance of work and play.
  5. Take advantage of the area. Milwaukee is an amazing city. It’ll surprise you and possibly win your heart.
  6. As a college kid, people are very willing to help you succeed. Take advantage of that.
  7. Be a “yes man” (or woman). Know your boundaries, but remember: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain. Don’t allow yourself have regrets.
  8. Do what’s right for you. Otherwise, you won’t be truly happy.
  9. Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is what drives us to improve ourselves. Get back on the bike, and start riding.
  10. Get your bus pass, and ride the MCTS bus.
  11. Find a hobby or something you enjoy and make time for it.
  12. Go to the late nights, bingo, etc. It’s usually free stuff! And usually pretty fun.
  13. Explore every building that you can. Visit every dorm hall, explore every academic building. Don’t leave a stone unturned. Sooner or later, you won’t have access, and you’ll wish you’d seen inside.

I remember hearing some of these tips when I was in college, but did I listen? Only a little. I believe that everyone deserves a unique college experience and everyone must learn their own lessons, but there’s no reason why the “older” and “wiser” can’t help, right?

Do you have any words of advice? Leave a comment!

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