I graduated last year with a degree in Journalism. I didn’t love my major, though. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I applied to uni (the truth is, I’m still not sure) and, considering the classes I had, I realized it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I then graduated and had to pick either to continue my education or find a job. I decided to do a one year post-graduate program in Marketing which was something I was interested in & thought it would be beneficial for me.
10 Things I Learned In College
1 | It made me appreciate my family a lot more.
2 | I became more independent.
Without my parents around, I had to make my own food, clean, wake up & go to classes, go to the grocery story, etc. And, even though I love my parents, it’s so nice to do your own thing when you want to & not have anyone to boss you around.
3 | Grades don’t really define you as a person.
It used to bother me a lot when I had a bad grade in high school. But when you grow up, you realize that a bad grade doesn’t define who you are, it’s just a bump in the road. And, your major doesn’t have to define your career path. You might find something else you love to do along the way…
4 | The 1st friends you make aren’t necessarily the friends that will stick with you until the end.
This was something I heard a lot of people saying & it was true for me as well. When you start uni you meet a lot of people who are trying to make friends but only with time you realize who’s really there for you.
5 | It’s important to go to classes.
In uni is a lot easier to skip classes than it was in high school. I admit that I’m guilty of missing some boring classes… But keep in mind that you’re paying a lot of money for your education so you might as well take advantage of your classes. Plus, it’s always better to have your own notes to help you study than to borrow someone else’s.
6 | It made me realize I want to do something more creative.
One of the reasons why I didn’t love my major was because I felt like I couldn’t explore my creativity. I love being creative, either through writing, photography or something else & it would be amazing to have a job where I could explore that part of me.
7 | It’s okay not to be okay.
You will probably have days when you feel lonely, miss your family or just your comfy bed back home. You won’t feel like making dinner for yourself & you will want to stay in watching a marathon of your favorite tv show rather than going out to party (tv show marathon over partying any time for me haha). And it’s okay. Don’t feel pressured to do something you don’t want to.
8 | It’s also okay not to have your life figured out.
9 | It made me appreciate my personal space.
I love my bedroom; I love being alone at home, blast my music & dance around the house. When I moved to college, I had to move in with girls I didn’t know & it wasn’t always easy, some “interesting” things happened that made me appreciate my space a lot more. So many times I wished that I could have my own little apartment.
10 | Don’t be so scared of new experiences.
If I could give one advice to my freshman self, it would be something like: don’t worry so much about stupid little things, be more open minded & say yes to new experiences. Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t want to but be more relaxed & have more fun.
Everyone has a different experience with university. This was just mine. Feel free to share your own, I would love to know a couple of things you learned or just what you decided to do if uni wasn’t for you.