Nostalgia hits me real bad when I remember my college life and probably it is the same for many. The bunked lectures, games played during lectures, several festivals and competitions, sleepless nights before exams, and eating unhealthy food outside the college besides the filthy stream that flows down the road, are some of my precious memories. While technically college teaches you and gives you a degree so that you can get yourself a job to earn a living, but the most important things that anyone can ever learn are the life lessons.
College is not just about attending lectures and getting perfect scores but more about the life experiences that you learn along the journey. Whether those are the four years of my bachelor’s degree in engineering or another two years I invested in getting a master’s degree in business, I have learnt some valuable things which perhaps I would never have known if I had not been to college. So I would like to share with you what I learnt from my college that has made me the person that I am today.
One bad grade won’t decide your future, nor will one good grade
Things are different when you start your life at college. Studying isn’t the same as it was when you were in school. You need to do everything by yourself, from getting the books from the library to taking down notes and then studying them. It is an adjustment that you make to learn in a new atmosphere. But with time you will realise that sometimes you won’t do well, and sometimes you might even surprise yourself by excelling beyond your imagination.
Same will be when you start working, sometimes you will shine and other times you might just be dragging along. Don’t take it too hard on yourself for getting a bad grade or even worse failing an exam. You can always retake it and work hard the next time. It never truly matters whether you scored an A or a C. I have many friends who are doing extremely well in their professional lives, but when they could only manage passing scores during college days.
Experience never goes waste
Many feel that they selected the wrong stream for graduation or the selection of subjects was not right. You might even feel as if you wasted your time, money and effort over something that perhaps won’t really help you in your career choices. But if you had not made those choices, you would never have known it for yourself. It is the fact of life, not everybody loves everything that they study but everything that you study will teach you something.
Life is an experiment where you need to try different things before you figure out what works for you. For some, it works out just the way they planned and for others, it might take some time. I have so many friends who are in absolutely different fields of work than what they have studied. Take my example, although I am an engineer and have a master’s degree in business, I like to write and that’s what I am doing. Do I feel I wasted my time with my education? Absolutely not! What I have learned is irreplaceable, and I am still very much interested in those fields of study. What matters the most is that you don’t give up, even when things are not working in your favour. If something doesn’t work for you, then try something else.
Different People, Different Learning
When you are in school, you are surrounded by kids who live in the same area and with the same type of upbringing. You experience the same set of thoughts, opinions, people, and culture which shows you a limited picture of life. When you go to college, there are students coming from different cities, states and even countries who bring with them a different outlook and different learning. College is the best place to learn about people, their cultures, and in all to learn about everything. It changes your perspective of the world and the way you see life. As it widens the picture of life, it makes you more socially aware and prepares you for your future life.
Your Invaluable Friends
College life is truly about friendship, and that is why it is depicted in so many of the movies. College puts a lot of pressure by exposing you to several tests, projects, presentations, job searches and many other things. But, what makes the ride easy is the presence of your friends. These set of friends will be like your second family who will get you through all your bad times, whether you had a bad break up or you got rejected by your dream company. These years teach you a lot about human behaviour when you realise who your true friends are and who you thought were your friends only to find out otherwise. It is true when they say that your college friends are friends for life because they are ones who will help you be who you are today and will even continue to make sure your further journey is smooth.
Enjoy Life Moments
College is the perfect time when you can do all sorts of experiments. You should set yourself for tasks which are out of your comfort zone because college time is really like a “testing ground” for the real world that you will face later. Skip classes to meet new people, go on crazy trips, have fun on the last benches, try new things, stay up late, be spontaneous, and create beautiful memories. Once you enter the corporate world, you are far away from making unscripted choices that you can and should have made during college. Pave your way through hallways and have fun with your time at college as the best lessons you learn are the ones you learn outside of classrooms.
It is understandable that it is tough to comprehend these during the college years, but now when I look back, I realise that those six years were simply moulding me into the person that I am today. Every experience and every person have had an impression on me and I am very grateful to all of them. If given an opportunity then everyone should go to college, but if that’s not possible then try to learn it in other ways. No matter what you learn or not during your college days, education never ends. So keep those brains working as you continue the process of learning.
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