So yeah, today was my last first day of school. The home stretch.
That's weird because yesterday I was a freshman moving into my dorm and I couldn't figure out how to carry groceries up two flights of stairs let alone get to all my classes on time!
Yet, here I am, about to graduate and I think I finally got the hang of this whole college thing.
Over the past four years, I've met people who have changed my life. I landed my dream job at nineteen, moved to New York City for a summer and somehow passed all of my classes. I always stayed up way too late, went out more than I should and still learned how to be an adult.
They say college is supposed to be the best years of your life, and I can attest to that. But personally, I think my life is just beginning. These past four years have laid the groundwork for the new adventures I'm about to take and I am stoked. I'm not exactly sure what my next steps are, but I'm ready for it.
If I had to sum up three things I learned in college, I'd say this:
Embrace every opportunity.
If you don't know what you want to do with your life like most students entering college, you're in the right place. Where else can you go to find clubs, teams and organizations that fit any and all of your interests? Even better, if they don't have what you're looking for, you can start it. So join one, or four. If someone presents a job offer, take it. You can do anything for a semester if you really put your mind to it. If you find yourself overwhelmed or taking on more than you can handle, reevaluate the situation, but at least you tried.
Taking on these opportunities will help you find your strengths and weaknesses and teach you how to react in different environments. Hint: you will learn more through these experiences than your classes. At least I did.
Be a dumb college kid.
We've already been given that name, so might as well live up to it right? No but really, college is the time for self-discovery. Try anything once, just don't be dumb. Be spontaneous, but listen to your gut when you feel that something isn't right. Discover hidden gems on campus, grab some friends and walk around campus at 3 am because you can't sleep. Go to Taco Bell after the bar because eating healthy all the time is lame. Then pull yourself together and get up for class in the morning. Being a 'college kid' doesn't mean being completely irresponsible, it means learning how to balance work and play.
Find your comfort zone, but don't limit yourself.
Living with others (especially, girls) helps you realize what your tendencies are, good or bad, and what type of people you get along with, or don't. *Cue roommate horror stories.* Hang with those who bring out the best in you, but don't turn your head to others because they don't like the same music or go out more than you do. That's called being judgmental (source: elementary school). So, give everyone a chance because they'll surprise you and hopefully challenge you.
College is really, really fun. And you'll never be this close to all of your best friends again. So soak it in, because it goes by quick. Trust me.
So basically to sum it up: take every opportunity you can, be the 'college kid' that society has already labeled us, then prove them wrong. And finally, find your comfort zone then go out of it. You'll be surprised at what you find.