Can you believe that the school year is almost over? What about you, seniors? Can you believe you are thisclose to being done with college for.e.verrrr?
OK, sorry….. Stop crying…… I didn’t mean to bring up such a sore subject….. I’m sorry….. Please. Please don’t cry.
It’s not so bad out here in the real world. Sure there are a few things you can’t do anymore, but being a grown up is fun! Waking up without a hangover is fun! Making money is fun! And you’ve had a good run, right? You’ve done a lot, seen a lot, learned a lot. A whole lot. Just think about how far you’ve come since your parentals dropped you and your Yaffa Blocks off in that 8X10 closet. You were a baby.
Whether you’re a graduating senior or a rising sophomore, you’ve been through a lot in college and learned many valuable lessons. And with the year coming to an end, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane. A little reflection time, if you will. So this week I asked all the CollegeCandy writers to share the biggest lessons they’ve learned in college.
What has college taught you?
Leah – Ryerson University: The more time you have to waste, the more time you’ll spend procrastinating. Being busy won’t necessarily leave less time for assignments.
Sara C – Fordham: The single most important thing I’ve learned in college is to take care of yourself. I know that sounds obvious, but it’s so true. If you don’t carve out at least an hour each day for yourself, whether it means going for a run, watching TV, or doing your nails alone, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by homework or social commitments. I’ve found having a bit of private time lets me refocus and maintain enough energy to do everything else. A close second- and third-place tips: Get an internship, and don’t sweat your GPA too much.
Jessica – Hofstra: I learned that you never need people in your life who make you feel bad about yourself. And also that nacho cheese Dorritos on a buttered roll makes the best drunk food EVER.
Jessica – Delaware: Don’t leave things till the last minute, always make time for your friends, and never, EVER, play flipcup/pong with wine
Samantha – UCSB: You don’t know someone until you live with them. Seriously.
Emmy – Loyola University Chicago: I’ve learned that boys you think are nice can still be a-holes.
Lauren – University of Michigan: Late night eating and all-you-can eat cafeterias will make you fat. Really fat.
Megan – Penn State: The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to “seize the day.” Time goes by so fast, so it’s important to soak up the awesomeness of everyday. Also, tequila will always do you dirty.
Cristina – Michigan State: If a guy dumps another girl in 2 seconds because he likes you more, chances are he’s going to do that to you for someone else. Keep your heart, 3 stacks, keep your heart.
Hannah – Assumption College: I learned that although I might want to think that I am super girl and that I can handle everything by myself, it’s important to let others help me out once in a while. That is what all my college friends are for, and there is no reason for me to go everything alone.
Rachael – University of Miami: The biggest lessons I’ve learned at college are that you can survive anything life throws at you if you have a strong support base of friends (and you’ll meet the best people while you’re there); that personal growth will teach you how to love and respect yourself, and others will follow suit; and that college is just as much about the people and experiences as it is about the actual academics. Oh, and that I really, really hate cantaloupe.
Brithny- Duke: The mentality of the phrase “work hard, play hard” will get you far in life.
Jessica – FIT: I’ve learned that dishes don’t do themselves and that dryers really do shrink clothes.
Norah – Drake University: I’ve learned that classes are often the least important part of college. What happens outside of the classroom is what really makes you learn, grow, and experience new things.
Kelly – University of Iowa: How to drink. Hear me out: You’re at your first company cocktail party or say your boss invites you out for drinks. You’ll be glad it takes you about 7 Keystones you get you a slight buzz when the other new girl is two margaritas in and already itching to take her clothes off.
Teresa – UCSD: Friends don’t let friends go home barefoot.
Sarabeth – University of Texas: I’ve learned that, while sometimes benevolent, the registration gods are mostly out to get you.
Charlsie – Hollins University: College has taught me that just because you go to college doesn’t mean it will get you a job post-grad! Surprise! Who knew?
Noa – CU Boulder: I’ve learned that no matter our different backgrounds, we can all find some common ground and get along. Well, that and don’t chase tequila with mouthwash. It’s bad.
Caitlin – University of Alabama: I’ve learned to schedule classes with at least a 1 hour break so you have time to eat. Oh, and don’t sign up for 3 English classes in one semester ever again.
Melanie – Northeastern University: Beware drinking juice that you find in your purse during class. You could end up getting pretty tipsy before 10:30 AM.
Brittany – University of Saint Thomas: College has taught me to never mix hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps, to never wear shorts to class if it’s 80 degrees outside, and to always utilize my quiet time. It is sacred.
Meg – University of Delaware: I’ve learned that no matter what, you make friends. Whether they’re good friends, bad friends or just class friends, you’ve got a ton. There’s literally someone for everyone.